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December 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Every quarter Google has a larger mobile market share than Apple, but when it comes to shopping online, iOS users outspent Android users with sales five times higher on Christmas Day. Apple iOS users accounted for 23% of total U.S. online sales, according to analytics data from IBM . Meanwhile, Google Android accounted for 4.6%. Apple's mobile users not only accounted for more sales, but they also spent more than their Android counterparts every time they made a purchase.
December 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man was found dead in a Compton parking lot on Christmas Day, his body riddled with bullets, authorities said. Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department heard gunfire in the area near the 700 block of West Laurel Street just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday and drove in that direction.  "When they reached the location, they found the victim, lying in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds," according to a release from the...
December 26, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Why, look what Santa brought Iraq: U.S. Hellfire missiles. And I'm willing to bet that, unlike the packages of some UPS and FedEx customers , the Hellfires arrived on time. And what Christmas list would be complete without some flying toys? So we're also sending the Iraqi air force (gee, is that the same air force we destroyed - twice?) 10 or so small ScanEagle drones . (Think Predators without, uh, teeth.) Just be careful though, guys, they break easily and we only have a few hundred more in reserve to sell you, just in case.
December 26, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Ricardo Lopez
The crush of last-minute online shopping that stymied Christmas deliveries for thousands of people served as a harsh lesson to retailers and shippers: The ever-exploding number of Internet orders is making on-time distribution more difficult. Though cybershopping still is a small part of overall retail sales, companies eager to lure customers to the new frontier are adding to the pressure by touting same-day delivery options in many areas. But the difficulties that FedEx Corp.
December 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" didn't steal quite enough box office riches to beat the "Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" on Wednesday. "Wolf of Wall Street," the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring dark comedy from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures, grossed an estimated $9.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, coming in just behind "Smaug," which looks like it generated around $9.3 million in ticket sales.  "Smaug," the second part of the "Hobbit" trilogy based on the book by J.R.R.
December 26, 2013 | By Susan Denley
The duchess of Cambridge wore an "old" green plaid Alexander McQueen coat on Christmas -- and by old we mean she's been photographed in it before. She topped it off with a jaunty green hat by Gina Foster. [The Cut] Joan Rivers is feuding with Jennifer Lawrence because the "Hunger Games" actress dissed "Fashion Police" for encouraging superficial values. [The Cut] Dame Vivienne Westwood designed costumes for the Vienna Ballet to wear during a New Year's performance at a Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra concert.
December 26, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
The oil industry believes that a state oil severance tax in California would be "bad tax policy" and threaten the state's economy. It thinks my arguments in favor of the tax, which were laid out a couple of weeks ago, are "misleading. "  We know the industry's mind because it was described by Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of its West Coast lobbying arm, the Western States Petroleum Assn. , in an essay for The Times published on Christmas Eve.  That "misleading" charge is especially amusing, because of the nature of Reheis-Boyd's counter-arguments.
December 26, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The family of Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain-dead due to complications from a tonsillectomy, brought its Christmas celebrations to the waiting room of the hospital as the teenager remained on life support.   About 15 family members gathered at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland on Wednesday afternoon with a tree, presents and games to pass the time, a family member told multiple media outlets. The holiday came a day after an Alameda County judge declared Jahi McMath brain-dead.
December 26, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Retail sales in holiday-related categories such as apparel, electronics and jewelry rose a “decent” 2.3%, according to a Thursday report from MasterCard SpendingPulse. The so-so upswing from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24 improved on the same period in 2012 and was in line with expectations, researchers said. Overall sales from all categories swelled 3.5%.   The growth remained modest due to six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, as well as stormy weather during the final two weekends of the season - normally key consumption time for last-minute shoppers.
December 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Christmas is over but users can keep getting gifts by downloading Apple's 12 Days of Gifts app, which is giving away free videos of Justin Timberlake performances Thursday. Apple released the promotional app earlier this month and will be giving users a free daily digital present -- music videos, songs, apps, etc. -- starting Thursday and ending on Jan. 6. On the first day of gifts, Apple is letting users download four live songs from Justin Timberlake's performance at the 2013 iTunes Festival in London.
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