NBC Los Angeles: How Black Users Are Saving Clubhouse From Becoming A Drab Hangout for Tech Bros

Clubhouse, a social media app introduced in March,allows users to gather in virtual rooms where they can communicate with one another through the mics on their iPhones.

Because the app requires an invitation, early participants were mostly from the communities around its founder and funders — basically, wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalists and workers in the tech industry.

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Los Angeles Times: Here’s Where Skilled Freelancers Can Find Jobs

Jobs for skilled freelancers are booming. And it doesn’t matter whether your skill is in marketing, tech, law, logistics or accounting. Companies are turning to gig platforms to find skilled freelancers to fill a wide array of openings.

The pandemic is partly responsible for the change. With COVID-19 leading to widespread telecommuting, acceptance of untraditional working arrangements has gone from rare to de rigueur. That has broken down barriers that discouraged companies from hiring off-site experts, says Joseph Fuller, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School.

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Los Angeles Sentinel: Microsoft Launches Nonprofit Tech Acceleration Program For Black Communities

Microsoft is not new to the conversation when it comes to discussing solutions to systemic racism and serving under-represented communities. In the past, the company has partnered with organizations across the United States to work on criminal justice improvements and build technology solutions to help judges improve fairness in legal, financial obligations.

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Business Insider: Los Angeles Vaccine Patients Will Be Given Proof They’ve Been Vaccinated That They Can Add To Their Apple Wallets

People who get a COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles County will soon get digital reminders they can put in their Apple Wallets, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The idea is that the digital token, provided by the software company Healthvana, will remind patients to come in for their second dose of the vaccine – but it could ultimately be used to access event venues, or airports, should they bring in so-called health-passport systems.

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Tech Explorist: An Optical Convolutional Neural Network Accelerator For Machine Learning

Machine intelligence has become a driving factor in modern society. However, its demand outpaces the underlying electronic technology due to fundamental physics limitations, such as capacitive charging of wires and system architecture of storing and handling data, both driving recent trends toward processor heterogeneity.

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LA Business Journal: Tastemade Acquires ChefsFeed — Plus Other L.A. Tech News

Tastemade Inc., the Santa Monica video platform for food, travel and lifestyle content, has added ChefsFeed to its lineup with the acquisition of the platform for dining and drinking inspiration, guides and unique experiences direct from experts.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition brings San Francisco-based ChefsFeed’s 100 million viewers and 6,000 chefs into the Tastemade fold.

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CNET: As Hollywood And Tech Look To Boost Diversity, Accessibility Is Finally Having Its Moment

When Tatiana Lee was a kid, she didn’t think of herself as “different.” Lee — an actress, model and activist — has spina bifida, meaning her spine and spinal cord didn’t form properly at birth. But as someone who uses a wheelchair, she also didn’t see many people like her on TV or in movies. 

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NBC Los Angeles: How to Launch A Start-Up While You’re Still In College

Microsoft, Facebook, Reddit, Insomnia Cookies. We’ve all heard the success stories: A college student, usually a prodigy, has a brilliant idea and works day and night, drops out of college and makes it big. But you don’t have to be a prodigy and you don’t have to drop out to be successful.

Pedro Pachuca is a sophomore at UC Berkeley studying electrical engineering, computer sciences and business administration. He’s also the co-founder of SportVue, a start-up aimed at revolutionizing the way sport players train. Pachuca started the company during his freshman year with his friend and roommate, James Li. He says college is a great time to start a business because it’s a lot easier to seek out help and mentorship.

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KTLA 5: Top Tech To Fight Back Against Porch Pirates Over The Holidays

‘Tis the season for online shopping, and you know what that means: many opportunities for porch pirates to swipe your packages. Here are some of the ways you can use technology to fight back.

“There are almost 2 million packages a day being swiped from porches across America,” explained Rebecca Edwards, editor at the home security site SafeWise.com. She says wireless accessories like video doorbells have made a big difference.

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