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L.A.'s latest $1-billion tech company has a female CEO

Therese Tucker tried studying business and art. She tried launching a wealth management software start-up. And she tried selling her company.  But at each juncture, Tucker thought better of it. She pivoted toward opportunities she came to judge as more fulfilling and sensible. The open mindset...

Uber drivers deserve paid vacation and minimum wage, British court rules

Uber's claim that its drivers are contractors — and not employees entitled to vacations — was rejected Friday by a British tribunal in a ruling that may have implications for a range of companies that rely on self-employed workers.  The employment tribunal ruled that the two drivers who brought...

Family sues Amazon over hoverboard blamed for burning down their house

A family is suing Amazon for selling a hoverboard blamed for starting a fire that burned their $1 million home in Nashville.  The Tennessean reports that the Fox family's lawsuit says Amazon had information about the dangers of the product before the Jan. 9 fire.  The lawsuit was filed in Davidson...

Google parent Alphabet rakes in profit, and YouTube is one of its rising stars

YouTube has emerged as a rising star in Google's cast of services as the online video site upstages cable television for a younger generation of viewers. As more advertising dollars flow to YouTube, it's making the already hugely profitable Google even more prosperous. On Thursday, Google's corporate...

Apple refreshes Mac lineup with new keyboard touch functions

Apple is announcing long-awaited updates to its Mac computers, aiming to spark consumer interest in a product line that often seems overshadowed by newer gadgets like the iPad and iPhone. As widely speculated, Apple will add a new touch-sensitive panel to the MacBook Pro, its top-of-the-line laptop....

Twitter to slash 9% of its workforce worldwide

Twitter Inc. plans to lay off a few hundred employees, mostly in sales and marketing, as the social media service strives to produce an annual profit for the first time next year. Initiatives such as streaming live video of NFL games are helping boost ad sales at Twitter, but not quickly enough...

Qualcomm buying NXP Semiconductors in $38-billion deal

Smartphone chip-maker Qualcomm Inc. is buying NXP Semiconductors in a deal valued at approximately $38 billion. NXP shareholders are to receive $110 for each share they own. That's an 11.5% premium to the company's Wednesday closing price of $98.66. The companies put the deal's total value at about...

Snapchat IPO could bring in billions for company

Snapchat’s parent company expects to raise up to $4 billion by going public early next year, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Snap Inc.’s IPO plans remain in flux, but sources familiar with the discussions have told The Times the company expects to raise at $2 billion at minimum. That would be close...

Van Gogh and Picasso have new company at MoMA: Emojis

Nearly two decades ago, Shigetaka Kurita was given the task of designing simple pictographs that could replace Japanese words for the growing number of cellphone users communicating with text messages. Kurita, who was working for the Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo at the time, came up with...

Sales of iPhones decline, but Apple predicts a better-than-expected holiday season

Apple says it sold 45.5 million iPhones in the last quarter, 5% fewer than it sold a year earlier. But the giant tech company's rosy forecast for the holidays was better than what Wall Street had been expecting. Apple reported Tuesday that its revenue declined 9% to $46.8 billion for the quarter...

Need Halloween decorations or camping gear? L.A. startup Joymode wants to be the Uber of that.

Apps have helped people share their homes, cars and technical skills. But stuff - specifically, the kind that spends most of the year in garages, closets and sheds - hasn't proved as easy to share. Enter Joymode. Rather than own stuff you'll seldom use, the start-up offers on-demand rentals. Planning a beach party?...

A massive cyberattack is blocking your favorite websites; Homeland Security is investigating

The Department of Homeland Security is investigating a massive cyberattack that barred users across the country from visiting Twitter, Spotify, SoundCloud and other sites Friday by targeting a firm responsible for routing Internet traffic their way. Dyn, a New Hampshire Internet services company, reported...

Possible iPhone 7 fire prompts Apple investigation

Apple Inc. said it’s looking into an Australian man’s allegation that an iPhone 7 ignited and set ablaze the car he’d left it in while surfing. Smartphones and other devices with lithium-ion batteries are known to be susceptible to fires in extreme conditions, so the lone incident is far from a...

Don't think of Amazon Echo as just a speaker. It's a whole new way of life

Stephanie Palermo wasn’t interested in living in a “smart home” outfitted with web-connected appliances controlled remotely by phone or computer. She didn’t need her fridge to have Wi-Fi or her blinds to close themselves. But when Amazon temporarily discounted its voice-controlled Echo speaker...

Now you can watch an NBA game in VR every week

Newport Beach start-up NextVR has partnered with NBA Digital to livestream at least one NBA game a week in virtual reality this season. The games can be viewed in virtual reality only through NBA League Pass, a subscription service that broadcasts games on multiple devices and on television. NBA...

Snapchat and Facebook have a new rival in their sights: television

Facebook and Snapchat have overtaken the home pages of Yahoo and Google as the front door to the Internet for hundreds of millions of people. Now, the two rivals are pursuing a much bigger challenge: surpassing television to become the dominant gateway to video. Tech firms see video as the next...

Vertical Mass: Where the entertainment industry goes to store and sell user data

Stream music? Go to concerts? Like a popular band on Facebook? There's a good chance information about you is available for sale to advertisers and other businesses on Vertical Mass. The nearly 3-year-old West Hollywood start-up provides user data storage and analysis software for companies in...

Salesforce rules out Twitter bid

Salesforce Chief Executive Marc Benioff on Friday ruled out buying Twitter, leaving the social network with no clear suitors. The San Francisco enterprise software company had been rumored in recent weeks to be the front-runner to snap up Twitter, with analysts saying that Salesforce could mine...

Yahoo data breach could have 'material impact' on deal with Verizon

Verizon’s deal to buy Yahoo for $4.83 billion could be on shaky ground after the Internet company disclosed last month a 2014 data breach that affected at least 500 million Yahoo accounts. The breach — one of the largest in the history of cyberattacks — included user data such as email addresses,...

HP Inc. plans to cut 3,000 to 4,000 jobs over the next 3 years

HP Inc. says it will cut 3,000 to 4,000 jobs over the next three years as it faces continued challenges in the markets for personal computers and printers. The cuts are in addition to 3,000 jobs that HP previously said it was trimming this fiscal year. A spokeswoman said the Palo Alto company has...

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