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Man vs. machine: The future of e-sports could see humans playing against bots

Google cut power usage in its data centers by several percentage points earlier this year by trusting artificially intelligent software derived from 1980s-era Atari video games. And in the years to come, the Internet giant not only could save much more electricity, but also solve far larger problems...

A different kind of Samsung phone exploded in France, user says

A Samsung phone user in France says her Galaxy J5 smartphone caught fire and exploded Sunday. The model is different from the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that has been recalled worldwide. Lamya Bouyirdane said Monday that she noticed the phone was very hot after she asked her 4-year-old son to pass it...

The NFL of e-sports? Blizzard wants to create 'Overwatch' league with city-specific video game fans

Blizzard Entertainment pioneered e-sports with its “Starcraft” franchise more than a decade ago.  Now, with “Overwatch,” the Irvine video game maker wants to bring to e-sports the wealth and recognition that sports such as soccer, football and basketball generate. To do so, Blizzard Entertainment,...

Production problems with Hero5 camera briefly scare GoPro investors

Late-stage production problems with GoPro Inc.’s newest camera briefly caused the company’s shares to falter. GoPro’s stock dipped from $11.94 at close Thursday to as low as $9.90 Friday before rebounding to $11.15 around 11:30 a.m. Pacific time.  The San Mateo, Calif. action camera maker gave...

Samsung's latest recall: Washing machines that can burst apart

Samsung on Friday announced a formal recall of 34 models of its top-load washing machines more than a month after the U.S. government first issued a warning that the machines were unsafe. The washers can become dangerous when washing bulky items, such as comforters, which can cause the machines...

How I Made It: Billionaire's right-hand man Chris Hollod on becoming a big fish in a big pond

The gig: Chris Hollod, 33, is venture capital partner at billionaire Ron Burkle’s private equity firm Yucaipa Cos. They’ve traveled together for the last five years, with Hollod as the frontman on evaluating thousands of start-up investment opportunities. Hollod oversees Inevitable Ventures, backed...

Facebook stock drops 7% on concern over upcoming dip in 'ad load'

Whether it's a video clip of your friend's dog or a live stream of the presidential debates, you are likely watching more videos on Facebook than ever. And that means you're also more likely to see video ads.  Facebook's latest strategy is to grow both user-generated and advertiser-created videos...

Uber's redesigned app wants to mine personal information on your phone

Uber is taking its ride-hailing app down a new road in an effort to make it smarter, simpler and more fun to use. The redesigned app also will seek to mine personal information stored on smartphones in a change that could raise privacy concerns, even though it will be up to individual users to...

Union-backed Lyft drivers object to $27-million settlement

A handful of California Lyft drivers and a Teamsters-backed drivers’ alliance are seeking to squash a proposed $27-million settlement in a lawsuit against the ride-hailing app company. The objectors have written to U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria in recent days, saying the payout and contractual...

Instagram wants to be a place where people go online shopping

Instagram is making it easier for retailers to promote and sell products through photos. Starting Tuesday, the photo-sharing service is giving 20 retailers the ability to add tags to pictures to convey additional information such as prices and available colors. Brands participating in the trial...

Snapchat Spectacles get a codename: Laguna

Snapchat maker Snap Inc. isn’t sharing many details about Spectacles — the video camera-sunglasses expected to go on sale in the U.S. in the coming weeks. But bits of information are leaking through its app as the Venice firm prepares for communicating with the gadget. Spectacles are codenamed...

Army must consider using Palantir software, judge rules

Palantir Technologies Inc. said Monday that a federal judge sided with the Silicon Valley software firm in its bid to force the U.S. Army to consider Palantir’s product for a next-generation battlefield intelligence network. Palantir had sued the Army on grounds that its bid-solicitation process...

L.A.'s latest $1-billion tech company has a female CEO

Therese Tucker tried studying business and art. She tried launching a wealth management software start-up. And she tried selling her company.  But at each juncture, Tucker thought better of it. She pivoted toward opportunities she came to judge as more fulfilling and sensible. The open mindset...

Uber drivers deserve paid vacation and minimum wage, British court rules

Uber's claim that its drivers are contractors — and not employees entitled to vacations — was rejected Friday by a British tribunal in a ruling that may have implications for a range of companies that rely on self-employed workers.  The employment tribunal ruled that the two drivers who brought...

Family sues Amazon over hoverboard blamed for burning down their house

A family is suing Amazon for selling a hoverboard blamed for starting a fire that burned their $1 million home in Nashville.  The Tennessean reports that the Fox family's lawsuit says Amazon had information about the dangers of the product before the Jan. 9 fire.  The lawsuit was filed in Davidson...

Google parent Alphabet rakes in profit, and YouTube is one of its rising stars

YouTube has emerged as a rising star in Google's cast of services as the online video site upstages cable television for a younger generation of viewers. As more advertising dollars flow to YouTube, it's making the already hugely profitable Google even more prosperous. On Thursday, Google's corporate...

Apple refreshes Mac lineup with new keyboard touch functions

Apple is announcing long-awaited updates to its Mac computers, aiming to spark consumer interest in a product line that often seems overshadowed by newer gadgets like the iPad and iPhone. As widely speculated, Apple will add a new touch-sensitive panel to the MacBook Pro, its top-of-the-line laptop....

Twitter to slash 9% of its workforce worldwide

Twitter Inc. plans to lay off a few hundred employees, mostly in sales and marketing, as the social media service strives to produce an annual profit for the first time next year. Initiatives such as streaming live video of NFL games are helping boost ad sales at Twitter, but not quickly enough...

Qualcomm buying NXP Semiconductors in $38-billion deal

Smartphone chip-maker Qualcomm Inc. is buying NXP Semiconductors in a deal valued at approximately $38 billion. NXP shareholders are to receive $110 for each share they own. That's an 11.5% premium to the company's Wednesday closing price of $98.66. The companies put the deal's total value at about...

Snapchat IPO could bring in billions for company

Snapchat’s parent company expects to raise up to $4 billion by going public early next year, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Snap Inc.’s IPO plans remain in flux, but sources familiar with the discussions have told The Times the company expects to raise at $2 billion at minimum. That would be close...

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