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Uber tests car leasing program for drivers

Uber has spent the last five years connecting drivers with passengers. Now it's connecting drivers with car leases.

Watch Microsoft's goofy, geeked-out research video

Ever wonder how much work goes into new technologies such as virtual reality and its close cousin, augmented reality? As this video from Microsoft's researchers demonstrates, it's a lot. Even if you can't follow the technical language - it's unlikely you will - the thing is fun to watch.

Yahoo unveils new live video and texting app

Yahoo unveiled a live video texting app Wednesday that could boost the company's mobile presence and help it compete against Apple and Facebook.

Nokia is getting back in the game, starting with a virtual reality camera

Nokia, a king in the flip-phone era, was crushed when people switched to smartphones. It sold its struggling phone-making businesses last year to Microsoft, which recently killed most of it, and the company has been mostly quiet sin...

Windows 10: 10 features and issues to consider

People whose computers run on Windows 7 or Windows 8 can expect to receive notices on their desktops starting Wednesday that they can upgrade to Windows 10.

Facebook is giving you a peek at how it combats workplace inequality

When Facebook reported on the diversity of its workforce this year, the numbers weren't good.

Tech review: The best portable USB battery pack for daily use

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Smartphone batteries don't always last through a busy day, but a pocket-size USB battery pack can give your handset enough of a boost to survive the evening. After 40 hours of research and 65 hours of...

Microsoft hopes computer users show some love for Windows 10

Know someone required to use Microsoft Windows at work but who uses a Mac at home? Probably so.

Twitter posts huge 61% revenue increase in second quarter

Twitter blew past Wall Street expectations, reporting second-quarter revenue of $502 million, up 61% compared with a year earlier and well above analyst estimates of $481 million. 

Uber faces mounting roadblocks in Asia

We're more than halfway through the year, and it's clear that it's going to be a rough ride for Uber in Asia. Across the continent, the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company faces new rivals, new legal hurdles and other roadblock...

Korea company sprinkles $130 million on SoCal's "Cookie Jam" maker, SGN

Using $28 million in investment, former Myspace co-founder Chris DeWolfe has put together a successful little game company in Culver City with 200 employees and 500 million downloads of several casual-gaming hits such as "Cookie Jam" and "Book of Life."

New York City strikes Uber deal

A deal has been struck between New York City and Uber on the eve of a City Council vote that could have placed a cap on the number of cars the ride-hailing company can have on the streets of the nation's largest city.

Tech review: Best bluetooth keyboards

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. After testing 20 Bluetooth keyboards with a four-person panel, and using our favorites for months of daily work, we found the Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard K810/K811 (Windows/Mac) is the best...

Is Flipagram Los Angeles' latest breakout app start-up?

Snapchat, Tinder and Whisper get rattled off in the Los Angeles technology community as the area's biggest app start-ups.

When 'Black Twitter' sounds like 'White Twitter'

Tyga, a rapper best known for his 2011 hit "Rack City," is fighting allegations of an affair with a porn actress. Last week, a gossip site posted images of text messages between the two and nude pictures of Tyga, and as expected, Black Twitter has been all over it. But because the actress in question...

Reddit a tough sell for advertisers

Ellen Pao quit as interim chief executive at Reddit on Friday because, she said, she couldn't meet short-term revenue goals the board of directors had set.

Nearly all operating profit in smartphone business goes to Apple

During the first three months of the year, Samsung sold a lot more smartphones than No. 2 Apple - 30% more - but reaped just $1 in phone-related operating profit for every $6 Apple did.

Twitter removes flickering videos criticized by epilepsy organization

Twitter thought the bright flashes of two short videos it posted via Vine would attract viewers. An epilepsy support group in Britain thought the flickers would cause seizures.

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