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