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No WiFi? Low on data? On a plane? Netflix offers downloads of some shows, movies

Netflix Inc. will now allow users to download shows and movies to their smartphones and tablets to watch when they’re offline, the company said Wednesday. The Los Gatos, Calif., video streaming firm said the download function is available for both iOS and Android operating systems, for a mix of...

GoPro to cut more than 200 jobs

Action camera maker GoPro Inc. will cut more than 200 full-time positions as part of a company-wide restructuring, the firm said Wednesday. The San Mateo company said it will also close its entertainment division, reduce its facilities and cancel open job positions. In addition, GoPro President...

Instagram and YouTube play nice with their most popular users. Why doesn't Snapchat?

Self-described Snapchat power user Michael Platco received a neon sign bearing his name from social media rival Instagram. And a different video app emails him every week, hoping he tries their services and brings along his 500,000 Snapchat contacts. Naturally, he’d expect Snapchat maker Snap Inc....

Amazon and Google want you to get a digital home assistant for Christmas - even if you didn't ask for one

The holidays have traditionally been an important time for the consumer tech world, with electronics makers placing big bets that shoppers will venture into Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales with open minds and open wallets. But for some manufacturers, this year might be more important than others....

Apple’s deal with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola hints at bigger connected car ambitions

Apple may have scrapped its plans to build self-driving cars, but if its recent deal with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola is anything to go by, the tech giant’s auto industry ambitions are far from over. Ola, India’s largest ride-hailing company, announced Tuesday that it is partnering with Apple...

LifeLock shares jump on $2.3-billion deal with Symantec

Shares of LifeLock Inc. jumped in early trading after the identity and fraud protection services company agreed to be acquired for $2.3 billion by security software maker Symantec Corp., but Symantec shares declined a bit.   Symantec said over the weekend that the deal will enable it to bolster...

Surge of data from cars could be big moneymaker. Do automakers have mettle to harness it?

When cars exit the tunnel of the next 15 years, they’ll be like giant smartphones. Their sensors will capture sight, sound and motion and transmit the information to the Internet quickly and affordably. The $100-billion app economy built on data from smartphones would look small compared with the...

Trump's victory sparks unprecedented downloads of encrypted chat app Signal

A presidential campaign rocked by e-mail hacks followed by the victory of a candidate who wants to increase government surveillance has sent Americans to new corners of the Internet. Fearful of private communications being used against them, millions of people are trying out once-obscure apps and...

Facebook finds more errors in its metrics

Facebook Inc. said it has found several errors in calculating how many people view content on Pages, the profiles with features tailored for businesses and well-known personalities. The Menlo Park social media giant said Wednesday that the seven-day and 28-day summary number over-counted how many...

Twitter suspends prominent alt-right accounts, including Richard Spencer's

Ever since alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulous sent actress Leslie Jones a string of deeply offensive tweets, insulting the comedian's race and intelligence, Twitter has made banning abusive accounts a priority. At the time, the company offered a statement, which read in part: "Our rules prohibit...

Lyft cuts its mustache logo

Lyft will ditch its mustache by the end of the year, retiring the hot-pink logo that helped define its $5.5-billion transportation business, the ride-hailing company announced Tuesday. In place of the “glowstache” — the mustache-shaped device Lyft drivers mount on their dashboards to identify...

Chinese app maker comes to Santa Monica in a bid to build a live-streaming empire

A Chinese live-video app trying to gain a foothold in the U.S. plans to invest in original programming to inspire creativity and interest among users. Live.me already has made a mark since launching in April. It’s one of the 10 most popular social media apps in the U.S. and one of the 100 most...

Here's evidence Snapchat Spectacles are headed to Texas and Oregon

Californians were the first to get their hands on Spectacles — the hot new device from Snapchat maker Snap Inc. With a limited supply sold through a traveling vending machine that made short stops in recent days in Venice and Big Sur, more customers are missing out on the video-camera sunglasses than...

Google also gets fooled into promoting fake election news

Google's search engine highlighted an inaccurate story claiming that President-elect Donald Trump won the popular vote in last week's election, the latest example of bogus information spread by the Internet's gatekeepers. Even as that story continued appearing high up in its search results, however,...

Start-up puts CEO on leave after online posts about assassinating Trump

The chief executive of San Diego cybersecurity start-up PacketSled Inc. has been put on administrative leave after election night posts on social media about assassinating President-elect Donald Trump. Matt Harrigan, who founded PacketSled in 2013, wrote the comments on his Facebook account as election...

Silicon Valley searches for the Trump playbook

As the White House prepares to usher in a new president, the technology industry finds itself staring into the unknown. Donald Trump’s campaign had no position on supporting the start-up community. No plan for dealing with artificial intelligence. No policies governing open data. And that doesn’t...

Facebook says it will stop racial exclusion in certain ads

Facebook Inc. will no longer allow advertisers to exclude entire ethnic groups from certain kinds of targeted ads, the company announced Friday, after concerns were raised that the practice led to racial discrimination. Since 2014, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based social networking giant — which reaps...

Snapchat Spectacles go on sale through a vending machine that'll move from place to place

People lined up Thursday morning near the Venice boardwalk to be among the first to buy Snapchat Spectacles. The $130 video-camera sunglasses are being sold through big yellow automated vending machines. Tapping a button near the left hinge of the Spectacles activates a camera in the corner of...

Twitter's chief operating officer, Adam Bain, is leaving the company

Twitter Inc.’s chief operating officer announced he is leaving the company, adding to the microblogging firm’s recent struggles. Adam Bain tweeted the news Wednesday, saying that after “six years and a once-in-a-lifetime run,” he told Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey that he was “ready to change...

Disbelief, hope and a plan for California's secession: How the tech industry is reacting to Trump's win

It was an industry that united against Donald Trump, with dozens of executives penning open letters against the Republican candidate, dozens more publicly disavowing a longtime colleague and Trump supporter, and business leaders digging deep into their coffers in support of the Hillary Clinton...

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