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Trump banned TikTok and WeChat. Are video games next?

The executive order singling out WeChat and its parent company, Tencent, caused a furor in the gaming world Thursday night. Officials say the order is focused on WeChat, not Tencent's gaming holdings — but how long will that hold?

Prince Harry likens social media to lead poisoning, calling it harmful to children

Prince Harry is calling on advertisers to seek change from social media platforms and heal the 'crisis of hate' they've created.

California labor commissioner sues Uber, Lyft, alleging wage theft

In a wage-theft lawsuit, California's top labor law enforcer says ride-hailing tech companies have "willfully" misclassified drivers as independent contractors.

Elon Musk says Tesla headquarters could still move out of California

Elon Musk renews the threat to leave California he first made during a fight over the reopening of Tesla's Fremont plant during the coronavirus lockdown.

Why the Trump administration may force TikTok's Chinese owner to sell it

In reportedly preparing an order to force TikTok's Chinese parent company to sell it off, the Trump administration chooses a peculiar cyberdefense beachhead in an emerging battle over information espionage.

Here's how Snap's diversity stacks up against Silicon Valley

In its first-ever diversity report, Snap admitted its workforce does not reflect society and set some specific goals for how to change that.

Better than social distancing? In this game you take a virtual walk in Griffith Park

"Four Months Earlier," a game equivalent of a COVID-era tone poem, takes us back to the days we could walk L.A.'s Griffith Park with an out-of-towner.

Target-owned Shipt sparks worker protest with pay change

Shipt is implementing a new pay structure the company says is a good thing for its shoppers. But shoppers say the changes slash their pay by up to 50%.

Twitter scrambles to contain damage after bitcoin scam targets celebrities

Twitter handles belonging to Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos were among the high-profile social media accounts that were apparently hacked to promote a bitcoin scam.

222 L.A. tech companies pledged to improve on diversity. Have they made any progress?

A new report from PledgeLA shows local venture capital firms invest in women, Black and Latino start-up founders at double the rate of the industry at large.

At gaming giant Ubisoft, major executive changes after allegations of harassment, misconduct

After allegations of sexual harassment and toxic misconduct, several top executives resign at Ubisoft, maker of 'Assassin's Creed' and 'Watch Dogs.'

Amazon tells workers to delete TikTok app, citing security concerns

TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is under mounting pressure from lawmakers, who see the company as a potential national security threat.
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