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TaskUs takes unpleasant job of customer service off start-ups' hands

People use Uber when they need help hailing a ride, or Tinder for help finding a date.

Tech review: The best voice recorder

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. After 36 hours of research, testing eight different devices in a number of real-world settings and then playing the audio we collected to a four-person blind listening panel to evaluate sound quality,...

Start-ups' soaring valuations don't guarantee their success

Startup-land can sometimes feel like a sizzle reel of vanity metrics, success theater and breathless hype. Young companies raise giant piles of venture money to hire and expand like crazy; they buy as much traffic, or as many customers, or as much of whatever they need, to create the appearance...

Snapchat digital sticker ad by foes of Iran deal gets 2.6 million views

Video advertising is booming, but a top political strategist is convinced that, at least on Snapchat, digital stickers are a better option.

Google restructures itself, with a new name: Alphabet

Google, coming to grips with its giant size and the splintered nature of its many businesses, is remaking its corporate structure and changing its name to Alphabet.

New Snapchat feature could be a godsend for your mobile data plan

An update to Snapchat being released Monday gives users more control over how much mobile data the entertainment app sucks up.

#ILookLikeAnEngineer spreads from Twitter to billboards

Women across the tech industry took to Twitter early this week, posting photos of themselves with the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer. Now they hope to take their stereotype-defying mantra to a crowdfunded billboard overlooking San Francisco.

Tinder creates business networking app with Forbes

Users who swipe right on a new app developed by Tinder could get matched with someone on the Forbes "30 Under 30" list.

Microsoft follows Netflix in bolstering parental leave

A day after Netflix said it would substantially boost paid leave time for new parents, Microsoft announced that it too is enhancing its benefits.

Grid110 helps start-ups get off the ground in DTLA

Downtown L.A.'s tech scene is getting a boost with Grid110, a new economic development organization that supports local early-stage start-ups by providing access to office space, mentors and resources.

Netflix offers new parents "unlimited" leave

Netflix said Tuesday it will allow new parents up to a year of paid time off, becoming one of the tech industry's most generous major companies in offering parental leave.

Think you know what an engineer looks like? #ilooklikeanengineer says think again

A Twitter hashtag that challenges race and gender stereotypes in the technology industry took off in San Francisco Tuesday, with dozens of engineers posting their photos to the social network alongside the hashtag #ilooklikeanengine...

Tech review: The best business laptops

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. If you need a business laptop that's tougher and more serviceable than an ultrabook, you should get the Lenovo ThinkPad T450s. After more than 30 hours of research and testing, it's the one we recommend...

Technology is driving Amazon delivery times to near zero

Technology continues to make it possible to optimize every aspect of business, meaning that "zero" as a business goal - zero excess capacity, zero waste, zero errors - is now theoretically possible. Just think of how the rise of the sharing economy has led to the success of the zero marginal cost...

BMW, Audi, Daimler to buy Nokia map operations, another step toward automated cars

Three major automakers signaled their commitment to automated cars late Sunday with an agreement to buy mapping technology from Nokia for just over $3 billion.

Virtual used-car dealers gain traction

A move from transit-rich New York to car-crazy Los Angeles prompted Manuela White to spend more than $17,000 on a used Toyota Corolla sight unseen with just a click on her laptop.

Mt. Gox head busted in Japan

The head of the failed Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was arrested in Tokyo on Saturday on suspicion of inflating his cash account by $1 million, authorities said.

Mark Zuckerberg's baby announcement tinges Facebook with blue

When Mark Zuckerberg posted a Facebook status on Friday announcing that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were expecting a baby, it went viral, as expected.

This on-demand valet service will soon drive you and your car home

Luxe Valet is best known for helping people find parking. Soon, it will also be known for driving people and their cars home.

Uber will spend $1 billion to grow presence in India

On-demand transportation company Uber will spend $1 billion over the next nine months in India to expand its presence in one of its biggest global markets, the San Francisco company announced Friday.

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