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EHarmony's new CEO vows to make the app simpler as founder retires for second time

EHarmony founder Neil Clark Warren left retirement four years ago to bring the struggling dating website back to relevance. Mission accomplished. The Los Angeles company announced Tuesday that Warren, 81, will step down as chief executive and return to retirement, though he’s likely to remain the...

Scopely, Kite & Lightning and Masterclass among week's L.A. tech highlights

Scopely, the video game company that has ridden mobile versions of Yahtzee and zombie horror franchise "The Walking Dead" to recent success, announced $55 million in new funding Tuesday. The financing comes on the back of a sixfold increase in quarterly revenue compared with 18 months ago, Chief...

Nintendo stock tanks after 'Pokemon Go' investors realize company doesn't own game

In response to the ubiquity of “Pokemon Go,” investors immediately began snatching up Nintendo stock like, well, Pokemon, probably because the company is most closely associated with the game from its original conception as a cartridge game for Game Boy. Since July 6, when the game was released...

Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.83 billion; Marissa Mayer says she'll stay

Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion, marking the end of an era for a company that once defined the Internet. The sale announced Monday marks the second time in two years that Verizon has snapped up the remains of a fallen Internet star as it broadens its digital reach. The nation's largest...

Uber is accused of negligence in a lawsuit by a woman who was raped by her driver

A West Hollywood woman sued Uber Technologies on Thursday, alleging that the ride-hailing company’s negligence led to her being raped by an Uber driver. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles on behalf of the 27-year-old plaintiff, said the San Francisco company “aggressively...

As PCs decline, Microsoft is betting its future on the cloud

In a world where there's a smartphone app for everything, one company — Amazon.com Inc. — has long been the host for an outsized share of online software and computing services. Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella wants to change that. Nadella has poured billions of dollars into building...

T-Mobile offers free unlimited data to 'Pokemon Go' gamers

“Pokemon Go” players won’t have to worry about running out of high speed data — at least not on T-Mobile’s network. The cellphone carrier announced Thursday that it’s offering customers one year of free unlimited data exclusively for use with “Pokemon Go.” Customers can avoid paying $45 a month...

Uber drivers must accept service animals under lawsuit settlement

Uber drivers who refuse to transport passengers with service animals may soon be ousted from the platform, according to new policies the ride-hailing company is adopting as part of a lawsuit settlement with the National Federation of the Blind. As part of the settlement, which was granted preliminary...

Venture capital deals slow amid doubts about augmented reality's reach

Excluding an outlying $1-billion financing of Snapchat Inc., Los Angeles start-ups pulled in 57% less cash from venture capitalists in the second quarter compared with a year earlier. The number of investments also dropped 42%, according to Dow Jones VentureSource data released Thursday. Though...

Pokemon Go's success spells big win for augmented reality

Virtual reality is often lauded as the future of gaming. With its high-tech headsets, it can transport gamers to fantastic virtual environments, completely separate from the real world.  But the recent runaway success of a mobile Pokémon app suggests great promise for augmented reality – virtual...

Lyft's latest response to Uber: Premier service in high-end rides

In the fast-moving industry of ride-hailing services, bitter rivals Uber and Lyft seem to abide by a familiar business-world maxim: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Lyft announced on Wednesday a new feature that allows passengers to book rides in luxury cars – an offering that competes with Uber’s...

Facebook testing encrypted chats in Messenger

Facebook is adding to its Messenger app an option for encrypted chats that can only be read on the devices on which they are sent or received.  Users also will be able to set a timer to control how long the message remains visible to anyone, the company said Friday.  SIGN UP for the free California...

Snapchat sued for being too sexy for minors

Snapchat doesn’t do enough to warn teenagers and parents about sexual content on its app, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by celebrity attorney Mark Geragos on behalf of a family. The suit concerns articles hosted on Snapchat, including “People share their secret rules for sex” and “10 things...

Venues are catering to e-sports fans with beanbag chairs, energy drinks and food on sticks

In a rare move, the largest sports arena in Columbus, Ohio, relaxed a key policy for an event in April, allowing attendees to freely exit and reenter a game in progress. Nationwide Arena simply couldn’t expect fans to stay seated for nine hours of action.  It’s among the accommodations event spaces...

U.S. is reportedly probing another Tesla crash over the carmaker's autopilot feature

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reportedly investigating whether Tesla Motor’s autopilot feature was engaged during a non-fatal July 1 crash – what would be the agency’s second inquiry into the automaker’s self-driving technology in as many weeks.  The wreck involved a Tesla...

Tesla's autopilot technology push puts the carmaker at risk for liability in crashes

By rolling out self-driving technology to consumers more aggressively than its competitors, Tesla Motors secured a spot in the forefront of a coming industry. But that strategy could expose the company to a risk it has sought to avoid: liability in crashes. Tesla in 2015 activated its autopilot...

Start-up behind 'Family Guy' and Marvel superhero mobile games is bought by SGN

Gaming firm TinyCo is based in San Francisco, but its business is rooted in Hollywood.  Thanks to its Marvel superhero and “Family Guy” mobile games, the start-up has become a leader in its niche. And also an acquisition target.  TinyCo Inc. got scooped up by Culver City gamemaker SGN Games Inc.,...

Four L.A. start-ups hunting for online video stars raise a combined $56 million

In the eyes of start-up investors, MTV's "True Life," HGTV's "Rehab Addict" and Comedy Central's "Roast" specials are so yesterday. Today's hot productions are young, edgier and tend to premiere online. They carry the names "Human," "Overhaul" and "All Def Comedy Roast." And the companies who make...

Uber tests software to track speed, sudden stops by drivers

Using smartphone sensors to peek over its drivers' shoulders, Uber is promising to keep a closer eye on their behavior — while discouraging speeding or slamming on the brakes. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing company on Wednesday announced an extensive test of new software that aims to increase...

See something, buy something: New Pinterest feature aims to link your photos to products

Pinterest will soon turn smartphone cameras into a tool that helps users discover and buy products, the company announced Tuesday when it revealed strategies intended to transform its digital scrapbook service into a shopping hub. The San Francisco company, which lets people save images and links...

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