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July 9, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Fullscreen, a digital media company with one of the biggest channels on YouTube, has helped build followings for five-second films and a dubstep violinist, and now it's doing more to help creative types make money. The Culver City company, founded in 2011, Tuesday introduced a platform to help its video creators and brands manage their content and track their audiences. The collection of apps in its new offering gives users channel analytics, earnings reports and features to facilitate collaboration.
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BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - A tiny Irvine company founded by a 21-year-old Cal State Long Beach drop-out may play a leading role in Facebook's next major bet on the future of the Internet: that virtual reality will change the way people experience the Web. Facebook said Tuesday that it was buying Oculus VR, maker of virtual reality headsets for video game players, for $2 billion. The ultimate goal of the acquisition, the giant social network said, is to create an immersive 3-D experience in which users don't just chat online with friends but grab a cup of coffee with them in a virtual cafe or travel with them to distant places, just by putting on a pair of goggles with dark lenses.
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NEWS
March 7, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Just as President Obama's top campaign advisors are arguing that the prolonged GOP primary is raising controversial issues that will alienate the eventual GOP nominee from independent and swing voters in the fall, Democrats are facing a similar quandary. On Wednesday morning, the chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, called for the party's platform to push for the legalization of gay marriage. That's a position opposed by Obama -- though he's said his views on the issue are "evolving" -- and one that many Democrats ostensibly would not want to have highlighted a few months before the general election.
NATIONAL
March 24, 2014 | By Peter Nickeas and Lolly Bowean
CHICAGO - A Chicago Transit Authority operator may have fallen asleep shortly before a train jumped the platform at O'Hare International Airport on Monday and became partially wedged atop an escalator at the end of the line, according to her union representative. Reports from the scene indicate the driver, whose name has not been released, told people she nodded off moments before the crash, said Robert Kelly, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308. "I can confirm that she was extremely tired," Kelly said.
NEWS
September 8, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa defended his performance during a platform kerfuffle at the Democratic National Convention this week, saying that he took the actions called for by President Obama and followed procedure when Democrats realized they had left the words “God” and “Jerusalem” out of the party platform. Such a change requires a two-thirds vote by delegates, and on Wednesday they were asked to approve language invoking God and affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
NEWS
August 21, 2012 | By Paul West
TAMPA, FL - The Republican Party's platform committee approved anti-abortion language Tuesday without adding exceptions for rape - a suddenly hot issue after weekend comments by GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin in Missouri. Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, the platform committee chairman, complimented the delegates for swiftly disposing of the abortion section. That topic, he remarked, had often consumed hours of debate in past years. The draft 2012 platform states that “the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed” and includes support for “a human life amendment to the Constitution.”  That language is identical to the anti-abortion plank in the 2008 platform and makes no specific exceptions for rape.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Matea Gold and Michael Memoli
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In a rare moment of actual convention drama, Democratic officials reinserted language back into their official platform Wednesday evening that invokes God and affirms the role of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, trying to defuse Republican attacks over the party's stances. But the maneuver may have backfired, infuriating delegates who objected to the changes. The new amendments were introduced by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and put to a vote by convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa, who was forced to call for three voice votes in an effort to pass the changes.
NEWS
August 13, 1996
Platform's are not binding on anyone, but they are ardently fought out among party activists. They offer a good indication of the issues on which a president will get pressure from within his party. Here are highlights from the Republican platform, adopted by the convention Monday: PREAMBLE QUOTE: "We offered cooperation and consensus. Now the asking is over. The Clinton administration cannot be reinvented, it must be replaced."
