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January 6, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
EBay Inc., the world's largest Internet auctioneer, is raising the listing fees it charges sellers using its U.S. sites and is making changes to fee structures in 10 other countries to fund improvements. The U.S. fee increases will take effect in February and already are included in the company's 2004 sales forecast, said Hani Durzy, a spokesman for San Jose-based EBay. The increases will run as much as 45% for the highest-priced auction items. Most fees will rise by 9.1%.
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May 26, 2007 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
You can feel the electricity. Tesla Motors Inc., manufacturer of an exotic electric roadster, will launch its brick-and-mortar retailing effort with a store on Santa Monica Boulevard near the 405 Freeway in November. And Environmental Motors, the newest dealer for Zap, importer of a three-wheeled, low-speed electric "city car" called the Xebra, just held a grand opening for its showroom at 134 S. Glendale Ave. in Glendale.
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January 24, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
After becoming the first private company ever to blast a spacecraft into Earth orbit and have it return intact last month, Hawthorne rocket maker Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is pushing toward its next big step. The company known as SpaceX wants to be the first commercial firm to launch astronauts into outer space and has submitted a proposal to NASA. SpaceX wants in on the potentially multibillion-dollar job of ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station after the space shuttle is retired this year.
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August 28, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc. is stockpiling technology and talent for what many believe will be a full-on assault against Silicon Valley rival Facebook Inc. As part of its campaign to build a social networking service to counter the explosive growth of Facebook, Google confirmed Friday that it had bought up Internet company Angstro and hired its co-founder Rohit Khare. Khare, a respected Internet researcher, is one of several new faces at Google charged with helping the Internet search giant compete for the eyeballs and dollars increasingly flowing to social networking.
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September 6, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
An email war of words between tech entrepreneur Elon Musk of Tesla Motors Inc. and a prominent automotive journalist will turn into a $1-million payday for Doctors Without Borders, the international medical charity. Car reviewer Dan Neil of the Wall Street Journal and Musk have been trading oral and email barbs over whether Tesla will be able to bring out its Model S luxury electric sedan on schedule and at the claimed price. Musk is the chief executive of Palo Alto-based Tesla as well as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the Hawthorne rocket company.
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February 4, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan
Big defense firms are reeling from President Obama's call to reshape NASA and scrap plans for sending astronauts back to the moon, an ambitious endeavor that would have meant billions of dollars in spending to develop new rockets and spacecraft. The potentially seismic shift for the aerospace industry was announced Monday, the seventh anniversary of the loss of the space shuttle Columbia, and came as defense companies were bracing for a pullback in the Pentagon's spending on weapons.
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July 8, 2008 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
Reid Hoffman is a big man in Silicon Valley. And, try as he might to remain in the background, his stature just keeps growing -- literally and figuratively. It all began in the bleak aftermath of the dot-com bust, when despondent entrepreneurs and investors were throwing in the towel. Hoffman, never one to shrink from a challenge, rolled up his sleeves. The PayPal Inc. veteran took some of the $10 million he made in 2002, when EBay Inc.
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November 26, 2005 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
A fledgling El Segundo firm that hopes to cut the cost of sending satellites into orbit is scheduled to launch its first payload today from a remote western Pacific base in the Marshall Islands. Initially slated for Friday, the launch of the Falcon 1 rocket was postponed to avoid conflicts with a missile defense system test at the request of the U.S. Army, which owns the launch pad on Omelek Island, said a spokeswoman for Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the rocket's builder.
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July 12, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
A sprawling hangar to house the assembly of the world's most powerful rocket and a launchpad capable of handling the earthshaking blast is being developed northwest of Santa Barbara at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Hawthorne-based rocket venture SpaceX said it was investing $30 million at the base's Space Launch Complex 4-East for its upcoming 22-story Falcon Heavy rocket. The company, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., hopes to use the launchpad for the first time at the end of next year in a demonstration flight of the 27-engine rocket for the U.S. government.
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