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Snap's Plan to Turn its Map Feature into a Multi-Billion Platform

"It represents a logical on-ramp to Snap's advertising platform for millions of small businesses around the world."

Snap has been building up its Map feature in hopes of competing with Google and others for advertising dollars. It's biggest selling point is an AR tool that lets consumers virtually try-on clothes and other products. Reporter Sam Blake takes a look.

NASA and SpaceX sign a special info sharing agreement to help avoid Starlink collisions.

YouTube will roll out a short-form video service in the U.S. to take on TikTok.

The NFL finalizes a new an 11-year media rights deal; Amazon scores exclusive Thursday Night rights.

World-wide streaming subscriptions pass one billion during pandemic.

Facebook shows off mind-reading technology it hopes to use one day with smart glasses.

SeatGeek is reviewing its partnership with YouTube star David Dobrik after a rape allegation.

Crypto marketplace OpenSea raises $23 million as it aims to be the 'Amazon of NFTs.'

The federal government is investigating yet another Tesla autopilot crash.

Twitter asks: When should we cut off rule-breaking world leaders?

Biden will tap former Senator Bill Nelson as NASA chief.

What even is a restaurant anymore?

How Snapchat Plans to Use AR to Compete with Google 

Snap is betting that restaurants, boutiques and the millions of other small businesses across the world will purchase ads and help grow the company into a behemoth. But, trying to convince businesses that it's worth it will be a challenge. Read more>>

Headspace Snags Ex-Hulu Executive as App Looks to Grow

Val Kaplan Zapata helped double Hulu's subscriber base in under three years. Soon she will be leading Headspace's marketing efforts as the company emerges from a pandemic-fueled growth spurt. Read more>>

Ex-Zillow CEO Takes Offerpad Public in $3B Deal 

Former Zillow Group CEO and dot.LA cofounder Spencer Rascoff is part of a group of SPAC investors buying the 6-year-old real estate company that estimates its revenues will hit $3.9 billion by 2023. Read more>>

Immigrant Grit and Their Parents’ Experience Inspired Service Titan's Co-Founders

Service Titan CEO Ara Mahdessian talks with Office Hours podcast about the lessons he learned from his immigrant parents and how his software engineering background influences his leadership. Read more and listen here>>

Strategy Session: Fundraising for Female Founders

Join us on Wednesday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. PST for our next Strategy Session: Fundraising for Female Founders, in partnership with Bank of America. We'll explore how female founders are navigating this uphill battle with a group of women executives who'll share their personal experiences, best practices and tips to successfully raise capital.

Register here - space is limited!

Save the Date for dot.LA's 2021 'Intersect' Entertainment Tech Summit

The line between tech and entertainment companies has never been thinner. Top Hollywood players are becoming software behemoths, major tech firms are tripling down on their content investments and a number of startups are finding new ways to blend the two worlds. From the very heart of this convergence between tech, media and entertainment in Los Angeles, we're launching "Intersect," a first-of-its-kind summit, held live virtually on Wednesday, April 28.

Early Access - Register here!

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