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Why Facebook is celebrating 46 years of online friendship

Facebook's making some of its users feel a lot older than they really are. The social network sent automated messages Thursday inviting some users to celebrate "46 years of friendship on Facebook" with one or more of their online friends. That's odd, since Facebook only started in 2004. And some...

Golfer's hedge fund bids on Nabi tablet maker

The bidding war for Fuhu, the maker of children’s tablets that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early December, has begun. The hedge fund founded by Australian golfer Greg Norman, Great White Shark Opportunity Fund LP, made a $10-million bid for the El Segundo tablet manufacturer on Wednesday. The...

Twitter revises policy banning threats and abuse

Twitter has revised its rules of conduct to emphasize that it prohibits violent threats and abusive behavior by users, promising a tough stance at a time when critics are calling for the online service to adopt a harder line against extremists. While the new policy unveiled Tuesday doesn't substantively...

Livestream security breach may have exposed customer data

Video live-streaming service Livestream notified customers Thursday of a security breach that may have given unauthorized persons access to user information such as email addresses, encrypted passwords, dates of birth and phone numbers.The New York company, which boasted 10,000 paying customers...

Why social media profiles of visa applicants, job seekers and borrowers are being scanned

A Los Angeles entrepreneur developing technology for social media background checks sees value in trawling the Web to guess how people behave offline, a controversial topic after the San Bernardino terrorist attack led lawmakers to demand online scrubs of visa applicants. Ben Mones’ Fama Technologies...

How can we make sure that driverless cars are safe?

Ready or not, the robots are coming. There will be cars driving themselves, with no steering wheel for us to grab. Delivery drones will maneuver around patio furniture and vegetable gardens to drop packages in backyards. Delivery carts on sidewalks will hum along, bringing pizza boxes to our front...

FCC asking if free-data plans from T-Mobile, AT&T and Comcast break Internet rules

Federal regulators are looking into new offerings, such as T-Mobile's Binge On, that exempt video and other services from data caps to determine whether they violate new rules for Internet traffic. Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said Thursday the agency sent letters...

EU passes strict new data collection regulations

The European Union has passed strict new data collection rules that will affect how Facebook, Snapchat and other social media giants do business in the region. "More than 90% of Europeans say they want the same data protection rights across the EU -- and regardless of where their data is processed:...

Apple Maps now includes transit information for Los Angeles

Apple has added public transit information for Los Angeles to its Apple Maps app. The transit feature is now live, mapping bus and Metro routes for iPhone users as well as showing scheduled arrival times at different stops. The app also combines transportation options and shows what's nearby, such...

Data startups, Riot Games data and more among week's L.A. tech highlights

Data up! Three Southland startups raised significant cash last week, all sharing similar business plans: They analyze data to boost other companies’ revenue. Los Angeles-based Factual raised $35 million from a big group of investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Altpoint Ventures, Index Ventures,...

RideAmigos app helps institutions manage their carpooling programs

Fed up with long commutes in New York City, Jeffrey Chernick ditched his Wall Street job to see if technology could offer a solution. He came up with RideAmigos, now based in Venice, which creates ride-matching software to revive the decades-old idea of carpooling. "Eliminating traffic, that's...

Surf Air to increase membership by $200, to $1,950 a month

All-you-can-fly membership airline Surf Air is raising its prices by $200: Beginning next year, new customers will have to pay at least $1,950 a month to become a member. But existing members and those who sign up by the end of the month will be grandfathered in at the current starting price of...

Twitter is now delivering ads to users without accounts

Wall Street has been griping for years that Twitter Inc. is missing opportunities to generate more revenue with its vast audience.But in a major step announced Thursday that could ease some of those complaints, the social media giant said it would start delivering ads to the 500 million users who...

Judge expands class in Uber driver lawsuit

Uber drivers: 2. Uber: 0.After delivering a blow to Uber in September by certifying a class that brought a worker misclassification lawsuit against the on-demand transportation company, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen dealt another blow Wednesday when he ruled to expand that class.The class size...

This brick-and-mortar store wants to sell you the Internet of Things

In a store under construction off the University Avenue shopping strip in Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, workmen tinker and tarps cover the walls. The new retail shop is unlike those around it and will offer unique items: It will sell the Internet of Things.To the layman, this may sound like tech...

SGN buys game development studios Fat Rascal and Kiwi

Former MySpace Chief Executive Chris DeWolfe and his mobile game company SGN are on a buying spree. The goal: become a mobile-games giant as the crowded industry inevitably consolidates. Culver City-based SGN announced Wednesday the acquisition of Fat Rascal Games Inc. and Kiwi Inc. in what looks...

Yahoo scraps original Alibaba spinoff plan

Yahoo is scrapping its original plan to spin off its prized stake in China's Alibaba Group and will instead explore breaking off the rest of its business into a new company. Yahoo shares gained more than 2% in premarket trading. The change of heart announced Wednesday comes after Yahoo's board...

ESports video streamer Azubu gets nearly $60 million in debt sale

Azubu Inc. is taking on Twitch and YouTube. Those two huge online distributors of video about video games have deep pockets. Still, investors see potential. Sherman Oaks-based Azubu announced Wednesday that it raised nearly $60 million in cash by selling debt to British investment firm Sapinda...

Hyperloop Technologies to test engine component in Nevada

A company seeking to bring Elon Musk’s hyperloop transportation concept into reality plans to begin work this month on a small test site in North Las Vegas. Los Angeles-based Hyperloop Technologies Inc. announced Tuesday that a 0.6-mile track it's building in the Mountain View Industrial Park will...

Apple reportedly will upgrade next-generation Watch in March

The Apple rumor mill is churning especially early, with a report saying the company will hold an event in March to unveil the second-generation Apple Watch. Tech blog 9to5Mac, citing unnamed sources, said the new watch could go on sale in April, about a year after the first Apple Watch was released....

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