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Silicon Valley's acquisition targets aren't just in tech anymore

For once, the target of an extravagant tech industry acquisition wasn’t a small start-up unfamiliar outside of Silicon Valley, but a household name. Few foresaw reaching an agreement Friday to buy grocery store Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. But the pending deal — a record purchase for...

Meet the man driving the future of Uber and Lyft in the California Legislature

A lawmaker who has written a number of bills making it easier for Uber, Lyft and taxis to operate talks about the future of the industry.

Rape victim sues Uber executives, claims defamation and privacy violations

A Texas woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India in 2014 filed a lawsuit against the ride-hailing company on Thursday, alleging that three current and former executives violated her privacy and defamed her when they accessed and shared her medical records after the attack. The plaintiff,...

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is on leave. Now what?

CEOs rarely take a leave of absence unless they're facing a serious problem.

Have investors allowed tech founders like Uber's Travis Kalanick to grow too powerful?

Silicon Valley knew well the aggressive corporate culture key to Uber's global dominance — and all about that culture's downsides. Tech workers had seen it in lawsuits filed against the ride-hailing service, candidates turning down jobs at the San Francisco company and those fleeing the firm amid...

Lyft is turning Uber's missteps into an opportunity

Lyft casts itself as the softer, kinder alternative to Uber. But there’s nothing gentle about the way the country’s second-largest ride-hailing company is capitalizing on its chief rival’s missteps. While Uber has been engulfed in months of turmoil, capped off Tuesday by the release of the findings...

Uber board member interrupts a woman to crack joke targeting women — at meeting on sexual harassment

Billionaire businessman David Bonderman, a member of Uber's board, apologized Tuesday for making what he called an "inappropriate" comment about women at a companywide meeting that was aimed at addressing the harassment of women and other unprofessional conduct within the company. At the event,...

Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick steps aside indefinitely

Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive, will take an indefinite leave from the company to grieve for his mother, who died in a boating accident last month. “Recent events have brought home for me that people are more important than work, and that I need to take some time off of the day-to-day...

Yahoo-Verizon deal closes. It's the fall of a giant, end of an era

So long, Yahoo. Of late it has been a laughingstock, but the company is also remembered fondly for its pioneering contributions to the technology industry and Silicon Valley. Yahoo Inc.’s tumultuous $4.5-billion sale to Verizon Communications Inc. closed Tuesday, and now the company has disappeared,...

Storage start-up Clutter wants to get into renting, selling and donating your junk

Clutter, a Culver City start-up that picks up, stores and returns goods to people, landed a $64-million investment to bring its storage service to more cities and launch new services.

Uber’s scandals test the patience of investors — and the public

When you're the hottest start-up in the world, investors will give you a pass for burning through as much as $1 billion a quarter. You're growing your business, after all. But when your company is consumed with complaints of pervasive harassment, mismanagement, executive firings and departures,...

Uber's board takes Holder's advice, which reportedly includes executive shake-up

Uber's board of directors has adopted a series of recommendations about its corporate culture from former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., which reportedly includes ordering Chief Executive Travis Kalanick to step down temporarily. A spokesman confirmed that the board met with Holder and Tammy...

At $18.08, Snap shares close at second-lowest price since IPO

Snap Inc. shares closed Friday near their lowest point ever before as investors weighed what to make of concerning growth estimates and an impending flood of new stock. The Los Angeles company that produces the Snapchat app has experienced a rocky journey on Wall Street since going public in early...

Yahoo and AOL are expected to cut about 2,100 jobs after Verizon deal closes

Verizon has a simple goal in buying Yahoo: It wants to challenge Google and Facebook in the huge and lucrative field of digital advertising. But Verizon faces its own challenge in doing so, given that it will be competing against a slew of other companies also looking to break in. Verizon wants...

Despite Silicon Beach, Los Angeles is merely America's 18th top tech city, report finds

Los Angeles is home to hot tech firms such as Snap Inc. and Tinder, but Silicon Beach still has a long way to go to rival the tech industries of Silicon Valley or San Francisco. That’s according to a new study by real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield that ranks Los Angeles 18th among the nation’s...

Uber won’t name and shame the alleged harassers it fired, but it doesn't have to

Uber fired 20 staffers following a report into harassment at the ride-hailing giant, but it did not release the names of those terminated. Here's why.

Amazon offers discount on Prime for people on food stamps is offering a discount on its Prime membership for people who have low incomes and receive government assistance, positioning itself as an even greater competitor to retail giant Wal-Mart. Customers with a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer card — used for programs such as the Supplemental...

Cornerstone OnDemand reimagines the corporate training video experience

Cornerstone OnDemand wants to freshen up corporate human resources videos with some of the features familiar to anyone who uses YouTube.

Can tech companies do more to stop terrorism?

British Prime Minister Theresa May says tech companies can do more to stop terrorism.

Palmer Luckey, Oculus founder, said to be planning a new border security start-up

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey faced backlash for contributing thousands of dollars to an organization that hoped to elect then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. For his next act, Luckey is working on technology that could serve one of Trump’s signature issues: border walls. Luckey, who earlier...

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