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The largest taxi company in Uber and Lyft's hometown is near bankruptcy

"Hailing a cab" once meant stretching an arm out toward a city's open streets and attracting the attention of a ubiquitous yellow car. But the phrase and accompanying gesture have since been retired in favor of its digital substitute: fumbling for a phone in a pocket to "get an Uber." The clearest...

Yahoo could lay off 10% of its workforce, report says

Yahoo is planning to cut at least 10% of its workforce as part of a reorganization aimed at stemming the turmoil at the Internet company, a report says. Over 1,000 employees could be let go as early as this month, unnamed sources told Business Insider. The cuts would be companywide, but Yahoo's...

Carmakers show off tech innovations at CES

LAS VEGAS — Speed and cars go hand in hand, whether you're talking acceleration, tight turns in the corners or how high the speedometer will go. Speed and car companies? Not so much. Tired of being cast as stodgy behemoths, a dozen of the world's largest automakers have descended upon CES, turning...

Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets now on sale. Price: $599

Facebook Inc.-owned Oculus VR on Wednesday became the first of three leading technology companies to begin selling virtual reality headsets, offering its Rift device for $599. The announcement of the price Wednesday immediately drew groans from video game players, whom Oculus expects will be the...

Snapchat gives up on selling 'lenses'

Snapchat Inc. recently embarked on its first two attempts to charge for extra features on its popular chat and video app. It’s giving up on one of them. The decision announced Wednesday to close what was known as the Lens Store didn’t come with a specific reason, but it suggests that not enough...

Apple shares falling as iPhone sales become a cause for concern

Shares of Apple Inc. have plunged about 14% over the last month amid several reports that iPhone part makers and assemblers are bracing for slowdown in work. Apple isn’t commenting on iPhone sales, but financial analysts said the company is trimming orders to its Asian suppliers, which suggests...

From 140 to 10,000 characters, Twitter likely to expand size limit for tweets

Twitter appears ready to loosen its decade-old restriction on the length of messages in a bid to make its service more appealing to a wider audience accustomed to the greater freedom offered by Facebook and other forums. CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey telegraphed Twitter's intentions in a tweet...

At CES, Volkswagen chairman says 'I am truly sorry' about emissions scandal

LAS VEGAS -- After an emissions cheating scandal that rocked the world, Volkswagen wants to say it's sorry. "We disappointed our customers and the American people, for which I am truly sorry, and for which I apologize," Herbert Diess, chairman of the Volvo Passenger Cars brand, told a crowd of...

Samsung shows off more devices at CES as part of its smart home concept

Samsung trotted out souped-up versions of its high-definition televisions sets, smart appliances and even unveiled a new two-in-one Galaxy tablet at CES, the annual technology conference in Las Vegas. The most eye-catching product was the company's 2016 SUHD (or ultra-high-definition) television...

CES 2016: Dish offers a DVR for the stream-and-binge generation

Having settled almost all the lawsuits that the major TV networks have filed against it, Dish Network returned to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday with another boundary-stretching, lawyer-enriching approach to recording and viewing television shows. Its latest set-top box is...

CES 2016: Robots, fancy wearables, toddler toys and -- hair growers?

Tech has returned to the Las Vegas Strip for the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual display of the new and, occasionally, improved devices that may end up integrated into our lives and culture. (Case in point: Robotic companion Paro recently made its way into Aziz Ansari's Netflix series "Master...

Faraday Future unveils Batmobile-like electric concept car at CES

The wait is over. Faraday Future, the secretive Chinese-backed Gardena automaker, finally unveiled its first concept car at CES: a sleek, silver-and-black Batmobile-esque electric vehicle called the FFZERO1. The 1,000-horsepower car was revealed Monday night during a launch event attended by hundreds...

Activision Blizzard buys Major League Gaming with plans for the ESPN of e-sports

Activision Blizzard Inc. announced a small acquisition Monday that kickstarts big plans to develop a broadcast empire around electronic sports (aka video games) that rivals what ESPN has done for contact sports. The Santa Monica video game maker purchased Major League Gaming, an online broadcaster...

Uber sued by drivers excluded from class-action lawsuit

When a federal judge decided last year who could be part of a worker misclassification class-action lawsuit against Uber, two groups of drivers were excluded: Those who drove for Uber through limo companies and those who signed up to drive using corporate or fictitious names.The judge’s reasoning?...

Why Facebook is celebrating 46 years of online friendship

Facebook's making some of its users feel a lot older than they really are. The social network sent automated messages Thursday inviting some users to celebrate "46 years of friendship on Facebook" with one or more of their online friends. That's odd, since Facebook only started in 2004. And some...

Golfer's hedge fund bids on Nabi tablet maker

The bidding war for Fuhu, the maker of children’s tablets that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early December, has begun. The hedge fund founded by Australian golfer Greg Norman, Great White Shark Opportunity Fund LP, made a $10-million bid for the El Segundo tablet manufacturer on Wednesday. The...

Twitter revises policy banning threats and abuse

Twitter has revised its rules of conduct to emphasize that it prohibits violent threats and abusive behavior by users, promising a tough stance at a time when critics are calling for the online service to adopt a harder line against extremists. While the new policy unveiled Tuesday doesn't substantively...

Livestream security breach may have exposed customer data

Video live-streaming service Livestream notified customers Thursday of a security breach that may have given unauthorized persons access to user information such as email addresses, encrypted passwords, dates of birth and phone numbers.The New York company, which boasted 10,000 paying customers...

Why social media profiles of visa applicants, job seekers and borrowers are being scanned

A Los Angeles entrepreneur developing technology for social media background checks sees value in trawling the Web to guess how people behave offline, a controversial topic after the San Bernardino terrorist attack led lawmakers to demand online scrubs of visa applicants. Ben Mones’ Fama Technologies...

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