August 22, 2013 |
Students and staff at L.A. Unified School District can now use the Microsoft Bing search engine without having to see ads or adult-content links in their search results. The partnership between Microsoft's Bing search unit and several major school districts is aimed at providing students a safer experience online while drawing more users to the country's most-used search engine behind runaway leader Google. "We know search technology is a big part of education," said Bill Cox, Microsoft's senior director of product management.
August 21, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's ambitious plan to provide Internet access to billions of people around the globe will face challenges that extend far beyond solving technical and financial issues. In announcing a partnership dubbed Internet.org, Zuckerberg outlined several technology-based strategies for reducing costs in order to extend affordable Internet service to 5 billion people around the globe who are not currently online. But nonprofit groups that have been focused on bridging the global digital divide have reported that such efforts inevitably run into problems including economics, culture, education and corruption.
August 12, 2013 |
FLORENCIA, Colombia - The expansion of China's middle class isn't some abstract notion in this sweltering corner of Colombia's Amazon River basin. It's driving a private-public partnership trying to steer the local economy away from illegal coca farming and toward filling Asia's growing demand for expensive ornamental fish. Fish farming around Florencia, a city of 165,000 people, is focused on the silver arowana, a highly coveted species called dragonfish in China. Each silver arowana costs pennies to raise but sells at retail for up to $40 in Hong Kong, where collectors view an aquarium filled with nine arowanas as a sign of good luck.
July 24, 2013 |
Imax Corp., the Canadian big screen movie theater operator, has expanded its partnership with Wanda Cinema Line Corporation, Asia's largest cinema owner. Under a deal announced Wednesday, Imax will open up 120 new Imax theaters in China. The agreement also extends Wanda's lease terms for all new theaters to 12 years from 10 years and brings Wanda's total Imax commitment in China to up to 210 theaters, positioning Wanda Cinema Line as Imax's largest international exhibition partner.
July 13, 2013 |
Relations between Italy and Los Angeles' J. Paul Getty Museum seemed to be smoothing when Sicily lent the museum antiquities for a major exhibition, "Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome. " The show of more than 100 ancient treasures opened April 3 at the Getty Villa and was to move to the Cleveland Museum of Art in late September, with the two museums sharing exhibition costs. Then Sicily called. It wanted its art back. The absence of the antiquities was hurting Sicily's tourism dollars.
July 11, 2013 |
Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is underway around the globe. Some call it geoeconomics, but it's geopolitics too. The current power play involves an extraordinary range of countries simultaneously sitting down to negotiate free trade and investment agreements. Think of it as EBC: Everyone but China. The biggest of these negotiations got underway this week as a European Commission delegation sat down with its U.S. counterparts in Washington.
July 9, 2013 |
Fandango, the nation's largest movie ticket service, is ordering up more business in Southern California. The Los Angeles company reached a deal to become the exclusive online and mobile ticketing partner for Pacific Theatres, which operates seven movie houses with a total of about 100 screens from Chatsworth to Lakewood. Its theater at the Grove, Pacific's box-office leader, is one of the highest-grossing in the country. With the deal, Fandango will serve 2,000 screens in Southern California and boost its share of the regional market to 80%. Its control has grown over the last 18 months from 50%. "Pacific Theatres is one of the leading entities in the exhibition business in California," said Paul Yanover, president of Fandango.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 |
Mylene Guzman walked her three daughters through the gate at Hollingworth Elementary School in West Covina straight to the cafeteria. The girls weren't late to summer school classes, nor were they participating in any of the Rowland Unified School District's theater or art programs. The trio were there for lunch -- pizza and cherry-flavored applesauce. Rowland Unified is participating in the federal Summer Food Service Program, which allows Guzman, who lives within the district's boundaries, to feed her daughters for free.
July 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is in South Korea officially to promote her book "Lean In. " But sources told the Korea Herald that she was also taking the opportunity to lean on Samsung Vice President Shim Soo-ok to form a mobile partnership with the giant social network. Facebook cofounder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg visited South Korea in June to meet with President Park Geun Hye and with Samsung executives. Speculation flew that Zuckerberg was in talks with Shin Jong-kyun, who runs Samsung's mobile unit, over a possible Facebook phone.
July 1, 2013 |
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Flying over East Africa on Monday, a White House official was in the midst of a briefing on a new initiative to combat rhinoceros poaching and big game trafficking when a reporter got stuck on a detail. "Ten billion or 10 million?" the reporter asked. "Ten million, yes, with an M," said Grant Harris, the National Security Council's senior director for African affairs, to surprised faces. "Yes, million - $10 million. " It's not every day this White House, which proposed more than $3.7 trillion in spending in its 2014 budget, highlights a new program that costs less than the government spends in two minutes.