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Apple software exec: FBI demand in San Bernardino creates huge setback in security arms race

Apple’s top software developer said acceding to the FBI’s request in the San Bernardino terrorism case would cause the iPhone’s defenses “to fall behind” in a digital arms race against hackers. Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post...

Snapchat gets $175 million, but deal reflects softer financing landscape

Technology start-ups are increasingly settling for conservative funding deals as they attempt to get through a big dip in investor enthusiasm. The latest example came from a big name, Snapchat Inc., which recently received $175 million from the sale of shares by mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments,...

Google to use data in fight against Zika virus

Google is now involved in the fight against the Zika virus.The tech giant announced Thursday that it is giving UNICEF a $1-million grant to raise awareness about Zika transmission, and is also dedicating software engineering and data science resources to help process information about the virus’...

Snapchat employee data compromised in phishing attack

Snapchat Inc. has fallen victim to a phishing scam. A payroll department employee at the Venice company emailed sensitive personal information about 700 current and former workers to someone pretending to be Chief Executive Evan Spiegel on Friday, a spokeswoman said. The impostor received employees’...

Start-up makes sense of transit data

SAN FRANCISCO — On the Internet, traffic is easily tracked. Google and Facebook have algorithms that know what users are searching for. Online retailers can monitor what shoppers are buying. Newspapers can see in real-time how many readers are viewing an article. The same hasn't been true for traffic...

L.A. Yellow Cab's phone lines tied up in hacker attack and ransom demanded, firm says

Yellow Cab of Los Angeles has had its primary phone lines tied up by hackers since Wednesday night, forcing customer requests to be rerouted to a backup dispatch center, a company spokesman said Friday. Customer data doesn’t appear to have been compromised in the attack, spokesman Marco Soto said....

Apple's shareholder meeting is on Friday. Here's what we know

When the world’s most valuable company holds its annual meeting on Friday, the biggest question will be whether Apple shareholders get to grill top executives on their refusal to help the FBI break into an iPhone used by one of the killers in the San Bernardino attack. The meeting, scheduled for...

Chinese tech execs side with Apple -- or maybe just against the FBI

Chinese technology executives are weighing in on the standoff between Apple Inc. and the FBI — and they’re taking Apple’s side. Chinese Internet companies operate in one of the world’s most restrictive online environments, in which bowing to official censorship and surveillance demands is a necessity of...

Bill Gates on Apple-FBI fight: 'Government shouldn't have to be completely blind'

Microsoft Corp. cofounder Bill Gates has jumped into the debate over Apple Inc.'s fight with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attack, saying "the government shouldn't have to be completely blind." In an interview with the Financial Times published...

New virtual reality gadgets and signs of funding slowdown are among week's L.A. tech highlights

The virtual reality industry received more clarity Sunday as HTC announced the price and release date for its Vive headset and Samsung introduced a 360-degree camera. The news from the two Asian technology companies affects dozens of Los Angeles start-ups -- and bigger entertainment firms -- that...

Just what the doctor ordered: connectivity in medical devices

In a few years, patients with chronic breathing problems will puff on an Internet-connected inhaler that instantly sends data about how often the device is used to the medicine provider and doctors who monitor care. This is just one example of the potential benefits of bringing connectivity to...

Apple and feds reveal San Bernardino shooter's iCloud password was reset hours after attack

Senior Apple executives underscored Friday that they have no intention of backing down in a high-stakes fight with the FBI over an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December’s San Bernardino terror attack.  Separately on Friday, federal prosecutors and senior Apple executives also disclosed...

Apple-FBI battle over San Bernardino terror attack investigation: All the details

Authorities investigating the shooting in San Bernardino that killed 14 people in December -- the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since 9/11 -- recovered three cellphones belonging to the assailants. Two of them had been destroyed, while a third one found in the shooters' vehicle was locked...

Apple's fight with the FBI has readers divided

When Apple objected to an order by a federal judge to build software to help unlock an iPhone that belonged to one the San Bernardino terrorists, it set-off a heated national debate about privacy and the responsibilities of Silicon Valley. Readers have written emails and posted hundreds of comments...

Commercial carpooling is growing in Los Angeles, rideshare companies say

A bill legalizing commercial carpooling stalled in the California Legislature last summer, but that hasn’t stopped Californians from embracing the transportation option now offered by companies such as Uber and Lyft.Friday marked a year since Uber launched its carpooling service, UberPool, in Los...

Why Apple's fight with the FBI could have reverberations in China

It’s a battle that on its face appears to pit one of the biggest tech companies in the U.S. against the country’s most powerful law enforcement agency.  But the outcome of Apple’s standoff with the federal government over encryption could reverberate across the world, giving authoritarian governments...

Battle lines drawn over encryption as Apple rebuffs FBI

As hackers prove time and again that they can and will invade our digital lives, Apple Inc. has strengthened its security system to make its services nearly impossible to penetrate — even for top cops. Those seemingly airtight protections are great for the company's millions of customers, and rival...

Apple vs. the FBI: Google, WhatsApp, John McAfee and more are taking sides

Apple Inc.'s fight against a federal court order demanding that it help unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December's San Bernardino terrorist attack elicited a surge of comments from cybersecurity experts and legal analysts, but it got only a few specific responses from other tech...

Tired of renting a cable set-top box? The FCC is looking for alternatives

Regulators on Thursday put the metal boxes most Americans rent to receive cable or satellite programming at the center of a high-stakes fight over the future of TV and video. The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines Thursday to begin crafting new rules intended to spur...

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