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"I don't think anybody could have imagined what actually happened. Too many things had to fall into place."

Jeff Bezos called him his "tutor." Together, they helped build Amazon into one of the most valuable and influential corporations in the world. Senior Finance Reporter Ben Bergman talks with Amazon's former consumer CEO Jeff Wilke about why he left, whether he wanted the top job and what's next. Stay tuned for part two tomorrow.

Yahoo and AOL are sold to private equity firm Apollo Global Management.

Will Trump be allowed back on Facebook and Instagram? We'll know Wednesday.

L.A. is prioritizing environmental justice on its path to 100% renewables.

Fortnite made more than $9 billion in its first two years.

How Albuquerque aims to win the streaming wars.

ESPN's Kevin Merida is named L.A. Times executive editor.

A new Polestar update turns your phone into a digital car key.

Riot Games' 'League of Legends' show arrives on Netflix this Fall.

GM will install software on Chevy Bolt EVs to prevent future battery fires.

Jeff Wilke Looks Back at His Years at Amazon, Unionization and 'Nomadland'

When Wilke joined Amazon in 1999 to oversee operations the company was doing about $2 billion of revenue a year. Now it brings in about $1 billion every day. Wilke talks about what it was like to work for Bezos and his reaction to last month's failed unionization vote at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama.

Flawless Uses Deepfake Technology for Movie Dubbing

Director Scott Mann's new startup, launched today, uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve the language dubbing process, which he hopes will become the new standard in Hollywood — and beyond.

Genies Gets $65M and Plans a Slew of New Offerings

The startup, which got its start building cartoon-like online avatars for celebrities, recently opened its platform up to anyone who wants to create their own digital "fantasy version" of themselves, and is expanding into offering digital goods, including NFTs.

How Ryff Uses Gaming Tech for Surgical Product Placement

L.A.-based Ryff has ambitions that go beyond inserting products into clever, nostalgic ads. Its chief executive wants to introduce on-demand digitized product placement across the entire entertainment industry.

Warner Music Partners with Virtual Concert Platform Wave

Warner Music has partnered with L.A.-based Wave to offer its artists more opportunities to perform virtually, create digital avatars and sell virtual merch.

Pitch Competition for Mobility Startups

dot.LA and CoMotion are partnering to bring you Motivate SOCAL on May 19th, 2021. This event will shine a light on innovative, emerging mobility companies in Southern California. In addition to Motivate SOCAL's Pitch Showcase, attendees will enjoy a mix of panels and networking with venture capitalists, business development leaders, investors, policymakers and mobility enthusiasts. Apply now! The deadline to submit your application is Wednesday, May 5th!

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