February 26, 2014
Eddy W. Hartenstein is publisher and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Times, where since August 2008, he has been responsible for all aspects of print, digital and mobile operations of the country's largest metropolitan daily news organization, as well as those of the Los Angeles Times Media Group's portfolio. Prior to the company's January 2013 change of ownership, he was also president and chief executive officer of Tribune Company, one of the country's leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in publishing, digital and broadcasting.
February 26, 2014 |
A top Google executive has denied reports that said the Silicon Valley tech giant made a $10-billion bid to purchase WhatsApp, the messaging service that was recently acquired by Facebook. Last week, Facebook announced that it had agreed to pay $19 billion for WhatsApp, an app with 450 million users. Soon after, reports surfaced that said Google had also made an offer to buy the popular startup. Citing two unnamed sources, Fortune said Google bid $10 billion. That report was backed up by The Information, which said Google offered WhatsApp millions of dollars just to be notified if any other companies also tried to bid for the app. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor At the time of the reports, Google declined to comment, but at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, this week, the head of the company's Chrome and Android divisions denied the WhatsApp reports.
February 26, 2014 |
Major League Soccer, the caretaker owner of Chivas USA, turned the team's business and sporting operations over to longtime MLS executive Nelson Rodriguez on Wednesday when it named him club president. The league purchased the failing franchise from Mexican businessman Jorge Vergara and his wife, Angelica Fuentes, last week and will be responsible for its operations until a new ownership deal is finalized. MLS Commissioner Don Garber said the league, which has been in conversations with potential investors for months, wants to keep the franchise in Southern California, where it would play in a new soccer-specific stadium.
February 26, 2014
As editor of the Los Angeles Times Media Group, Davan Maharaj oversees the largest daily newsgathering organization in the West. It includes the flagship Los Angeles Times, the nation's fifth-largest newspaper; latimes.com, the nation's second-largest newspaper website; Times Community News, which consists of six suburban daily and weekly newspapers and websites; and the Spanish-language Hoy and Fin de Semana newspapers and websites. ...
February 26, 2014
Mike Tannourji was named Executive Vice President, Advertising for the Los Angeles Times Media Group (LATMG) in August 2012 and leads the company¿s sales force. He is responsible for revenue strategy and development that supports LATMG¿s evolving portfolio, including the flagship Los Angeles Times and Hoy Los Angeles, to digital and mobile products. Previously, Tannourji led Ernst & Young¿s business development efforts in Los Angeles, transforming the company¿s sales strategy and culture while working with clients across industry sectors, including start-ups and Fortune 100 companies.
February 21, 2014
Re "Imperial, shrinking president," Opinion, Feb. 18 As Jonah Goldberg insinuates, what we all learned in fifth-grade civics class about the "three branches of government producing checks and balances" now appears doubtful. Something of an honor system must operate to keep President Obama and Congress on the constitutional level. Obama contends that Congress has granted him authority for his various executive orders, even where they purport to make unilateral changes to legislation.
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February 21, 2014 |
Four key executives are leaving the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority after their jobs were eliminated to make the agency more efficient and less top-heavy, officials said Friday. Employees expressed surprise that leaders of some of the agency's most important departments, including finance and real estate, would leave during a year that they had helped make possible. Metro will be managing an unprecedented $14 billion in Los Angeles County construction projects this year, including five new rail lines.
February 17, 2014 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The Pakistani government's improbable bid to negotiate a truce with Islamist insurgents verged on collapse Monday after reports that militants had executed 23 paramilitary soldiers held captive since 2010. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the “heinous, criminal act” and government negotiators canceled scheduled talks with Islamist representatives. A militant group operating in the Mohmand tribal area, in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, issued a statement late Sunday claiming responsibility for the killings of the Frontier Corps paramilitary soldiers, believed to have been captured in an attack on a checkpoint in 2010.
February 15, 2014 |
YANJI, China - She was a North Korean success story. For more than two decades, the woman, now 50, dabbled in various businesses at the border between China and North Korea. She sold rice. She traded foreign currency. She opened a massage parlor in China. She traveled between the two countries with relative ease and was making sufficient money to live comfortably, so much so that she rebuffed invitations to join her sister, who had defected to South Korea. But the woman, who didn't want her name used out of fear for her safety, has changed her thinking about the future since the December execution of Jang Song Taek, the uncle by marriage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Jang, 67, was long viewed as a champion of free enterprise within the nominally communist state, and his purge has rattled many North Koreans.
February 14, 2014
Re "Execution moratorium declared," Feb. 12 Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's move to place a moratorium on his state's death penalty deserves the close attention of California Gov. Jerry Brown, who should follow suit by enacting a similar moratorium while he is in office. Such a declaration would not only send a clear message that the death penalty is an outdated, inhumane and unworkable method of punishment, it could also immediately save millions of tax dollars, including those going to our beleaguered prison system, where the cost of housing death row inmates is dramatically higher than that of housing other inmates.