Weekly Roundup: Snap to Launch Gaming Platform, Tinder Bolsters its Security, Honey sued by RetailMeNot 0

Weekly Roundup: Snap to Launch Gaming Platform, Tinder Bolsters its Security, Honey sued

Los Angeles Weekly Roundup …

Top Headlines

  • Comcast suffers outage of video, broadband services across parts of U.S. … read on
  • Amazon Buys Online Pharmacy PillPack for $1 Billion … read on
  • Apple rebuilding Maps in massive overhaul, first results appearing in next iOS 12 beta … read on
  • Rebranded Chinese scooters are taking over San Francisco … read on
  • Farting Unicorn Sparks Legal Battle Between Local Artist And Elon Musk … read on

LA’s Tech & Startups

  • Cordial, a San Diego startup building what CEO Jeremy Swift described as a “truly next-generation platform” for email marketing, has raised $15 million in Series B funding … read on
  • Tinder’s parent company Match Group publicly announced …, that it is now encrypting photos sent between Tinder’s servers and its app. The changes were implemented in February, following the public disclosure of an attack that could have let hackers view people’s profile pictures and swipe actions … read on
  • Tesla opens orders to all US and Canadian Model 3 reservation holders … For people who put down a $1,000 deposit for a Tesla Model 3 as long as two years ago, the big day has arrived. Specifically, the day has arrived when they can give Tesla another $2,500 and then wait a few more months for their car to arrive … read on
  • Snap is reportedly about to launch its own gaming platform … The news makes a lot of sense, given the efforts Snap has increasingly been pouring into its own Lens Studio software for developers to create its specialized AR filters. Snap reportedly bought a web-based 3D game engine last year, called PlayCanvas, which would serve as a good backbone for even more robust developer tools … read on
  • Bird CEO Explains Why His Scooter Startup Needed $300 Million … As word spread that an electric scooter rental company called Bird Rides Inc. was amassing $300 million from investors just months after its first birthday, one question has plagued onlookers in and outside Silicon Valley: Why? read on
  • RetailMeNot sues rival Honey over patent infringement … According to RetailMeNot’s suit, Honey infringes on U.S. Patents 9,626,688; 9,639,853; 9,953,335; and 9,965,769, which detail technologies related to things like facilitating access to promotional offers, merchant offers and coupon codes … read on

Cultural Shouts

  • Breaking Down Every World Cup 2018 Last-16 Matchup … Two weeks, 48 games and a whopping 122 goals have led us here: the World Cup 2018 knockout stages. The round of 16 begins on Saturday with France vs. Argentina and will be followed by seven more cracking games … read on
  • Kroger Just Made a Stunning Announcement That Could Change Everything You Think of When You Think About Supermarkets … In short, Kroger announced Thursday it’s working with an electric car startup called Nuro “to redefine the grocery customer experience for Americans by piloting an on-road, fully autonomous delivery experience.” … read on
  • Joe Jackson, a musical family patriarch, dead at 89 … Jackson was the father of and at times manager to pop stars Michael and Janet Jackson, along with the sibling singing group, The Jackson 5 … read on
  • Cat Rescuer Shawn Simons’ Ultimate Aim: No More Feral Cats … Simons, 49, a former reality TV producer, realized that she could no longer bear the rigors and inertia of that job shortly after she began rescuing cats … read on
  • 98 Percent of VC Funding Goes to Men. Can Women Entrepreneurs Change a Sexist System? … read on
  • What’s Leaving Netflix in July 2018 … When a new crop of movies and TV shows hits Netflix each month, it’s inevitable that another must head toward the exit … read on 

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This Weekend

  • The 7 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend … read on
  • 20 Vegetarian Meal-Prep Recipes to Make Once and Eat All Week … read on

 

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After 83 years of being located in Downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times Newspaper is set to move to El Segundo, the border of Silicon Beach. The new campus will be located at 2300 E. Imperial Highway in El Segundo, across the street from ATT DIRECTV building and conveniently next to the 105 FWY. (source)

The news of the impending change was released by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the new owner of the LA Times. This update was made during the first town hall meeting with the LA Times staff, whose members were noticeably stunned upon hearing the news. Some of them felt that the move was like leaving home, as they have worked in the same historic building for decades. Others were concerned about longer commutes to the new headquarters, although some of the plans involve retaining downtown offices for those who may be needed in the area.

Why the Move?

The previous owners of the LA Times had sold the historic building to the Canadian developer Onni Group. The newspaper had been based here since 1935, but their lease expires on June 30.

The move was precipitated by Onni Group’s rent increase demand of an extra $1 million a month, according to Soon-Shiong. The new owners decided that the extra $12 million annual expenses would be better spent on creating a more modern workplace instead. The new campus on El Segundo would serve as a home where they can stay for another century, instead of staying in a building which they have to lease.

The money that would have been spent on the lease will also be used in other ways to benefit the newspaper. More journalists will be hired. The technology in the newsroom will be greatly enhanced. The new home of the Times will be more contemporary, with modern amenities and free parking.

The New Campus

The LA Time’s new home is on a property measuring about 4.5 acres and will include an 8-floor building offering 120,000 square feet of space. The first floor of the building will also accommodate the museum gallery featuring the long 136-year history of the publication. The first floor will also contain space for retail stores and events.

Construction of the new campus is currently ongoing at a frenetic pace in order to meet the looming deadline. According to Soon-Shiong, the work is 24/7 constant and it includes work during the night.

The design of the space will be decided by a team led by Soon-Shiong’s wife Michele. A couple of local architecture firms, CO Architects and Tichenor & Thorp, have been hired to do the buildout.

Soon-Shiong bought the publication for half a billion dollars, and the final steps of the process had just concluded at the end of April 2018. After 18 years of ownership by residents of Chicago, the LA Times will once again be owned by local LA residents.

Author Details
Editor-In-Chief
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen of local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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Editor-In-Chief
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen of local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.