BUSINESS
June 27, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Taking an aggressive swing at the growing short-term fantasy sports market, a New York-based venture capital fund dropped $25 million into a fledgling Los Angeles start-up this week. TopLine Game Labs , which is hunting for a permanent office space in west Los Angeles, hopes to release a weekly fantasy football game in time for the coming season. The company is led by David Geller, the head of Yahoo's successful fantasy sports division until a year ago. “One of things we saw at Yahoo is that in the season-long games, 50% to 60% of the audience is no longer in contention by midseason,” Geller said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Looking to borrow a page from its all-news radio station WINS-AM New York -- whose motto is "You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world" -- CBS is considering launching a digital news platform that would complement its broadcast news programming. The idea is essentially to create a rolling newscast for online platforms that could be streamed to mobile devices. CBS News has often been seen as disadvantaged because it lacks a cable news operation with which to share production costs and to create new revenue streams like NBC has with MSNBC and CNBC.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Anthony York
OAKLAND -- One day after walking in to the Alameda County elections office unannounced to take out paperwork to run for reelection, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday officially filed his candidacy for an unprecedented fourth and final term. Brown, accompanied by his wife, Anne, spoke to reporters after handing his papers to Alameda County officials, and outlined his message for reelection: ensuring the state's budget stays balanced and monitoring the effects of sweeping changes he has made in the way schools are funded and criminals are incarcerated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - In a ruling that a dissenting judge called "unprecedented," a federal appeals court ordered Google Inc. on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim video that an actress said forced her to leave her home because of death threats. Google said it would appeal the ruling, but removed the video, "Innocence of Muslims," from YouTube and other platforms. The video has incited violent Muslim protests and has been banned by several Muslim countries. The 2 to 1 decision by the 9 t h U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the actress who appeared in the film never consented to being in it and her performance may be protected by copyright law. "While answering a casting call for a low-budget amateur film doesn't often lead to stardom, it also rarely turns an aspiring actress into the subject of a fatwa ," Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for the majority.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Two mobile developers have created "Glass Hunt," a "Duck Hunt"-style shooter game for Google Glass that shows the high-tech eyewear's potential as a gaming platform. Google has been selling the device to selected users and is expected to release Glass to the general public next year. Like other devices, Glass runs apps, called Glassware, that users can install on their devices. "Glass Hunt" is one of the first games to arrive on the platform and it could prove popular thanks to its simplicity and the fact that it's inspired by and is similar to "Duck Hunt," an '80s classic for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
OPINION
November 25, 2013 | By Andrew Slack
Last spring, CoverGirl announced a makeup line called the Capitol Collection, a marketing tie-in with the "Hunger Games" film franchise, based on the novels by Suzanne Collins. The makeup is supposed to draw its users closer to the world of Panem, where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) must fight to the death against other teenagers who have been forced by the powerful Capitol to participate in the nation's annual blood sport. Lionsgate, the studio responsible for the films, is promoting "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and CoverGirl makeup with a website, Capitol Couture . The site is a visually stunning, in-character spectacle, with contributors pretending to work for, and live in, the Capitol.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Looking to borrow a page from its all-news radio station WINS-AM New York -- whose motto is "You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world" -- CBS is considering launching a digital news platform that would complement its broadcast news programming. The idea is essentially to create a rolling newscast for online platforms that could be streamed to mobile devices. CBS News has often been seen as disadvantaged because it lacks a cable news operation with which to share production costs and to create new revenue streams like NBC has with MSNBC and CNBC.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
The idea of a headphone opera was hatched over drinks at a downtown Mexican bar. The production design was partly inspired by flash mobs and silent disco. And the setting won't be a proscenium theater, but the majestically melancholy Union Station train terminal in downtown Los Angeles. These are someways in which Saturday night's world premiere performance of "Invisible Cities" won't be a conventional night at the opera, and why the audience it attracts likely won't be conventional either.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Two mobile developers have created "Glass Hunt," a "Duck Hunt"-style shooter game for Google Glass that shows the high-tech eyewear's potential as a gaming platform. Google has been selling the device to selected users and is expected to release Glass to the general public next year. Like other devices, Glass runs apps, called Glassware, that users can install on their devices. "Glass Hunt" is one of the first games to arrive on the platform and it could prove popular thanks to its simplicity and the fact that it's inspired by and is similar to "Duck Hunt," an '80s classic for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Alana Semuels and Christi Parsons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa might have heard two-thirds of delegates in the Time Warner Cable Arena approve changes to the Democratic Party platform early in the proceedings Wednesday night. But some delegates who were on the floor weren't so sure he got the count right. “I think it failed,” said Don Kershner, a delegate from Boise who said it sounded to him - sitting in the opposite end of the arena from the speaker's platform - that at least 50% of delegates opposed the changes.
WORLD
October 2, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Fourteen Greenpeace activists were charged with piracy Wednesday in connection with their protest at a Russian oil platform in the Arctic, an official of the environmental group said. The charges, issued by prosecutors in Murmansk, carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and reflect the seriousness with which Russia regards any threat to its energy industry, the foundation of its economy. They also may hint at the ascendancy of hard-liners in President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin, one analyst said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2013 | By Meg James
Advertising spending in the U.S. and Canada is expected to grow 4% next year, according to newly released forecast by ad giant ZenithOptimedia. This year, spending is expected to inch up 3.4% in North America, slowing a bit after last year's infusion of spending to capitalize on viewer interest in the London Olympics, ZenithOptimedia said in its Advertising Expenditures Forecast, released Monday. "Consumer confidence, retail sales, job numbers and house construction are all trending encouragingly upwards," ZenithOptimedia's report found.
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