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Unlocking cellphones is legal again; here's the skinny on the law

In a big win for consumers, President Obama on Friday signed into law the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which makes it legal once again for consumers to unlock their cellphones.

Beats officially joins Apple as $3-billion deal closes

Apple Inc. has finalized its $3-billion deal for Beats, adding a lineup of headphones, speakers and streaming music service to its core products of iPhones, iPads and Macs.

Google sells one of its mystery barges in Portland, Maine

Google has sold one of the two barges that were the subject of global fascination after they were uncovered by reporters last fall.

Ford to app developers: Come to our Vegas conference

In an attempt to get more software developers to build apps for vehicles, Ford Motor Co. will host what it calls the auto industry’s first app developers conference.

Apple slicing Beats

About 200 positions at Beats could be eliminated as the Culver City headphone maker and streaming music service folds into Apple Inc., according to a Bloomberg report.

Shazam expands to Mac computers

On its quest to get its technology on as many of your devices as possible, Shazam has released a new version of its audio-identification service built for Apple computers.

BitTorrent unveils NSA-proof online calling and messaging software

BitTorrent Inc., the San Francisco company behind the most popular technology for sharing files online, is branching out into a new arena: snoop-proof calling and texting.

Snapchat value could hit $10 billion with possible Alibaba investment

Last year, Snapchat decided Facebook's $3-billion offer wasn't cool. You know what's cool? $10 billion.

Manatt, ICM, Originate launch O Labs, new investment arm for startups

A law firm, a marketing agency and a software development company have formed a joint venture based in Los Angeles to incubate startups building products and services in line with the needs of major businesses, including video game publishers and Hollywood studios.

Electronic Arts launches video game subscription service for Xbox One

Electronic Arts Inc. announced a new subscription service Tuesday that would allow players to download some of its biggest titles for a $4.99-per-month membership.

Bitcoin trading website accused of defrauding thousands of customers

A major bitcoin-to-gold trading website is facing a class-action lawsuit after allegedly defrauding thousands of customers.

Twitter shares propelled upward on positive sales, user growth

Twitter saw steady growth in new users in the second quarter, beating most analyst expectations and providing some confidence to investors that the social network can convince more Internet users to join its flock.

Uber, Airbnb team up with Concur to cater to business travelers

In an effort to attract corporate accounts, Uber and Airbnb each announced plans to make it easier for businesses to use the ride-sharing and apartment-sharing services.

Privacy advocates want regulators to go after Facebook

Privacy advocates Tuesday called for government regulators to investigate Facebook’s tracking of users even when they’re on third-party sites, saying the change might violate a previous privacy agreement Facebook made with the government.

Amazon Fire Phone not enticing enough to leave Apple, Android made its boldest move yet into the electronics hardware business by entering the fiercely competitive smartphone market earlier this month with the release of the Amazon Fire Phone.

10 nonprofits receive gift of Web facelifts by L.A. coders

With help from buckets of Red Bull, trays of sandwiches and some last-minute cake, nearly 50 software developers stayed up for the better part of 24 hours last weekend in Santa Monica to build apps for nonprofit organizations.

Amazon jumps into 3-D printing market with bobbleheads, more

From personalized miniature bobbleheads to flower vases, Amazon’s new 3-D printing marketplace plans to simplify the 3-D printing process for consumers.

Apple to buy Swell, a talk-radio app, for $30 million, report says

Apple Inc. is reportedly set to pay $30 million to acquire Swell, a Pandora-like app for Internet talk radio. 

Pinterest, dominated by white and Asian workers, looks to diversify

Like many other big tech companies, Pinterest says it knows it has a problem with diversity, or lack thereof.

Bose accuses Beats Electronics of infringing its headphone patents

Audio systems maker Bose Corp. filed a complaint to stop the sale of several headphones made by Beats Electronics, accusing the Culver City firm of infringing several patents for noise-reduction methods.

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