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June 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Vevo, an online streaming service for music videos, has launched on Windows 8, the company said Wednesday.  Users of the Microsoft operating system can access Vevo, which has 75,000 videos, through Vevo's app.  The New York-based company, which provides videos through YouTube, has been expanding viewing options in an effort to increase revenues. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 In March, it launched Vevo TV, a 24-hour broadcast-style network available through its website, mobile devices and game consoles.
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BUSINESS
April 27, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Airline mergers have put more than 70% of the nation's domestic traffic in the hands of four major carriers. But low-cost airlines still have some influence over airfares. A new study shows that when airlines such as JetBlue, Spirit, Frontier, Alaska and Southwest launch service on an existing domestic route, the average price from all carriers drops as much as 67%. It's good news for travelers, but aviation experts say most popular routes are still dominated by the four biggest carriers: United, Delta, Southwest and the soon-to-be-merged American and US Airways.
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SPORTS
June 3, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The Pac-12 on Monday announced an initiative to help improve the health and safety of its more than 7,000 athletes. Here's the full press release . The elements of the initiative include  "Head Trauma Task Force" and "Football Contact Reduction. " The Pac-12 will establish a task force to study head trauma and "find ways to limit damage and exposure to  student-athletes. " The football contact initiative will look to study and monitor contact at practice. A final policy will be released at the Pac-12 Football Media Day on July 26. "Pac-12 institutions house the leading medical trainers, doctors, and scientists working to enhance student-athlete health and well-being,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Elon Musk, founder and chief executive of Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX, hastily called a news conference Friday in Washington, D.C., where he outlined an array of matters confronting his upstart company. A cryptic email was sent to media around 9 p.m. Pacific time Thursday that said he would "make an important SpaceX announcement" the next day at the National Press Club. The big announcement, however, wasn't quite clear. Musk made several revelations during the half-hour event. First, he provided an update on SpaceX's goal of creating the world's first fully reusable rocket - the holy grail in rocketry.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2010 | By Claudia Eller
One week after Lions Gate Entertainment rejected his holdings in the studio, investor Carl Icahn is launching a hostile takeover bid for the entire company. Icahn is offering $6 a share, which sent Lions Gate shares rising above the offer price in early morning trading. Icahn, who owns nearly 19% of Lions Gate, has been steadily increasing his stake in the studio and recently launched a tender offer to up his stake to nearly 30%. The investor has been angling for more control over Lions Gate, which operates out of Santa Monica under the leadership of chief executive Jon Feltheimer and vice chairman Michael Burns.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
International Web surfers may be seeing more of Chris Farley's "Saturday Night Live" skits on YouTube.   The long-running sketch comedy series has launched its first official YouTube channel with the help of ZEFR, a Venice, Calif., start-up that makes technology for media companies on the Google-owned Web video site. The "SNL" channel is available on YouTube to viewers everywhere except in the United States, where Yahoo  runs an online video outlet for the show.  FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers The "SNL" deal is a big get for ZEFR, which has partnered with Lorne Michael's company Broadway Video Entertainment to eventually deliver 4,500 clips from all 39 seasons, starting with 2,500 videos.  "'SNL' is huge and it's basically built for YouTube," said ZEFR's Zach James, who co-founded the company as MovieClips in 2009.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2010
The popular television drama "True Blood" launched a comic book series on Wednesday that its authors said will add "new and unique layers" to the adventures of telepathic waitress Sookie and her vampire friends. Designed as a companion to the TV series, the comics contain the same tone of the HBO show, complete with the erotically charged romance, humor, mystery and suspense. "True Blood" creator Alan Ball developed the plot to the comics with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Zillow.com is launching a mortgage marketplace that allows consumers to anonymously receive custom loan quotes and rate their lenders. Zillow.com created a buzz in the real estate industry two years ago with its online home value estimates. The company said it hoped to add transparency and information to the mortgage application process, while making it easier and faster to get mortgage quotes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2009 | Cathleen Decker
Republican Meg Whitman on Tuesday underscored the advantage of wealth in the 2010 race for governor, launching paid advertisements for her campaign nine months before GOP voters will determine their nominee. The introductory ads, which the campaign said were running on radio stations across California, highlight Whitman's experience at several well-known firms. Among them is EBay, where she was chief executive until two years ago. "We need to reinvent California, and that reinvention starts at the top," says the ad. Whitman, who already has put $19 million into her campaign, appeared before supporters Tuesday at a sweltering open-air gathering in Fullerton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa launched a prescription-drug discount program for city residents Monday, following up on a campaign promise he made five years ago while running for mayor. At a senior center in Montecito Heights, Villaraigosa said the city had contracted with Ohio-based Envision Pharmaceutical Services, which will negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to obtain lower prices for residents who carry discount cards. The discounts, which could range from 5% to 40% depending on the medicine, will be available at about 1,500 Los Angeles pharmacies that participate in Envision's network.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
An oil operation that sent noxious fumes into a South Los Angeles neighborhood has agreed to spend about $700,000 on upgrades to prevent future hazardous emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. The settlement capped a four-month investigation by the EPA into Allenco Energy Inc. that was prompted by hundreds of complaints of chemical odors, respiratory ailments, nosebleeds and other health problems in the University Park community, about a half-mile north of USC. "The company must notify the EPA that they have completed the improvements at least 15 days before reopening," said Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest.
