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September 20, 2012 | Meghan Daum
When it comes to apologies, some people are like scent hounds: They can sniff them out anywhere. This is especially true when it comes to the supposed regrets and self-hatred of President Obama. Though he began his term with a series of speeches in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East in which, according to several fact-checking sources, the words "apology" or "I'm sorry" were never once uttered, his opponents nonetheless decided to construe the trips as some sort of mea culpa (make that Americana culpa)
September 12, 2012 | By Alex Pham
At a Wednesday morning press conference in San Francisco dominated by iPhone 5 news, Apple also announced that it would open up iTunes to Facebook and Twitter integration in October, among other changes the company will make to its online marketplace. The move effectively shelves Apple's previous internal efforts at creating its own social network for music listeners, called Ping. Instead, iTunes users will be able to "like" songs and "share" their iTunes purchases on Facebook and Twitter.
August 8, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - With the prospect of thousands of unmanned aircraft flying around U.S. airspace beginning in 2015, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration pledged that new regulations are in the works to keep skies safe and protect people's privacy. Speaking before hundreds of drone makers, potential buyers and government officials at a drone expo Tuesday, acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said the integration of unmanned aircraft in U.S. skies is a daunting challenge. "There's a lot of work that needs to be done to move [drone]
August 3, 2012 | By Arthur Levine
Despite the barrage of criticism that schools are spending increasing amounts of time testing our children and teachers are being forced to teach to the test, the reality is that testing is no fad. Initiatives like California's STAR test, the high school exit exam and Academic Performance Index, or API, scores are here to stay, and are likely to become even more pervasive in schools nationwide. But in the years ahead the way testing happens must change in a manner that will benefit our children and that parents are likely to embrace.
July 3, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Sony Corp., which for the last 18 years has centered its game business on its PlayStation consoles, is making a major shift in its strategy by acquiring Gaikai Inc. for $380 million. Based in Aliso Viejo, Gaikai is one of the leading companies in the new business of cloud-based video games, through which people can play on almost any Internet-connected device. Just as with Netflix's Instant video streaming service, games on Gaikai are stored on a remote server and streamed to a computer, tablet, smartphone or TV set without the need to download or install special programs.
June 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It seems everything between Mountain Lion and iOS 6 will work together nicely. The only problem is Mountain Lion comes out next month, and iOS 6 won't until this fall. And likely as a result of that gap, Mountain Lion won't see any Facebook integration until then. Apple billed Facebook integration into its ecosystem as a pretty big part of its keynote presentation at the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, but that won't arrive on the iPhone until iOS 6 does this fall.
June 4, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped a major, yet subtle hint last week, it seems Facebook integration is indeed coming to the iPhone, according to the latest Web reports. Facebook will become fully immersed within iOS as soon as its next update, which could and in all likeliness will be revealed next week at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference. The integration will be similar to that of Twitter's, which came last year with iOS 5, and will allow users to post articles on the Web to Facebook the same way they can tweet them now. But along with that sort of integration, Facebook's addition to the iPhone and iPad ecosystem will be beneficial for apps that use Facebook's connect button to allow users to sign in. The integration will get rid of the way Facebook connect currently works on the iPhone, in which one app shoots you over to Facebook which then swings you back, and will streamline the process, according to TechCrunch -- which reported Facebook integration is definitely happening.
June 3, 2012 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County district attorney has begun investigating whether the former city manager of Cudahy illegally gave himself cost-of-living raises meant for rank-and-file employees. David Demerjian, head of the D.A.'s Public Integrity Division, said he has opened an inquiry into allegations of misappropriation of public funds by George Perez. The inquiry comes after The Times reported that in addition to a contract that guaranteed him a generous 8% annual raise, Perez for many years received additional increases of 2% to 3.5%.
June 1, 2012 | By John Fox
When the caldron is lit in London this summer and the XXX Olympiad begins, one familiar participant will play a more active role than any other, taking center stage at 23 individual events. To the delight of billions, and without concern for its own well-being, it will be thrown, kicked, punched, slapped and struck with no fewer than three different instruments of torture. That abused but beloved participant is, of course, the humble, ubiquitous ball. This universal object of play has become so integral to our very notion of sport that it would be unthinkable to host the Games without it. But the elevation of ball play to Olympic status is an entirely modern phenomenon.
May 20, 2012 | By Andrew Hill
Clayton Christensen achieves the difficult feat of being at once imposing and humble. When I visited him last autumn at Harvard Business School, he laid out with quiet authority his latest thoughts on disruptive technology, the concept that justly made him famous in the mid-1990s. But he also took time to chat about his son's college basketball team, a poster of which hangs on one wall of an office full of family photos and memorabilia. Although he places great value on his family and faith — he is a devout Mormon — his research and teaching have dominated his public story.
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