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New insurance product will fill a gap for UberX, Lyft and Sidecar drivers

California's Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced the approval an insurance product from Farmers Insurance on Wednesday that could fill a gap in insurance coverage for drivers of on-demand transportation companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar.

Chinese investments in U.S. businesses are accelerating

Chinese investments in U.S. businesses, all but nonexistent 15 years ago, now total nearly $50 billion and could reach $200 billion by the end of the decade, according to a new study tracking the accelerating trend.

A 'touch of flirtation' goes a long way in salary negotiations

Ellen Pao, interim chief executive of Reddit, announced last month a ban on salary negotiations at the social media company. Her stated goal: to eliminate the persistent disadvantage that women have at the bargaining table.

What to do with a smartwatch? Little Labs says play the slots, for one

Someone shells out hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars for a smartwatch. Then what? Ariel Vardi doesn't have the answer, but he's confident after spending most of the last decade building games for cellphones that he can entertain people when they look down at a screen on their wrist.

Americans don't trust government and companies to protect their data

Americans have little faith the government or companies can keep their private records secure online, a new survey by the Pew Research Center shows.

Ready to play 'Guitar Hero' and 'Rock Band' again? Game makers hope so

Like rock 'n' rollers getting the band back together, Activision and Harmonix are resurrecting their music-based franchises "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band," titles that in 2008 at their peak generated more than $1.6 billion in North American sales.

Tech review: The best Android phones

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. After testing every flagship Android phone released in the last two years over hundreds of hours, we think the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best new phone for most people. It looks and feels fantastic, it's...

Mark Zuckerberg donates $5 million to help undocumented immigrants attend college

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have donated $5 million to help undocumented immigrants attend college, Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page.

AT&T hit with $100-million fine for its 'unlimited' data plans

Wireless carrier AT&T could be forced to pay $100 million after the Federal Communications Commission found that the company had slowed data networks for unlimited plan holders without informing them, the agency said Wednesday.

San Francisco Uber driver is employee, California labor office rules

The California labor commissioner's office has determined that a San Francisco-based Uber driver is an employee, not a contractor, of the popular ride-hailing service, according to a document filed in a San Francisco court Tuesday.

Video gaming fans welcomed to E3 for the first time

For the first time, E3 is allowing fans into its closely watched video gaming convention, starting today.

Start-up founders get all the glory, but 'joiners' are just as important

When it comes to thinking about entrepreneurship, we may be getting only half the picture.

Snapchat turns geofilter digital stickers into revenue source

Much of social media involves showing off where we are, whether it's watching a ballgame at Dodger Stadium, meeting Mickey Mouse at Disneyland or eating a pastrami sandwich at Langer's.

Technology to drive discussion at E3 video game industry conference

At the video game industry's big conference in Los Angeles, it's technology as much as the games that's driving discussions this year.

Uber's latest training and recruitment tool is a video game

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an Uber driver but don’t want to actually get behind the wheel, there’s now a game for that.

Court declines to stop net neutrality rules from taking effect Friday

A federal court on Thursday declined to halt implementation of tough new net neutrality regulations.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to step down

Dick Costolo is stepping down as chief executive of Twitter effective July 1, the company said Thursday.

Oculus shows off a smaller, lighter virtual reality headset for consumers

Facebook-owned Oculus VR showed off the long-awaited consumer version of its virtual reality headset Thursday, announcing features such as built-in 360-degree audio headphones, a constellation tracking system, an external sensor and a dial that adjusts the distance of the headset's lenses.

FTC cracks down on crowdfunding schemes, says Kickstarter funds spent on rent

In its first action involving the multibillion-dollar crowdfunding industry, the Federal Trade Commission charged that a man used money raised through Kickstarter for rent and other personal expenses instead of producing the board game he promised.

Google's latest project: reinventing cities

Google’s Chief Executive Larry Page has announced the tech giant’s latest moonshot, a new company whose mission is to revolutionize urban life.

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