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Verizon customer data — including phone numbers and PINs — exposed by vendor

Verizon said Wednesday that the company regretted what it called the incorrect placement of customer information — including their phone numbers and personal identification numbers — in an insecure cloud storage area by one of its vendors, but insisted none of the exposed information had been lost...

Owners of the Patriots, Mets and Heat are among founding members of a new video game league

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft headlines a list of initial owners in Blizzard's Overwatch League.

Trump administration delays 'start-up visa' program for immigrant entrepreneurs

The United States is pulling back the welcome mat for foreign entrepreneurs. In a move that drew criticism from the technology industry, the Trump administration delayed the rollout of the International Entrepreneur Rule, a piece of immigration policy set to take effect July 17 that would have...

Snap shares fall below IPO price for the first time

Shares of Los Angeles technology company Snap Inc. on Monday dipped below the original price at which they were sold when the company went public in March. Snap shares traded as low as $16.95 before closing at $16.99, down about 1.1%. Falling below an IPO price for the first time is a common occurrence....

The next iPhone may have no fingerprint reader, and other rumors

As the expected fall debut of Apple Inc.'s next iPhones nears, rumors have taken hold, based on reports from analysts and leaks from Apple's supply chain. As with all speculative reports, it's best to take these ideas with a grain (or shaker) of salt. Apple did not immediately respond to a request...

Qualcomm wants U.S. to ban imports of some iPhones, escalating fight with Apple

Qualcomm Inc. fired back at Apple Inc. on Thursday in a fierce legal battle over patents, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import of certain new models of iPhones. The San Diego company alleges that Apple is infringing on six patents issued between 2013 and 2017 that improve...

The evolution of cars into computers is turning buyers into leasers

Buy a smartphone, use it for a couple of years, then ditch it for something new and improved. It’s a life cycle that has become the norm for cellphones. Now, that same short-term relationship is applying to what traditionally has been a long-term commitment: cars. Instead of buying a vehicle, more...

Snapchat shifts policy to allow hyperlinks in posts

Snapchat users now can include hyperlinks to outside websites in their posts, reversing a longstanding strategy that has helped keep eyeballs from leaving the messaging and entertainment app. The update, which rolled out Wednesday, allows users to adorn their photo and video Snaps with clickable...

Silicon Valley has a new vision for the pizzeria. It involves lots of robots

Not long after the pizzeria Zume opened for business last year, its kitchen staff noticed a problem with some of its pizzas: they had holes in them. It wasn’t the fault of the workers, who rolled out intact dough bases. There wasn’t a kitchen mole prodding holes. It wasn’t even the recipe — a Zume...

Upfront Ventures, L.A. County's biggest venture capital firm, just got bigger

Also a look at Wonder and Gamevice, hardware start-ups seeking to change mobile gaming. Plus, a new CEO at Mobcrush.

Loot Crate became the nation's fastest-growing start-up, then it laid off over a quarter of its staff

Loot Crate Chief Executive Chris Davis now says he may have done what seemed unthinkable: grown the company too fast.

Maersk's L.A. port terminal remains closed after global cyberattack

The largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles remained closed Thursday as Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk continued to grapple with effects of a cyberattack that rippled across numerous countries Tuesday. The terminal, leased by Maersk, has been closed since early Tuesday, and there...

A startup investor used his power 'for sexual gain.' Now the tech industry is challenging the power dynamic

The technology industry is built on a model where venture capitalists have lots of leverage. Start-up founders, after all, regularly beg them for the cash needed to turn nascent ideas into viable businesses. But that’s a power dynamic with dangerous consequences, as a sexual harassment scandal...

Why this UCLA professor thinks she inspired the video game 'Halo'

A brief friendship that began with an online chat and an awkward date may have inspired one of the world's best-selling video games.

Facebook reaches 2 billion users

Facebook has hit 2 billion active monthly users, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday. The social media giant has doubled its user base in less than five years — it reached 1 billion in October 2012. Growth has held largely steady during that time. In its most recent earnings report,...

Qualcomm loses bid to quash FTC antitrust lawsuit

A Northern California federal judge has denied Qualcomm Inc.’s motion to dismiss the U.S. Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit against the San Diego wireless technology company, which means the case will go forward. The suit, filed in January, alleges that Qualcomm uses its dominant market...

Rahm Emanuel, Elon Musk talk tunnel for O'Hare-downtown high-speed rail

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is talking to entrepreneur Elon Musk about the possibility of the technology investor and SpaceX founder using a high-tech digger to bore out an underground high-speed rail line connecting downtown to O'Hare International Airport. On Monday, Emanuel described the discussions...

Santa Monica couple fights Snapchat over 'geofilter' trademark

Tracy and Paul Grand picked up a partial victory this month when the international body in charge of website-name disputes ruled against Snap's bid to snatch away from them.

This year's hot graduation gift: Snapchat geofilters

In the year since Snapchat began welcoming geofilters, paid submissions have increased to tens of thousands per day. Last month, graduations made up 15% of such sales.

Travis Kalanick is no longer Uber’s CEO, but drivers still want him on the hook in lawsuit

Recent scandals have put Uber on such shaky ground that a lawyer representing aggrieved drivers has filed a lawsuit against Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp — the ride-hailing firm's co-founders — in case the company doesn't survive long enough to defend itself. Describing the lawsuit filed Thursday...

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