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March 18, 2010 | By Darrell Satzman
Everyone loves Zankou Chicken. Families line up at the little restaurant chain's counters for moderately priced rotisserie entrees. Critics as far away as New York have swooned over its secret garlic sauce, and the Zagat Guide has called its chicken dinner "the single best takeout dish in town." Zankou was even mentioned in a Beck song, "Debra." So why has expansion of the chain, which debuted in Hollywood in 1984 and once had dreams of spreading across the nation and even to Europe, been so tough?
February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
Nickelodeon's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber. " The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar. But in the hurly-burly world of children's television, network executives are desperate to find that next big hit. When animator Gary Di Raffaele, who goes by the name Gary Doodles, got an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive about his duck cartoon, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," Di Raffaele said.
December 30, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Hey, big spender, here's something to add to next year's Christmas list: Samsung's new 110-inch 4K television, which the electronics giant has just priced at a whopping $152,000. The ultra-high-definition television, which has four times the resolution of standard high-def TVs, is available in South Korea, China and the Middle East, according to the Associated Press. As larger TVs become more popular, television manufacturers have been racing to create sets that are not only bigger but sharper as well.
December 15, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Many automobile owners are spending more than they need on motor oil, believing that it should be changed every 3,000 miles even though almost no manufacturer requires such an aggressive oil-change schedule. The long-held notion that the oil should be changed every 3,000 miles is so prevalent that California officials have launched a campaign to stop drivers from wasting millions of gallons of oil annually because they have their vehicles serviced too often. "Our survey data found that nearly half of California drivers are still changing their oil at 3,000 miles or even sooner," said Mark Oldfield, a spokesman for the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery, which has launched the Check Your Number campaign to encourage drivers to go with the manufacturer's recommendations.
July 3, 2003 | From Dow Jones/Associated Press
Sales of laptop computers in U.S. stores in May outpaced those of desktop computers for the first time, according to a survey by market research firm NPD Group. Laptops accounted for more than 54% of the nearly $500 million in retail computer sales in May, the Port Washington, N.Y., company said Wednesday. That compares with January 2000, when laptops represented less than 25% of sales volume, NPD said.
January 6, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
The slushies and skating carhops at Sonic Corp.'s drive-ins are a relative rarity in Los Angeles County, where 12 scattered units are overwhelmed by hundreds of McDonald's and dozens of Burger Kings. But Sonic, based in Oklahoma City, hopes to become a major player in Southern California, home to quick-service rivals such as Carl's Jr., Wienerschnitzel and Fatburger. By 2020, the company - and its popular Cherry Limeade, tater tots and chewable ice - plans to have 300 California units up and running.
July 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Chromebook laptops may be finally catching on and there are a few good reasons. The computers, which run Google's Chrome OS software, accounted for 20% to 25% of all laptops sold for less than $300 in the U.S. in the last eight months, according to NPD Group, a market research firm. A year ago, Chromebook's market share was insignificant, according to NPD Group. But that started to change late last year when a new wave of the Google computers started coming out along with a new marketing campaign . PHOTOS: Rare and vintage auctioned Apple items A Samsung-made Chromebook is currently the top-selling laptop on . Why are people buying Chromebooks?
December 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
While Apple and Microsoft saw their share of laptops sold to businesses and other organizations in the U.S. decrease in 2013, Google dramatically increased its portion of sales. From January through November, Google sold 1.76 million Chromebook laptops in the U.S., up from 400,000 during the same period in 2012, according to a recent report by NPD Group . that tracked sales through commercial channels. That includes devices that were sold to businesses, government agencies, schools and other organizations.
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