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OpenTable is in San Francisco, its CTO is in Los Angeles and here's why that works

When restaurant reservation service OpenTable recruited him from dating app EHarmony, Joseph Essas received assurances that he could keep living in Los Angeles. Essas wasn’t sure how, but OpenTable’s then-Chief Executive Matt Roberts said, “Trust me, we're going to make this work.” Essas, the chief...

The question that continues to loom over Uber and Lyft — and vex lawyers

High-profile lawsuits and legislation have failed to answer a question that has loomed over ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft even as more Californians have decided to drive for the companies: Just whom do the drivers work for? Whether the drivers are company employees, independent contractors...

Elon Musk's Neuralink brain chips might someday fight the robot uprising

Elon Musk is starting yet another company, this time to create implantable brain chips to treat neurological disorders and one day, perhaps, protect us from evil robot overlords. In a tweet Monday night, Musk confirmed a Wall Street Journal article on the new company, called Neuralink. “Long Neuralink...

Amazon buys Souq.com, the Middle East's biggest online retailer, after $800-million counteroffer

Amazon purchased the Middle East's biggest online retailer, Souq.com, on Tuesday for an undisclosed amount, a day after a state-backed firm disclosed an $800-million counteroffer. A joint statement described the purchase as expanding Amazon's influence into the Mideast as the chairman of the state-supported...

Starting today, you can use the Waze navigation app to order ahead at Dunkin' Donuts

Waze's traffic navigation app already shows ads prodding drivers to swing by fast-food joints like Dunkin' Donuts and Taco Bell. Now it's adding a new item to its menu — the ability to place orders at some shops. On Tuesday, the Google-owned app will start letting drivers purchase coffee and other...

Kin Community coalesces around millennial women and their ways home

A decade in, Michael Wayne finally has a clear vision of what his company can be. The former Sony Pictures Entertainment executive had been driven by the idea that video would overtake the Internet, and he wanted to be the leader in producing high-quality digital shorts. But what they’d cover,...

Johnson & Johnson and GM join companies suspending their YouTube ads over extremist videos

Healthcare product maker Johnson & Johnson and automaker General Motors Co. are among the latest companies to halt advertising on YouTube after concerns that Google is not doing enough to ensure brands’ ads are not appearing near terrorist content. New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson said in a statement...

Snap shares jump as IPO insiders encourage buying or holding the stock

Shares of Snapchat maker Snap Inc. jumped Monday, closing at their highest price in three weeks. The leap — shares rose $1.09, or 4.8%, to $23.83 — followed several stock analysts’ new recommendations to buy or hold on to shares of the Los Angeles company. The analysts had been barred from publicizing...

Uber suspends its self-driving car tests after one of its SUVs was struck in Arizona

After a self-driving Uber SUV was struck in a high-impact collision Friday night, the ride-hailing company is suspending tests of its autonomous vehicles while it investigates. Officials say Uber’s SUV was operating on its own when it was hit by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection...

Apple announces a new iPad and (RED) iPhones

Apple Inc. announced a new, cheaper iPad and (PRODUCT)RED versions of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus early Tuesday. All three products will be available to order online and in stores beginning Friday, it said. Apple’s new iPad boasts a 9.7-inch Retina display, a more powerful (A9) computer chip...

Hacks are everywhere. Here's how to keep your Twitter account safe.

Do you remember what you were doing on Twitter in 2010? Twitter accounts have been compromised by a range of security issues lately — and in at least one case the vulnerability is tied to a decision users made years ago. It might be time to double check how secure your account really is. Early...

McDonald's says it's investigating derogatory tweet aimed at Trump

McDonald's said Thursday it has been notified by Twitter that its account was “compromised” after it appeared to send a message calling Donald Trump “a disgusting excuse of a President.” The tweet to Trump from the official account for McDonald's Corp., a message that has since been deleted but...

If you searched Yahoo for 'erectile dysfunction,' you may have enriched a Russian hacker

Yahoo users who searched the Web for erectile dysfunction medication may have inadvertently enriched a Russian cybercriminal in a hack that shows unparalleled intrusion into a technology giant’s infrastructure, information security experts say. Alexsey Belan, a hacker included on the FBI’s “most...

Two Russian spies and two others are charged in massive Yahoo hack

Two Russian spies, one well-known Russian hacker and one Canadian have been charged with stealing sensitive information from 500 million Yahoo user accounts in one of corporate America’s biggest-known hacks. The 47-count indictment — which includes charges of conspiracy, computer fraud and abuse,...

Tech workers celebrate Pi Day with protest against Trump administration

More than a thousand Bay Area tech workers are expected to converge on Palo Alto’s King Plaza on Tuesday afternoon in a show of solidarity against the Trump administration’s policies and rhetoric, which the industry believes are a threat to the “values that drive Silicon Valley.” The rally, organized...

With $5 million, Derek Norton's Watertower Group expands role in L.A. tech

Derek Norton has spent the last 15 years introducing start-ups to potential investors and acquirers. That won’t change. But now Norton, a well-known advisor behind the scenes in Los Angeles tech, is moving beyond his role as matchmaker. Norton announced that he has raised $5 million from a group...

Intel to buy car tech company Mobileye in $14-billion deal

Intel is buying driverless-car technology firm Mobileye in a deal valued at about $14.09 billion, the latest push by a major tech company into autonomous vehicles that could change the way traffic moves globally. The companies announced Monday that Intel Corp. will pay $63.54 for each Mobileye...

Waymo seeks court order to stop Uber from using self-driving-car secrets

Waymo, the company that was formerly Google’s self-driving-car division, on Friday sought a court order to stop Uber from using trade secrets allegedly stolen by a former Waymo employee who took a job with the ride-hailing firm. The preliminary injunction, filed in U.S. District Court, seeks to...

Shares of Snapchat maker likened to 'junk equity' as investors fume over lack of voting power

Los Angeles technology company Snap Inc.’s historic decision to go public last week with an issuance of only nonvoting shares sets a damaging precedent for the stock market, leading investors warned Thursday. The comments came as a government advisory group comprised of investor advocates began...

Too confused by Snapchat? Facebook is using that to its advantage with Messenger Day

Video blogger Natalie-Tasha Thompson shares updates about her life on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat. But the one place she knows her family, including her grandmother, will check is Facebook. So she posts there too. For now, that’s the biggest thing Facebook has going for...

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