September 15, 2010 |
In what was billed as a "major announcement," the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday unveiled not a new policy platform, but a new logo -- one with a familiar ring. It is the first rebranding effort by the party since Bill Clinton was president, officials say, and is meant to deemphasize the traditional notion of the party organization as a Washington-based collection of gray-beards and instead represent a national coalition making "change that matters. " Along with the logo is a redesigned website, which the party calls "a home for powerful tools that will empower Democrats across the country to connect with one another and with the party.
September 7, 2010 |
The lineup of guest judges on the new season of "America's Next Top Model" may not mean much to the average viewer. But in the fashion world, Patrick Demarchelier and Matthew Rolston need no introduction. And fashionistas know why the sought-after photographers decided to climb aboard the reality modeling competition in its 15th cycle, which premieres Sept. 8. Two words: Italian Vogue. The magazine, considered the most prestigious fashion publication in the world, has partnered with the CW show for the first time.
July 20, 2010 |
Playboy at work? Looking to expand viewership among those who might court a lawsuit or dismissal if they fired up the regular Playboy.com site at work, Playboy Enterprises Inc. announced Tuesday a website called TheSmokingJacket.com , which the company bills as a "new safe-for-work men's entertainment destination that provides guys with smart and sexy distractions throughout the day." Safe for work means no nudity, but plenty of Playboy-style hormonal prurience. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner greets viewers to the site in a weird little 21-second video of him sitting on a couch in, yes, his trademark smoking jacket.
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May 28, 2010 |
For the sake of charity, Alex Salnik of San Jose has agreed to share his secrets, little mysteries about women that he believes could change your life. Marlaina Ward of Santa Cruz will come to your home and bless your baby. And James Grant of Saratoga will teach you, in 15 minutes, how to pick a combination lock. They are a new breed of philanthropists coming together on an online site launched this month, an EBay-like portal that auctions people's skills — juggling, hula-hooping, pie-baking — and connections to raise money for their favorite charities.
February 25, 2010 |
In a move that will give the government new powers to police the Internet, China will require individuals to verify their identities with regulators and have their photographs taken before they can set up a personal website. To apply, an individual must visit his or her local Internet service provider's office, submit an identification card and pose for a photograph. Applications will then be sent to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for review. Chinese authorities in December banned the registration of new sites as part of what they said was a crackdown on Internet pornography.
January 17, 2010
MANUFACTURING P&G to start 'eStore' and collect data The maker of Tide detergent, Pampers diapers and Gillette shavers is taking hundreds of its popular consumer products directly to shoppers through a new website. The "eStore," which Procter & Gamble Co. will launch this spring, is an unusual venture for a consumer products manufacturer because the website could put it in competition with some of its biggest customers: traditional and online retailers. But the site's leaders say it is a consumer research lab, and retailers will benefit from findings on how shoppers respond online and in stores to digital ads, coupons, store promotions and other factors.
January 11, 2010 |
Jerry Lucas never abided the mundane. It wasn't enough for Lucas, in the early stages of an athletic career that would earn him enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame, to merely launch 5,000 shots a day as a youngster. He challenged himself by visualizing a clock face atop the rim, not counting a shot made, for instance, unless it grazed 3 o'clock -- or 9 o'clock or 12 o'clock, wherever he was aiming -- before falling through the net. Other times, to improve his rebounding, he'd purposely miss shots while mentally cataloging where the ball caromed, insight that Lucas claims made boxing out unnecessary.
November 26, 2009 |
It's tough to talk to Bonnie Fuller without getting an earful of Hollywood gossip. "This is similar to what went on between Jen[nifer Aniston] and John [Mayer]," she says casually in conversation. Later on: "Look what's going on with Cindy Crawford and her nanny experience. . . . When Miley [Cyrus] was slamming the 'New Mooners,' we disagreed." Fuller isn't name-dropping, though. She's talking business. The former editor of celebrity, fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Star, Us Weekly, Marie Claire and Glamour is shifting from print into the hyper-competitive realm of online celebrity news in one more effort to create a media brand for women -- this time as a digital venture.
September 27, 2009 |
Say goodbye to gray freeways, black clothing and brown haze and head for the hills. CaliforniaFallColor.com tells you where you can find the best fall foliage within driving distance of Los Angeles or San Francisco. What's hot: New England is not the only place that puts on a show of red, orange and yellow after summer fades. You can get the California Fall Color Report by RSS for weekly updates on how the trees are progressing through their cycle and where the best spots are to see the color.
May 24, 2009 |
Web surfers can now send virtual postcards of Pope Benedict XVI to their Facebook friends or follow the pontiff's travels on their iPhones. Under a papacy that has suffered communication woes, the Vatican is taking technologically savvy steps to bring its message to social networking sites and smart phones. In its first day of operation Thursday, the Pope2You website gathered some 45,000 contacts and 500,000 page views, while a Facebook application that sends postcards with photos of Benedict and excerpts from his messages was used about 10,000 times, the head of the project said.