Hiltzik: Inside the fight between ‘Fortnite’ and Apple

Michael Hiltzik 2020-08-15 02:53:49 Battles among behemoths are always entertaining to witness, as long as one can keep a safe distance. The donnybrook between Epic Games, the maker of the immensely popular game “Fortnite,” on the one hand and Apple and Google on the other falls into that category. So far, it’s a draw, but a lot of social...

Facial recognition payment tech is rolled out in L.A. area

Sam Dean 2020-08-14 17:30:11 A new way to pay has arrived in Los Angeles: your face.As so-called contactless payments rise in popularity during the pandemic, a Pasadena company called PopID is rolling out the nation’s first payment system based on facial recognition at a smattering of restaurants near its headquarters, including mom-and-pop operations such as Daddy’s Chicken Shack and regional...

News Analysis: Shutdown in CA could help Uber in the long run

Johana Bhuiyan 2020-08-13 05:39:09 Uber and Lyft warned they might temporarily shut down their services in California in response to a court ruling forcing them to start treating drivers in the state as employees. A brief closure might seem like a drastic move, but it’s not exactly surprising. In fact, such a shutdown could prove to be a means for...

WeChat ban could upend life for the Chinese diaspora

Suhauna Hussain, Taylor Avery 2020-08-12 17:30:45 Cindy Wang’s whole life is on WeChat.Through the Chinese everything app, the 24-year-old shops for clothing and sends photos and audio messages to her grandma and uncle in Guangzhou. It’s how she schedules appointments with her hairstylist and where she found her bao supplier — a local woman who sells the steamed buns out...

Trump banned TikTok and WeChat. Are video games next?

Sam Dean 2020-08-08 04:50:49 President Trump’s two executive orders targeting Chinese companies went public just after 6 p.m. Pacific on Thursday.The first went after TikTok, to no one’s surprise. The video app had been the subject of intensifying rhetoric from the Trump administration for weeks. The order declared that all U.S. entities would be banned from doing business with parent...

Prince Harry slams social media, likens it to lead poisoning

Christie D'Zurilla 2020-08-08 00:14:49 Prince Harry wants social media companies to “redesign themselves” in pursuit of a digital landscape that’s less divided, less hate-filled, and healthier and happier for all involved. Especially for children. In a new piece written for Fast Company, the Duke of Sussex said he and his wife, Meghan, started working in July to communicate with executives...

California labor commissioner sues Uber and Lyft, alleging wage theft

Suhauna Hussain 2020-08-06 04:00:44 In its latest move to take gig economy companies to task, California is suing Uber and Lyft for alleged wage theft. The state says the companies have “willfully” misclassified drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, depriving them of basic worker protections and wages. The lawsuits, brought by California Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower, seek to “stop...

Elon Musk says Tesla headquarters may still leave California

Russ Mitchell 2020-08-05 03:00:15 Despite winning a standoff with local health officials over reopening his factory, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is sticking with his threat to move company headquarters to another state.“There’s no question that our headquarters will remain in California for the short term,” he said in a recent interview with Automotive News. “Long term, we’ll have to...

Why Trump may force TikTok’s Chinese owner to sell it

Russ Mitchell, Suhauna Hussain 2020-08-01 06:17:14 The information-age cold war with China heated up a few degrees Friday. The battlefield du jour: TikTok, the goofy, wildly popular mobile phone app.Generation Z loves TikTok. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo calls it a national security threat. And now the White House has indicated it will seek to block TikTok’s Chinese parent...

Snap reveals diversity shortcomings in workforce report

Sam Dean 2020-07-30 00:03:41 For years, as major tech companies shared regular reports on the diversity of their workforces, Snap Inc. kept that data secret.Earlier this summer, Snap Chief Executive Evan Spiegel cited the regular drumbeat of unchanging diversity numbers as a reason to keep his own company’s information private. When asked about the practice at an all-employee meeting in...