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Governor Gavin Newsom Wednesday ordered the immediate closure of dining rooms for at least three weeks in Los Angeles and 18 other counties that have been placed on a state watchlist because they are plagued by soaring coronavirus cases.
Newsom stressed that he wasn't shutting restaurants down, but wanted diners to eat outside, where the risk of spreading the virus is lower.
The new restrictions come a little over after a month dining rooms were allowed to reopen, but Newsom and other state officials have been alarmed by skyrocketing cases in the past week.
Newsom is also shutting down state beach parking lots and is urging all localities to cancel their Fourth of July festivities.
"We have to be much more vigilant about maintaining physical distancing from each other," Newsom said.
As employees and employers have scrambled in recent months to adapt to remote work, nothing has changed for GitLab, except that its founders feel vindicated after years of doubts about whether not having an office would harm productivity and scare off investors. The company, which provides software for developers, is valued at $2.75 billion and employs 1,200 people in 67 countries, all of whom are remote.
GitLab has been fully distributed since it was founded out of Y Combinator in 2015 and far from slowing it down, Darren Murph, the company's head of remote, says eschewing the office — or the co-located model as he calls it — has been a major driver of success.
GitLab has been fully remote since it was founded out of Y Combinator in 2015 and far from slowing it down, Darren Murph, the company's head of remote, says the distributed model has been a major driver of success.
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Elementary Robotics, one of Los Angeles' top robotics startups, announced Tuesday it has raised $12.7 million in Series A funding to continue developing and deploying its automation products at scale.
Co-founded in 2017 by Bill Gross of Idealab and Arye Barnehama, a Pomona College dropout and former head of design at Daqri, the company says its mission is to assist people by "automating day-to-day repetitive tasks" but it adds cryptically on its website: "We can't detail too much about the technology because we're still in stealth mode."