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1. Palantir reportedly is considering IPO valued at as much as $41 billion17:20[−]

Palantir Technologies Inc., the secretive data-mining company, is considering an initial public offering that could value it at as much as $41 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The firm co-founded by investor Peter Thiel is discussing plans with...

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2. Facebook encouraged media companies to invest in video. A lawsuit alleges it wasn't worth it02:35[−]

Few phrases elicit more eye rolls in the media business than the “pivot to video.”

Starting two years ago, news organizations following the lead of Facebook Inc. scrambled to shift resources toward video under the assumption their audiences would abandon the written word for moving images on their...

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3. Google is trying to build a censored Chinese search engine, its CEO confirmsВт., 16 окт.[−]

Google on Monday confirmed a secretive project that has been fueling an employee-led backlash for weeks at the company: an effort to build a version of its search engine that complies with China's online censorship regime.

The project, code-named Dragonfly, not only is real but also is already...

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4. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65. A creative programmer, he was 'the idea man'Вт., 16 окт.[−]

Paul Allen, the taciturn computer programmer who founded the software behemoth Microsoft with Bill Gates when he was 22 and walked away eight years later with what would become one of the largest fortunes in the history of American capitalism, died Monday in Seattle. He was 65.

The cause was complications...

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5. Allegations of sexism and harassment roil Riot Games, the developer of 'League of Legends'Вс., 14 окт.[−]

Riot Games casts itself as the kind of place where gamers dream to work. Its tricked-out Los Angeles campus features a pirate-themed coffee bar, a gourmet cafeteria and spare workstations where employees can fire up “League of Legends,” the company’s sole title. In what the company calls its manifesto,...

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6. Facebook says 29 million users’ personal information was stolen in recent hackСб., 13 окт.[−]

The hackers who exploited a Facebook vulnerability last month accessed the personal information of nearly 30 million users, the social media giant revealed Friday.

On about 29 million of the affected accounts, hackers accessed contact information, such as phone numbers and email addresses, Facebook...

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7. Former Trump advisor Gary Cohn signs on with L.A.-area blockchain start-upСб., 13 окт.[−]

Spring Labs, a Los Angeles start-up that wants to overhaul the consumer credit industry using blockchain technology, has added Gary Cohn, a former top Goldman Sachs executive and economic aide to President Trump, to its board of advisors.

The announcement marks Cohn’s biggest move since ending...

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8. Google promises its Pixel 3 phone is sexier on the inside than the outsideВт., 09 окт.[−]

In a year of same-old smartphones, Google is pitching one that's sexy on the inside.

The $800 Pixel 3 and $900 Pixel 3 XL, which I had a chance to try at Google's New York launch event Tuesday, can take pictures and screen calls for you. Believe it or not, it can make calls for you too.


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9. Google is killing its Google+ social network, after a privacy lapse that was kept secret for monthsВт., 09 окт.[−]

Google parent company Alphabet Inc. announced Monday that it is shutting down its social network, Google+.

The company cited two major factors in its decision to end the service: its small and unengaged user base, and a newly announced privacy lapse affecting as many as 500,000 users.

The consumer...

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10. Facebook unveils the Portal, a video-chat camera for people who still trust FacebookВт., 09 окт.[−]

The Portal is a sleek new video camera and screen that makes chats with family and friends look great.

It has just one problem: It was made by Mark Zuckerberg.

On Monday, Facebook Inc. unveiled the $200 Portal, the first-ever consumer hardware from the world's largest social network. The 10-inch...

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11. 5G service rolls out — but not without controversyСб., 06 окт.[−]

Lampposts around downtown Los Angeles are being wired with fiber optic cable and shoebox-sized gadgets to beam the fifth and fastest generation of cellular data, known as 5G, into homes and mobile devices.

This high-tech infrastructure build-out is the result of a deal between the city and Verizon...

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12. An Internet Bill of Rights? One California representative says the time has comeСб., 06 окт.[−]

By July of 2019, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Fremont) aims to see the House of Representatives pass landmark legislation shielding consumers from the onslaught of data breaches and the anxiety and confusion over the misuse of their personal information on the web.

To nudge such legislation along, Khanna...

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13. China put spy microchips in servers used by Amazon and Apple, report saysЧт., 04 окт.[−]

China secretly inserted surveillance microchips into servers used by major technology companies, including Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., in an audacious military operation likely to further inflame trade tensions between the United States and its leading source of electronics components and products,...

