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California Internet privacy bill could have nationwide sway — if it passes

California’s Legislature is poised to vote Friday on a landmark Internet privacy bill, one that could quickly become a bellwether for the rest of the country. But the measure is opposed by large Internet providers and tech companies, in an unusual alliance that could doom efforts by privacy groups...

SoFi CEO resigns abruptly, facing allegations of fostering toxic culture

Mike Cagney, the co-founder and chief executive of financial services start-up SoFi, stepped down from the company Friday amid allegations that he fostered a culture at the company that enabled sexual harassment. The company’s executive chairman, Tom Hutton, will become interim CEO. “The business...

Alphabet, Google's parent company, reportedly in talks to invest $1 billion in Lyft

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is in talks to invest $1 billion in Lyft, according to reports from Bloomberg and Axios, which cite sources with knowledge of the matter. Spokespeople for Alphabet and Lyft declined to confirm the report. The funding could come from either Google itself or CapitalG,...

People's obsession with Bitmoji has given Snapchat a quiet lead in mixed-reality battle

They've become such an important form of self-expression that it's common to encounter people who say they regularly update their Bitmoji avatars to reflect new hair-dos and fashion styles.

Google faces class-action suit alleging gender pay discrimination

Google faces a new lawsuit accusing it of gender-based pay discrimination. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class-action status for the claim. The suit, filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, follows a federal labor investigation that made a preliminary...

New iPhones could make augmented reality a mainstream reality

The runaway success of “Pokémon Go” last year taught the world at least two things. One: Lots of people love Pokémon. And two: Creating good augmented reality — the kind that superimposes 3-D objects into the real world and convinces people they’re actually chasing a Pikachu — is really, really...

Start-up Bodega learns important branding lesson; apologizes after Internet outrage

Start-ups often frame themselves as plucky upstarts intent on toppling bigger, entrenched rivals. This David-vs.-Goliath narrative has been used by tech firms to vilify corporate giants such as telecoms, banks, razor manufacturers and taxi companies. But on Wednesday, a start-up called Bodega found...

With iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple creates another tier of luxury

Apple today announced two new lines of its flagship device, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, creating a tiered system with two phones, each better than earlier models.

DreamHost considers fighting order to cough up info on visitors of anti-Tump website

Executives from a Los Angeles-based tech company said they are weighing whether to fight a judge's order to provide prosecutors with email addresses and other information from people who visited an anti-Trump website in the months leading to Inauguration Day. The company, DreamHost, filed a motion...

Credit reporting giant Equifax says data breach could affect 143 million U.S. consumers

Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting firms, announced Thursday that its computer systems had been breached, leading to the unauthorized access of Social Security numbers and birthdates of up to 143 million U.S. consumers. The company said the intrusion — enabled by a website...

How a potato chip entrepreneur in Lebanon became a big supporter of L.A. tech start-ups

Michael Daher and his son, Mark Daher, have invested in dozens of well-known start-ups and funds in the L.A. region.

South Korean court rejects Qualcomm's antitrust challenge

Qualcomm Inc. has lost its legal bid in South Korea to postpone implementation of changes in the way it licenses cellular patents — moves that were called for last year by that country’s anti-monopoly regulator. The San Diego company confirmed late Monday that the Seoul High Court had denied Qualcomm’s...

Roku, streaming TV box maker, files for an IPO

Roku, which says it has 15 million users of its video streaming devices, filed paperwork Friday to list its shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The Los Gatos, Calif., start-up has become the leading brand in the online-video device industry. It has managed to fend off competition from bigger names,...

To understand how dominant tech companies are, see what they lobby for

A firing this week by a Washington think tank has exposed the deep and often hidden influence of tech companies that are driving key governmental decisions affecting people both on and off the Internet. On Wednesday, the New America Foundation — a think tank funded by Google as well as one of its...

Dollar Shave Club succeeded with razors, but the rest of the bathroom is a challenge

Unilever bought Dollar Shave Club thinking it could sell more lucrative products than razors and win over consumers abroad. But Act Two, as founder Michael Dubin calls it, isn't going to be easy.

Tech leaders call on Trump administration to preserve DACA program

Dozens of tech industry leaders have signed a letter expressing concern about reports that President Trump is considering ending a program that protected from deportation more than 750,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The open letter, released Thursday by tech industry...

Local scientists invent formula for stretchable batteries

Chemical engineering researcher-turned-entrepreneur Lu Yin isn’t the kind of arresting public speaker who can blow anyone away with his charisma or magnetism. That mattered little on Friday, when Yin, 22, pitched his battery tech company, Ocella, to a panel of judges in the semi-final portion of...

Benchmark's lawsuit against ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will go to arbitration

It must have been a bittersweet day for Travis Kalanick, the co-founder and former chief executive of Uber. Hours after watching his replacement, incoming CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, address employees for the first time at an all-hands meeting, Kalanick, who was pressured to resign from the company...

It's your last chance to weigh in on net neutrality rules

This is the last week to submit comments to federal regulators who want to undo the government's net neutrality rules for Internet service providers in a move that could have sweeping implications for the future of the Web. The push to weaken or eliminate the rules has been met with praise from...

Uber reportedly cooperating with U.S. investigation on possible overseas bribes

Uber is reportedly cooperating with a Justice Department investigation into whether the ride-hailing company bribed foreign officials. The probe, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, adds to a long list of issues at the highly valued San Francisco firm. Uber has endured months of turmoil...

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