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Obama administration's OK means Airbnb can open its Cuba bookings to all travelers

Online lodging service Airbnb is allowing travelers from around the world to book stays in private homes in Cuba after the San Francisco-based company received a special authorization from the Obama administration, Airbnb announced Sunday. Airbnb was the first major American company to enter Cuba...

Santa Monica firm says it has found a way to salt away electricity, literally

In the energy world, the ability to store electricity at an affordable price is the treasure sought by utility engineers and financial wizards. SolarReserve believes it has found a solution. The Santa Monica company recently completed what it touts as a first-of-its-kind solar power plant that...

Pope Francis now has an Instagram account

Pope Francis is expanding his presence on social media with an Instagram account. See more of our top stories on Facebook >> The pontiff, who has more than 26 million followers on Twitter, made his debut Saturday on Instagram, a photo-sharing site. On the eve of the launch, a Vatican communications...

The return of doctor house calls: Convenient, but at what cost?

An alert popped up on Dr. Sam Kim's smartphone: a 7-year-old with a cough. Would you be comfortable seeing this patient? Kim clicked yes and hopped in his car on a recent Saturday morning. Black bag in hand, white coat donned, he knocked on the door of a home on a tree-lined street in La Canada...

Verizon reports outages across Southern California

Verizon customers experienced outages Friday across swaths of Southern California from Los Angeles to San Diego. Customers began complaining on social media of problems making calls in the mid-afternoon. A company spokeswoman said Verizon was aware of the outages but did not know what had caused...

As housing costs soar, commune-style living becomes a business model

OAKLAND — Jay Standish showed off a three-story house in the leafy neighborhood of Adams Point, pausing at the home's top-floor kitchen. "That's the second kitchen," he said, motioning toward the refrigerator, stove-top, sink and toaster ovens. "It's good for when there's high traffic in the downstairs...

Snapchat hires Pandora veteran as vice president of product

Snapchat this week hired a Pandora veteran as its new vice president of product, a high-profile addition to an executive team that has become something of a revolving door. Tom Conrad, who most recently served as chief technology officer at the streaming music site, will join the Venice start-up,...

A solution to tech's lingering diversity problem? Try thinking about ketchup

Diversity is a hot, and controversial, topic in Silicon Valley. But why do so many people care about it? At first glance, the answer may seem simple: Improving minorities' access to tech jobs is the right thing to do. But when I moderated a panel Monday at SXSW on diversity in the tech industry,...

Silicon Valley Comic Con comes with an extra dose of tech

SAN FRANCISCO — There's a huge conference coming to Silicon Valley, hosted by one of the biggest names in technology. But this gathering isn't the Silicon Valley Innovation Summit, Google developer's conference or the Game Developers Conference — it's a different get-together for the geek-minded....

Apple reasserts its claim that forcing it to help the FBI unlock an iPhone would be illegal

In its back-and-forth legal wrangling with the FBI over a killer's locked iPhone, Apple got a final word in Tuesday — arguing again in court papers that forcing the company to help federal officials access the phone would be illegal and dangerous. The filing in U.S. District Court in Riverside...

UberEats launches in Los Angeles, aiming to succeed where others have failed

Uber Technologies Inc.'s hard-charging strategy and breakneck fundraising isn't just scaring the taxi industry. The ride-hailing pioneer is also starting to rattle the food-delivery business, an industry that raised a record $5.7 billion in venture capital globally last year compared with Uber's...

Four takeaways from AlphaGo's victory over a world champion Go player

With a decisive victory over a world champion Go player, a computer program not only mastered what may be the world's most complex board game, it also changed the scope of future AI research. Google DeepMind's AlphaGo defeated Lee Sedol for the fourth time in a five-game match, wrapping up the...

Instagram to show posts in order of 'relevance,' like Facebook's news feed

Instagram users could soon notice something different in their feeds: Instead of showing users the most recent posts first, the mobile photo-sharing app says it will give higher priority to posts that each user is likely to care about most. If that sounds familiar, it's because that's how Facebook...

Twitch premieres food channel, starting with Julia Child and making good on early goal

Cooking shows. News reports. Musical performances. Tips and tricks on sports and video games. The mishmash of live programming was meant to attract millions of viewers to the website Justin.tv and turn the young online video service into an advertising machine. A decade later and under a different...

3 realistic solutions to prevent another FBI-Apple fight over encryption

Since the 1990s, U.S. law enforcement has expressed concern about "going dark," defined as an inability to access encrypted communications or data even with a court order. Silicon Valley companies are rolling out encrypted products that allow users alone to access their data, and in the wake of...

Mucker Capital, falling optimism and Stanley McChrystal among week's L.A. tech highlights

A new $45-million fund will allow Santa Monica venture capital firm Mucker Capital to make bigger investments, but it won't lead to a significant change in strategy, said managing director Erik Rannala. The fund, closed early this year and announced last week, is a step up from the $20 million...

Researchers' idea will blow you away: 656-foot long blades on wind turbines

Efforts to increase wind power mean that turbine blades are getting bigger and bigger. But a new design in the works takes the idea to levels most people can barely imagine: Blades up to 656.2 feet long — more than two football fields. Today's longest blades are 262.5 feet. The blades at Imperial...

Honest Co. faces big questions after lawsuits, expose

When Honest Co. launched five years ago, the Santa Monica firm targeted a market uncommon among start-ups: diapers. But thanks to its promise of nontoxic products and the allure of its celebrity co-founder Jessica Alba, it quickly built a customer base wary of the ingredients in its larger mass-market...

Jessica Alba's Honest laundry detergent said to contain forbidden ingredient

The Honest Co. built its reputation as an environmentally minded alternative to everyday consumer products such as soaps, lotions and cleaning products — winning over fans and media attention with its celebrity co-founder, actress Jessica Alba. But the Santa Monica company’s image as a safer brand...

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