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Uber and Lyft return to Austin after Texas law kills the city's fingerprint rule

Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft, which left Texas' tech-savvy capital city a year ago over local fingerprint requirements for drivers, have returned after state lawmakers intervened. Both companies began rolling on Austin's streets again Monday, when Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that...

New app Peanut is 'Tinder for mom friends'

It's hard to make friends as an adult. It's even harder if you're a new mom, when the friends who made up your regular brunch-and-happy-hour crew don't all pivot into parenthood at the same time. Michelle Kennedy was that new mom 3½ years ago. She was browsing Instagram during a 2 a.m. feeding...

ROC co-working space in Santa Monica closing after terrace dispute and missed rent

The Real Office Centers co-working space in the heart of downtown Santa Monica is set to close in the coming days, forcing more than 100 tenants into a last-minute scramble for new offices.

Lyft takes on Uber's black luxury car services by launching Lyft Lux

Five years ago when Uber was known for its luxury black cars, Lyft launched its peer-to-peer ride-hailing service, turning regular vehicles into taxis. Now, Uber is synonymous with peer-to-peer ride-hailing, and Lyft is launching its own luxury black car service, Lyft Lux and Lux SUV. The service,...

Google starts tracking your offline shopping — what you buy at stores in person

Google already monitors your online shopping — but now it's also keeping an eye on what you're buying in real-world stores as part of its latest effort to sell more digital advertising. The offline tracking scans most credit and debit card transactions to help Google automatically inform merchants...

Instagram launches location and hashtag stories

If you’re prone to the sensation known as the “fear of missing out,” you might want to pass on Instagram’s latest feature. The photo and video sharing app on Tuesday launched location and hashtag stories, allowing users to search for a location, such as Santa Monica, or a hashtag, such as #dimsum,...

Uber launches freight service to meet on-demand trucking needs

Uber Technologies inched closer to becoming a logistics company Thursday with the launch of Uber Freight, an on-demand freight service for trucking carriers. Similar to the Uber app, through which drivers find passengers in need of a paid ride, the Uber Freight app connects truck drivers with...

Their code was used to hack Sony and create 'WannaCry.' Meet the 'Lazarus Group,' the armed robbers of the Internet

On Feb. 4, 2016, as employees left work to enjoy their weekends, the central bank of Bangladesh began firing off dozens of transfer orders to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, asking to remove money from its accounts — almost $1 billion. It was a heist. The robbers hadn’t walked in with guns...

Bill Gurley invested in Nextdoor and now he knows all about missing cats and bickering neighbors

The lauded Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill Gurley who, along with his partners at Benchmark Capital, was an early investor in companies such as Instagram, Uber, Stitch Fix, and Snap Inc., spent a recent afternoon scrolling through the neighborhood social network, Nextdoor, studying the ways...

Qualcomm sues iPhone makers, escalating a patent war with Apple

Qualcomm Inc. filed a breach of contract lawsuit late Tuesday against four Taiwanese contract manufacturers that build iPhones and iPads for Apple Inc. — the latest salvo in an escalating war between two tech giants over patent royalties. Qualcomm’s court action is in response to Apple’s steps...

They predicted the 'WannaCry' ransomware cyberattack, so how come few listened?

Misha Govshteyn and his colleagues at the cybersecurity start-up Alert Logic dropped all their projects about a month ago, except for one they deemed a graver threat than the rest. Someone had stolen never-before-seen hacking tactics from the National Security Agency and posted them online. Working...

Snap faces shareholder lawsuit after stock price drops

A Snap Inc. shareholder sued the company Tuesday for allegedly misrepresenting how many people used its Snapchat app. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, James Erickson of Suffolk County, N.Y., blamed Snap’s alleged misrepresentations for a drop in the price of the company’s...

Instagram copies another Snapchat feature: Face filters

Instagram continued to play copycat to Snapchat, launching on Tuesday its own version of face filters — a feature popularized on Snap Inc.’s app. The new Instagram tool superimposes adornments such as animal ears, hats, makeup and masks over a person’s face on the app. The decorations include a...

'WannaCry' cyberattack is slowing down; experts say it could have been much worse

New victims of the “WannaCry” computer virus emerged as expected on Monday, but government and security officials around the world expressed relief that it was proliferating at a much slower pace than feared, and said it appeared to have been the work of relatively unsophisticated hackers. Even...

Microsoft president blasts NSA for its role in 'WannaCry' computer ransom attack

A Microsoft executive sharply criticized a U.S. spy agency Sunday for its role in weaponizing a weakness in Windows and allowing it to be stolen by hackers and used to launch history’s largest ransomware attack. "This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities...

Judge orders Uber not to use driverless-car tech from Google spinoff Waymo

A federal judge has ordered Uber to stop using technology that a key executive downloaded before he left Waymo, the Alphabet Inc. autonomous car arm that was spun off from Google. The order filed Monday in a trade secrets theft lawsuit also requires Uber to return all downloaded materials. The...

Ring modernized the doorbell, then its inventor, Jamie Siminoff, went to war against crime

Ring Chief Executive Jamie Siminoff has a unique management style: Employees wear dog tags, there are no formal meetings or budgets and for years staffers had to clean up after themselves.

Can Snap’s stock make a comeback like Facebook’s?

Fresh off its stock market debut, the much-hyped tech start-up quickly saw the euphoria, riches and huge expectations fade. Panicked investors fretted over the firm's first earnings report, sending stock prices tumbling like never before. It's the story of Snap Inc. — but also the history of Facebook....

Snap stock dives 21% after its first earnings report disappoints

By the measurements Snap Inc. says it prioritizes — the time users spend on its Snapchat app, how often they open Snapchat, messages sent and average revenue per user — the Los Angeles company experienced a rosy first quarter. But by the measurements Wall Street has scrutinized — daily users, revenue...

Snap isn't the only tech firm to get hammered after its first earnings report

Snap Inc.’s stock took a dive in after-hours trading Wednesday after the Los Angeles company reported its quarterly earnings, its first since going public in March. But this doesn’t necessarily spell doom and gloom for the maker of the popular Snapchat app — at least, not yet. It’s not unusual...

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