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Uber is making surge pricing more transparent - but a little less obvious

Many an Uber passenger has been shocked by the cost of a ride as a result of the company’s controversial surge-pricing policy.  That might change under a new “no surprises” approach to fares that the ride-hailing giant announced Friday. Uber isn’t doing away with surge pricing – its strategy of raising fares...

In Silicon Valley, Obama says young start-up executives are the antidote to a global divide

As global markets recoiled from Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, President Obama told a group of budding entrepreneurs that it was their job to bring the world closer together. Speaking to crowd of nearly 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors and reporters at the Global Entrepreneurship...

Snapchat users could get paid for selfies with products, patent application suggests

Snapchat Inc. could begin paying users to post photos and videos, according to patent filings. Through its popular Live Stories feature, the Venice company produces highlight reels of events across the world made up of user-submitted images related to specific cities, sports games, concerts or...

Twilio shares soar 70% in stock market debut, boding well for other tech IPOs

Twilio Inc. shares soared 70% after the San Francisco technology company's debut on the stock market Thursday. The firm makes software that helps companies communicate with their customers and employees through text messages, phone notifications and in other ways. Ride-hailing app Uber, for example,...

Upfront Ventures draws VR, software investor Kobie Fuller from Silicon Valley

Los Angeles’ largest venture capital fund has poached an investor from Silicon Valley with expertise in a pair of hot sectors locally: marketing software and virtual reality technology. Upfront Ventures announced Thursday that Kobie Fuller plans to move with his family to Los Angeles and join the...

On-demand business models have put some start-ups on life support

Last summer, flower delivery start-up BloomThat was in an enviable position. The  two-year-old San Francisco company had raised more than $5 million in venture capital funding. It had earned tech world pedigree after graduating from the prestigious incubator Y Combinator. And it had its roots firmly...

Apple pressures Unicode into pulling rifle emoji

Thanks to pressure from Apple, a new set of emojis will not contain a rifle. The Unicode Consortium -- the shadowy overlords who approve and code new emojis -- said Friday that a depiction of a scoped shooting rifle has been pulled from the Unicode 9.0 release on June 21, BuzzFeed News reported....

Waze begins steering drivers away from nerve-racking L.A. intersections

The popular navigation app Waze is known for steering drivers toward briskly moving side streets. But avoiding traffic-choked main roads altogether is difficult, so users would often find themselves forced to make stressful left turns from tiny streets onto a multi-lane arteries – sometimes without...

TV show based on 'Skylanders' video game coming to Netflix

The first production from Activision Blizzard’s new TV-and-film studio will debut on Netflix this fall. The world’s most popular streaming video subscription service announced Thursday that “Skylanders Academy,” based on the bestselling console game, has been picked up for a pair of 13-episode...

China's Didi Chuxing raises $7 billion to fend off Uber

China’s dominant ride-hailing and taxi company, Didi Chuxing, has one-upped Uber with its latest funding round, reportedly raising $7 billion just weeks after Uber raised $3.5 billion from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign investment fund. Included in the round is a $1-billion investment from Apple, $600...

Here's why companies leave you in the dark about hacks for months

Companies breached by computer hackers must inform customers that their personal information has been compromised. But when?  As 30 journalists learned at a cybersecurity demonstration last month, there’s value to holding off. Being immediately upfront with customers gives victims time to clamp...

Electronic Arts gets into e-sports, with $1-million 'Madden' championship

Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. plans to award $1 million over the next year to top players of its latest “Madden NFL” title. The prize money is a selling point for a new, four-tournament series beginning this fall, marking the first e-sports initiative from the nation’s second-most-profitable...

Millions of Twitter users' information reportedly stolen but breach denied

Millions of Twitter users’ credentials reportedly are being offered for sale by a hacker, but Twitter Inc. says the information was not stolen or leaked through a data breach at the social media company. The website LeakedSource said it received a cache of Twitter data that contains 32 million...

Diversity takes center stage at Airbnb's annual tech conference

Airbnb’s annual tech conference, OpenAir, has traditionally focused on engineering challenges: how to grow a platform, how to use big data, how to better match people looking for short-term lodging with those who have rooms for rent.  This year, the conference focused on a different challenge for...

Online video execs launch investment and consulting firm Creatv

Peter Csathy, a digital media executive who has tracked the rise of online video for more than a decade, has launched an advisory and investment company named Creatv. The Los Angeles firm pulls together executives with backgrounds in online video, venture capital and social media to form an advisory...

Tony Fadell steps down as head of smart-home firm Nest

Tony Fadell is stepping down as chief executive of Nest, the home-automation firm he founded and sold to Google. The departure, which was announced Friday in a blog post, comes as Fadell faced increasing criticism at Google, now called Alphabet Inc., because of his abrasive management style. Nest,...

Uber and Lyft team up to deliver for Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has enlisted ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to help it battle rising grocery competitor Amazon.com Inc. The two San Francisco firms will partner with Wal-Mart to get last-mile grocery deliveries to customers as part of a test program starting in two weeks. Uber will deliver...

Saudi Arabia pours $3.5 billion into Uber

Uber said Wednesday that it is getting a massive cash infusion from Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich nation's sovereign investment fund is putting $3.5 billion into the global transportation company and will get a seat on Uber's board of directors. Funding for new tech companies has been slowing in recent...

Salesforce buys Demandware for $2.8 billion, gaining more e-commerce power

Salesforce.com Inc. has acquired e-commerce platform maker Demandware Inc. in a transaction worth about $2.8 billion, as the cloud-computing software firm looks to become more of a one-stop shop for companies that want to sell things online. San Francisco-based Salesforce said it would pay $75...

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Microsoft agree to help EU fight hate speech

The European Union reached an agreement Tuesday with some of the world's biggest social media firms, including Facebook and Twitter, on ways to fight the spread of hate speech online. Under the terms of a code of conduct, the firms, which also include YouTube and Microsoft, have committed to “quickly...

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