January 15, 2014 |
The "Veronica Mars" resurgence shows no signs of slowing down. The CW President Mark Pedowitz announced on Wednesday that a digital spinoff series is in the works for the network's online-only platform, CW Seed. "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas' hugely successful Kickstarter campaign to make a "Veronica Mars" movie certainly got the network's attention, Pedowitz acknowledged during a session at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. "Rob and I spoke last night," Pedowitz said.
January 15, 2014 |
ROSWELL, N.M. - A 12-year-old boy who allegedly opened fire with a shotgun Tuesday inside his crowded middle school gymnasium here was being examined at an Albuquerque psychiatric facility Wednesday as his two victims remained hospitalized in Lubbock, Texas, officials said. Nathaniel Tavarez, 11 remained in critical condition Wednesday morning at University Medical Center after undergoing two surgeries on Tuesday. Kendal Sanders, 12, was in satisfactory condition, Eric Finley, spokesman for the University Medical Center, told the Los Angeles Times.
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January 13, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - In an effort to clamp down on youth smoking, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced Monday that he was introducing a bill that would block the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to individuals via the Internet. "Internet sales of tobacco products, we know, pose a serious threat to the health and safety of children because there's literally no verification of age when products of tobacco are purchased through the Internet," Dickinson said at a news conference.
January 10, 2014 |
Target customers whose information -- name, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses -- was stolen need not have shopped at the retailer's stores during the busy holiday shopping season, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday. The information, said Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder, was collected during the "course of normal business," and could include online shopping. Friday's latest disclosure by the Minneapolis-based retailer that hackers made away with the data of 70 million additional Target customers shows that the data breach late last year was far larger and broader than previously thought. Target initially said Dec. 19 that debit and credit card information for 40 million customers was pilfered during the busy holiday shopping season between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. About a week later, the retailer also reported that the hackers had accessed "strongly encrypted" personal identification numbers when they tapped into the retailer's systems. The retailer said the theft of the information from up to 110 million customers was not a new breach but was uncovered as part of the ongoing investigation into the theft of millions of customers' credit and debit card information.
January 9, 2014 |
Satellite broadcaster DirecTV is less than thrilled with the WWE's plans to launch an online network and said it will have to rethink its relationship with the programmer and whether it will continue to offer its pay-per-view specials. As part of the WWE's online network, which will launch next month, its 12 pay-per-view specials including the hugely popular "Wrestlemania" will be made available to subscribers at a price tag of $9.99 a month. Traditional pay-TV distributors including DirecTV have for years counted on WWE's pay-per-view specials as a solid revenue source.
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January 7, 2014 |
Online programs at USC and UCLA were among those receiving top ratings in a new report to be released Wednesday by U.S. News & World Report, which also found that highly ranked programs are more common at established public universities than at for-profit online providers. The University of Southern California's online graduate computer information technology program was top-ranked nationally, the same position it held in last year's listing, while UCLA had the second-best ranked online graduate engineering program, moving up from 11th last year.
January 6, 2014 |
Paperwork and computer glitches are still tripping up some eager consumers who are seeking coverage through California's insurance exchange and its 11 health plans. On Monday, the Covered California exchange said that all the applications it received online for coverage starting Jan. 1 have been sent to participating insurers, but that it is still sorting through an unspecified number of paper applications for that time period. In light of that delay, last weekend the state exchange extended the payment deadline for January premiums by nine days to Jan. 15. A week into the new year, some people are still waiting to get an invoice or confirmation of coverage.
January 3, 2014 |
The first meteor shower of 2014 peaks this week, and you can watch the show online, right here. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. PST and continuing through the night, the website Slooh.com will be streaming live video of the night sky from its telescopes in the Canary Islands and Arizona. The meteor shower, known as the Quadrantids, is a tricky one to catch. Although it can occasionally provide impressive displays of more than 100 meteors per hour, astronomers at EarthSky.org note that it has a very short peak time that lasts just a few hours.
January 2, 2014 |
Online sales swelled 10.3% this holiday season compared with the same period in 2012, with massive surges in mobile use, according to the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark. During the fourth quarter, mobile traffic made up nearly 35% of all online visits, up 40% from last year, according to IBM. Nearly 17% of digital sales originated from mobile devices, a 46% upswing year over year. Major shopping days such as Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday all enjoyed record online sales, as shoppers were lured by increasingly attractive Internet-exclusive promotions and free shipping deals.
December 29, 2013 |
The gig: Julia Hartz, 34, is co-founder and president of Eventbrite, the San Francisco company that has carved out a niche in the multibillion-dollar ticketing industry by focusing on the "democratization" of online ticketing. It helps anyone - not just major musical acts or sports teams - operate a box office for events. Eventbrite makes money when event organizers sell tickets - though the cut it takes is below the industry norm. It charges a 2.5% service fee and 99 cents a ticket.