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May 27, 2010 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
To the uninitiated, the boysenberry may look like a big, blowzy, underripe blackberry, but it is in fact a noble fruit, as distinct from a common blackberry as a thoroughbred is from a mule. Large, dark purple, juicy and intense, it derives its unique flavor from its complex ancestry: sweetness and floral aroma from its raspberry grandmother, and a winy, feral tang from three native blackberry species. It's a California classic, emblematic of the joys of growing up in the Southland before it succumbed completely to sprawl.
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April 19, 2014
Southern Italy is full of undiscovered gems with tremendous quality for the price. This Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (not to be confused with the much pricier Vino Nobile di Montepulciano) from the Masciarelli estate is one such wine. The vineyards are worked organically, the way the family has always done it. Made from the indigenous Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grape, the 2009 Masciarelli "Marina Cveti" is rich and full-bodied, tasting of crushed blackberries and cherries, with a touch of tobacco and earth.
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July 15, 2009
  Frozen blackberry souffle Total time: 55 minutes, plus freezing and optional softening time Servings: 8 to 10 Note: If the sugar crystallizes while cooking in step 3, try the step again in a clean saucepan and add one-fourth teaspoon corn syrup before cooking the sugar, but proceed with the rest of the step as written. 1 1/2 pounds fresh or frozen blackberries 1 cup sugar, divided 1/3 cup blackberry or raspberry liqueur 1/4 cup water 4 egg whites 2 cups whipping cream 1. Cut a sheet of waxed paper that is long enough to fit around a 1-quart soufflé dish and fold it in lengthwise thirds to make a ribbon about 4 inches wide.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
In an early win for BlackBerry, a start-up co-founded by Ryan Seacrest has been banned from selling its iPhone keyboard. BlackBerry sued Typo Products in January, alleging that Typo's iPhone case -- which includes a physical keyboard -- copies BlackBerry's hardware and infringes on its patents. In a 24-page court order Friday, a federal judge in San Francisco granted BlackBerry's motion for a preliminary injunction, ruling that the Canadian smartphone maker "has established a likelihood of proving that Typo infringes the patents at issue and Typo has not presented a substantial question of the validity of those patents.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
YouMail recently updated its app to include the ability to easily ditch a telemarketer or stalker's call. It turns out that YouMail will be ditching BlackBerry. The company announced that it will suspend further development for the platform . "This was a tough decision, especially since the BlackBerry is what got us our first million registered users and put us on the map as a company," YouMail said in a blog post. "But over the past year we've seen our BlackBerry audience steadily shrink, with a steady exodus of those users moving to the iPhone and to Android.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
The thornless blackberries in Mary Steffens' backyard in Echo Park are going on three years, and one of the plants is finally setting fruit -- big, purple-black globes of nearly seedless, sweet-tart juiciness. Steffens got the plants from a friend at Ocean View Farms, the community garden in Mar Vista, but her initial planting site was too sunny. So two years ago she moved the plants to a spot that got late afternoon sun but was shaded during the hottest part of the day. “This is basically a Northern Californian berry,” she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer
These are heady days for the online on-demand entertainment service Netflix. The company's stock recently surged 22% after a strong earnings report and news that it signed up 2 million new subscribers in the first quarter of the year. The company's success has largely been credited to its move into original content -- particularly its political drama “House of Cards.” With David Fincher on the creative team, the show follows the political trials and travails of mercenary Democratic House whip Frank Underwood and his equally mercenary wife Claire.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nokia's line of Lumia smartphones is outselling all smartphones made by BlackBerry, including new devices running the BlackBerry 10 operating system, according to their most recent quarterly reports. The Finnish phone-maker sold 7.4 million of its Lumia devices from April through June. By comparison, BlackBerry sold 6.8 million smartphones in its last quarter, which ran from March to May. Blackberry said in a teleconference call with analysts that it sold 2.7 million BlackBerry 10 devices during the quarter.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Despite the unveiling of two new smartphones and changing its name, the most eyebrow-raising announcement from BlackBerry's event Wednesday morning may have been the company naming singer Alicia Keys as its new global creative director. Toward the tail end of the event, Chief Executive Thorsten Heins welcomed the artist on stage. Keys, wearing what looked like a velvet suit, talked to the crowd about her favorite features on BlackBerry 10, the company's new mobile operating system.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Research in Motion can't catch a break. A tweet sent out Wednesday meant to promote its BlackBerry brand has backfired on the Canadian company, with many people using the tweet to bash RIM's phones. The company tweeted from its @BlackBerry account "Fill in the blank: BlackBerry helps me ________. "  However, many of the people who responded didn't find BlackBerry too helpful. "Realize how thankful I am for my #iPhone," said one user, in one of the tamest yet worst responses RIM could have received.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
BlackBerry swung to a loss and reported a decline in revenue in its fourth quarter, but Chief Executive John Chen greeted the results with optimism. "I am obviously extremely pleased with the Q4 results because it put us on the track and if not, slightly ahead," Chen said in a call with analysts Friday. "I'm very pleased with the fact that the company's now back in execution mode. " The company's fourth-quarter loss was smaller than expected, but it missed on revenue. VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
