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Why the DOJ Is Probing SpaceX

Department of Justice lawyers have asked a federal judge to force the Hawthorne-based company, run by multibillionaire Elon Musk, to turn over key employee documents to determine if there is a pattern of discrimination, reports Francesca Billington.

Apple will produce a series on WeWork's fall from grace.

OWL's L.A. Valiant releases entire roster, citing visa issues in relocation to China.

Driverless robotaxis are now available for public rides in China.

Smart shopping carts on the rise as stores adapt to the pandemic era.

EU regulator authorizes AstraZeneca vaccine for all adults.

How a Reddit user and his friends roiled the markets.

AOC uses Amazon's Twitch to talk Robinhood and GameStop.

BlackBerry execs sold shares as Reddit-driven rally started.

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SpaceX Under Investigation

The DOJ is investigating allegations of discrimination at SpaceX following a compliant. The company, run by the South African-born billionaire, reportedly hit a $60 billion valuation this week after a new round of funding. Read more>>

Nasdaq-Bound Faraday Future Strikes a Deal 

A day after the luxury electric carmaker said it will go public, Faraday Future announced a new partnership with China's largest privately-owned automotive group that could help it produce cars in China. Read more >>

If a Competitor Calls, What Do I Do?

As a startup, should you take calls from competitors? Yes, dot.LA co-founder Spencer Rascoff says in this week's Office Hours column, and offers advice on how to be prepared. Read more>>

Sinai Venture's Founder Zach White On Independent Thinking

On this week's episode of the L.A. Venture podcast, hear from Zach White, partner at Sinai Ventures, about what it's like managing Sinai's $600 million Fund II. Listen here >>

Strategy Session: The Future of Content Moderation Online

Join us Wednesday, February 10th at 11:00 a.m. PT for a conversation about the future of content moderation online, in partnership with Fenwick. Join dot.L.A. Managing Editor Rachel Uranga for a one-on-one conversation with a leading social media company (to be announced) . Afterward, dot.LA CEO Sam Adams will speak with Fenwick Partners Tyler Newby and Andrew Klungness for a legal perspective Register here - space is limited!

Sign Up For Our Virtual Pitch Showcase

Our next virtual pitch showcase will be broadcast live at 11:00 a.m. PT on Thursday, February 4th. Hosted in collaboration with Bank of America, the event will shine a light on three startups, each led by entrepreneurs from communities traditionally underrepresented in tech. The pitches will be judged by Ajay Relan, partner at Slauson & Co, Camden McRae, investor at Industrious Ventures, and Redonna Carpenter Woods, senior vice president at Bank of America. Register for the event here >>

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