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March 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The popular puzzle game "2048" was called a broken clone by the makers of "Threes," a similar game that launched a month earlier. In "Threes," users combine tiles to attain the highest score possible. The game launched in February and is available for Apple iOS and Android devices for $1.99. But since the game's launch numerous clones have also been released. The makers of "Threes" criticized the cloning culture of the gaming world in an extensive blog post that chronicles the 14-month process that it took to make their game.
March 27, 2014 | By Alan Eyerly
“The Deal,” Episode 5 of “The Americans” on FX, actually focuses on two transactions: one involving a Jewish scientist who fled Russia and the other involving a Soviet spy caught between the KGB and FBI. The first deal concerns Anton Baklanov (Michael Aronov), a brilliant physicist who develops stealth technology for his adopted country of America. Initially it appeared that Anton was going to be kidnapped by KGB spies Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell)
March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
How long does it take to create a hit video game these days? Just about one weekend, if you ask the creator of popular puzzle game "2048. " Gabriele Cirulli, an Italian Web developer, said he was able to put together " 2048 ," his first game, in a little more than two days earlier this month. In the game, users are challenged to combine tiles containing similar numbers to create new tiles with larger numbers until they reach the final tile, which contains the number 2,048.
March 26, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Shares of King Digital Entertainment, the maker of the addictive Candy Crush game, tumbled Wednesday in their first day of trading on Wall Street.  The stock, priced at $22.50 a share in its initial public offering late Tuesday, began trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KING. It opened at $20.50 a share then dropped as low as $19.08 apiece before rebounding. About two hours into the trading day, the stock was changing hands at $20.20, down 10% from the IPO price..  King raised about $500 million in the IPO, valuing the company at more than $7 billion.  The firm's NYSE debut brought out several of King's colorful game characters onto the stock exchange's trading floor, including a giant red strawberry, an oversized bear and others who roamed the floor: Get in on Candy Crush's hot IPO while there's still time - i.e., before it goes to zero  ALSO: Betty Ford Center ready for a comeback Americans are drinking less coffee daily, study says U.S. lawmakers ask Gilead to justify hepatitis C drug's $84,000 price
March 26, 2014 | By David Pierson
The Food and Drug Administration said 25 of 26 drug companies that were asked to phase out antibiotics to promote growth in farm animals have agreed to comply with the agency's voluntary plan. The development announced Wednesday clears a major hurdle in the FDA's push to combat growing human resistance to antibiotics because of their overuse. Farms use about 80% of the nation's antibiotics supply, sometimes in healthy animals to speed up growth or prevent illness in unsanitary conditions.
March 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before buying another power cord for my laptop. The Skinny: My cat Skinny, for whom the Skinny is named, chewed through yet another power cord for my Mac. It's what he does best. He doesn't try to chew the lamp cords or even my phone charger, just the Mac power cords. Then he hides because he knows he's done something wrong. Today's recap includes stories on Ben Sherwood's big promotion at Disney. Also, Disney buys Maker Studios and our TV Critic Mary McNamara wonders if "The Good Wife" made a bad move by offing a major character.
March 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google announced a major partnership for its Glass wearable device with Luxottica, the company behind several popular eyewear brands that include Ray-Ban and Oakley. The Mountain View, Calif., tech giant said Luxottica will lend Glass its expertise in eyewear design and manufacturing. Additionally, Luxottica's thousands of retail locations should help Google later on, when the tech company begins to sell Glass to the general public. Among the other brands made by Luxottica are Vogue-Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikli and Arnette.
March 24, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Walt Disney Co. is buying Maker Studios, the digital media company behind YouTube successes such as "Epic Rap Battles of History" and PewDiePie. Burbank-based Disney said Monday that it will pay $500 million to Maker shareholders. Based in Culver City, Maker Studios has about  55,000 YouTube channels with 380 million subscribers and 5.5 billion views per month.  Shareholders could receive up to $450 million more, depending on Maker's performance after the acquisition.
March 21, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
It was a collision that rewrote the future of a young man: A football team captain on the verge of heading off to college would instead become a child-like invalid who struggled to tie his shoes. Edward Acuna was 17 when he took the field for Pomona's Garey High on an October night. In the fourth quarter, he sustained a helmet-to-helmet hit. When the defensive lineman eventually regained consciousness, he was partially paralyzed, was unable to utter simple words and had lost his short-term memory.
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