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"Instead of making fuels from oil or any other fossil sources, we can make them, essentially, from air."

Reporter Francesca Billington runs down several companies featured in this year's First Look innovation showcase, including one working on sustainable battery storage and another focused on creating fuel from carbon waste.

HBO Max will soon offer a lower-priced service, with more ads.

CBS All Access is set to become Paramount+, offering access to a slew of movies and shows.

Spotify will list virtual events on musicians' pages.

The Justice Department will investigate electric truck-maker Nikola after reports it misled investors.

TikTok's deal with Oracle is reportedly close to getting security approval. The WSJ reports the app's Chinese owner will retain a majority stake in the company.

Meanwhile, TikTok's top creator has joined its rival, Triller.

The world's highest paid DJs have founded a venture firm.

Cutting-Edge Science Startups to Watch

The First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase kicked off today, connecting early-stage tech and life science companies, many of them straight out of universities, with investors. Read more >>

#MeToo Has Done Little To Stop Sexual Harassment in Tech

It seems the era of #MeToo hasn't significantly changed things for women in tech, according to a new report released Tuesday by Women Who Tech. Read more >>

Ranker Wants to Sell Its Data to Marketers

Ranker has made a profitable business of crowdsourcing lists and rankings on everything from action movies to ice cream flavors. Now, it wants to sell that data. Read more >>

TikTok Employees Will Get Paid Despite Trump's Order

Last week, a TikTok employee sued the Trump administration for violating his constitutional rights and defaming U.S. TikTok employees. Last night, the administration quietly promised executive orders would not affect employee payment. Read more >>

From a Broken Van to a Multimillion Dollar Ice Cream Business

Co-founder Natasha Case left her corporate job and risked everything she had on an idea and an old postal van she purchased on Craigslist. Hear her story >>

Sign up for The Wrap's 3-Day Entertainment Tech Conference

From September 22nd through the 24th, The Wrap's conference will feature afternoon segments of curated discussion, industry panels and virtual networking sessions. Read more and sign up >>

Our Startup Pitch Showcase Events

Join us at 11 a.m. PST on Thursday, September 24th for the first of three qualifying rounds of dot.LA's Startup Pitch Showcase competition. A winner will be chosen at each qualifying event. Each winner will advance to pitch at the finale which will be broadcast live at the dot.LA Summit with a grand prize and guest judges. Nominate your company and register for the first event!

Nominate Innovators for dot.LA's Startup Awards

We are thrilled to announce the first "dot.LA Startup Awards 2020," a celebration of the most innovative people and companies in the L.A. startup and tech community, on Wednesday, October 28th. See the award categories and nominate companies >>

Save the Date: The 2020 dot.LA Summit

Our inaugural dot.LA Summit is coming up on October 27th & 28th. The virtual gathering will include cutting-edge programming, fast pitch competitions, a live awards show, networking, workshops, social events and more! The Summit will feature the most disruptive and innovative L.A.-based startups. Early access - Register here >>

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