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February 28, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
There are lots of online tools to help you send someone a virtual gift. But San Francisco start-up Karma knows you'd rather get the real thing. The company, which officially launched Tuesday, aims to make it quick and convenient to send someone a personal gift from a mobile device. With the company's free iPhone or Android app, users can gift shop from Karma's selection of offerings, which include Magnolia cupcakes, bottles of champagne and Moleskine journals. Other companies that have signed on include Kate Spade, Gund and Movietickets.com.
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November 12, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
At the first sign of a real fight, when forced to publicly defend their actions, with lights shining on their warped culture, the bullies did what bullies always do. The bullies curled up, covered up and quit. This week, on one of the most delightful nights in the history of "Monday Night Football," the vulgar and abusive locker-room culture fostered by the Miami Dolphins was rendered appropriately incognito by the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 22-19 shaming. Did you see it?
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BUSINESS
May 18, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
After a day of what some might call bad juju on the stock market, Facebook pulls in a little good Karma with its first purchase as a public company. The social networking company, met with more "meh" than "like" as its stock settled only about 23 cents higher than its list price at the close of regular trading, bought the clicks-to-bricks social gifting app. Details of the deal were not disclosed. “We've been really impressed with the Karma team and all they accomplished in such a short time," a Facebook spokesperson told The Times in an email.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
In the late 1970s, long before he penned "The Satanic Verses," before he sparked a global uproar between Islamic fundamentalists and free-speech advocates and became a marked man, before he turned into a celebrity man of letters who dates models and starlets, Salman Rushdie was just the failed author of a sci-fi fantasy. An obscure Indian expat living in England, he had only that first novel, "Grimus," under his belt when he turned his attention to his homeland. While studying at Cambridge he had met E.M. Forster, the venerable British author of classics like "A Passage to India" and "A Room With a View," and the elder novelist had encouraged him to write about the subcontinent.
BUSINESS
December 31, 2006
"Selling karma, hoping for a positive return" (Dec. 20) is a sad commentary on how far we have fallen from the true essence of selfless service through action. As a student of yoga for more than 40 years, I have seen the increasing commercialization of yoga and spirituality eat away at the sacredness of these interconnected paths to awareness and service to humanity. Andrew Loren Klamer reached a new low when he chose to "trademark karma philosophy about the importance of doing good things."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2009 | Michael Ordona; Gary Goldstein; Kevin Thomas; Robert Abele
The mass of men may lead lives of quiet desperation, but Power? He's living the drum. "Adventures of Power" is "Napoleon Dynamite" with imaginary drumsticks, a quest movie for the Rock Band generation. Ari Gold (yes, that's also the name of the agent on HBO's "Entourage," and that show's Adrian Grenier plays the villain here) writes, directs and stars in the story of a dreamer from a small New Mexico mining town who longs to bash the fake skins. Unfortunately, Power's passion for air drumming is a love that dare not speak its name.
SPORTS
January 17, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
Yeah, there's a curse. His name is Donald Sterling. You've believed it, I've believed it, but the idea of a single ominous factor fueling the 26 seasons of Clippers disaster grew even deeper roots Friday when a noted basketball witch doctor pointed his bony finger. Now, even Phil Jackson believes it. "I come from a generation that believed in karma," the Lakers coach said last week when asked about the Clippers' problems. "I do think there is karma in effect ultimately."
BUSINESS
November 1, 2012 | By Shan Li
This post has been corrected. See below for details. Spanx, the shapewear company that helps women squeeze into chic-but-slightly-too-tight outfits, will open its first stand-alone store Friday at a mall in McLean, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. The Atlanta company said the 1,200-square-foot shop at Tysons Corner Center will be the first of several locations opening this fall, including ones in King of Prussia Mall near Philadelphia and...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1987
For the first time, a foreign journalist has focused on the fear of extinction in the Sinhalese without also pooh-poohing that fear. In every century, the Sinhalese have had to struggle against Indian and other foreign aggressors to retain their ethnic identity. That, as the Sinhalese say, is their karma. I am not a Sinhalese, but I am married to one and have encountered the anguish of that karma: "Will we one day, like some extinct animals, be reduced to mere pictures in National Geographic?"
