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"The information gathered through the SafePass app will help us learn more about the virus and how it is spreading through our communities."

L.A. County has partnered with New York-based Citizen SafePass to trace patterns of COVID's spread and alert those who might have been affected. But, as reporting intern Francesca Billington finds, some are concerned about where that information may end up.

TikTok admits to restricting some LGBT hashtags.

L.A.-based Britive raises $5.4 million.

NASA announces it will pay companies for Moon samples.

We want your suggestions for L.A.'s most innovative and interesting companies and entrepreneurs for our upcoming dot.LA Startup Awards. Nominate them here!

How 'Citizen SafePass' Tracks You to Stem COVID

County officials announced on Wednesday they will partner with the New York-based company and use its app Citizen SafePass. It uses bluetooth technology to track people's movement, identify those who may have been exposed to the virus — and alert them. Read more >>

Exclusive: Bonfire Ventures Announces $100M Fund

Seed-stage venture fund Bonfire is focused on "the weird and wonderful in this boring part of the ecosystem that is B2B software." It just closed its second fund. Read more >>

Relativity Space's Co-Founder Steps Down

Relativity Space co-founder and CTO Jordan Noone announced on Twitter that he began a transition to the role of executive advisor earlier this week, "in preparation for starting my next venture." Read more >>

Justice Dept.: TikTok Is a 'Direct Threat' to US Security

Justice Department lawyers argued in a federal court filing Thursday that TikTok's explosive growth and its relationship to the Chinese Communist Party made the popular social media app "a direct threat to the privacy and security of U.S. persons." Read more >>

Nominate Innovators for dot.LA's Startup Awards

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural "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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