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CIA's apparent hacking techniques revealed in data breach

The government agents charged with uncovering foreign secrets have had their own laid bare. Secret Central Intelligence Agency files published Tuesday paint a portrait many would expect of government cyberespionage efforts, yet they threaten to again disrupt the nation’s digital spying programs....

Uber CEO is seeking a 'peer' to help him run Uber

Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick, who last week pledged to get “leadership help” after a video surfaced of him berating one of the company’s drivers, announced Tuesday that the ride-hailing giant is looking for a chief operating officer. Kalanick announced the executive search in a brief statement...

What Snapchat maker's IPO means for the Los Angeles tech scene

Snap Inc.’s 2,000 employees worked over the last six years to turn the Venice start-up into a $37-billion public company. Now, the time’s ripe for those software developers, designers and others to head out on their own. The region’s tech community is hoping the wealth unleashed to hundreds of...

Evan Spiegel has described Snap Inc. as a camera company. He tells us what that means

Its home screen is a camera rather than a newsfeed and its aesthetic is garish instead of staid. These key differences set Snapchat apart from Facebook, but they could be a turnoff for the hundreds of millions of people with Facebook accounts who have never tried its younger Los Angeles rival....

Exclusive interview: Snapchat founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy discuss historic IPO and company's next steps

After a whirlwind month of IPO preparations and investor discussions, Evan Spiegel popped off his tie and sat down for a black coffee in a brick-walled Brooklyn cafe. The 26-year-old Snap Inc. chief executive is one of the youngest entrepreneurs in history to a take a company public and perhaps...

Snapchat firm makes history in stock market debut

Snap Inc., makers of the popular photo and video-messaging app Snapchat, held the biggest initial public offering for a Los Angeles company on Wednesday, a milestone that places the firm among the heavyweights of the technology world. Chief Executive Evan Spiegel and Chief Technology Officer Bobby...

Bobby Murphy cleaned up after frat parties; now he stands to clean up in Snapchat IPO

The head of a security team Evan Spiegel hired to police his high school house parties imparted on him an important lesson: Your true friends are those who stay behind to help you clean up afterward. The advice stayed with him at Stanford University, where frat mate Bobby Murphy stuck around late...

Amazon cloud service outage breaks parts of the Internet

Amazon’s S3 web service was down Tuesday morning, wreaking havoc on the Internet — and on social media. Amazon Simple Storage Service, or Amazon S3, provides web hosting, image and file storage and backup storage services for a wide variety of companies, including Netflix, Airbnb and Slack. Its...

Samsung's de facto chief is indicted for link in South Korean political scandal

South Korean special prosecutors indicted Samsung's de facto chief Tuesday on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye. The indictment of Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong is a huge hit for the largest and most successful...

Why Snapchat's unprecedented real estate strategy in Venice could be tech's new standard

A tech start-up based in Los Angeles rather than Silicon Valley. A mobile app that built its appeal by deleting photos and messages. Vertical video in a widescreen world. Snapchat, the popular photo and video messaging app, has broken the mold in many ways. Now, with parent company Snap Inc.’s...

Uber's bad month keeps getting worse

Nobody wants to be Uber right now. In the past month, the San Francisco ride-hailing firm faced a customer boycott and sexual harassment allegations, which have devastated employee morale and steered users away from the service. Then it was slapped with a lawsuit Thursday, in which Waymo — Google’s...

When tech companies go public, employees can strike it rich — or not. And then the trouble starts

Five years ago when Facebook went public, employees of the social network were glued to office televisions airing CNBC, waiting for the company’s trading price. “Everyone was hoping for a pop,” said Dan Fletcher, a former Facebook employee, referring to the spike in stock price that some companies...

Google spin-off Waymo accuses Uber of self-driving car theft

Waymo, a self-driving car company founded by Google, is colliding with ride-hailing service Uber in a court battle revolving around allegations of betrayal, high-tech espionage and greed. The brewing showdown emerged late Thursday in a lawsuit filed in a San Francisco federal court by Waymo, a...

Qualcomm, Microsoft and Airbus invest in Santa Monica drone software start-up AirMap

The venture capital arms of Qualcomm Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Airbus have led a $26-million investment in AirMap, the builder of drone air traffic management software announced Thursday. The Santa Monica start-up, which opened its first office in 2015, builds technology that tracks air traffic,...

Uber sexual harassment allegations are a warning for the tech industry and its 'rock star' culture

A former Uber employee sent ripples through the tech industry on Sunday when she alleged on her personal blog that she’d been sexually harassed while working for the ride-hailing giant, and that the company’s human resources department tried to cover it up. Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick...

Uber hires Eric Holder to investigate sexual harassment claims

Uber has hired former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to help lead an investigation into claims of sexual harassment and discrimination that a former female employee made public over the weekend in a highly circulated blog post. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick told employees in a memo Monday...

New San Francisco cafe is funded by venture capital, staffed by robots

As Katy Franco waited for her morning coffee, passersby pulled out their phones and snapped photos and video of her barista. A man in his 20s did a double take, recorded the scene on his iPhone and posted it to Instagram. Another woman drifted toward the barista and asked no one in particular:...

Snapchat company sets IPO valuation target at $19 billion

Snap Inc. set a starting price range of $14 to $16 per share for its initial public offering, which could value the Los Angeles technology company at $19 billion. The IPO of the Snapchat mobile app developer is expected to be the largest ever for a Los Angeles firm and the biggest since Alibaba...

Yahoo warns users of potential malicious activity on their accounts

Yahoo Inc. is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016. It's the latest development in the Internet company's investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion users' data a few years ago. It's not clear how many users were affected by malicious...

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