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Newly released internal documents reveal how much the Los Angeles Unified School District spent on tech to facilitate remote learning for students as the pandemic forced schools to suspend in-person teaching. Reporter Sarah Favot writes that the district spent $390.5 million in equipment and services in the span of 13 months. Among the biggest recipients of that money were companies like Apple, Verizon, T-Mobile and a COVID testing company. Read more...

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How LAUSD Spent $390.5 Million in 13 Months

By Sarah Favot

Of the $390.5 million that LAUSD spent on tech in that 13-month window, $51.3 million went to SummerBio, a Silicon Valley COVID testing company. But the big chunk of it, $227.6 million, went to tech companies: $51.3 million to Apple, $2 million to Amazon, $6.7 million to Edgenuity, $6.1 million to Verizon, and the list goes on and on.

Q&A: Bobacino CEO His Case for Food Automation

By Decerry Donato

Food automation is here, and it is not slowing down. Bobacino, a Santa Monica-based startup that makes food-making robots, is poised to enter the market even as the industry grapples with an inevitable byproduct of automation: job losses. Its CEO, Darian Ahler, makes his case for more robots in the kitchen.

Hollywood Crews Reach Tentative Deal to Avoid a Strike

By Harrison Weber

Over the weekend, the union representing Hollywood production crews announced it has struck a tentative deal with the alliance representing major studios and giants in tech.

Scopely Gets Sony's Free-to-Play Games for $1 Billion

By Harrison Weber

Through the acquisition, Sony Pictures will become a minority shareholder in Scopely, and the startup will take control of mobile titles like "Wheel of Fortune Slots" and "Solitaire TriPeaks." Culver City-based Scopely was valued at $3.4 billion about a year ago.

Amazon to Add 150K Seasonal Workers

Amazon said Monday that it is adding 150,000 seasonal jobs to bolster the ranks of its operations network during the busy holiday season.

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