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April 12, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
Consider some of the things that have bound our nation together: Universal postal service at a flat rate, whether you live in Santa Monica or Sitka, Alaska. Interstate highways, built with taxpayer funds and free of tolls. Regulated phone and electric service, with lifeline rates for the economically disadvantaged. These were all based on a social contract honoring the notion that essential infrastructure should be available to all - indeed, that those normally left by the side of the economic road might be most in need.
November 25, 2011 | By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
Kansas City's flirtations with the fine arts have always been a little mixed up in its bluer-collared tendencies. This Midwestern hub was known as the Paris of the Plains back in the 1920s and '30s, mostly for being an island of Prohibition denial whose outrageous night life attracted minds both brilliant and debauched. Paris had Igor Stravinsky, Kansas City had Charlie Parker, and both had enough booze and sex for everybody. Today, Kansas City's known more for its tailgating and its barbecue.
April 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Fiber, the ultra-fast broadband Internet service developed by the search-engine company, will be expanding to Austin, Texas, in 2014. In a widely expected move , Austin city officials and Google on Tuesday morning announced the expansion of Fiber. The service is already live in the Kansas City area and provides users with Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which Google says is about 100 times faster than most American users' Internet speeds. "With a population of innovators and early adopters, Austin has always welcomed and embraced forward-thinking ideas," the Austin Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday in a statement.
February 22, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
The citizens of the Kansas City metropolitan area may soon be watching a Google TV service on a Google TV that connects to the Web using Google Fiber. Google's Google Fiber division filed applications Friday with both the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Kansas Corporation Commission to offer a pay-TV service that would challenge Time Warner Cable and satellite TV services in Kansas City. Read the document: Google applies to offer pay- TV service in Missouri So, you might be wondering, why Kansas City?
September 18, 2012 | By Joe Flint
It used to be an anomaly when a National Football League game ran more than three hours. Now it has become the norm. According to the NFL, so far this season the average run time of a typical game is 3:11:56. That's about six minutes longer than what games averaged in 2011. Monday's game between the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos ran an astounding 3:40 and there was nothing exceptional about it to explain why it took so long to complete. On CBS, games are running about eight minutes longer than last season.
July 27, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing if I catch Olympics fever. The Skinny: I've never been much of an Olympics watcher so this will be a true test of the power of social media to drive me to the television. Friday's headlines include a look at the weekend box office (man, how many times have I written that sentence?), concerns about whether NBC is overdoing on the Olympics, Google Fiber's TV lineup and how an Indian movie star is trying to turn into Edward R. Murrow. And yes, I know that last reference dates me. Daily Dose: NBC is gearing up to pummel us with the Olympics for the next two weeks.
January 23, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
After months of speculation, rumors and guessing about the state of Apple, we'll get some actual numbers when the company reports its earnings Wednesday afternoon. The earnings report is scheduled to be released at 1:30 p.m. PST, shortly after the stock markets close on the West Coast. At 2 p.m., the company is scheduled to begin its earnings call with analysts .  We'll have some quick numbers and snapshot analysis between the announcement and the earnings call start. And I'll be live tweeting the call.  QUIZ: Test your Apple knowledge As a reminder,  Apple told Wall Street analysts that for its first quarter, which ended in December, investors should expect the company to report $52 billion in revenue and earnings of $11.75 a share.
September 13, 2012 | By Joe Flint
"60 Minutes" is headed to Showtime. CBS News said the team behind the venerable newsmagazine is teaming up with Showtime to produce a monthly program that will go behind the headlines to probe the big stories of the sports world. Called "60 Minutes of Sports," it will premiere in November. “Our Showtime edition will offer the same high-quality, original reporting and great storytelling our viewers have come to expect every Sunday night on CBS,” promised "60 Minutes" executive producer and CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager.
January 22, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Are you jealous of everyone you know? If so, it might be time to take a break from Facebook. Scrolling through photos of other people's vacations, joyful family moments and awesome nights out may be a threat to your sense of personal happiness, say a team of German researchers in a new study titled "Envy on Facebook: A hidden threat to users' life satisfaction?" And if you are the type of person who lurks on Facebook without contributing much yourself, chances are your sense of life satisfaction is even lower, the researchers found.
September 12, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Cable is a reluctant entrant to the sports programming game. The cable giant is launching English- and Spanish-language sports channels in Los Angeles that will be home to the Lakers and Galaxy. Time Warner Cable is expected to also bid aggressively for the television rights to the Dodgers, whose deal with Fox's Prime Ticket expires after next season. But for Time Warner Cable, its moves are defensive. Tired of being squeezed by sports cable channels for higher subscription fees, it figured if you can't beat them, join them.
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