Snapchat’s newest feature reveals your friends’ whereabouts in real time

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Snapchat has billed itself as a way to stay up to date with friends. It’s latest feature, Snap Map, delivers on that premise, at the least.

The tool lets users see where their friends are — and what they’re doing — at any given moment.

The goal, according to a Snap Inc. spokesperson, is to get…

Amazon will let shoppers try on clothes before buying

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Amazon can’t provide a fitting room for trying on that new pair of jeans before purchasing them, but a new feature for Amazon Prime members is taking a crack at being the next best thing.

The company on Tuesday announced Amazon Prime Wardrobe, which will allow users who pay for the e-commerce giant’s…

Amazon is buying Whole Foods in $13.7-billion deal

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Amazon said Friday it is buying Whole Foods Market in a deal valued at about $13.7 billion, including debt.

Amazon.com Inc. will pay $42 per share of Whole Foods Market Inc.

The deal is targeted to close in the second half of the year.

Whole Foods’ John Mackey will continue as chief executive of…

Amid the madness of E3, there’s a silent sanctuary for rest (and adult coloring books)

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E3, the nation’s biggest video game convention, is a place of constant chatter and neon lights, punctuated by the sporadic boom of video game gunfire. It’s a place where thousands elbow their way from booth to booth to try their hand at the hottest games, displayed on giant screens mounted on all…

Lyft is turning Uber’s missteps into an opportunity

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Lyft casts itself as the softer, kinder alternative to Uber. But there’s nothing gentle about the way the country’s second-largest ride-hailing company is capitalizing on its chief rival’s missteps.

While Uber has been engulfed in months of turmoil, capped off Tuesday by the release of the findings…

Apple is working on self-driving car technology, Tim Cook confirms

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It’s official: Apple Inc. plans to develop technology that powers self-driving cars — and although it’s a relative latecomer to the increasingly competitive field, analysts say it’s not too late for the tech giant to make its mark there.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV released Tuesday, Chief…

Yahoo-Verizon deal closes. It’s the fall of a giant, end of an era

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So long, Yahoo.

Of late it has been a laughingstock, but the company is also remembered fondly for its pioneering contributions to the technology industry and Silicon Valley.

Yahoo Inc.’s tumultuous $4.5-billion sale to Verizon Communications Inc. closed Tuesday, and now the company has disappeared,…

Uber’s scandals test the patience of investors — and the public

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When you’re the hottest start-up in the world, investors will give you a pass for burning through as much as $1 billion a quarter. You’re growing your business, after all.

But when your company is consumed with complaints of pervasive harassment, mismanagement, executive firings and departures,…

At $18.08, Snap shares close at second-lowest price since IPO

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Snap Inc. shares closed Friday near their lowest point ever before as investors weighed what to make of concerning growth estimates and an impending flood of new stock.

The Los Angeles company that produces the Snapchat app has experienced a rocky journey on Wall Street since going public in early…

SoftBank buys robotics leader Boston Dynamics from Alphabet

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Japanese internet, solar and technology company SoftBank Group Corp. is buying robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics from Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent.

Terms of the deal, announced Friday, were not disclosed. SoftBank, which offers the Pepper companion robot, said the purchase underlines how robotics…

Google parent’s shareholders vote to withhold gender pay details

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For the second year in a row, shareholders of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, voted down a proposal asking the tech giant to publish a report on possible pay disparities between its male and female employees.

The vote comes at a time when the company is grappling with a federal lawsuit…

The head of the U.S. patent office has abruptly resigned

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America’s top patent and trademark official has abruptly resigned from her post.

Michelle Lee, who has been director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for more than two years, submitted a letter of resignation Tuesday afternoon.

“I am confident that the leadership team in place will serve…

Amazon offers discount on Prime for people on food stamps

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Amazon.com is offering a discount on its Prime membership for people who have low incomes and receive government assistance, positioning itself as an even greater competitor to retail giant Wal-Mart.

Customers with a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer card — used for programs such as the Supplemental…

Snap acquires location-tracking start-up Placed, reportedly for $200 million

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Snapchat maker Snap Inc. acquired a Seattle start-up that tracks the location of smartphones to help businesses and advertisers learn more about consumer behavior.

Terms of the deal for Placed Inc. were not disclosed in an announcement Monday, but Geekwire reported that it was worth up to about…

Palmer Luckey, Oculus founder, said to be planning a new border security start-up

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Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey faced backlash for contributing thousands of dollars to an organization that hoped to elect then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

For his next act, Luckey is working on technology that could serve one of Trump’s signature issues: border walls.

Luckey, who earlier…

Apple may compete with Amazon Echo, Google Home

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Speculation over what Apple will do to compete in the home hub market is spinning up ahead of Apple’s annual developers conference next week, where many analysts expect Apple will confirm a project. And what will be the Apple home hub’s distinguishing feature? It may be sound quality, according…

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