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Maersk's L.A. port terminal remains closed after global cyberattack

The largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles remained closed Thursday as Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk continued to grapple with effects of a cyberattack that rippled across numerous countries Tuesday. The terminal, leased by Maersk, has been closed since early Tuesday, and there...

A startup investor used his power 'for sexual gain.' Now the tech industry is challenging the power dynamic

The technology industry is built on a model where venture capitalists have lots of leverage. Start-up founders, after all, regularly beg them for the cash needed to turn nascent ideas into viable businesses. But that’s a power dynamic with dangerous consequences, as a sexual harassment scandal...

Why this UCLA professor thinks she inspired the video game 'Halo'

A brief friendship that began with an online chat and an awkward date may have inspired one of the world's best-selling video games.

Facebook reaches 2 billion users

Facebook has hit 2 billion active monthly users, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday. The social media giant has doubled its user base in less than five years — it reached 1 billion in October 2012. Growth has held largely steady during that time. In its most recent earnings report,...

Qualcomm loses bid to quash FTC antitrust lawsuit

A Northern California federal judge has denied Qualcomm Inc.’s motion to dismiss the U.S. Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit against the San Diego wireless technology company, which means the case will go forward. The suit, filed in January, alleges that Qualcomm uses its dominant market...

Rahm Emanuel, Elon Musk talk tunnel for O'Hare-downtown high-speed rail

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is talking to entrepreneur Elon Musk about the possibility of the technology investor and SpaceX founder using a high-tech digger to bore out an underground high-speed rail line connecting downtown to O'Hare International Airport. On Monday, Emanuel described the discussions...

Santa Monica couple fights Snapchat over 'geofilter' trademark

Tracy and Paul Grand picked up a partial victory this month when the international body in charge of website-name disputes ruled against Snap's bid to snatch away geofilters.com from them.

This year's hot graduation gift: Snapchat geofilters

In the year since Snapchat began welcoming geofilters, paid submissions have increased to tens of thousands per day. Last month, graduations made up 15% of such sales.

Travis Kalanick is no longer Uber’s CEO, but drivers still want him on the hook in lawsuit

Recent scandals have put Uber on such shaky ground that a lawyer representing aggrieved drivers has filed a lawsuit against Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp — the ride-hailing firm's co-founders — in case the company doesn't survive long enough to defend itself. Describing the lawsuit filed Thursday...

Tesla explores setting up a factory in China

Tesla Inc. is working with the city of Shanghai to “explore the possibility” of opening a factory in the area, the maker of electric cars confirmed Thursday. Sales in China generate a hefty chunk of Tesla’s revenue, and moving some manufacturing near those buyers would slash some costs. “While...

Snap acquires French start-up Zenly for location-sharing app

A pricey acquisition last month appears to have helped Snapchat maker Snap Inc. bolster its newest feature just before launch. The Los Angeles tech company committed around $300 million in cash and stock to a French start-up that had developed a mapping app that shows people the precise locations...

After Travis Kalanick's resignation, can a new CEO move Uber forward?

With $6.5 billion in annual sales and 12,000 employees around the world, Uber Technologies hardly resembles a blank slate. But that’s the pitch — long-awaited in some of its investors’ and employees’ eyes — that Uber can now make with this week’s resignation of Chief Executive Travis Kalanick....

Uber chief Travis Kalanick resigns under pressure from investors

Travis Kalanick, chief executive of ride-hailing company Uber, resigned Tuesday, just a week into a leave of absence meant to quell concerns about his management style. “I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request...

Tesla car on Autopilot warned driver 7 times before fatal crash, safety regulator says

A Tesla car in Autopilot mode warned its driver seven times to put his hands on the steering wheel during the 40 minutes before the crash that ended his life last year, a newly released set of reports from the National Transportation Safety Board revealed. The reports, released this week, contain...

Twitch reaches 2-year streaming rights deal for Blizzard e-sports events

Video streaming service Twitch announced Tuesday a two-year deal with Blizzard Entertainment to become the exclusive third-party home for many of the Irvine game-maker’s e-sports events. Blizzard Entertainment can continue to stream video game competitions on its own services, including MLG.TV...

Uber adds the option to tip drivers

Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as a company with a conscience and a heart. Besides the built-in tipping option announced Tuesday, Uber is giving drivers an opportunity to make more money...

Apple points to recent Supreme Court decision to buoy its lawsuit against Qualcomm

Apple has latched onto a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that restricts patent holders rights to bolster its increasingly bloody legal war against San Diego’s Qualcomm. The iPhone maker on Tuesday amended its January lawsuit in San Diego federal court, which alleges Qualcomm illegally charges...

Google steps up its fight against extremist and inflammatory videos

Months after some advertisers fled Google over concerns about ads appearing alongside YouTube videos that promote hate and extremism, the Internet giant has announced new steps aimed at tackling such content. “There should be no place for terrorist content on our services,” Google said in a Sunday...

Silicon Valley's acquisition targets aren't just in tech anymore

For once, the target of an extravagant tech industry acquisition wasn’t a small start-up unfamiliar outside of Silicon Valley, but a household name. Few foresaw Amazon.com reaching an agreement Friday to buy grocery store Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. But the pending deal — a record purchase for...

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