BUSINESS
March 5, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After kicking off a trade-in program specifically for loyal BlackBerry users, T-Mobile said it has experienced 15 times the amount of device trade-ins that it normally receives. But surprisingly, most of the customers are dumping their BlackBerry devices. An internal memo sent within T-Mobile indicates that 94% of customers participating in the BlackBerry trade-in program have switched to other types of devices, according to a report by TmoNews . VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor Those results are notable considering what led to T-Mobile launching the trade-in campaign in the first place.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Top tech executives, including BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt are in town this week for a two-day technology and media conference. Oasis: The Montgomery Summit -- for a decade known as the Montgomery Technology Conference before a name change this year -- will take place at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica on Wednesday and Thursday. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor The invitation-only confab will feature panels, networking and presentations from chief executives of about 150 companies in the social, mobile, analytics and cloud sectors.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Following Facebook's acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp last week for $19 billion, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he would not hesitate to sell his company's messaging service for that much money. "I work for the shareholder. Standard answer. If somebody comes to me with $19 billion, I would definitely sell it. I would recommend to the board to take it," Chen told CNBC . Since the Canadian phone maker failed to attract last year what it would have considered to be an adequate buyer, BlackBerry has placed a great deal of its focus on expanding its BlackBerry Messenger brand.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
T-Mobile, which got into a bit of trouble with BlackBerry a few days ago when it encouraged its BlackBerry users to switch to the iPhone 5s, is trying to make amends. The wireless carrier said in a blog post that starting this Friday, it will offer a $200 credit to users -- including non-T-Mobile customers -- who trade in their current BlackBerry and upgrade to a new T-Mobile device, whether that's a new BlackBerry or another manufacturer's device. Existing T-Mobile BlackBerry users who trade in their BlackBerrys and choose a new Q10 or Z10 smartphone will get an additional $50 off. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy The limited-time promotion came a day after BlackBerry CEO John Chen blasted T-Mobile in a blog post for targeting BlackBerry users with an offer to switch to the iPhone 5s for $0 down.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
BlackBerry's 2013 ended on a rough note, as the struggling phone maker accounted for less than 0.5% of U.S. smartphone sales during the fourth quarter, according to a report. The dismal sales figures came despite the introduction of the Blackberry 10 smartphone a year ago. The smartphone, running the company's latest version of its operating system, was supposed to help the Canadian company bounce back in the U.S. However, it appears that the company ended up taking a step backward.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's back to basics for BlackBerry, as the Canadian phone maker has said customers should expect most of its future devices to come with keyboards built into the hardware. John Chen, the company's new chief executive, told Bloomberg that he is a big fan of the physical keyboard for which BlackBerry is known, and that he believes the keyboard could power the company's comeback. "I personally love the keyboards," Chen reportedly said. "So you will look to Blackberry going forward to do keyboards -- I wouldn't use the word exclusively, but predominantly.
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May 27, 2010 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Boysen: The standard of quality in hybrid blackberry flavor, rich and distinctive; fruit is large, soft, juicy and dark purple when fully ripe. Originated as a cross of Logan (see below) with an Eastern dewberry (trailing blackberry) such as Lucretia or Mayes (a.k.a. Austin). Supposedly bred by Rudolph Boysen in the early 1920s at John Lubben's farm near St. Helena in Napa County, and later brought to Southern California, where it was popularized by Walter Knott. Grown in the 1950s on several thousand acres in California, where fewer than 70 acres now remain; Oregon still has 600 acres, mostly for processing (production was 3 million pounds in 2009)
BUSINESS
January 21, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
BlackBerry plans to sell the majority of its commercial real estate portfolio in Canada to bolster its financial position. The Canadian company said Tuesday that the real estate holdings, comprising more than 3 million square feet of space, would be sold through a combination of sale-leaseback and vacant asset sales. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 Despite the sales, BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen said the company "remained committed to being headquartered in Waterloo and having a strong presence in Canada.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple devices are still in high demand -- just ask New York City thieves. Products by the Cupertino, Calif., company, such as iPhones and iPads, accounted for more than 18% of New York's grand larcenies in 2013, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal that cites the New York Police Department. In total, more than 8,000 Apple devices were stolen last year, leading to a 13% increase in grand larceny arrests compared with 2012. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 The NYPD said thieves usually snatch the gadgets while on public transportation -- where users have their devices out and aren't paying close enough attention to their surroundings.
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