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Snapchat launches its take on Instagram's Boomerang and Photoshop's magic eraser and custom brushes

Snapchat has long been a one-stop app for recording, editing and viewing photos and videos. But the results haven’t always been elegant. Now, features launching Tuesday along with other recent additions are starting to elevate Snapchat’s editing tools to near the same level as the most sophisticated...

An attorney for San Bernardino terrorism victims is taking on social media apps for harboring extremists. Does he stand a chance?

The technology companies say they try to banish the terrorists from their apps when they're spotted. To the families of terror victims, that's not enough.

Soylent gets a $50-million investment led by Google's venture capital arm

Google co-founder Larry Page liked the chocolate-flavored meal-in-a-bottle drink Soylent so much that he wanted to chat with its creator. The ensuing meeting a month and a half ago led to a major investment from GV, the venture capital division of Google parent company Alphabet Inc. Soylent unveiled...

In Silicon Valley, even mobile homes are getting too pricey for longtime residents

The Plaza del Rey mobile home park has long been an oasis of affordability in the heart of Silicon Valley. But after a private equity firm bought the property, residents worry they'll be priced out.

Beware: There's a big phishing scam spreading through Google Docs

A phishing email and a website masquerading as a legitimate Google service targeted thousands of people Wednesday, hoping they would supply personal information and spread the scam to others. The scheme appears to take advantage of technology that the search engine giant makes available to any...

Facebook to add 3,000 employees to review videos of crime and suicide

Facebook says it will hire 3,000 people to review videos and posts of crime and other questionable content. That's on top of the 4,500 people the company already has for such reviews.

Outsourcing firm Infosys says it will create 10,000 jobs for U.S. workers

Infosys, a global tech outsourcing giant accused by President Trump of stealing American jobs, announced Tuesday that it plans to hire 10,000 U.S. workers over the next two years. The firm, based in India, plans to open four U.S.-based "hubs," starting in Indianapolis in August. The company expects...

The nation's biggest real estate companies are trusting two men in Venice to find them the next Airbnb or WeWork

Meet Fifth Wall, Los Angeles' new real estate-focused venture capital firm. Its backers include world leaders CBRE, Lennar and Prologis.

Uber's plan to curb bad behavior by passengers: reveal their ratings

In its latest effort to appease its vast network of drivers, ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday announced updates to its app intended to curb bad behavior by passengers. Key among the changes is allowing passengers to see the ratings they receive from drivers — knowledge the company hopes will...

Twitter sees its first revenue drop since going public

You'd think Twitter would be able to milk its status as President Trump's megaphone. But the company still faces stagnant user growth, has never made a profit and even reported a quarterly revenue decline Wednesday, a first since going public. Trump's frequent tweets ricochet well beyond his 28...

How does Snapchat's augmented reality work? A white-gloved hand explains

A look at the week's top news from Los Angeles tech, including Snap Inc.'s efforts to guide users through its augmented reality functions.

5 things to know about Elon Musk's brain-implant company, Neuralink

SpaceX and Tesla chief Elon Musk teased the world last month by confirming his new venture, Neuralink, a company to create implantable brain chips. Now a lot more details have been revealed. 

Facebook's been copying Snapchat. But here's its plan to get ahead

Snapchat beat Facebook in realizing the smartphone camera could do more than document memories. It could be a form of entertainment itself, letting users swap faces with friends or bring 3-D cartoons to life in the living room. But despite his admittedly late start, Facebook Chief Executive Mark...

Uber executive who worked on self-driving systems leaves the company

An Uber Technologies Inc. executive who worked on the ride-hailing company’s self-driving vehicle program has left the firm. He is the third executive to exit Uber in two months. The San Francisco company confirmed the departure of Sherif Marakby, Uber’s vice president of global vehicle programs,...

Snapchat's newest feature lets people dance around rainbows

No matter how silly and ridiculous they complain the feature is, even non-Snapchat users have appreciated the novelty of lenses. That’s the special effects tool on Snapchat where with a tap of the screen people can warp themselves in video messages to sprout bunny ears, bee wings, pop star hairdos...

Google wants to give you fashion tips with its newest feature

Google is known for doing lots of things well — but fashion isn’t one of them. It is, after all, the company that tried to make Google Glass seem cool. But the search giant isn’t giving up on style yet, announcing Friday a new feature for mobile users that could help them choose outfits. Google...

Uber may face $1.1-million fine over intoxicated-driver complaints

California’s ride-hailing regulator is proposing a $1.1-million fine against Uber for allegedly failing to investigate or promptly suspend drivers who had drunk- or drugged-driving complaints filed against them. The California Public Utilities Commission said in a legal filing released Wednesday...

United CEO Oscar Munoz is apologizing, but it'll take more than saying sorry to regain public’s trust

When United Airlines Chief Executive Oscar Munoz apologized Tuesday for his airline’s mishandling of a situation that led to a passenger being beaten and dragged off a plane, he said “it’s never too late to do the right thing." That may be true, but public relations and branding experts say it...

Vizio's $2-billion sale to LeEco called off over 'regulatory headwinds'

Irvine electronics giant Vizio Inc. has been foiled by the Chinese economy again. The company announced Monday that it has scuttled a proposed $2-billion acquisition by Chinese technology company LeEco. Vizio cited “regulatory headwinds,” which certainly includes increased scrutiny from the Chinese...

Soylent CEO could escape penalties for unlawful container home

Robert Rhinehart says he wanted to experiment in low-impact, sustainable living. But his experiment wound up testing the city’s zoning code. The Los Angeles entrepreneur’s shipping-container-turned home on his Montecito Heights hilltop property quickly became a neighborhood eyesore, and city prosecutors...

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