"It's a sensitive thing to ask people. So we're not."

Today, widespread mask mandates and social distancing protocols in California became concepts of the past. Reporter Francesca Billington checks in with local businesses owners about how they're navigating the new normal.

SpaceX's satellite internet shuts down because it's too hot in Arizona.

The White House will name tech critic Lina Khan as FTC chair.

Why Express, Urban Outfitters and J.Crew now sell items from all over online.

Fox creates $100 million fund for the nonfungible token market.

Amazon's Black employees say the company's HR department is failing them.

Lyft launches EV rental pilot program for ride-hail drivers in Northern California.

Airbnb is spending millions of dollars to make nightmares go away.

The Amazon that customers don't see.

California Gives Businesses a Green Light, and Few Directions

Private businesses can now pick between one of three state protocols: require all patrons to wear a mask, trust customers who say they've gotten the shot or establish a "vaccination verification process." The question of enforcement remains murky — not to mention optional.

Heliogen's 'Sunlight Refinery' Captures Carbon-Free Thermal Energy

The Pasadena startup run by Bill Gross has created a facility to capture carbon-free thermal energy to power heavy industries. It just got backing from giants like the mining company ArcelorMittal and Edison International to deploy around the world.

EV Maker Proterra Makes Wall Street Debut

Electric bus and vehicle company Proterra was listed on the NYSE Tuesday after merging with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) ArcLight Clean Transition Corp.

Rocket Lab is Designing a Twin Spacecraft to go to Mars

Long Beach-based aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab landed a contract with NASA to design a twin Photon spacecraft for a Mars mission that will begin in 2024. The choice to employ Rocket Lab for this mission comes as another win for Los Angeles' growing aerospace hub.

Formative Raises $70M as Edtech Returns to Schools

The platform allows teachers to see students' levels of comprehension and achievement in real time, enabling educators to assess students as they learn and adjust the curriculum to focus on areas where students may need more help.

Faraday Future Says Its First EV Will Go Into Production Next Summer

After a string of funding problems that have delayed the release of its first car, Faraday Future said production would start by July 2022 at an assembly plant in Central California.

"The only proven model, in my opinion, for long-term sustainability as a restaurant is to own your own digital channels, to own your own brand or brands, and to own your customers directly so that you can talk to them."

The heir to Canter's Deli built a delivery platform, Ordermark, that not only brought the family business into the digital age, but helped thousands of other restaurants as well. But some are asking whether it is creating more problems than it's solving.

Spanish-language streaming wars escalate as Hollywood moves past lip service.

Elon Musk says Tesla will resume Bitcoin purchases when Bitcoin gets greener.

Beats studio buds debut for $150.

YouTube blocks certain ads from masthead.

AT&T CEO John Stankey confirms CNN Plus plans.

Shipments of plant-based proteins to restaurants up 60% year over year.

Electric truck maker Lordstown Motors shares slide after CEO and CFO resign.

U.S. Supreme Court revives LinkedIn bid to shield personal data.

Canter's Deli Heir Says He's Serving Small Business, Not Everyone Agrees 

As a fourth-generation restaurateur and heir to beloved Canter's Deli in Los Angeles, Alex Canter was set to continue the family legacy. But running a restaurant in 2021 is very different than running one in 1981, let alone 1931.

TrillerNet Plans to Go Public at $5 Billion Valuation

On the heels of launching a subscription service to solidify its ongoing shift into live events, TrillerNet — owner of short form social video app Triller — is preparing to go public via a direct listing.

Documentary Plus Will Share Streaming Data With Filmmakers

Streaming service Documentary Plus is doing what Netflix never has – sharing detailed data with filmmakers about who is watching. The move is a departure from what has become the status quo in the streaming era.

dot.LA Explains: What Are NFTs?

Every day another company or celebrity announces their foray into the space, continuing to build that buzz. But what is an NFT and what makes these assets so valuable?

"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).

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