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October 6, 2011 | By David Sarno and Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
Steven P. Jobs, the charismatic technology pioneer who co-founded Apple Inc. and transformed one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies, has died. He was 56. Apple announced the death of Jobs - whose legacy included the Apple II, Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," Apple said. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives.
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BUSINESS
June 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
CBS Corp., which already sells episodes of its hit television shows "Survivor" and "CSI" on Google Inc.'s online video store, is now offering the downloads on Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music Store. Apple's online store carries other shows from ABC, NBC and Fox. It previously offered some CBS programming, such as NCAA basketball, but not prime-time hits.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2011 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
When Walt Disney Co. looked to revamp its troubled retail stores in 2008, Chief Executive Robert A. Iger sought advice from the company's largest shareholder, a foremost expert on the consumer experience. Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs had lured theme-park-size crowds to his company's stores with daring architecture, no-pressure sales staffs and displays that enticed customers to come in and play with the tech world's sexiest toys. Though Disney sold its chain four years earlier, its name was still on the stores.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2010 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Peter Deliso has never written a computer program in his life. But after a brainstorming session last year with his son and two daughters, ages 11, 9 and 5, respectively, he came up with the idea for an iPhone application that would turn the phone into a virtual blender. Users could pick a fruit like strawberries, watch the phone's screen appear to fill up with milk, and witness the ingredients get pureed into a smoothie. Armed with the idea for iFruity, Deliso contacted A-1 Technology Inc., an app design firm based in New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2011 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Less than a decade ago, a recording keyed to one song — the single — was considered dead in the water. Even though it had long been a critical part of the way music fans bought and enjoyed music, the single had become a marginal facet of the music business. Meanwhile, the record industry was waging a life-or-death battle over music piracy because the Internet had blasted open floodgates that allowed people to share their favorite music with one another across the globe, without bothering to pay for it. And then along came Steve Jobs, armed with Apple's iTunes and iPod.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Beginning this week, season premiere episodes of seven Fox Broadcasting programs will be made available for free through Apple's iTunes store, a move that highlights the TV industry's race to harness the Internet and try out potential business partners. The Fox-Apple deal is designed to expose iPod users to the upcoming season of new and returning prime-time shows. Executives with the News Corp.
OPINION
October 29, 2007
Ed Burns is a filmmaker, so it's not surprising that he likes to see his work on the 40-foot screen of a movie theater. But for his eighth independent film, "Purple Violets," Burns is forsaking the silver screen in favor of flat panels and iPods. Burns, an actor-writer-director-producer whose credits include "The Brothers McMullen" and "Sidewalks of New York," is pioneering what may be a new business model for independent filmmakers. The first stop for "Purple Violets" will be on Nov.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
The world's largest music store, Apple's iTunes, plans to boost the price of many hit singles and selected classic tracks to $1.29 on April 7, breaking the psychological barrier of 99 cents in what could be the first big test of how much consumers are willing to pay to download individual songs. Although the date for higher prices has not been publicly announced, Apple has been notifying record labels it will go into effect on that date, industry executives said.
NEWS
January 5, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Knowing what ingredients are in the foods we buy and eat is important – even when you’re in a rush at the market. Here's a cellphone app that might help, and it's free. Fooducate , a website dedicated to helping all of us to eat a little healthier, has launched a new iPhone app that allows you to scan or type in a bar code and receive an overall grade rating for a product. The grade is based on certain "bad" ingredients -- too much sugar and salt, too many additives, too much high-fructose corn syrup, etc. (Download from the iTunes App Store.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2007 | From Reuters
Retail chain Circuit City and Web music service Napster said they would jointly offer a subscription service with millions of songs, the latest effort to compete with Apple Inc.'s iTunes music store. The service will begin April 29 with a subscription cost of $14.95 a month. Individual songs may be downloaded for 99 cents. Electronics retailers and Web music services have sought new ways to team up and compete with iTunes, which has more than 80% of the U.S. market.
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