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December 6, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
The Line hotel, a fashion-forward new hotel at 3515 Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown, will kick off a “soft opening” on Jan. 1 with rates of $168 nightly. Before you rush to book -- and from the looks of the hotel's website , it is tempting to rush -- bear in mind that the place isn't finished. In January, while those discounts are offered, the hotel's two restaurants-to-be, nightclub and pool won't be open. In fact, there may be some construction on site. (The hotel's opening has been delayed a few times.)
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BUSINESS
December 2, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com thinks the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX is a better tablet than the iPad Air, and the company isn't afraid to say so in a new ad that mocks the Apple tablet and a top Apple executive. The ad uses a voice with a British accent to point out the features of the iPad Air, poking fun of Jony Ive, Apple's British-born design chief, who frequently appears in videos describing the company's new products. For every feature the British voice describes, an American voice points out how the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX is better, featuring a higher-resolution display, weighing 20% less and priced starting at $379, while the iPad Air starts at $499.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
It's a retailers' arms race for consumers' holiday dollars -- and Best Buy warned Tuesday that promotional discounts this season could hurt profitability. As stores race this year to kick off Black Friday sales earlier and earlier, Best Buy plans to fight for its share of customers. For consumers, that means more bang for the buck. But for the beleaguered electronics retailer, it means narrower profit margins. On Tuesday, the Richfield, Minn.-based company beat Wall Street expectations when it reported a profit during its most recent quarter.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Uber is now accepting Paypal. The popular ride service app announced on its blog that it will accept PayPal as a form of payment in the United States, Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands. "One of the most important things we've learned: While we Americans charge our credit cards with abandon, not everyone does," the company said. Uber is rolling out a limited-time discount to celebrate the news: Through Nov. 28, customers can get $15 off their next ride when they pay with PayPal.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ninety-eight British publishers closed their doors in the year ending August 2013. The cause? E-books and online discounts. Closures were up 42% over the previous year, according to the Guardian. The companies that folded included the 26-year-old healthcare publisher Panos London, and Evans Brothers, which published popular children's book author Enid Blyton for 30 years. During 2012, e-book sales in Britain rose by 134% to more than $346 million. While print sales still dominate the bottom line in Britain with more than $4.6 billion in sales, that total was a 1% drop from the year before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Los Angeles police detectives Wednesday released surveillance video of the man believed to have shot and killed a discount store worker last month and asked for the public's help in identifying him. Martha Sanchez, a 39-year-old mother of five, was working at a South L.A. Happy Bargain discount store the night of Sept. 17 when authorities said a man walked in, robbed the store and shot Sanchez several times. A customer found Sanchez and called for help, authorities said, but she later died at a hospital.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Is the iPhone 5c a rare miss for Apple? Little over a month after its release, analysts are questioning how well Apple's new plastic-encased smartphone is faring with consumers. That scrutiny is being driven by a number of warning signs that have raised the prospect that the 5c might be the first new iPhone to be anything less than a runaway success. Retailers have already been offering discounts on the phone and several analysts are alleging that Apple has told suppliers to cut back on iPhone 5c parts production.
NEWS
September 30, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Many California bed and breakfasts give discounts to servicemen and women on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and the rest of the year. Here are five that military members may want to consider for a getaway in November and beyond. The deal: Each offer is specific to the individual inn, but all require folks to ask for the military discount when making a reservation. --The Joshua Inn Bed & Breakfast in Hollister, Calif., features five rooms in a Victiorian mansion in the town northeast of Salinas.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out what shows to drop from my DVR. The Skinny: Last season, I got hooked on ABC's "Nashville. " Unfortunately, the rest of the country didn't follow my lead, and ABC started to turn the show about country music artists into another guilty-pleasure soap. I watched last night's season premiere and it was as if NFL RedZone had produced the show. It was nothing but quick cuts from silly plot line to sillier plot line. Bummer. Thursday's headlines include an important FCC proceeding on TV ownership rules and reviews of new sitcoms from Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Remember when you had to jiggle an antenna on your TV set to get good reception for a UHF signal? Well, those days are long gone and the Federal Communications Commission thinks it is time to stop treating a UHF channel as a weak sister to a VHF channel. For those of you born after the days of rabbit ears, UHF stands for ultra high frequency and refers to channels above 13. A UHF signal was not as strong as a VHF signal. VHF stands for very high frequency and refers to channels 2 through 13. Why "ultra" was weaker than "very" when it seems that it should have been the other way around will just have to remain a mystery.
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