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February 11, 2009 | Mark Milian
A slip-up by a law firm Tuesday revealed that Facebook Inc. paid $65 million to end its legal fight with a smaller social network, ConnectU. The founders of ConnectU had accused Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, a fellow Harvard University graduate, of stealing their ideas to create his site. The details of last year's settlement were supposed to be confidential.
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BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has begun notifying users that it plans on retiring its '@facebook.com' email addresses in a few days, bringing to a close a failed initiative by the company to replace users' email with its own messaging system. The company this week said it has begun notifying those who use "@facebook.com" that soon they will no longer be able to receive email in their Facebook Messages inbox. Come March, any emails sent to users' "@facebook.com" addresses will be forwarded to the address they have listed as their primary email.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Without asking for permission, Facebook has changed users' listed email address to one ending in "@facebook.com. " The changed was discovered Saturday, and has resulted in either users having their @facebook.com address being listed or simply having all of their other addresses be hidden, as happened in my case. The @facebook.com email service was announced in 2010, but it hasn't really gained traction as a replacement to other email service. It makes sense for the social network to want to promote its own service, but the way it's gone about it is sure to upset some people.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
For years, rumor had it that Bobby Brown had introduced Whitney Houston to drugs - but Michael Houston, one of the singer's two older brothers, has revealed to Oprah Winfrey that the real story was quite different. It's a story that has Michael Houston "living, but not alive" since his younger sister's death almost a year ago. "I feel responsible for what I let go so far," he told Oprah in a Monday interview on OWN that primarily featured mother Cissy Houston, who has a new tell-all memoir out. In that book, Cissy says she didn't understand her children doing drugs then, and she doesn't understand it now. Said Michael Houston, "We were always, you know, being together most of the time, and her following behind me -- I taught her to drive.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Whimsic Alley, the Miracle Mile shop that sells "Harry Potter" merchandise and was sued by Warner Bros. for trademark infringement, has reached a settlement with the studio that will allow the store to remain open, owner Stanley Goldin told The Times in an email. In March, Warner Bros., the distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks, targeted the shop with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that some fans feared would force the store to close.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
For most garden plants, flowering is a sign of renewed life. That's not the case with the succulent blue agave ( Agave tequilana ). Like other agaves, tequilana flowers only at the end of the plant's life. A 15-foot  asparagus-like stalk emerges from the center, sending out puffballs of flowers at the top. The mother plant then dies, but not before producing pups at its perimeter. Most blue agaves never get to that stage, however. The sugar-rich sap that develops prior to flowering can be fermented into the alcoholic drink called pulque; the heart, or pina, is used in the production of tequila.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
In these troubled economic times, it's not hard to understand why people might want to protect their life savings by purchasing a hard asset like gold or silver. At least, that's the pitch of Monex, the big Newport Beach investment firm, which bills itself as "America's trusted name in precious metals investments" and assures clients that it's "committed to customer service. " So let's take a look at the experiences of some customers who say their trust in Monex was misplaced.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
"The Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan is usually focused on rehabbing canines -- but he's now revealing some work he had to do on himself following a suicide attempt in 2010. In February of that year, he lost his top dog, Daddy, to cancer after 16 years as a team. A month later, Millan's wife told him she wanted a divorce after 16 years of marriage. The combined blow knocked him for a loop, he shares in "Cesar Millan: The Real Story," a documentary on Nat Geo Wild. In May 2010, he attempted suicide via drug overdose, winding up unconscious and hospitalized, he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Raven-Symone, darling of "The Cosby Show" and "That's So Raven," stirred things up a bit Friday with a tweet about gay marriage that's being interpreted as her official coming out as a lesbian. "I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you," the actress wrote . The 27-year-old also retweeted a follower who said, "She been out, momma just didn't have time for [nonsense]" (a reply to another's statement, "You better come out sis"). But no, the first tweet didn't mean Raven-Symone's getting married now. "She was just supporting the fact that she heard on NPR that more states legalized gay marriage today," her rep told E!
BUSINESS
October 22, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Whimsic Alley calls itself "a shopping haven for wizards of distinction," catering to "Harry Potter" fans with merchandise that includes wands, books, neckties and sweater vests for those looking to re-create the boy wizard's look. It even has a Hogwarts-style "Great Hall" that can be rented out for children's birthday parties and is reminiscent of a hall of the same name in the "Harry Potter" series' fictional boarding school for wizards. Now the Miracle Mile shop is the target of a lawsuit filed by Warner Bros., distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks.
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