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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An appeals court granted Uber and Lyft a reprieve on Thursday, hours before the California rideshare giants were poised to make good on their threats to suspend operations in their home state.

The move would have left hundreds of thousands of drivers in one of their largest markets without employment during a global pandemic and passengers stranded. Alternative ridesharing operations are ready to roll, but before we get to that here's a run down of what happened.

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Santa Monica-based Bird could benefit from a post COVID-19 world where fewer people are using public transportation, especially in urban areas in Europe and Asia where car ownership is more expensive, according to an optimistic new research note published by Pitchbook.

"We believe the thesis for shared mobility remains intact, and expect public aversion to mass transit to drive a $15 billion addressable market expansion for the industry," Asad Hussain, an emerging technology analyst at Pitchbook, wrote late Wednesday . "Anecdotally, we are hearing of an uptick in interest in mobility among investors seeing the light at the end of the tunnel."

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