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Pebble smartwatch maker calls it quits, proving that being first doesn't guarantee success

When smartwatch maker Pebble Technology Corp. went up against Apple and Google last year, industry insiders described it as a battle between David and Goliath.  On Wednesday, David lost. Pebble, one of the first companies to manufacture smartwatches, announced on its website that it would shut...

Soylent CEO still hasn't removed remnants of shipping-container home, prosecutor says

With Los Angeles prosecutors bearing down over his unsightly shipping container of a home, Soylent Chief Executive Robert Rhinehart took action. He removed the giant structure from his hilltop property in July and apologized for disrupting neighbors with his housing experiment. But since then,...

Instagram is the latest social media firm to tweak its app in an attempt to prevent harassment

Instagram on Tuesday announced policy changes intended to combat online bullying that has, for some users, turned the photo-sharing service into a platform for harassment. Kevin Systrom, co-founder and chief executive of Instagram, said the social network is rolling out three features that give users...

Trump takes credit for SoftBank CEO's pledge to invest $50 billion in the U.S.

After meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday, Japanese tech billionaire Masayoshi Son said he will invest $50 billion in the United States and would “commit” to creating 50,000 new jobs over an unspecified time period. Son is the founder and chief executive of SoftBank, one of Japan's...

When it comes to screen attachment, it's not just the kids

Sure, tweens and teens spend hours a day as relative screen zombies, eyes fixed and faces aglow in the radiant light of their pocket screens. (You don't have to be a parent to know that.) But that's not the end of the story. Mom and Dad, it seems you have more in common with the kids than you might...

Like Kanye West but hate Chipotle? Start-up Ranker helps brands tailor ads for you

If Fox Searchlight Pictures wants to increase attendance at its new film “Jackie,” it might consider pitching fans of "True Detective,” “The Hunger Games” and Keira Knightley. So says Ranker, a Los Angeles start-up that gets more than 10 million votes on its website each month about what's cool...

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube team up to fight terrorist propaganda

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online. The program announced Monday would create a database of unique digital “fingerprints” to help automatically identify videos or images the companies...

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...

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