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Retail sector is most vulnerable to data breaches in California

When it comes to data breaches, the last four years have been particularly rough for the retail sector, according to a report that California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris released Tuesday. The report, which details the nature of data breaches reported to her office from 2012 to 2015, found that...

Dollar Shave Club files counterclaim against Gillette in battle of the blades

Dollar Shave Club isn’t afraid of publicity. The quirky men’s grooming start-up is famous for its viral online videos, men’s flushable wipes and now a Super Bowl ad. But when shaving giant Gillette filed a lawsuit in December claiming the Venice subscription service stole one of its patents to...

Food delivery start-ups raise plenty of funding but face lots of competition

For generations, delivery meant pizza or Chinese takeout. Now the on-demand economy, having already upended the way people hail a ride or book a place to stay, is increasingly taking aim at what we put on our dining tables and expanding the menu in the process. You can have spicy clam and chorizo...

Self-driving robots may someday make local deliveries in 30 minutes or less

The future of delivery might involve small drones zooming above pedestrians, cyclists and motorists at high speeds. Amazon and now Wal-Mart are moving down this path. Or it might be something a lot slower that travels on sidewalks. A London start-up founded by two Skype co-founders unveiled a self-driving...

Start-up helps celebrities navigate the social media maze

Aspiring stars in Los Angeles used to measure success by the number of parts or auditions they snared. Travel vloggers Damon Dominique and Joanna Franco do it by brewing a pot of coffee in the morning, opening their laptops and counting the number of new comments, mentions and likes they tallied....

Uber will pay $28.5 million to settle two class-action lawsuits over safety claims

Uber has agreed to pay $28.5 million to roughly 25 million customers to settle two class-action lawsuits related to the way the company represented its background checks and the fees it charged passengers.As part of the settlement, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District...

All eyes on Jack Dorsey as Twitter reports earnings Wednesday afternoon

Twitter is the latest tech giant to report fourth-quarter earnings, with the microblogging platform set to release its financial figures after the stock market's closing bell Wednesday. Following some optimism after Jack Dorsey returned as CEO last year, the San Francisco company once again is...

Snapchat allowing Viacom to sell more ads on its behalf as part of expanded deal

Viacom Inc. has signed a multi-year deal with Snapchat Inc. to sell ads on behalf of the popular photo- and video-sharing app and increase the amount of programming on it. The unique arrangement is a coup for Venice-based Snapchat, enabling the TV advertisers the company craves to buy ads on the...

Zuckerberg's Chinese New Year video shows Facebook hasn't given up on China

Facebook might be blocked in China, but Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t given up on trying to warm relations between the world’s most populous country and the world’s biggest social network.Zuckerberg, 31, posted a video to Facebook on Sunday in which, speaking in Mandarin, he wished everyone...

Twitter offers new, though limited, evidence that it's driving terrorists away

Twitter Inc. announced Friday that it had deleted 125,000 terrorist-related accounts in the last seven months. The moves comes after months of criticism from President Obama and others who complained that social media companies weren't doing enough to stifle extremist discussion online. Still,...

LinkedIn shares plunge a day after earnings report

Shares of LinkedIn Corp. plummeted Friday to their lowest level in more than three years, a day after the professional social-networking company reported significantly lower revenue projections for 2016. The Mountain View, Calif., company’s stock closed down more than 43% to $108.38. On Thursday,...

LinkedIn expands tool for freelancers to include Los Angeles

Freelancing continues to gain steam in the U.S. as the price of providing healthcare and other benefits to employees remains high and companies look to contain costs. With that in mind, professional social networking site LinkedIn launched a pilot program called LinkedIn ProFinder in October to...

Yahoo will cut 1,700 jobs as it slims down its business

Troubled Yahoo Inc., once again, says it has a plan to turn things around after years of sluggish growth and turmoil.But its latest strategy is less about growth and more about cutbacks — at nearly every level of the company. Yahoo will lay off 15% of its workforce. It is shutting down digital...

Alphabet is poised to be world's most valuable company

Google got a new name and now is on the brink of a new title: The tech titan looks set to be crowned the most valuable company in the world, toppling fellow Silicon Valley heavyweight Apple Inc.The Mountain View, Calif., Internet giant on Monday reported earnings for the first time under the banner...

Amazon's stock dives, but it's because of a 'good problem'

For a stock that sank 14% in after-hours trading Thursday, analysts aren’t feeling too bad about Amazon.com Inc.The e-commerce giant’s stock took a hit after it wasn’t able to match investor expectations in the fourth quarter.Despite the Seattle company’s profit more than doubling to $482 million,...

Lyft settles worker misclassification lawsuit for $12.25 million

In the ongoing legal battles over worker misclassification in the on-demand economy, tech companies are taking different approaches to make the lawsuits go away.They can fight, as Uber is currently doing in San Francisco's federal court; the case is expected to go to trial this year. They can give...

Facebook ends 2015 with strong revenue growth and profits

Huge growth in mobile usage and advertising fueled a big quarter for Facebook Inc.The world's largest social network brought in $5.84 billion in revenue in its fourth quarter, up 52% from $3.85 billion the previous year. Profit more than doubled to $1.56 billion during the three months ended Dec....

Apple stock dives after iPhone sales' growth slows dramatically

Shares of Apple Inc. took a dive the morning after the tech giant reported disappointing quarterly results that showed its revenue growth slowing dramatically and iPhone sales hitting a wall.  Apple stock tumbled as much as 5.4% to $94.61 on Wednesday morning. After markets closed Tuesday, the...

Apple's growth hits a wall: The iPhone maker's sales show weakness

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc.'s revenue barely budged in its first quarter, confirming fears that the consumer tech giant — which once seemed infallible — is slowing down.Strong sales in China as well as new products such as the Apple Watch and Apple TV saved the Cupertino, Calif., company from suffering...

Uber tries using smartphones to track speeding drivers

In Silicon Valley, where tech can ostensibly solve anything, can it solve the problem of speeding drivers? See more of our top stories on Facebook >> That’s a question Uber might soon be able to answer. The San Francisco on-demand transportation company announced Tuesday it has been piloting a...

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