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Lyft rolls out 24-hour phone support for drivers

Among the biggest frustrations of ride-hailing drivers is finding a way to get in touch with on-demand transportation companies when they have a question or a problem. And among the biggest problems for on-demand transportation companies is frustrated drivers. To help keep its drivers content,...

Available soon: Sex robots with artificial intelligence

Come January, lifelike sex robots will be one step closer. That’s when a Southern California company will unveil Harmony, an anatomically correct sex doll with a patented animatronic talking head with programmable personality and memory. News of creator Matt McMullen’s latest invention — he’s been...

Obama tried to give Mark Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook

Nine days after Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as "crazy" the idea that fake news on his company's social network played a key role in the U.S.’s November election, then-President Obama pulled aside the youthful tech billionaire and delivered what he hoped would be a wake-up...

The hardest job in tech? Convincing start-ups to move to Sacramento

Before a techie leaves Silicon Valley for another tech hub, Sacramento is swooping in.

The thinking behind Snapchat's sports and weather filters

The most-pressing question for Snap is whether it can continue to grow the informational repertoire quickly and affordably as competitors such as Instagram race to catch up.

U.S. government must stop using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software. Should you switch too?

After the U.S. government banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Lab software last week, worries rippled through the consumer market for antivirus software. Best Buy and Office Depot said they will no longer sell software made by the Russian company, although one security researcher said...

If Google invests in Lyft, what does that mean for Uber?

Uber was the indisputable No. 1 player in the domestic on-demand transportation industry. And by its workforce size, passenger count and capital raised, it still is. But reports on Thursday from Bloomberg and Axios that Google's parent company, Alphabet, is mulling a $1 billion investment in Uber's...

California Internet privacy bill could have nationwide sway — if it passes

California’s Legislature is poised to vote Friday on a landmark Internet privacy bill, one that could quickly become a bellwether for the rest of the country. But the measure is opposed by large Internet providers and tech companies, in an unusual alliance that could doom efforts by privacy groups...

SoFi CEO resigns abruptly, facing allegations of fostering toxic culture

Mike Cagney, the co-founder and chief executive of financial services start-up SoFi, stepped down from the company Friday amid allegations that he fostered a culture at the company that enabled sexual harassment. The company’s executive chairman, Tom Hutton, will become interim CEO. “The business...

Alphabet, Google's parent company, reportedly in talks to invest $1 billion in Lyft

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is in talks to invest $1 billion in Lyft, according to reports from Bloomberg and Axios, which cite sources with knowledge of the matter. Spokespeople for Alphabet and Lyft declined to confirm the report. The funding could come from either Google itself or CapitalG,...

People's obsession with Bitmoji has given Snapchat a quiet lead in mixed-reality battle

They've become such an important form of self-expression that it's common to encounter people who say they regularly update their Bitmoji avatars to reflect new hair-dos and fashion styles.

Google faces class-action suit alleging gender pay discrimination

Google faces a new lawsuit accusing it of gender-based pay discrimination. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class-action status for the claim. The suit, filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, follows a federal labor investigation that made a preliminary...

New iPhones could make augmented reality a mainstream reality

The runaway success of “Pokémon Go” last year taught the world at least two things. One: Lots of people love Pokémon. And two: Creating good augmented reality — the kind that superimposes 3-D objects into the real world and convinces people they’re actually chasing a Pikachu — is really, really...

Start-up Bodega learns important branding lesson; apologizes after Internet outrage

Start-ups often frame themselves as plucky upstarts intent on toppling bigger, entrenched rivals. This David-vs.-Goliath narrative has been used by tech firms to vilify corporate giants such as telecoms, banks, razor manufacturers and taxi companies. But on Wednesday, a start-up called Bodega found...

With iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple creates another tier of luxury

Apple today announced two new lines of its flagship device, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, creating a tiered system with two phones, each better than earlier models.

DreamHost considers fighting order to cough up info on visitors of anti-Tump website

Executives from a Los Angeles-based tech company said they are weighing whether to fight a judge's order to provide prosecutors with email addresses and other information from people who visited an anti-Trump website in the months leading to Inauguration Day. The company, DreamHost, filed a motion...

Credit reporting giant Equifax says data breach could affect 143 million U.S. consumers

Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting firms, announced Thursday that its computer systems had been breached, leading to the unauthorized access of Social Security numbers and birthdates of up to 143 million U.S. consumers. The company said the intrusion — enabled by a website...

How a potato chip entrepreneur in Lebanon became a big supporter of L.A. tech start-ups

Michael Daher and his son, Mark Daher, have invested in dozens of well-known start-ups and funds in the L.A. region.

South Korean court rejects Qualcomm's antitrust challenge

Qualcomm Inc. has lost its legal bid in South Korea to postpone implementation of changes in the way it licenses cellular patents — moves that were called for last year by that country’s anti-monopoly regulator. The San Diego company confirmed late Monday that the Seoul High Court had denied Qualcomm’s...

Roku, streaming TV box maker, files for an IPO

Roku, which says it has 15 million users of its video streaming devices, filed paperwork Friday to list its shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The Los Gatos, Calif., start-up has become the leading brand in the online-video device industry. It has managed to fend off competition from bigger names,...

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