January 2, 2013 |
Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., two Internet companies that have long cultivated relationships in Hollywood, are nevertheless placing ads on sites that feature pirated movies, TV shows and music, a new report says. USC's Annenberg Innovation Lab ranked Google and Yahoo among the top 10 advertising networks that support major piracy sites around the world, based on the lab's analysis of online ads that receive the most copyright infringement notices. Google took issue with the report's findings, calling its conclusion "mistaken.
December 27, 2012 |
Can government play a positive role in economic development? To understand who built what in the construction of the American economy from its pre-industrial origins, a look at one of the drivers of U.S. innovation - venture capital - is instructive. For more than three decades American venture capitalists have concentrated their activities and earned their returns in a very small number of industrial domains. In booms and in slumps, in bull markets and in bear markets, the information and communications technology and biomedical sectors together have consistently accounted for 80% of venture capital investment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2012 |
The Skid Row Housing Trust has spent decades revitalizing abandoned buildings and hotels in downtown Los Angeles' most destitute neighborhood to serve as shelter for the city's chronically homeless. But for its latest housing project, the trust abandoned its usual technique for a seemingly elementary construction concept. A 102-unit, $20.5-million complex is being built by stacking pre-outfitted apartments atop one another in a Lego-like fashion, limiting construction costs and fast-forwarding the project timeline.
November 30, 2012 |
"Gatz," Elevator Repair Service's celebration of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" now at REDCAT, has persuaded theatergoers around the world to sit for a full-text stage rendering of a novel many have read at least once before and possibly written a term paper on in high school. Getting people to give up more than eight hours (with intermissions and a dinner break) of their lives is some feat, and it speaks to a hunger for literary nourishment that ERS is satisfying in an endurance-testing way that forces audiences to choose between their brains and their backsides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2012 |
With a county transit tax measure he backed teetering between failure and approval, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday he will go "back to the toolbox" if necessary to accelerate several projects, including a subway to the Westside. The sales tax extension proposal, Measure J, came up just short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass, with 100% of precincts reporting. The vote tally Wednesday was 1,367,357 votes or 64.72% in support and 35.28% against, according to the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2012 |
John Fitch, whose richly diverse life included being a successful sports-car racer, fighter pilot and auto-safety innovator, died Wednesday. He was 95. Fitch died at his home in Lakeville, Conn., near the Lime Rock Park racetrack he helped develop in the mid-1950s, of cancer and respiratory disease, his son Stephen said Friday. The lanky Fitch first gained fame in the 1950s and '60s racing Mercedes-Benzes and Corvettes in the United States and abroad, notably at European circuits such as Le Mans.
October 27, 2012
The day the butterflies were set free in Mark Z. Danielewski's West Hollywood apartment, music was playing, sewing machines were running and swaths of fabric with carefully stitched illustrations for the new edition of his novella "The Fifty Year Sword" were strewn around his living room. He'd painted one wall with magnetic chalkboard paint for sketching patterns and thrown out his couch to make room for the friends who joined his literary sewing circle - though at times, he admits, it seemed more like a literary sweatshop.
October 22, 2012 |
Cities should set the right prices for curb parking because the wrong prices do so much harm. A yearlong study in 1984 estimated that cruising for underpriced and overcrowded curb parking on 15 blocks of Westwood Village created about 950,000 vehicle-miles of travel a year, equivalent to 38 trips around Earth or four trips to the moon. This cruising wasted 47,000 gallons of gasoline and produced 728 tons of greenhouse gases. Studies have found similar results in other cities. Because underpriced curb parking causes so much cruising, transportation experts around the world are watching California's experiments with flexible prices at curb parking meters.
October 17, 2012 |
Clayton and Flavie Webster, former models and the husband-and-wife designers of the Cerre apparel line, were honored with the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award at Tuesday night's runway fundraiser organized by Fashion Business Inc. “We couldn't be happier to have Cerre win this year's Moss Adams Fashion Innovator award," said Martin Hughes, accounting firm Moss Adams LLP's director of apparel, in announcing the honorees....