July 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Friday questioned the Russian government's neutrality in the case of Edward Snowden, as the former National Security Agency contractor met with human rights activists at the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for weeks. The provision of a “propaganda platform” for Snowden “runs counter to the Russian government's previous declarations of Russia's neutrality" and to officials' assertions "that they have no control over his presence in the airport,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his regular afternoon briefing.
July 11, 2013 |
Right now the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the city's Museum of Contemporary Art are holding a pair of highly unusual solo exhibitions. At LACMA, a survey of sculptural environments made since the 1960s by James Turrell to explore human perception has resulted in a show that is on view for more than 10 months - two or three times longer than the typical museum retrospective. Meanwhile, a mid-career survey of sculpture by Urs Fischer occupies about half of MOCA's Grand Avenue exhibition space, plus most of the museum's Geffen warehouse in Little Tokyo - the first time both buildings have been turned over to a living artist since the museum opened a quarter-century ago. Though the duration and size of these two shows might be extremely unusual, another aspect of them is disappointingly routine: Both artists are men. LACMA and MOCA have recently been giving short shrift to solo exhibitions of art made by women.
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July 9, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- For inmates in solitary confinement in California prisons, there are very few ways to send a message to the outside world. Phone calls are not allowed, and letters are read by prison officials before they're dropped in the mail. Internet access is banned. So inmate leaders say they're launching a new hunger strike to protest conditions at lockups around the state. The last time they organized such an effort was two years ago. The hunger strike eventually spread to thousands of inmates at one-third of the state's prisons.
July 9, 2013 |
Workers were attempting to plug a natural gas leak on a well at a platform about 75 miles off the Louisiana coast on Tuesday. No explosion or blowout was reported. Workers were trying to temporarily plug the well Monday night when they lost control of it, the Associated Press reported. The platform was evacuated safely, the Coast Guard said, and two other wells were shut off. A “rainbow sheen” of natural gas, more than four miles wide and three-quarters of a mile long, was floating on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, authorities reported after a fly-over assessment Tuesday.
July 9, 2013 |
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.
July 1, 2013 |
Mozilla's first mobile operating system, Firefox OS, will launch Tuesday with the ZTE Open smartphone being offered by a wireless carrier in Spain, the Web browser developer announced. The ZTE Open will cost about $90 when converted from euros. It will be the first device released to the general public that uses Mozilla's new Firefox OS platform. Mozilla is launching Firefox OS as a way to give consumers a choice besides Apple's iPhone and devices running on Google's Android system.
June 27, 2013 |
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.
June 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Next time you want to see a Don Cheadle movie, all you may have to do is say the actor's name to your TV and it will tell you what your options are. That was just one of the features Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts talked about during a session at the National Cable and Telecommunications Assn.'s annual convention here. Roberts gave attendees a taste of what is coming to consumers in the near future. Comcast's new entertainment platform will also let subscribers create their own personal profiles.
June 8, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - After women, young voters and Latinos fled from the Republican Party in droves in 2012, some GOP leaders thought they had a chance to turn things around. They embarked on a "listening tour" and put out a report acknowledging that many voters viewed the party as intransigent and suffused with old white men. But change has come slowly. While some Republican senators are working in Washington on a bipartisan immigration package that they hope will improve the party's image, the debate over social issues and gay marriage continues to dominate, and relations between conservative tea party factions and more moderate party elements seem as fractious as ever.
June 7, 2013 |
About a year ago, the musician Jack Kennedy was on a tour, in a manner of speaking. The local disco-pop antagonist rode Greyhound buses making Alan Lomax-style field recordings of amateur musicians along the byways of America. He'd tape their performances and interview them for his podcast "Night Bus Radio," a low-fi documentary series sponsored by the streaming service SoundCloud. "That's where I learned how interesting everybody really is," Kennedy said, kicking back beneath the kitschy goth-erotica paintings in the Echo Park performance space Echoes Under Sunset.