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March 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - A tiny Irvine company founded by a 21-year-old Cal State Long Beach drop-out may play a leading role in Facebook's next major bet on the future of the Internet: that virtual reality will change the way people experience the Web. Facebook said Tuesday that it was buying Oculus VR, maker of virtual reality headsets for video game players, for $2 billion. The ultimate goal of the acquisition, the giant social network said, is to create an immersive 3-D experience in which users don't just chat online with friends but grab a cup of coffee with them in a virtual cafe or travel with them to distant places, just by putting on a pair of goggles with dark lenses.
March 24, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - Mark Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders, has acknowledged the possibility of moving the franchise back to Los Angeles if Oakland can't get its act together on a new stadium. That's interesting. But if words translated into actions, the L.A. market would have landed an NFL team or two 15 years ago. More than half of the league's 32 teams have been linked to L.A. at one point or another, as in, Team 'X' could potentially move if it can't get a stadium deal where it is. At the league's annual meetings Monday, Davis said his patience is wearing thin over the Coliseum City project, the proposed redevelopment of the 850 acres in and around the Oakland Coliseum to create new homes for the Raiders, Athletics and Golden State Warriors.
March 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Bad teams and the end of the season can make for some strange situations. Healthy players can develop mysterious (read: nonexistent) injuries. Productive veterans can lose playing time to unproven youngsters. Then there is what happened to Mark Madsen on April 19, 2006. The Minnesota Timberwolves power forward who had not taken a three-point shot in 135 games and 1,617 minutes over parts of the previous three seasons took seven shots from beyond the arc . . . in a span of 9 minutes 4 seconds.
March 19, 2014 | By Mike Boehm and Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Capping 12 months that moved from a potential loss of independence to a chance at a fresh start under new museum director Philippe Vergne, L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art announced the return Tuesday of trustees John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie, prominent Los Angeles artists who had resigned from its board in 2012 as MOCA fell into upheaval, uncertainty and financial drift. Kathi Cypres and Steven F. Roth, who left the board more quietly in 2012, are also back as trustees, MOCA announced.
March 16, 2014 | By Jen Leo
From the co-founder of Flickr comes a new travel app that's three parts photo-inspired sticky notes and one part treasure map. Name: Findery Available for: Website and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch What it does: Geo-tags "notes" all over the world connecting people with places, and places with stories. Create your own "notemaps," or list of notes. Even better - discover the world through other travelers' lists. Cost: Free What's hot: Lots of hyper-local travel apps point out brag-worthy hotspots, but Findery delves deeper, encouraging travelers and locals to imprint their memories and stories on a place.
March 15, 2014
The Philadelphia 76ers had a loss for the record book Saturday night. Mike Conley scored 19 points and Zach Randolph had 14 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 103-77 win at Philadelphia, sending the 76ers to a franchise record-tying 20th consecutive loss. They can set the team mark with a loss Monday night at Indiana. The 76ers also lost 20 straight games from Jan. 9 to Feb. 11, 1973, on their way to a 9-73 record, still the worst season in NBA history. The league record for consecutive losses in a season is 26 set by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.
March 15, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
AUSTIN, Texas -- As the South by Southwest music festival nears its end, quiet begins to beckon. It's the natural result of having been assaulted by noise -- in clubs and concert halls, but also simply walking down many streets here -- for four long days in a row. Eventually, inevitably, the ear requires relief. I found some Friday night, on the next-to-last evening of full programming at SXSW, in performances by London Grammar and Mark Kozelek. The latter show offered another welcome element: somewhere to sit. A young British trio that's already achieved big success at home, where it was nominated last month for a prize at the U.K.'s Grammy-equivalent Brit Awards, London Grammar plays hushed, electronic-edged love songs that can suggest Dido fronting the xx. And it was working hard in Austin to bring some of that buzz to an American audience, with five gigs over the course of four days, including a slot opening for Coldplay.
March 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Mark Wahlberg once produced a show for a top-tier cable network that was inspired by his own experiences in Hollywood. Now another top-tier cable network will tip its hat to Wahlberg and his experiences in Hollywood--just as he promotes a movie based on that show. That entertainment-world ouroboros will raise its head for the "Entourage" producer at next month's MTV Movie Awards, where Wahlberg, 42, will accept its “Generation” prize, the show's version of a lifetime achievement award.
March 8, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS  - Saul "Canelo" Alvarez wanted to display his boxing heart after suffering his first defeat. The best way to do that was to show his fists. In an impressive display of power punching and an unflinching willingness to exchange with a knockout fighter, Alvarez on Saturday night dominated Mexican countryman Alfredo Angulo and won their light-middleweight fight by 10th-round technical knockout. The fight's stoppage at the 47-second mark of the 10th by referee Tony Weeks was the subject of much jeering by the capacity crowd of 14,610 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, who wanted more from the intense exchanges in a bout that lived up to its billing.
March 7, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Robert Rodriguez helped ignite an independent film movement in the 1990s with his film "El Mariachi," shot for a mere $7,000, before moving on to blockbuster fare such as "Sin City" and the "Spy Kids" franchise. Now the restless filmmaker, 45, is trying to revolutionize the small screen with the recently launched cable network El Rey, targeted at a young, English-speaking Latino audience. It's available on Time Warner and DirecTV, among other outlets. You've had a lot of success in films.
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