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Uber drivers' new option: Start a retirement account through the app

Uber has teamed up with an automated investor service to offer its drivers a way to set up retirement accounts through the ride-hailing app. As part of a pilot program, drivers in certain markets can use the Uber app to open an IRA or Roth IRA through robo-advisor Betterment without a required...

Weedmaps design flaw reveals dispensary guide is riddled with suspicious reviews

Millions of consumers treat Weedmaps like the Yelp for pot, relying on the Irvine company as their definitive guide to marijuana dispensaries, varieties and doctors. But a key feature — user reviews of pot businesses — may be tainted by thousands of potentially fraudulent comments, a flaw in the...

How Kobe Bryant plans to leverage his global appeal and marketing savvy as a tech investor

Kobe Bryant has been no stranger to China, where he spends big to sponsor youth sports and education programs. His well-documented efforts led an investor in a Chinese online education start-up to reach out to him earlier this year. Two months ago, the basketball legend crossed the Pacific to meet...

Video games in the Olympics? E-sports industry will have to get past some hurdles

Michael Udall earned three years’ worth of tuition and a hefty medal when his college video game team won a national tournament in April. That haul marks the first of what the Arizona State junior hopes are many accomplishments in a storied e-sports career. But Udall covets one achievement not...

Pinterest launches video advertisements with its own spin

Pinterest may be late to the video advertising party, but it stands to reap great benefits, according to business and marketing experts. The online bookmarking platform launched Wednesday promoted videos — ads that exist alongside its static image-based ads called promoted pins. When users click...

Susa Ventures leaves Los Angeles as it opens a new $50-million investment fund

The investment firm Susa Ventures won't have any partners based in Los Angeles as it begins investing from a new $50-million fund. Susa unveiled its second fund - double the size of its first - Tuesday. In looking at the first batch of investments, Susa's geographically spread apart team realized...

With Chinese cash, Santa Ana's ESports Arena plans to bring a venue to Oakland

A multimillion-dollar investment from an alliance of five Chinese sports and video game companies will bring upgrades to the nation’s first large-scale e-sports venue in Santa Ana and finance a second location on the Oakland waterfront. The deal, announced Thursday, marks the beginning of Allied...

Shyp expands its service to more L.A. areas

On-demand shipping service Shyp is expanding to more parts of the Los Angeles area Tuesday, and planning a new feature to accommodate businesses with bulk shipping needs. The company, which dispatches workers to pick up, package and mail items, will broaden its coverage zones from the downtown...

Lyft lets riders add stops to a trip

In another move to encourage people to carpool, Lyft added a feature to its ride-hailing app Monday that will let passengers add a stop along the way to their final destination. The feature, which will be tested with select Lyft users before a nationwide rollout, is the first of its kind on a major...

Bay Area ride-hailing service for kids comes to Orange County

On-demand chauffeur and child-care service Zum has its eyes set on the Southland, and the Bay Area company is making its first stop in Orange County next week. The service, similar to Los Angeles competitor HopSkipDrive, will launch in Orange County before expanding to surrounding cities in the...

'Pokemon Go' maker dreams of video games played on contact lenses

If John Hanke, chief executive of “Pokemon Go” creator Niantic Labs, had his way, gamers would wear Internet-connected contact lenses, spend big at businesses promoted in his games and clean up neighborhood parks. Hanke has become an overnight rock star in the tech industry through the instant...

Apple is replacing the pistol emoji with a squirt gun

The right to bear arms is enshrined in the Constitution, but not in your text messages. As a tech company, Apple doesn't have an obvious stake in the gun control debate. But a recently announced change to its emoji library suggests the Cupertino company is taking a stance on the issue. In fall,...

Dog-walking start-up Wag quickly grows from pup to fierce competitor

After selling his dating service ChirpMe to Europe's Massive Media, Joshua Viner considered getting a dog. But whenever Viner talked about becoming a pet owner, people suggested he was too busy.  Turns out, they were onto something.  Viner's new start-up, Wag Labs Inc., has found a customer base...

Uber's China deal: Sorry surrender or savvy sale?

Did Uber just win or lose in China? That’s the multibillion-dollar question hanging over the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company following news Monday that Chinese rival Didi Chuxing would acquire Uber’s brand and operations in the world’s most populous country. In some ways, the deal has...

Uber China to join rival Didi Chuxing in $35-billion deal

Chinese ride-hailing leader Didi Chuxing plans to absorb Uber’s business in the world’s most populous nation, ending a costly battle between the unprofitable rivals. Uber China investors will become the largest shareholder of the combined entity with a 20% stake, according to reports citing anonymous...

Facebook crushes expectations thanks to booming mobile ad sales

Facebook's stock was trading higher after the world's biggest social media company handily surpassed Wall Street's expectations for the second quarter, barreling ahead on mobile advertisements, user growth and the next frontier — video.  Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in an interview...

To see why LeEco bought Vizio, look at the Chinese company's smartphones

To get a better sense of why Chinese technology company LeEco bought Irvine TV maker Vizio for $2 billion, just have a look at one of LeEco’s smartphones. The company’s Le 2 pro handset retails for just $166 in China, but if you pay about $15 extra, you get a one-year subscription to the company’s...

EHarmony's new CEO vows to make the app simpler as founder retires for second time

EHarmony founder Neil Clark Warren left retirement four years ago to bring the struggling dating website back to relevance. Mission accomplished. The Los Angeles company announced Tuesday that Warren, 81, will step down as chief executive and return to retirement, though he’s likely to remain the...

Scopely, Kite & Lightning and Masterclass among week's L.A. tech highlights

Scopely, the video game company that has ridden mobile versions of Yahtzee and zombie horror franchise "The Walking Dead" to recent success, announced $55 million in new funding Tuesday. The financing comes on the back of a sixfold increase in quarterly revenue compared with 18 months ago, Chief...

Nintendo stock tanks after 'Pokemon Go' investors realize company doesn't own game

In response to the ubiquity of “Pokemon Go,” investors immediately began snatching up Nintendo stock like, well, Pokemon, probably because the company is most closely associated with the game from its original conception as a cartridge game for Game Boy. Since July 6, when the game was released...

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