amazon acquires santa barbara start-up graphiq to try to bolster alexa

Paresh Dave

amazon.com inc. acquired a santa barbara data analysis and search engine start-up in may to help improve its alexa virtual assistant and other services, according to four sources familiar with the deal but unauthorized to discuss it. the previou

2017-07-20 06:00:00  

bringing a laptop or tablet on a mexico-to-u.s. flight? beware of new security measures

Associated Press

mexican authorities say the u.s. department of homeland security has instituted heightened security measures for laptops and tablets on u.s.-bound flights from the country. mexico's transportation department said in a statement that the measures

2017-07-19 05:25:00  

apple's iphone manufacturers counter-sue qualcomm over patent fees

Mike Freeman

four taiwan-based contract manufacturers that build iphones and ipads have joined apple in suing qualcomm, alleging the san diego company has illegally overcharged for use of its cellular patents. compal electronics, hon hai precision industries

2017-07-19 03:45:00  

google glass is back — but don't look for it outside the workplace

Alexa D'Angelo

google glass is back, but this time the much-hyped, yet oft-ridiculed eyewear isn’t leaving the workplace. on tuesday, google announced the launch of glass enterprise edition, a second version of the augmented reality gadget intended for use in

2017-07-18 08:40:00  

snapchat drops 10-second limit on video recording

Paresh Dave

people about to film an event sure to last more than 10 seconds — say singing “happy birthday” — likely opt for a camera tool beside snapchat. that’s because one of the video-sharing app’s biggest quirks, aside from the fact messages delete by d

2017-07-18 05:00:00  

first start-up from jimmy iovine and dr. dre's usc innovation academy is augmented reality firm mira

Paresh Dave

mira on tuesday unveiled its first product, which resembles a face shield or a large sun visor, except it holds up a smartphone in front of your face.

2017-07-18 09:00:00  

to battle hackers, ibm wants to encrypt the world

Brian Fung

there are only two types of companies, it is commonly said: those that have been hacked, and those that just don't know it yet. ibm corp. wants to get rid of both. the armonk, n.y., computing giant said monday that it has achieved a breakthrough

2017-07-17 12:00:00  

since its ipo, snap inc. did exactly what it said it would, so why is its stock struggling?

Paresh Dave

shares of snap inc. are trading below their $17 price in their initial public offering.

2017-07-14 08:20:00  

here's why roku might be heading toward an initial public stock offering

Alexa D'Angelo

for the last 15 years, internet television company roku inc. has done one thing and done it well. its streaming sticks, boxes and software make it easy and enjoyable to watch internet content on a television — a seemingly simple task, but one th

2017-07-14 07:00:00  

companies like uber are staying private longer. who's holding them accountable?

Tracey Lien

when publicly traded companies are caught behaving badly, markets can hold their feet to the fire. stock prices take a hit, as volkswagen witnessed after its emissions scandal. activist investors mobilize, like when yahoo shareholders criticized

2017-07-14 06:00:00  

snap shares gain some ground after analyst reminds investors snapchat isn't twitter

Ethan Varian

two days after snap inc.’s stock fell below its $17 initial public offering price, shares gained back some ground thursday morning as an influential analyst encouraged investors to buy into the venice company. shares traded as high as $15.97 thu

2017-07-13 05:05:00  

uber strikes deal with yandex, giving up on dominating ride-hailing in russia

Alexa D'Angelo

uber just stopped fighting to dominate the ride-hailing market in russia. the company announced thursday that it will merge its business there and in a few other former soviet countries with part of russia’s yandex to form a new ride-hailing, fo

2017-07-13 04:50:00  

silicon valley firm and abbott labs team up on system for managing diabetes

Lisa Schencker

when jeffrey brewer’s son was 15, the boy nearly lost his life because he took too much insulin. the diabetic teen took insulin so he could eat a large bag of chips late at night. but about 20 minutes later, he forgot about that first dose and t

2017-07-13 12:30:00  

girl scouts offers merit badges for making friends, painting and horseback riding. up next: cybersecurity

Alexa D'Angelo

by selling thin mints and tagalongs in kindergarten, elizabeth lewelling earned girl scout badges for customer service and managing money. now going into eighth grade, she’s setting her sights on a topic a bit more complicated than the cookie bu

2017-07-13 06:00:00  

irvine tv maker vizio is suing troubled chinese firm leeco after $2-billion deal collapses

Paresh Dave

when chinese technology company leeco announced a $2-billion deal to buy irvine tv maker vizio inc. last july, its leaders insisted that the big purchase was well within their means. and in conversations during the six months leading up to the a

2017-07-12 05:55:00  

paypal now an option in apple's online stores

Alexa D'Angelo

apple will allow paypal payments in its digital stores, offering customers another check-out option on itunes, ibooks, apple music and the app store. the partnership, rolled out tuesday in the u.s., u.k., canada, mexico, australia and parts of e

2017-07-12 05:25:00  

verizon customer data — including phone numbers and pins — exposed by vendor

Jill Leovy

names and phone numbers of millions of verizon customers were made available on a publicly accessible storage area owned by one of the company’s vendors, according an enterprise security software company that discovered the exposed data. “anyone

2017-07-12 05:15:00  

owners of the patriots, mets and heat are among founding members of a new video game league

Paresh Dave

new england patriots owner robert kraft headlines a list of initial owners in blizzard's overwatch league.

2017-07-12 08:00:00  

trump administration delays program that lets immigrant entrepreneurs into the u.s.

Tracey Lien, Jack Flemming

the united states is pulling back the welcome mat for foreign entrepreneurs. in a move that drew criticism from the technology industry, the trump administration delayed the rollout of the international entrepreneur rule, a piece of immigration

2017-07-11 06:50:00  

snap shares fall below ipo price for the first time

Paresh Dave

shares of los angeles technology company snap inc. on monday dipped below the original price at which they were sold when the company went public in march. snap shares traded as low as $16.95 before closing at $16.99, down about 1.1%. the compan

2017-07-10 07:15:00  

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