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April 9, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dropbox is unveiling new ways for people to hold onto and share their digital stuff as it tries to build on the popularity of its online storage service. With an initial public offering in the works, Chief Executive Drew Houston said his company is moving into its next chapter, which positions Dropbox as a “home” on the Internet to house documents, photos and videos across all devices and share them with friends, family and co-workers. With rising competitive pressures from technology giants Google and Microsoft and from start-up rival Box, which recently filed to go public, Dropbox is looking to give people new reasons to use Dropbox.
March 31, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Flooded by last-minute demand for Obamacare coverage, California gave consumers until April 15 to enroll after thousands of people trying to meet Monday's deadline endured long lines and website troubles. Monday had been the deadline to start signing up for coverage, but as the day wore on, officials saw that many would-be applicants, enrollment counselors and insurance agents couldn't even log in to the Covered California exchange website. A similar outpouring of interest was seen nationwide as open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act was winding down.
March 29, 2014 | By Kevin Amerman
Just weeks after a plea for her birth mother to step forward blazed through media outlets across the globe, Katheryn Deprill stood just one room away from the woman who abandoned her as a newborn 27 years ago in a Burger King bathroom. As she got ready to meet with her birth mother, Deprill entered the lawyer's conference room with a lifetime of questions. Why did she leave me? What does she look like? But before the answers even started, Deprill got something else.
March 28, 2014 | By George Hobica
As you're planning your summer travels, you may be in for sticker shock: Airfares on some routes are higher than they were four or five years ago. Here are some tips for making your airfare dollars go farther. -- There's no magic time to buy an airfare. The latest myth is to buy exactly 54 days in advance. Others say buy on Tuesday or Wednesday at midnight or when the moon is full (just kidding). But airlines are unpredictable, and anyone who claims he or she knows that airfares will be lower or higher in the coming months or days should trade in their crystal ball.
March 27, 2014
Jimmy Orr was named managing editor, online, of the Los Angeles Times in February 2011. Orr directs the strategy for, supervises the team that produces the site, and oversees the Los Angeles Times Media Group's growing portfolio of digital and mobile properties, including Android, iPad and Windows applications.  Orr joined The Times in August 2010 as deputy editor, online focusing his efforts on improving reader acquisition, retention,...
March 26, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
The Autry National Center of the American West is hoping lots of people will get their kicks by giving money online to help fund its coming exhibition “Route 66: The Road and the Romance.” The Autry, which will open the show June 8, joins the likes of the Louvre and the Smithsonian Institution's Asian art museums in using a “crowdfunding” site to lasso donations. The Autry can appeal to people who otherwise might not know of the L.A. museum's existence but are fans of Route 66 and its manifestations in pop culture.
March 26, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
University of California President Janet Napolitano struck a rare blow for rational education practice this week by pushing back strongly against the craze for online learning courses. Online education isn't a panacea, she said; it's not for everyone, it's not cheap, and if it's done right it may not even save money. Are you listening, Gov. Brown? Napolitano, who took over at UC in September, made her remarks Monday during an appearance sponsored by the Public Policy Institute of California . Some 500 spectators were present in person and, ahem, online.
March 26, 2014 | By Larry Gordon and Daniel Miller
Television news anchor Willow Bay, a veteran of ABC, CNN and Bloomberg TV, will be the next director of USC's School of Journalism, campus officials announced Wednesday. Bay's experience is expected to help the school emphasize online and television journalism. Her two predecessors worked in newspapers. Bay's selection concludes a lengthy search that was marred last year when the previously announced choice, a Northwestern University professor, turned down the USC job two days after accepting it. Bay, 50, is a senior editor at Huffington Post and a special correspondent and host for Bloomberg TV. She has co-anchored ABC's "Good Morning America/Sunday" and CNN's "Moneyline News Hour," and was the lead writer and producer of CNN's weekend news program "Pinnacle.
March 22, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Carla Rivera
MasterCard said Saturday said it was investigating reports that the California Department of Motor Vehicles may have suffered a breach of credit card data involving online transactions for agency services. MasterCard is “aware of and investigating” reports of a potential breech, spokesman Seth Eisen told The Times. He said the company was communicating with its customers but could provide no details on information that may have been compromised or how many cardholders may be affected.
March 22, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
To keep an eye on his child via his smartphone, Marc Gilbert installed Internet-connected video baby monitors in his home in Houston. One evening, Gilbert heard a stranger's voice bellowing obscenities from the monitor. He disconnected the device after realizing that it had been hacked. "I'm a pretty technical guy, and I thought I knew how all this stuff should be hooked up," said Gilbert, who has written several letters to his congressman and other elected officials, trying to bring the security issue to their attention.
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