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14. Apple Watch faces its toughest challenge yet: GrandmaСр., 03 окт.[−]

Is the new Apple Watch ready for Grandma?

The Series 4 Apple Watch now in stores pitches itself as a Food and Drug Administration-cleared "proactive health monitor" and a "guardian" that will call help if you take a hard fall. Its screen is 30% larger. You won't see Apple say "senior citizen" in...

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15. Facebook security breach let hackers take over users' accounts and access third-party sitesСб., 29 сент.[−]

Nearly 50 million users have been affected by a security breach that enabled hackers to take over their Facebook accounts — and to gain access to those users’ accounts on third-party sites and apps, the social media giant announced Friday.

The new breach comes as Facebook strives to convince its...

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16. Extra inventory. More sales. Lower prices. How counterfeits benefit AmazonСб., 29 сент.[−]

Jon Fawcett wanted to build a cellphone cable that wouldn’t fray. So he developed a charging cord wrapped in stainless steel sturdy enough to withstand an electric chainsaw.

It was a niche product that turned Fuse Chicken, Fawcett’s company of half-a-dozen employees, into a quick success. Customers...

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17. Instagram has a drug problem. Its algorithms make it worseЧт., 27 сент.[−]

Instagram is known for its celebrity posts and photos of enviable vacations. But it has also become a sizable open marketplace for advertising illegal drugs. The company has pledged a crackdown in recent weeks, but it is struggling to keep pace with its own algorithms and systems, which serve up...

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18. Forever 21's first venture investment goes to Los Angeles style subscription start-up DailyLookЧт., 27 сент.[−]

For the first time in its 34-year history, Los Angeles’ homegrown fast-fashion giant Forever 21 is investing in a start-up.

Along with local venture capital fund Upfront, Forever 21 is leading an $8-million investment in DailyLook, a fashion subscription service in downtown L.A.

As part of the...

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19. Amazon, AT&T, Google and other companies say they'd support privacy laws, but there's a catchЧт., 27 сент.[−]

Representatives of six major technology and communications companies, including Google, Amazon and AT&T, told lawmakers Wednesday that they support federal laws that would safeguard user privacy — though some would rather those laws not be as stringent as rules recently introduced in Europe and...

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20. Why Instagram's founders are leaving FacebookВт., 25 сент.[−]

As Facebook Inc.’s hottest property, Instagram appeared like one of its users’ carefully curated photos: trendy, attractive and spectacularly happy.

The resignations Monday of the photo-sharing app’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger show that, like on many social media posts, things aren’t...

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21. Snapchat is partnering with Amazon to let users shop through their smartphone camerasВт., 25 сент.[−]

See something out in the world that you want to buy? Now you can just Snap it up.

Santa Monica’s Snap Inc. announced a partnership with Amazon on Monday that will enable users to point their smartphone cameras at a pair of shoes, the barcode on the bottom of a shampoo bottle, or any other object...

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22. Hacker linked to Target data breach gets 14 years in prisonСб., 22 сент.[−]

A Latvian computer programmer was sentenced to 14 years in prison for designing a program that helped hackers improve malware, including some used in the 2013 Target breach.

Ruslan Bondars, a 37-year-old Latvian citizen, was found guilty at a May trial in federal court in Alexandria, Va., during...

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23. Lawmakers question Google over kids' privacy on YouTubeСб., 22 сент.[−]

Two members of Congress are calling on Google to address concerns that YouTube might violate children's privacy.

Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat, and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a Nebraska Republican, sent a letter this week to Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai asking for more details...

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24. Adobe is buying Marketo, a maker of targeted marketing tools, for $4.75 billionПт., 21 сент.[−]

Adobe Systems Inc. agreed to acquire software maker Marketo Inc. for $4.75 billion, bolstering its marketing tools in a bid to compete against Salesforce.com Inc. and Oracle Corp. in a fast-growing business.

The deal, which would be Adobe’s largest acquisition ever, is expected to close during...

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25. Employers are using Facebook to target job ads exclusively to men, complaint allegesВт., 18 сент.[−]

Three female job hunters, a large worker coalition and the American Civil Liberties Union lodged a legal complaint against Facebook Inc. on Tuesday, accusing the company of enabling discriminatory job postings with its ad-targeting tools.

The complaint also names 10 employers that used Facebook...

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