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MeWe Billed Itself as the Anti-Facebook. Now It's Going Hollywood.
Rachel Uranga

"I want to stay true to the privacy and those efforts, but I don't think it makes sense personally to be the quote anti-Facebook publicly."

A Hollywood and tech veteran, the new CEO of social network MeWe wants to take the ad-free site known for privacy and attracting anti-vaxxers and other extremists in another direction. He's brought in Cheech & Chong to help and is enlisting A-list Hollywood types.

SpaceX plans to deliver a lander and water-hunting rover to the moon in 2023.

L.A.-based adtech startup GumGum gets $75M from Goldman Sachs.

Spotify's Car Thing debuts for selected US users.

Polestar expands the Polestar 2 lineup and adds a single-motor variant.

The era of reusability in space has begun.

'Fortnite'-maker Epic Games valued at nearly $29 billion in funding round.

Tagger Media raises $9 million for influencer marketing service.

Following employee outrage, Pinterest backs California's NDA-busting bill.

Clubhouse rolls out payments to over 60K creators following initial test.

DoorDash is pushing drivers to deliver more with a $50K sweepstakes.

First flight of Ingenuity is further delayed because software needs tweak.

The Anti-Facebook Social Network Gets a New Boss

The new chief executive of MeWe, the social network that billed itself the anti-Facebook, wants to lure in Hollywood talent — and advertisers. Read more>>

Snap and LACMA Partner on Citywide Virtual 'Monuments'

Five new augmented reality monuments dotting L.A. are part of the collaboration between Santa Monica-based Snap and the L.A. County Museum of Art. Read more>>

Beautycounter Gets a Billion Dollar Makeover 

The parent company of Beautycounter, which makes eco-friendly skin-care products and cosmetics, is being acquired by the massive private equity firm. Founder Gregg Renfrew was inspired to start the brand after a friend's cancer diagnosis. Read more>>

Vaccine Pause Sends LA Officials Scrambling

Los Angeles city-run vaccination sites had more than 3,000 patient appointments scheduled for Tuesday that received a first dose of Pfizer instead of the planned Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but smaller community clinics are cancelling. Read more>>

Slingshot Aerospace Nabs Deal with US Space Force

Slingshot Aerospace clinched a $1.2 million contract with the U.S. Space Force to create a tool intended to identify enemy missiles and improve data collection in space. Read more>>

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