Catch Up On This Week's Top 5 Stories With Our Video Recap

The L.A. tech and startup community was active as ever this week. dot.LA chief host and correspondent Kelly O'Grady takes you through the key points of the top five headlines:

  • Investors still want their startups to have an office
  • Music-tech startups are reshaping the music industry forever
  • Election tech seeks to promote voting amid pandemic
  • L.A. school district still doesn't know how many kids are without WiFi
  • Stop! Go! After back and forth, Lyft and Uber win stay in California


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    In 2012, Evan Britton founded a website premised upon what the web arguably does best: help people obsess over celebrities.

    Britton launched his first site in 1999 as a senior in college and has since made his living monetizing web clicks.

    When he created Famous Birthdays as a sort of Wikipedia of celebrities nine years ago, Tiktok wasn't even born and Snap had barely launched. The term "influencers" had yet to seep into the mainstream. But as social media created a new form of celebrity, the site has morphed into a pillar of the teen-centric world of online personalities and creators.

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    In mid-March, a majority of companies had to send their employees home and tell them to stay there indefinitely. Most business owners were abiding by what they hoped would be a short-term situation. Few could have imagined 10 months ago that at the beginning of 2021 they would still lack a bonafide game plan to get back up and running. In fact, the longer this pandemic has dragged on, the more it's become clear that the typical, pre-pandemic workplace is not something we'll see again for quite some time.

    Reflecting on what the country looks like today, it's a real possibility that in the not-too-distant future L.A. sets not only the stage but also a new standard for what a health-conscious commute and a productive work life looks like as a model for apprehensive Americans.

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    Democratic lawmakers are calling on Facebook, Twitter and other social media to alter the powerful algorithms that fuel their site, saying that they led to the attack on the Capitol and intensify fringe political beliefs.

    "The algorithms Facebook uses to maximize user engagement on its platform undermine our shared sense of objective reality, intensify fringe political beliefs, facilitate connections between extremist users, and, tragically, lead some of them to commit real-world physical violence, such as what we experienced firsthand on January 6th," wrote Silicon Valley Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and New Jersey Congressman Tom Malinowski in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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