CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 |
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 |
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.
December 16, 2013 |
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.
November 25, 2013 |
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.
October 29, 2013 |
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.
October 19, 2013 |
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.