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This Startup Is Using NFTs to Give Black Dance Artists Credit for Their Creations

Three Black creators are offering NFTs tied to holograms of themselves performing the iconic dance moves they pioneered that spread through social media and sparked discussion over how to compensate digital performers.

The “Renegade” took social m…

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Weekly Tech Round Up: The Future of Food Tech

This week in L.A. tech and startup news: California businesses reopened and the state updated its guidelines for workers and rolled out a vaccine verification program. Short video platform TrillerNet plans to go public. Faraday Future and Canoo annou…

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California Unveils Its Digital Vaccination Record

California has unveiled a statewide digital vaccine record three days into the state reopening the economy.While California has given individuals free reign on whether or not they want to wear their masks, businesses are still allowed to impose regula…

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Inside Orbital Assembly’s Ambitious Quest to Use Robots to Build Space Hotels

Vacationing in space?
With intercelestial travel fast approaching for people who can afford it, Fontana-based Orbital Assembly Corp. is already plotting out a hospitality industry.
Orbital is working on autonomous robots that can build luxury hotels …

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California Workers Could Soon Go Maskless

Fully vaccinated workers will soon be able to ditch their masks in the workplace, if — as expected — California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) approves new rules Wednesday.The agency that oversees working conditions in Califor…

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A Look At Amazon Studios’ New Diversity Guidelines

Amazon Studios is pledging that by 2024 half of all top-line roles – directors, writers, producers – in their movies and shows will be composed of women and underrepresented groups.
The Culver City studio released a new “Inclusion Policy” on Wednesday…

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First Look Showcases Science and Tech Startups from SoCal Academies

The featured startups span industries from therapeutics to software to green tech. One wants to change the way you experience audio. Another uses CRISPR technology to find a cure for a rare genetic disease. A third wants to repurpose waste to genera…

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SCOTUS Will Decide Whether a Teen’s Use of Snapchat Is Protected Speech

A 14-year-old Pennsylvania high school student who took to Snapchat after not getting a spot on the varsity cheerleading team is at the center of a case now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court that will test the limits of schools’ ability to po…

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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.NASA’s choice to employ Rocket Lab for this mission comes as another win for Los Angeles, whic…

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Heliogen’s ‘Sunlight Refinery’ Captures Carbon-Free Thermal Energy

Serial entrepreneur and Heliogen CEO Bill Gross calls it the Sunlight Refinery. In the fall of 2019, the Pasadena startup unveiled a Lancaster facility designed to capture carbon-free thermal energy at over 1,000 degrees Celsius using a cluster of mir…