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April 23, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
A Celine tote for $220? A Carolina Herrera shirt dress for $255? And shopping for a good cause too? No, you're not dreaming. The items are available to buy at Shopbop.com and Amazon.com as part of a new capsule collection launched to support the private-sector-led charity initiative Born Free Africa , with the goal of ending mother-to-child HIV transmission by Dec. 31, 2015. Kenya-born, Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu collaborated with 22 fashion designers on the Born Free collection, including J. Crew's Jenna Lyons, Miuccia Prada, Tory Burch and Isabel Marant.
WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Prompted in part by a recent video that showed Al Qaeda leaders in Yemen openly taunting the United States, the CIA launched lethal drone strikes over the last three days that marked a sharp acceleration of the Obama administration's shadow war against the terrorist group. Yemeni officials, who said their counter-terrorism forces carried out ground raids in conjunction with the drone strikes, said about 55 militants, including some foreigners, and at least three civilians were killed.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Andrea Chang
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday and sped through a cloud-covered sky on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station for NASA. The Hawthorne-based rocket manufacturer launched the cargo mission despite a computer glitch aboard the space station and bad weather that threatened to push the liftoff back a day. Promptly at 12:25 p.m. PDT, the rocket fired up its nine engines and launched into orbit, carrying a capsule packed with 5,000 pounds of supplies for the two American, one Japanese and three Russian astronauts aboard the space station.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
A win is a win. And Mike Scioscia figures his Angels need at least 90 of them to have a shot at returning to the postseason for the first time since 2009. But as Wednesday night stretched into Thursday morning, the giddy Angels were talking as if their last victory - a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Chris Iannetta's 12th-inning walk-off homer - might just be worth a little bit more. "It's character building, it's team-identity building, it's chemistry building," Iannetta said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
NBCUniversal is unveiling an initiative to produce original video that will be featured on the company's digital platforms and national video-on-demand and will be promoted on its TV networks. The initiative will debut first on channel websites, Hulu and video-on-demand. It is designed to connect advertising brands with consumers. In many cases, the development of original series will be in direct collaboration with advertising partners. Creative teams from NBCUniversal cable and broadcast networks, as well as its Creative Innovation Agency, will work closely with top production teams from around the industry to create programming for viewers who frequent its digital platforms daily.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2009 | David Ng
The width of an average laptop computer screen is close to 12 inches. The Metropolitan Opera's stage is 57 feet wide. The difference is huge, but the people behind Classicaltv.com are betting $10 million that audiences won't mind downsizing their performing arts experience in exchange for the convenience of instant access. Classical TV is a for-profit website that seeks to make vast libraries of filmed opera, dance and classical concerts available on your computer -- sort of a Hulu.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2009 | W.J. Hennigan
Boeing Co. and supporters of the C-17 cargo plane launched a multi-front public relations offensive Thursday, hoping to extend the life of one of Southern California's last major military aircraft factories. The company ran full-page advertisements in local newspapers, including The Times, and about 450 union members staged a rally near the plane's assembly line in Long Beach urging Congress to buy more of the aircraft. In Washington, 18 U.S. senators also wrote a letter seeking support to keep the aircraft production moving.
WORLD
April 13, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW -- Ukrainian forces launched an "anti-terrorist operation" in the city of Slavyansk on Sunday morning after pro-Russian separatists seized buildings in the eastern area of the country, acting Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook account. "Units from all law enforcement agencies of the country are being used [in the operation]," Avakov wrote. "God is with us!" Armed men in masks and unmarked camouflage uniforms stormed and seized administrative buildings and police stations in Slavyansk and at least two other towns in the coal-mining region of Donetsk on Saturday.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
A high-stakes battle is underway in Washington over launching the U.S. government's most sophisticated national security satellites. Space entrepreneur Elon Musk is pitted against the nation's two largest weapons makers, Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., in a fight for military contracts worth as much as $70 billion through 2030. For eight years, the Pentagon has paid Boeing and Lockheed - operating jointly as United Launch Alliance - to launch the government's pricey spy satellites without seeking competitive bids.
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