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To stop hackers, Signal Sciences thinks like them. Also: Myspace confirms data breach

To think like a hacker, start-up founder Andrew Peterson hired some people who know hackers well. His co-founders at Venice cybersecurity start-up Signal Sciences Corp. include a guy whom companies used to pay to try to hack them and a guy who led engineers often responsible for leaving unintended...

Late arrivals: Uber drivers who missed filing deadline are still bashing proposed lawsuit settlement

When lawyer Veena Dubal heard last month that Uber drivers seeking to be recognized as employees rather than independent contractors might settle their class-action lawsuit before it went to trial, she cried. Dubal, an associate professor at the UC Hastings College of Law where she researches...

Facebook's new advertising play: Selling ads for non-users

To advertisers, Facebook Inc.'s biggest treasure trove is what it knows about you. Anything from your age to where you went to school to your favorite band can be treated as a data point that the social network can use to display highly specific advertisements. With this wealth of personal information...

Uber and Lyft drivers are safer than the average American driver, according to new report

Drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber, Lyft, and HopSkipDrive are generally safer than the average American driver, according to a new study by automotive analytics firm Zendrive and research firm Aite Group. The research compared data collected anonymously from the smartphones of about 12,000...

Jury sides with Google in Android-related copyright battle

A federal jury has sided with Google in a long-running legal battle with tech industry rival Oracle Corp. in a complex copyright case that was closely watched in Silicon Valley.  Oracle had said Alphabet Inc.’s Google stole some of its software to create Android, the world's most popular smartphone...

Snapchat expands investor base as it grabs $1.3 billion in funding

Snapchat Inc. has broadly expanded its shareholder base over the last year, going far beyond the few venture capitalists who bankrolled the Venice firm when it was merely an app for sharing self-destructing photos.   Now operating a complex social media app that teenagers can't seem to look away...

Photos and videos will no longer count against Twitter's 140-character limit

Get ready for slightly longer tweets and the ability to retweet yourself. Twitter Inc. said Tuesday that it was making a number of minor changes to its microblogging service over the next few months. Media -- including images, videos, polls and GIFs -- will no longer count against a tweet's 140-character...

Google's Paris office raided in tax fraud investigation

French police have raided Google's Paris offices as part of an investigation into “aggravated tax fraud” and money laundering allegations, authorities said Tuesday. The raid is the latest regulatory headache for the American tech giant, which like other Silicon Valley firms faces increasing questions...

Lyft plans to test a feature allowing users to schedule rides a day in advance

Lyft is rolling out a new feature that's common among taxi and car services yet rare among app-based ride companies. The San Francisco firm announced Monday that it will soon roll out an advanced reservation feature that will let customers use the Lyft app to schedule a ride up to 24 hours before...

Google's new smart products might force it to rethink its ad business

Google Inc.’s latest technological marvels point to a future where you'll never need to visit websites, write a term paper or stress over what to buy for your mother's birthday. For consumers seeking convenience and speed, it all sounds great. But how will any of it make Google money? The Mountain...

Education and healthcare are ripe for start-ups, AOL co-founder says

Entrepreneurs who show up at AOL co-founder Steve Case’s door begging for money better have more to show than an idea for a killer app. In a new book, Case explains that some of the most successful start-ups in the next few years should enter complex industries such as healthcare and education....

Fitbit acquires wearable payment assets from Silicon Valley firm Coin

Fitbit Inc. has acquired the wearable payments platform of Silicon Valley financial tech company Coin, setting its sights on the future of payment options. The maker of wearable fitness trackers said the asset acquisition from Coin will enable Fitbit to develop mobile payment technology that could...

Facebook chief meets with conservative leaders over accusations of bias

As Facebook has taken on the mantle of content distributor, news publisher and story curator, the world's biggest social media company has ventured into the territory of traditional media companies. Such moves have helped Facebook attract users and advertising dollars -- but they have also invited...

Facebook offers more places for brands to play video ads

Facebook Inc. is delving even more deeply into the advertising world by giving brands greater access to play their video ads on its collection of third-party mobile apps and sites. The social media giant said this week that marketers who want to drive "brand awareness and recall" can now use Facebook's...

Some Uber drivers object to proposed $100 million settlement

One hundred million dollars is enough to fund a blockbuster movie, snap up several Beverly Hills mansions and, in Uber’s case, potentially settle two class-action lawsuits filed by drivers in California and Massachusetts who want to be classified as employees rather than contractors. For former...

Start-up's vision for a virtual reality pairs free games with paid ads

Free games for virtual reality devices are a rare breed in the new technology's early days, with most choices running about $10 to $20. Lucid Sight Inc. is among the few virtual reality gamemakers trying to make money off free games, and it's encouraging other companies to join them. The Los Angeles...

Clinton joins call for more diversity at Fed, signaling central bank could face major changes

The Federal Reserve, under bipartisan fire for its handling of the economy, could face major changes no matter who becomes the next president. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, became the latest candidate to push for reforms...

Math. Science. Recess. Minecraft? Twitch club brings gaming to school

Seventh-grader Brayden Foxhoven hurries to finish his chicken fingers. He has bases to capture. Gems to collect. Viewers to entertain. And he knows better than to break the cardinal rule of playing video games at middle school: Don't spill your lunch on the keyboard. Foxhoven and his Viewpoint...

Facebook reveals its trending topics are curated by humans

Facebook has pulled back the curtain on how its Trending Topics feature works, explaining that a computer algorithm identifies popular subjects and presents them to a team of human employees.  Thursday's move was a reaction to a report in the tech blog Gizmodo that alleged that the social networking...

Online lenders need more oversight, Treasury report finds

Online lenders require more federal oversight, according to a Treasury Department report released Tuesday as the rapidly growing industry faced increasing concerns about the quality of its loans. While offering opportunities for consumers and particularly small businesses to gain greater access...

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