Lyft’s first diversity report shows it — like many tech companies — is mostly white and male

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Lyft’s first-ever diversity report, published Thursday, came with few surprises: The ride-hailing company’s workforce — excluding its drivers, who are independent contractors and whose data was not tallied — is predominantly white and male.

And like many technology companies in Silicon Valley that…

‘League of Legends’ e-sports competition softens controversial rule banishing bad teams, adds player panel

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The world’s most popular e-sport plans to soften a controversial rule banishing bad teams and to add a new panel made up of professional gamers.

The “League of Legends” North American league replaces its two worst performing teams with a pair of upstarts at the end of each year. Under a new plan…

Amazon gets first dance with $1,000 share price

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The technology sector’s remarkable run on Wall Street this year produced a new milestone Tuesday as Amazon.com shares sold for $1,000 for the first time.

The Internet superstore has seen its share price double in less than two years, a period in which the Seattle company’s rapid growth around the…

How I Made It: Thumbtack’s president left the White House for Silicon Valley

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The gig: Jonathan Swanson, 34, is the co-founder and president of Thumbtack — a services marketplace that is sort of like the Yellow Pages of the digital age. Instead of trawling through hundreds of listings for plumbers, electricians, masseuses and tutors on paper, customers tell Thumbtack what…

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

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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…

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

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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…

‘Pokemon Go’ is still a thing, and it’s still making money

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Few mobile games have enjoyed both the meteoric rise — and subsequent fall — in popularity as “Pokemon Go.”

But the app remains profitable, and people are still playing, even if they aren’t the same masses that roamed parks and sidewalks last summer with their eyes glued to their smartphones, looking…

WikiLeaks says it will work with tech firms to defeat CIA hacking

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WikiLeaks will work with technology companies to help defend them against the CIA’s hacking tools, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Thursday. The approach sets up a potential conflict between Silicon Valley firms eager to protect their products and an agency stung by the radical transparency…

Maple Media is basically a private equity firm that only buys apps

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The private equity firm founded by Walt Disney’s nephew Roy is staking a big claim in the next generation of entertainment.

Shamrock Capital put up $30 million for acquiring and improving undervalued mobile apps — the leading gateway to the Internet for many consumers today.

It’s up to veteran…

Google may have missed a big chance to become a major smartphone maker

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Since its October launch, Google’s Pixel phone has received rave reviews, and Google recently confirmed to the Android-focused publication Android Pit that it will release a new Pixel this year. Yet despite these successes, it seems the phone may be experiencing some trouble on the sales front,…

What Snapchat maker’s IPO means for the Los Angeles tech scene

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Snap Inc.’s 2,000 employees worked over the last six years to turn the Venice start-up into a $37-billion public company. Now, the time’s ripe for those software developers, designers and others to head out on their own.

The region’s tech community is hoping the wealth unleashed to hundreds of…

Qualcomm, Microsoft and Airbus invest in Santa Monica drone software start-up AirMap

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The venture capital arms of Qualcomm Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Airbus have led a $26-million investment in AirMap, the builder of drone air traffic management software announced Thursday.

The Santa Monica start-up, which opened its first office in 2015, builds technology that tracks air traffic,…

Uber sexual harassment allegations are a warning for the tech industry and its ‘rock star’ culture

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A former Uber employee sent ripples through the tech industry on Sunday when she alleged on her personal blog that she’d been sexually harassed while working for the ride-hailing giant, and that the company’s human resources department tried to cover it up.

Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick…

Snapchat company sets IPO valuation target at $19 billion

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Snap Inc. set a starting price range of $14 to $16 per share for its initial public offering, which could value the Los Angeles technology company at $19 billion.

The IPO of the Snapchat mobile app developer is expected to be the largest ever for a Los Angeles firm and the biggest since Alibaba…

Yahoo warns users of potential malicious activity on their accounts

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Yahoo Inc. is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016. It’s the latest development in the Internet company’s investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion users’ data a few years ago.

It’s not clear how many users were affected by malicious…

What to do with holograms? 8i gets $27 million to explore the possibilities

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8i Corp. has robust software. After 42 cameras collect images of a person on a stage, the Culver City start-up’s program renders a realistic 3-D replica of the individual on a computer.

The question now is why would anyone want to pay for a hologram of themselves?

8i thought people would like the…

Twitter plans to start weeding out abusive tweets before you see them

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Twitter Inc. knows it has a problem with online abuse, and on Tuesday it announced three changes it’s making to help users deal with it.

The social network said in a blog post that it’s cracking down even more on repeat abusers who make new accounts to continue trolling people who have blocked…

Video game conference may lose attendees due to travel ban

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Ahmed Elgoni felt like he’d struck gold. The 24-year-old video game developer from South Africa had in November secured a ticket to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco — a cultural mecca for anyone who wants to make video games.

A sponsor would cover the cost of his round-trip flight…

Full coverage: Everything we learned from Snap Inc.’s IPO filing

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Full coverage: Everything we learned from Snap Inc.’s IPO filing Feb. 3, 2017, 12:44 p.m. Snapchat app maker Snap Inc. filed papers Thursday to move forward with what’s expected to be the biggest initial public offering ever for a Los Angeles company. Follow our coverage here. All updates Analysis…

Snapchat maker Snap files for what’s expected to be Los Angeles’ biggest ever IPO

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Snapchat app maker Snap Inc. filed papers Thursday to move forward with what’s expected to be the biggest initial public offering ever for a Los Angeles company and one of the highest valued in U.S. history. 

Conceived six years ago by Stanford University fraternity brothers to help peers send…

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