Los Angeles Times : Technology (14)

The thinking behind Snapchat's sports and weather filters

The most-pressing question for Snap is whether it can continue to grow the informational repertoire quickly and affordably as competitors such as Instagram race to catch up.

U.S. government must stop using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software. Should you switch too?

After the U.S. government banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Lab software last week, worries rippled through the consumer market for antivirus software. Best Buy and Office Depot said they will no longer sell software made by the Russian company, although one security researcher said...

Intel and Waymo expand their self-driving-car collaboration

Intel Corp. says it is expanding its relationship with Google spinoff Waymo in the development of self-driving cars. The world's largest computer chipmaker said Monday that it will take on a more collaborative role with Waymo's new self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Intel will continue to...

Video streaming pioneer Roku aims to raise up to $252 million with IPO

Roku Inc., the leading maker of devices for streaming Internet video on televisions, hopes to raise up to $252 million with an initial public stock offering. The Los Gatos, Calif., company's IPO registration filing Monday came the day after the growing popularity of streaming video platforms ...

Roku aims to raise $252 million with IPO

Roku Inc., the video streaming pioneer, hopes to raise just over $252 million in an initial public offering as it tries to expand into more households. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company said Monday that it would offer about 18 million shares of stock at $14 apiece. The company had 15.1 ...

If Google invests in Lyft, what does that mean for Uber?

Uber was the indisputable No. 1 player in the domestic on-demand transportation industry. And by its workforce size, passenger count and capital raised, it still is. But reports on Thursday from Bloomberg and Axios that Google's parent company, Alphabet, is mulling over a $1-billion ...

SoFi CEO steps down abruptly, facing allegations of fostering toxic culture

Mike Cagney, the co-founder and chief executive of financial services start-up SoFi, stepped down Friday amid allegations that he fostered a company culture that enabled sexual harassment. Tom Hutton, executive chairman of the San Francisco company, will become interim CEO. The business is ...

California Internet privacy bill could have nationwide sway — if it passes

California's Legislature is poised to vote Friday on a landmark Internet privacy bill, one that could quickly become a bellwether for the rest of the country. But the measure is opposed by large Internet providers and tech companies, in an unusual alliance that could doom efforts by privacy ...

SoFi CEO steps down abruptly, facing allegations of fostering toxic culture

Mike Cagney, the co-founder and chief executive of financial services start-up SoFi, stepped down from the company Friday amid allegations that he fostered a culture at the company that enabled sexual harassment. The company's executive chairman, Tom Hutton, will become interim CEO. The business...

Alphabet, Google's parent company, reportedly in talks to invest $1 billion in Lyft

Google's parent company, Alphabet, is in talks to invest $1 billion in Lyft, according to reports from Bloomberg and Axios, which cite sources with knowledge of the matter.Spokespeople for Alphabet and Lyft declined to confirm the report. The funding could come from either Google itself or ...

People's Bitmoji obsession gives Snapchat a quiet edge in augmented reality

They've become such an important form of self-expression that it's common to encounter people who say they regularly update their Bitmoji avatars to reflect new hair-dos and fashion styles.

Google faces class-action suit alleging gender pay discrimination

Google faces a new lawsuit accusing it of gender-based pay discrimination. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class-action status for the claim. The suit, filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, follows a federal labor investigation that made a ...

Start-up Bodega learns an important branding lesson; apologizes after Internet outrage

Start-ups like to frame themselves as plucky upstarts intent on toppling bigger, entrenched rivals. This David-vs.-Goliath narrative has been used by tech firms to vilify corporate giants such as telecoms, banks, razor manufacturers and taxi companies.But on Wednesday, a start-up called Bodega...

New iPhones could make augmented reality a mainstream reality

The runaway success of Pokémon Go' last year taught the world at least two things. One: Lots of people love Pokémon. And two: Creating good augmented reality — the kind that superimposes 3-D objects into the real world and convinces people they're actually chasing a Pikachu — is really, ...