September 28, 2010 |
In one of the first frontal assaults on Apple Inc.'s increasingly popular iPad tablet computer, smart-phone titan Research in Motion Ltd. on Monday announced a pad of its own. The 7-inch device, called the PlayBook, will be released in early 2011 — and it will go places the current iPad doesn't. The PlayBook's two built-in cameras will allow for video chat (the iPad is camera-less), and the device will permit Adobe Flash programs, which make up a huge percentage of online video and games.
September 25, 2010 |
The Justice Department has reached an agreement with six major Silicon Valley companies to settle charges they colluded to keep a lid on wages by agreeing not to poach employees from one another. The proposed settlement, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, bars Google Inc., Apple Inc., Intel Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Intuit Inc. and Walt Disney Co.'s Pixar Animation Studios from pledging not to "cold call" one another's employees as part of partnership agreements.
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August 18, 2010 |
Edmund Shea Jr., a venture capitalist who co-founded Shea Homes, one of the nation's largest for-profit home builders, has died. He was 80. Shea died of pulmonary fibrosis Friday at his home in San Marino, according to spokesman Aaron Curtiss. As a venture capitalist, Shea invested in such startups as Adobe, Compaq computers and Peet's Coffee & Tea. "He's had an extraordinary record of success, and he did it under the radar screen," said William Brody, president of the Salk Institute in La Jolla and president emeritus of Johns Hopkins University.
August 8, 2010 |
Los Angeles, a city of self-inflicted amnesia, is about to suffer another memory loss. Casa Adobe (also called the Johnson house) was denied city landmark status in July, despite the energetic advocacy of conservancies in Santa Monica and Los Angeles. Preservationists see Casa Adobe, located in Brentwood Park, as an early example of the Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style. One of the three Los Angeles Cultural Heritage commissioners present at the hearing saw the house as a potential teardown.
June 20, 2010 |
Tommy Tafoya and his sons were taking a break from building a $400,000 custom adobe home to spend a few days trowelling a thick mixture of mud and straw onto the walls of a 195-year-old Catholic church, and he looked a little weary. But all things considered, "this is easy," Tafoya said, pushing back his mud-spattered straw hat to gaze up at the massive rounded buttresses of the San Francisco de Asis church. "The ones that built it are the ones that had it hard." As dozens of volunteers busied themselves around the site, Tafoya said the enjarre — the annual ritual of applying fresh mud to the walls of the adobe church — united the parishioners.
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May 20, 2010 |
The sun is rising in the brilliantly blue sky above the Imperial Valley desert. The curious and the devout have come to meet 78-year-old Leonard Knight, self-described "hobo-bird," self-taught artist and deep believer in the transformational power of God's love. For nearly 25 years, Knight has spent his days — and many a night, flashlight batteries willing — painting pastoral designs and biblical quotations on a three-story mound of adobe he calls Salvation Mountain.