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Los Angeles County is once again requiring residents to mask up in grocery stores, malls and restaurants as COVID-19 cases spike. The order will go into effect on Saturday at 11:59 p.m., and it applies to all residents regardless of vaccination status.

📊 Unemployment claims in the U.S. dropped to 360,000, the lowest it's been during the pandemic.

⚖️ Disabilities-related lawsuits against websites, apps and digital videos rose 64% in the first half of 2021.

👤 Facebook's female worker representation went down, according to the company's own numbers.

👾 Netflix hired a former EA executive to begin offering video games on its streaming platform.

☠️ Netflix fired three senior staffers after they were discovered criticizing their bosses over Slack.

🔬 DeepMind has released an open-source version of its AI that accurately predicts the structure of many proteins.

🔍 Google Meet is now coming to Google Glass.

🎥 Lionsgate has acquired a 20% stake in the Spyglass Media Group, which includes some 200 titles.

LA County Brings Back Indoor Mask Mandates

A little bit of context: The order comes after Los Angeles County logged 1,000 or more cases for the past week. As of Wednesday, the county reported 1,315 new cases, almost 400 hospitalizations and nine deaths.

Looking For The Next Mark Zuckerberg In Southern California

California Crescent Fund is looking beyond the Ivy Leagues and the Bay Area universities to exclusively fund student startups based in Southern California. Among the participating universities are UCLA, USC, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and UC San Diego.

We Tested Robomart's Convenience Store On Wheels

Santa Monica-based Robomart wants to compete with Amazon Fresh and Instacart to bring a convenience store to your door in under 10 minutes. Our reporter, Francesca Billington, tested it out.

This Marketing Agency Is Launching a $2M LA Fund

A London-based marketing agency known for its work with brands like Duolingo and Popchips is launching a $2 million fund for direct-to-consumer ventures and tech startups in Los Angeles.

Free Advice From The CEO Who Turned MySpace Around

This week on the L.A. Venture podcast, veteran executive Mike Jones offers his insights on investing, the 2020 ecommerce boom, the future of NFTs and his passion for cyrptocurrency. Jones is the founder and CEO of studio and venture firm Science Inc.

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