BUSINESS
February 6, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Fisker Automotive has stopped work at a former General Motors auto plant in Delaware where it plans to build Project Nina, a family-size plug-in hybrid that is expected to sell for about $50,000. The Anaheim-based auto company laid off 26 workers at the plant and let go 40 contract employees working at its headquarters .   That leaves the company with about 600 employees working on automotive development in Anaheim. The company said it “delayed work at the plant based on ongoing discussions” with the Department of Energy “regarding funding for the Project Nina program.” The agency is withholding loans for the Nina project because Fisker missed milestones in getting its first vehicle, the Karma sports car, to market.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2012 | By Shan Li
This post has been corrected. See below for details. Spanx, the shapewear company that helps women squeeze into chic-but-slightly-too-tight outfits, will open its first stand-alone store Friday at a mall in McLean, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. The Atlanta company said the 1,200-square-foot shop at Tysons Corner Center will be the first of several locations opening this fall, including ones in King of Prussia Mall near Philadelphia and...
BUSINESS
September 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As awesome as birthday comments are, nothing beats a gift. And Facebook has taken note. The social networking giant announced a new service Thursday afternoon called Facebook Gifts that will let users buy and send each other presents they can enjoy in real life. To start, these presents include Starbucks gift cards, stuffed animals and cupcakes, but Facebook said it will continue to add more options every day. Picture Gallery: Fresh Facebook Features The company said users will have the option to send gifts from birthday reminders or when they visit their friend's timelines.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Consumer Reports panned the high-technology Fisker Karma after testing the $107,850 luxury plug-in hybrid. The magazine said the sleek-looking, speedy car suffered from significant reliability problems and doesn't compare well to other luxury sports cars such as the Porsche Panamera. The Fisker runs on electricity for about 38 miles and then a small gasoline engine kicks in and extends the range. Only a few thousand have been sold, but the car has already attracted attention for its styling.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Consumer Reports panned the high-technology Fisker Karma after testing the $107,850 luxury plug-in hybrid. The magazine said the sleek-looking, speedy car suffered from significant reliability problems and doesn't compare well to other luxury sports cars such as the Porsche Panamera. The Fisker runs on electricity for about 38 miles and then a small gasoline engine kicks in and extends the range once the car's battery charge runs out. Only a few thousand have been sold, but the car has already attracted attention for its styling.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Bieber will have to take their megabucks cars back to the shop after luxury hybrid maker Fisker Automotive announced a recall. The celebrities are among the high-profile drivers of Fisker's $100,000 Karma, a speed demon of a car that turns out to be burning more than rubber. Fisker is recalling all 2,000 of the just introduced plug-in hybrids because a small cooling fan caused a fire in a Karma in a Woodside, Calif., parking lot. No one was hurt in the incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Singer Justin Bieber was stopped and cited Friday for driving in a "reckless manner" on the busy 101 Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said. Bieber was pulled over in a Fisker Karma sports car about 10:45 a.m. by CHP officers on the 101 at Vineland Avenue and Ventura Boulevard. The 18-year-old was allegedly weaving in and out of traffic. CHP Officer Ming Hsu said the entertainer was driving in excess of 65 mph, but said his precise speed was not available. According to Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine, who called 911 to report the incident, paparazzi were pursuing Bieber on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley.
SPORTS
June 14, 1997
It's not bad chemistry in the clubhouse that's hexing the Dodgers, the bad karma is stadium-wide. The Dodgers were doomed from opening day when they introduced the "Super Dodger Dog" and lost. As a connoisseur of stadium culinary fare, I have always rated the Dodger Dog as the ultimate national pastime cuisine. By referring to a product that is only fatter as "Super," the franchise disses the venerable "regular" dog and produces disharmony with the basic vibrations of L.A. Restore the glory of the Dodger Dog and victory will surely follow.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As awesome as birthday comments are, nothing beats a gift. And Facebook has taken note. The social networking giant announced a new service Thursday afternoon called Facebook Gifts that will let users buy and send each other presents they can enjoy in real life. To start, these presents include Starbucks gift cards, stuffed animals and cupcakes, but Facebook said it will continue to add more options every day. Picture Gallery: Fresh Facebook Features The company said users will have the option to send gifts from birthday reminders or when they visit their friend's timelines.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
After a day of what some might call bad juju on the stock market, Facebook pulls in a little good Karma with its first purchase as a public company. The social networking company, met with more "meh" than "like" as its stock settled only about 23 cents higher than its list price at the close of regular trading, bought the clicks-to-bricks social gifting app. Details of the deal were not disclosed. “We've been really impressed with the Karma team and all they accomplished in such a short time," a Facebook spokesperson told The Times in an email.
SPORTS
May 2, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Departing from their routine, the Kings planned to stay at a downtown hotel Wednesday night and conduct their morning skate at Staples Center before Game 3 of their playoff series against the St. Louis Blues. Goaltender Jonathan Quick saw a big benefit beyond making players feel as if they're on the road, where they're 5-0 in postseason play. "I think it's more like we want our rink to feel like it's our rink," he said Wednesday. "We've never practiced there. Four years I've been here, we've never practiced there.
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