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"We follow the guidelines for how you need to show proof and accept that the proof is the proof. You do the best you can do."

Los Angeles County health officials lifted mask restrictions for vaccinated patrons this week for venues, just in time for summer. But many are still grappling with how to handle the newfound freedom.

Taking aim at big tech, lawmakers push sweeping antitrust overhaul.

Sony Music launches 'Legacy Unrecouped Balance Program.'

NASA will land payloads on the far side of the moon for the first time

Amazon pushes further into top-tier sports with French soccer.

Amazon, eBay fight legislation that would unmask third-party sellers.

Uber and Lyft fares are soaring in L.A.

The Return of LA Concerts, Sports and Performances

Beginning Tuesday vaccinated people can go maskless at concerts, sports events and indoor performance venues, opening the door for a return to a pre-pandemic summer.

TX Zhuo is the 'Accidental Entrepreneur' Behind Fika Ventures' $77M Fund

Fika Ventures co-founder TX Zhuo talks with L.A. Venture podcast about how he approaches investing, where and when he's willing to bet big on a startup, and what he sees as the future of venture capital.

Triller Launches 'TrillerPass' Subscription Service

"TrillerPass" will cost $29.99 per month or $299.95 per year and include live footage from Triller Fight Club (boxing), TrillerFest (concerts), Verzuz (rap battles) and BIG3 (basketball).

NASA released this week what it's calling the most accurate maps that show humans' influence on Earth's carbon dioxide levels. Researchers hope the new data, centered on the Los Angeles basin, can be used to persuade lawmakers to focus on climate change.

FabFitFun sets headquarters at WeWork location.

Apple hires former Canoo CEO as it ramps up electric car project.

Uber offers to pay for drivers' health insurance, and then yanks it away.

TikTok is jacking up prices as it builds its ad business.

BuzzFeed will raise $200M in bonds as SPAC deal nears.

Music publishers sue Roblox for letting game creators use unlicensed songs.

El Salvador makes bitcoin legal tender.

How NASA Satellite Images Could Influence Climate Change Policy

With carbon dioxide levels at an all-time high, the images released by NASA this week show a clear view of the pollution in the Los Angeles basin. Researchers hope it can be used to influence policy.

Netflix Opens an Online Shop

Move over, "Netflix and chill," and make way for "Netflix and shop." Taking a page from Disney, the video streamer debuted an online store for selling merchandise tied to its shows and brand.

Rebecca Minkoff Isn't Seeking Balance

Lifestyle brand creator Rebecca Minkoff talks to the Behind Her Empire podcast about building her business from the ground up, hustling to make connections and get her designs into production. She gives her take on motherhood, the pros and cons of venture funding, trusting her instincts and how networking made her career.

"You use our script and your iPhone to ask questions of your grandmother and grandfather to preserve that information for posterity."

StoryFile, a Los Angeles startup that creates AI-powered interactive videos, is creating ways for users talk to people even after they are gone. Most recently, it recorded the two living survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Virgin Orbit reveals launch window for next mission to space.

Starz slaps Disney with trademark suit over Star Plus.

Travis Kalanick's CloudKitchens loses second exec in a month.

A plan to tame labor unions for Uber and Lyft has been scrapped In New York.

Top U.S. antitrust lawmaker reportedly targets big tech with new bills.

Google to build new undersea cable to connect Latin America and the U.S.

Pipeline investigation upends the idea that Bitcoin is untraceable.

Amazon successfully presses to leave consumer protections out of Senate China bill.

LA-Based StoryFile Raises Another Round to Expand Its Interactive Videos

The L.A. company has plans to launch an iPhone version of the technology. The software has applications beyond documenting aging family members or personal heroes and could be used for employee training and even dating.

How Mythical Games Hopes to Pioneer Blockchain Gaming

The game technology studio is bringing NFTs into the gaming world, as blockchain technology and the gaming industry both see a surge in interest.

Biden Ends Ban on TikTok, WeChat

The Biden administration made its first move to end the months-long back and forth between U.S. and Chinese officials over the future of TikTok and WeChat, repealing a Trump-era executive order aimed at banning the apps owned by Chinese parent company ByteDance.

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