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Twitter suspends verification service after giving Charlottesville rally organizer a blue check mark

Two days after Twitter Inc. stamped a blue verification badge on the Twitter account of Jason Kessler — the far-right organizer of August’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. — the social network announced that it has temporarily stopped verifying accounts as it reevaluates the service....

As Uber spends big to compete with Lyft, profitability in the U.S. is not in sight

Fierce competition from Lyft is holding Uber back from achieving profitability in the United States, Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said Thursday. In one of his first major interviews since taking the helm at Uber in August, Khosrowshahi said ride-hailing competitor Lyft’s heavy spending...

Snapchat maker's stock falls again, the day after a nearly 15% drop

Snap Inc.’s stock continued to fall Thursday as investors worried about sluggish growth prospects for the maker of the popular disappearing-photo app Snapchat. The stock was down as much as 5% early Thursday after tumbling nearly 15% on Wednesday in response to the Venice company’s lackluster third-quarter...

Facebook says to shield you from revenge porn, it needs your naked photos

Would you voluntarily send Facebook nude photos of yourself? The company is insisting it needs them — for your own protection. Let’s say you have a spiteful ex who decides to embarrass you by posting a nude photo that was supposed to be private. Facebook Inc. says if you send a copy of the photo...

Uber says it will bring its flying taxis to Los Angeles in 2020

In just over two years, Uber says it will let commuters soar over Los Angeles' snarled traffic in flying taxis. The ride-hailing firm announced Wednesday that L.A. will be one of the first cities served by UberAir, which it says will begin ferrying passengers across the region in electric aircraft...

What will Tencent get out of its 12% stake in Snap Inc.?

At a moment when skepticism abounds about Snap Inc.’s future, one of the world’s biggest internet companies was revealed to be banking on the company’s success. Tencent, the Chinese company behind the wildly popular social media app WeChat and a global player in mobile gaming, has bought an approximately...

Twitter kills its 140-character limit. Now tweets can be twice as long

Twitter Inc. is ending its 140-character limit — and giving nearly everyone 280 characters. Users tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean will still have the original limit. Twitter says that's because writing in those languages uses fewer characters. The company said 9% of tweets written in English...

Apple iPhone X is no slam dunk

The iPhone X that arrived in stores Friday isn't just a new design. It's a new relationship. Compared with your current phone, the 10th-anniversary iPhone is missing a key element: the home button. The whole front is just screen. You have to learn new gestures to operate it. Instead of scanning...

Broadcom will move back to U.S. — and bring tax money with it, Trump announces

Broadcom Ltd., a $100-billion semiconductor company legally based in Singapore, will relocate its home address to the United States, President Trump announced Thursday. The company, which manufactures communications chips around the world, said it would relocate its legal address to Delaware once...

Regulatory fines, trouble with Apple weigh on Qualcomm's financial results

For Qualcomm, there are so many external tornadoes swirling around its business – ranging from its patent war with Apple to its slow-moving bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors -- that its financial results almost take a back seat. So even though the San Diego cellular technology giant posted solid...

Apple says it may stop using Qualcomm chips in iPhones, and San Diego tech company's shares tumble

Qualcomm Inc. shares tumbled Tuesday after a report that Apple Inc. is considering dumping the company’s cellular modem chips from next year’s versions of iPhones and iPads. The Wall Street Journal cited two unnamed sources saying Apple was designing devices to exclude Qualcomm chips that link...

Facebook says Russia-linked posts may have reached 126 million users

Facebook Inc. says a Russian group posted more than 80,000 times on its service during and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, potentially reaching as many as 126 million users. The company plans to disclose these numbers to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, according to a person...

Three Latina engineers sue Uber, saying it underpays women and minorities

Three Latina engineers sued Uber this week alleging unfair labor practices, saying the ride-hailing company systemically underpays women and other underrepresented groups. The software engineers — Ingrid Avendaño and Roxana del Toro Lopez, who left Uber in June and August, respectively, and current...

Google parent company sends up solar-powered balloons to bring internet service to Puerto Rico 

Google's parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria. Two of the search giant's “Project Loon” balloons are already over the island enabling texts, emails...

Vernon battery maker's portable charger can quick-charge a smartphone 10 times

Electric vehicles are the main market for Romeo Power Technology, the Vernon-based lithium-ion battery pack startup. But the company is also using its know-how to make portable battery packs for individuals. On Thursday it introduced the Saber, a ruggedized 2.2-pound bar-shaped device the company...

#WomenBoycottTwitter to show support for those harassed on the social media platform

Twitter Inc. gave the world the hashtag. Now the social media company is witnessing the power of the pound sign firsthand. A 24-hour boycott of Twitter by women is underway in what organizers and prominent participants say is a protest against the silencing of women’s voices and an effort to show...

With Rose McGowan's suspension, Twitter again concedes it stumbled

Twitter’s moderation team has been tested in recent weeks by three high-profile cases. An actress-turned-activist suspended for tweeting a private phone number.A politician whose anti-abortion campaign ad Twitter censored, and then released in full.A president whose account Twitter declined to...

Snap's stock rises further the day after its biggest jump since IPO

Snap Inc.’s stock rose again Thursday after shares of the Snapchat maker enjoyed their best daily gain since the day of the company’s stock market debut in March. The stock was up 51 cents, or 3%, to $16.49 a share in midday trading after surging 11.4% on Wednesday following a positive report from...

Totally driverless cars could be on California roads by June 2018

Driverless cars — with nobody behind the wheel — could be on California roads and highways by June 2018. That doesn’t mean you’ll be able to buy a completely driverless car next year, or even hitch a ride in one. The technology is still being developed. The driverless cars that may begin appearing...

As bids for Amazon's headquarters come due, tech has a chance to spread the wealth

As Amazon established its dominance in online retail, logistics and cloud computing, the company’s headquarters in Seattle grew appropriately massive. Today it represents a $5 billion investment in 33 buildings, 8 million square feet and more than 40,000 employees. Just this month, the digital...

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