"Podcast discovery trails other media formats, such as video."

Finding a good listen isn't easy, especially as the format becomes more saturated. A handful of Los Angeles startups are trying to make discovery easier. Reporter Breanna De Vera has details.

Voice chat app Clubhouse raises $100 million.

Tesla accuses engineer of stealing Warp Drive secrets.

TikTok has until Friday to respond to Italy's order to block users it can't age-verify.

Google workers in 10 countries form union alliance.

Warner Music Group and Feed Media Group launch Adaptr, a startups licensing platform.

Moderna says it's working on COVID booster shot for variant in South Africa.

NBCUniversal's Peacock to become WWE's exclusive streaming home.

AMC avoids bankruptcy, at least for now.

Facebook will let researchers study its election ad targeting data.

Google plans vaccination clinics at some of its sites in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

Spotify tests audiobooks with 'Frankenstein,' 'Jane Eyre' and other classics.

Valve Corporation's co-founder thinks brain-computer interface will reshape video games.

Does biohacking help you live longer?

These LA Startups Aim to Make Good Listens Easy to Find

As the podcast market has becomes more saturated, more companies are trying to make discovery easier. Podcasting platforms like Goodpods and Breaker take a social media approach. Read more>>

Larry King Spent His Last Year Building a Legacy for Gen Z

The legendary broadcaster may best be remembered as the longtime host of CNN who interviewed the most notable personalities of the 20th century, but he also worked tirelessly to build a bridge for the next generation. Read more>>

Virgin Orbit Will Take the First Dutch Defense Satellite to Space

Virgin Orbit will launch the Dutch Ministry of Defense's first satellite into space later this year. It comes over a week after the Long Beach-based company successfully placed satellites from its LauncherOne rocket into orbit for the first time. Read more>>

Nominate Companies for Our Next Virtual Pitch Showcase

We are thrilled to announce the next virtual pitch showcase, which will be broadcast live at 11:00 a.m. PT on Thursday, February 4th. We're looking for Southern California startups in any industry founded by entrepreneurs of color and/or women, or by entrepreneurs from low-income or underrepresented communities. Submissions are now open for company nominations to present at the live event. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Please contact annie@dot.LA with any questions.

Nominate your company here >>

Register for the event here >>

"Check it out my dear children, I finally made it on Famous Birthdays."

Hailed as the Wikipedia of influencers and the pulse of Gen Z, Famous Birthdays is beloved by young influencers and their followers. Entertainment reporter Sam Blake talks with the site's founders and others about its success.

Amazon, Facebook, other tech giants spent roughly $65 million to lobby Washington last year.

Elon Musk announces $100 million prize for new carbon capture tech.

NBC to shut sports network as cord cutting squeezes cable.

SpaceX to set record for most satellites launched on a single mission.

Blizzard absorbs acclaimed Activision game studio.

Versus Systems closes $11M IPO.

L.A. Galaxy renews JLab Audio partnership, expands to include eMLS team.

Amazon tries to delay warehouse union vote in Alabama.

AT&T holds exclusive talks to sell DirectTV stake to TPG.

EVgo Strikes $2.6B SPAC Deal

Electric vehicle charging-station provider EVgo is going public in a deal valuing the company at $2.6 billion. It will join a wave of companies in the electric vehicle industry hoping to ride on Tesla's soaring stock growth over the last year. Read more>>

Fifth Wall Joins the SPAC Boom

The largest property technology venture firm, Fifth Wall, intends to raise up to $287 million for a special acquisition company, according to filings. Read more>>

Famous Birthdays’ Wish for Cultural Relevance Is Coming True

In 2012, Evan Britton founded a website premised upon what the web arguably does best: help people obsess over celebrities. Famous Birthdays is now considered a pillar of the teen-centric world of online personalities and creators. Read more>>

Column: A Blueprint for What Real Estate Looks Like Post Pandemic

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. Read more>>

Nominate Companies for Our Next Virtual Pitch Showcase

We are thrilled to announce the next virtual pitch showcase, which will be broadcast live at 11:00 a.m. PT on Thursday, February 4th. We're looking for Southern California startups in any industry founded by entrepreneurs of color and/or women, or by entrepreneurs from low-income or underrepresented communities. Submissions are now open for company nominations to present at the live event. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Please contact annie@dot.LA with any questions.

Nominate your company here >>

Register for the event here >>

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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