Tech workers aren’t known for political activism. But that may be changing

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Ayelet Bitton never thought she’d get involved in politics. Like many of her Silicon Valley peers, the 25-year-old software engineer cared about social and political issues, but didn’t think it was her place to speak up. 

“I used to stay away from political conversations because they could get…

Spectacles might get the buzz, but for investors Snapchat is all about the advertising

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The company behind Snapchat has two offerings — that beloved, 5-year-old app for messaging and video streaming, and Spectacles, a months-old, $130 pair of sunglasses that double as a camcorder.

The Los Angeles company has promised more gadgets will follow. But even with a significant increase,…

Uber pays $20 million to settle claims it deceived drivers about pay

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Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car. 

The agreement announced Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission…

Big investor T. Rowe Price challenges Snapchat founders’ power

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Investment giant T. Rowe Price is disappointed that Snapchat’s co-founders want to retain disproportionate control over their company when it goes public.

Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, who started working on the chat app together at Stanford University, reportedly are seeking 70% of the voting…

Lawsuits blame Facebook and Twitter in terror attacks in Paris, Brussels

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The families of victims of terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Israel are blaming social media companies including Facebook and Twitter for facilitating communications among terrorists.

Twitter says it has suspended hundreds of thousands of user accounts in the past 18 months for threatening…

WhatsApp’s privacy woes show how messaging app tries to balance security and ease of use

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WhatsApp has become popular worldwide thanks to its powerful encryption technology. But making this type of secure messaging approachable and user-friendly can pose some problems.

An article published Friday by the Guardian suggests that WhatsApp has a “security backdoor” that could allow the app,…

Two big Snapchat updates make the app work more like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

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Snapchat overhauled two key features Thursday, bringing it more in line with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as a place to see what’s happening in the world at any moment.

In an update soon coming to all users, Snapchat will add a search bar at the top of the app. People can look up friends, media…

Apple now taking film and TV pitches

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Apple Inc. is taking pitches from Hollywood producers and courting television marketing executives as it considers bolstering its Apple Music service with original movies and TV shows, according to people familiar with the discussions. 

Apple has toyed with playing a larger role in entertainment…

10 years of iPhone: Apple proved a phone can change the world

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Few people realized it at the time, but the world shifted fundamentally a decade ago when Steve Jobs pulled the first iPhone from Apple’s bag of technological tricks.

“Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything,” Jobs declared as he paced across a San Francisco…

Snapchat’s parent, Snap, picks Britain for its base in Europe

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The company behind the messaging mobile app Snapchat will place its European base in Britain, a vote of confidence in the country’s economy after the vote to leave the European Union.

Los Angeles-based Snap Inc.’s decision runs counter to those of tech giants such as Apple Inc. and Google Inc.,…

Snapchat in 2017: 7 predictions about what’s to come

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As Snap Inc. moves toward an expected initial public offering this year, it’s natural to expect increased predictability and transparency from a company that has thrived so far without much of either.

In question in 2017 is whether Chief Executive Evan Spiegel will make Snap act more like Facebook…

Snapchat’s parent company is expanding into 300,000 square feet of Santa Monica office space

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The company behind popular mobile chat app Snapchat has decided to take a large amount of office space near Santa Monica Airport as it continues to expand rapidly.

Snap Inc. has leased about 300,000 square feet at Santa Monica Business Park, according to Westside real estate experts who know about…

Apple removed the New York Times app in China. Why now?

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Apple Inc. has removed the New York Times app from its digital store in China, acting on what it says were orders from the Chinese government.

But the fact that the move was made the same day that a New York Times reporter contacted Apple about a potentially embarrassing story for the Cupertino,…

GoPro plans to relaunch its recalled Karma drones this year

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Action camera maker GoPro Inc. plans to reintroduce its Karma drone this year, after recalling the drone in November amid reports that some lost power during operation.

The San Mateo, Calif., company said Wednesday that it will release more information in early February about the drone’s global…

Want to avoid sky-high Uber and Lyft fares on New Year’s Eve? Leave early or leave late

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New Year’s Eve revelers hoping to avoid exorbitant Uber and Lyft fares should steer clear of the services between midnight and 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day, according to the two San Francisco companies, which anticipate rider demand will drive up prices during those hours.

In major cities, the firms…

Did Trump just create 8,000 jobs? Here’s what’s really happening

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Donald Trump gave himself kudos for the creation of 8,000 U.S. jobs by a Japanese tech mogul, saying it was proof of “the spirit and the hope” stirred by his victory in the presidential election.

But for those particular jobs, Trump was basically taking a bow for the second time. The jobs were…

What it’s like wearing Snapchat Spectacles

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For decades, from Kodak to Polaroid to GoPro, companies have marketed cameras by touting features such as focal length, image size and memory space.

Spectacles — the debut camera from Los Angeles start-up Snap Inc. — might be the first capture device ever sold with most technical specifications…

Snapchat maker Snap gets foothold in Israel with acqusition of Cimagine

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Snap Inc. has acquired a shopping technology app start-up to use as a bedrock for a research and development facility in Israel, according to reports.

The Venice company behind Snapchat, one of the world’s most used chat apps, is paying about $35 million for Cimagine Media, Israeli publications…

Google’s policies deter whistle-blowing, employee alleges in lawsuit

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A Google Inc. employee has filed a lawsuit against the technology giant, alleging the company’s confidentiality policies illegally dissuade current and former workers from whistle-blowing.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a California Superior Court in San Francisco County, by an anonymous San…

This artificial Christmas tree company has Silicon Valley written all over it

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Downtown Redwood City is home to cloud-storage company Box, virtual reality start-up AltspaceVR, music identification app Shazam and artificial Christmas tree-maker Balsam Hill.

One of these things is not like the others.

“It’s definitely weird for us to be here,” said Thomas Harman, the 40-year-old…

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