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This 24-year-old venture capitalist is using UC Berkeley as his own incubator

Meet the 24-year-old venture capitalist using UC Berkeley as his own incubator Universities have in recent years awakened to the fact that students can help them make money through more than just tuition and board. Stanford University started investing in students’ start-ups in 2013. Harvard University...

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google's online library of books

The Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge to Google Inc.'s online book library from authors who said the project makes it harder for them to market their work. The justices let stand lower court rulings in favor of Mountain View, Calif.-based Google and rejected the authors' claim that...

Taxi-for-kids service Shuddle plans to close, citing fundraising challenges

The tough fundraising environment has claimed another victim -- Shuddle, the Bay Area taxi service for kids, which announced that it will shut down Friday. "As we all have seen in today’s headlines, it is an extremely challenging environment for raising new capital,” Doug Aley, Shuddle’s chief...

Landscaping moves into the house

Robert Jimenez-McWilliams is a landscaper, but you won't find his work outdoors. The Palm Springs designer specializes in interior plantscaping. He works with interior decorators and general landscapers to bring leafy greenery to interior spaces, paying artful consideration not just to what plant...

Why does Facebook pay BuzzFeed? It got 3.1 million people to watch a watermelon explode

Viral video maker BuzzFeed got at least 3.1 million people to flip over to Facebook to watch a pair of people in hazmat suits and goggles wrap rubber bands around a watermelon until it exploded. The live stunt Friday placed a major spotlight on Facebook Live, the social media company's push to...

Uber agrees to $25-million settlement in misleading-advertising suit

Uber agreed to a $25-million settlement in a lawsuit alleging the ride-hailing company misled and overcharged customers in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey and San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascon filed the consumer protection lawsuit against Uber in...

FBI director says its hack is for iPhone 5C only; feds debate sharing method with Apple

The FBI has not decided whether to share with Apple Inc. details about how the bureau hacked into an iPhone linked to a California terrorism investigation, the bureau's director said Wednesday. James Comey discussed the situation during a speech Wednesday evening at Kenyon College in Ohio. He called...

Uber has 50,000 drivers with ties to the military, and it wants more

Uber boasts 50,000 drivers who are veterans, service members or military spouses -- and it wants to recruit even more.The San Francisco company announced Thursday plans to offer bonuses for veteran referrals, expand its ride-hailing service to military bases, and donate $1 million to organizations...

Is your Internet service a sweet deal? FCC unveils nutrition-like broadband labels to aid consumers

Consumers will be better able to determine if they're getting a sweet deal on high-speed Internet access and avoid indigestion when they open their bills by using nutrition-like labels for broadband service unveiled Monday by federal regulators. Modeled on the rectangular Nutrition Facts labels...

FCC votes to make low-income Americans eligible for subsidy for high-speed Internet service

Low-income Americans will be eligible for a monthly subsidy of $9.25 to receive high-speed Internet service in an effort approved by federal regulators on Thursday to close the so-called digital divide and expand access to broadband. The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines...

What does Snapchat know about you? New tool offers some answers

Snapchat released an update Tuesday that makes it more competitive with chat apps from Facebook and Google by providing for audio-clip sharing, video calling and additional emojis. But lost in users' excitement for the new features was another significant launch, one that doesn't actually reside...

Quiz: Is this a way to hack an iPhone ... or kill James Bond?

So far, nobody has proved successful at hacking the iPhone at the heart of the Apple-FBI fight or at killing James Bond. But people have thought of lots of ways to try. Our challenge to you: See if you can tell whether each of these methods is a real technique suggested for hacking that iPhone...

Uber will fly you to Coachella -- for $4,170 each way

Want to get from Los Angeles to Coachella Valley in less than an hour? Uber will take you — for $4,170 one way. The on-demand transportation company is offering its novelty UberCHOPPER helicopter service to people in Los Angeles County and Orange County during the three weekends when the Coachella...

Redbox could launch a streaming service again

Redbox, the operator of DVD rental kiosks found in supermarkets and convenience stores, is reportedly attempting to launch a video streaming service again. The Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., company is testing a new platform called Redbox Digital, which will compete with established video-on-demand services...

Activist investor Starboard pushes to replace Yahoo's entire board

Starboard Value LP nominated an entirely new board at Yahoo Inc. on Thursday, setting up a battle between the activist investor and the faded Internet company. Starboard, which owns about 1.7% of outstanding shares, sent a letter to Yahoo investors that said company leaders have failed to deliver...

Gender pay gap widest among computer programmers, study says

SAN FRANCISCO — For all the lip service the technology industry pays about valuing diversity and equality, it has struggled to close the gender pay gap, according to new research from Glassdoor, a website where current and former employees anonymously review companies and management. The report,...

Wikia's arrival, Ring funding and Locent tweet storm are among week's L.A. tech highlights

Wikia is the latest media start-up to set up a video production studio in Los Angeles -- and the latest to join the crowded field covering pop culture topics. Earlier this year, Wikia launched entertainment website Fandom to carry a mix of stories and videos from professionals and amateurs about...

U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on damages in Apple-Samsung patent case

They had been recognizable hallmarks of smartphones for years: Rectangular bodies. Rounded edges. And a colorful grid of app icons. But Apple Inc., which had patented the designs, took aim at rival Samsung Electronics Co. in 2011, accusing it of illegally copying the look in its phones. A federal...

Five theories why the FBI postponed a major hearing in case against Apple

A federal court on Monday signed off on the Justice Department's request to cancel a major hearing in a months-long battle with Apple Inc. over obtaining personal data from the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Prosecutors said the government needed time to test "a possible method for...

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