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June 7, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple has signed a deal with Sony Music to participate in the iRadio streaming music service the company is expected to announce Monday at its developers conference in San Francisco. A source close to the negotiations independetly confirmed the deal on Friday, though terms were not disclosed. The deal had previously been reported by All Things D. Apple has now signed up three major labels for its music streaming service, including Warner Music Group and Universal Music, whose deals were confirmed earlier this week.  PHOTOS: Tech giants' new headquarters Apple has not signed a deal yet with Sony/ATV, the music publishing unit.
May 27, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant has added new "art" to his collection of tattoos. On Saturday, Bryant tweeted out a tribute to his two daughters (Gianna and Natalia) on Instagram .     Forearm art #ink . More art done on my right arm. Will post soon.. - Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 25, 2013 Back on May 14, Bryant tweeted that he was considering adding more "ink" while recovering from surgery on his torn Achilles' tendon. Thinking about getting a lil more ink #whynot #justdoit - Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant)
May 15, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
The neighborhood on the eastern edge of downtown's Arts District, already home to Church & State, Bestia and Bread Lounge, is attracting another restaurant newcomer. Come late summer, the hospitality group behind the Churchill, the Hudson and Clover will open a new restaurant at 7th and Santa Fe in the building that once was a loading dock for food company Heinz. The group Cardiff Giant says it has tapped David Nayfeld, former senior sous chef at Eleven Madison Park in New York, as executive chef of the yet-to-be-named restaurant.  A representative for the restaurant says that, like the name, no details about the concept or menu are available yet. But to introduce himself to Los Angeles, Nayfeld, who hasn't cooked here before, will take part in a collaborative dinner with chef Michael Voltaggio of Ink restaurant on June 4. The six-course dinner will include three courses from each chef, showcasing their respective culinary styles, and is touted as a glimpse into what Nayfeld will be doing at the downtown restaurant.
April 2, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Food & Wine magazine has announced its picks for best new chefs of 2013, and Los Angeles-based Michael Voltaggio of ink. is among the winners. According to the Food & Wine website , Voltaggio was honored "because his modernist cuisine pushes boundaries - he'll serve octopus over buttered-popcorn puree - but it is still delicious. " PHOTOS: Michael Voltaggio's ink. Voltaggio isn't exactly new to the food scene in Los Angeles, but to be eligible, chefs must be in charge of a kitchen for five or fewer years.
March 11, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
A new exhibition of Chinese Ming dynasty paintings includes just 10 works, one each by 10 artists, but it's more absorbing than many shows two or three times its size. These 15th and early-16th century paintings are high-wire acts of aesthetic dexterity, fusing philosophical perception with formal persuasion. At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Ming Masterpieces from the Shanghai Museum" is focused on court painters associated with the imperial painting academy in Beijing's Forbidden City.
March 4, 2013 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - For the last two years, official Washington has pursued a clearly defined budget goal - reduce projected deficits for the next decade by $4 trillion. Mission accomplished. Why so many long faces? President Obama and congressional Republicans went through their first round of cutting in 2011, shaving about $1.5 trillion from federal spending. The "fiscal cliff" deal in January brought another $720 billion, mostly in higher taxes on the wealthy. Now the automatic spending reduction package known as the sequester is projected to cut spending by about another $1 trillion over the decade, with some $85 billion coming this year.
February 27, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
J.C. Penney Co. stumbled hard during the critical holiday season - reporting yet another quarter of tanking sales and net losses - and now is hustling hard to shake its dowdy patina. After customer traffic missed expectations and its profit margin dipped because of more clearance sales, the company is looking ahead with a new marketing campaign, updated merchandise, a digital makeover and a renewed focus on sales of home goods. "We began this year clean and ready to begin chasing the items that are selling," Chief Executive Ron Johnson said after the company released its earnings report Wednesday.
January 17, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
They went from underdogs to fierce competitors, and now “X Factor” girl group Fifth Harmony has inked a deal with Epic Records and mentor Simon Cowell's Syco Music, the labels announced on Thursday. Composed of Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Normani Hamilton, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui, the teenage quintet entered the competition as solo singers and were placed together by the judges during boot camp. During the competition the girls struggled to find their footing and were often criticized by the judges, including L.A. Reid (who has since exited the show to focus on his day job as chairman and chief executive of Epic)
January 17, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
There are tattoos - like everywhere but on Betty White , I think - and then there are tattoos . Matt Kemp already had his share, but now he has one that you're not going to find at your local ink shop. Kemp has had a tattoo added of grandparents Doris and Vernon Mukes that takes up his entire left pectoral. The tribute is not only huge, but artistically, pretty impressive. It's not known how Doris feels about the new tat. She complained to Sports Illustrated in 2011 that she was less than thrilled with Kemp's skin artwork.
December 10, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
When Beyoncé makes her return to music at the top of next year, the multi-platinum will be armed with a major backer: Pepsi. PepsiCo ,  the conglomerate best known for its soft drinks, announced it has inked a deal with the multi-platinum singer. The deal - reportedly worth $50 million - is being touted as a “true creative and wide-ranging global collaboration.” But what exactly does it mean? Fans can expect Beyoncé, who has already appeared in five Pepsi campaigns since 2002, to be featured in a new TV spot for the soft drink.
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