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August 5, 1999 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Baltimore company is attempting to bring the electronic-messaging revolution full circle this week as it launches an e-mail service that uses a telephone, rather than a personal computer, to send messages. The product, called ibyphone, borrows a technique from the paging industry and uses live telephone operators to type e-mail messages called in by customers. The operators then send the messages, which can include a pre-designed signature file, out over the Internet.
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December 11, 2013 | Jerry Hirsch
Mary Barra, who started at General Motors Co. as a teenager and played a key role in the automaker's post-bailout turnaround, will become the first female chief executive in the company's history. Despite the groundbreaking nature of her appointment, announced Tuesday, Barra in many ways represents the ultimate insider. The Michigan-born daughter of a Pontiac die-maker, Barra grew up loving Camaros and Firebirds and brought deep knowledge of engineering and production to her three decades at the nation's largest automaker.
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BUSINESS
July 9, 1996 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Disney does theme parks; everybody knows that. But the same folks who design Walt Disney theme parks are getting into the cruise ship business, building a town from scratch, investing in a redevelopment project in Manhattan and planning several smaller themed-entertainment centers.
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October 20, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Stanford Ovshinsky was not a household name like Thomas Edison or Albert Einstein, but he was often compared to them, for good reason. He invented the nickel-metal hydride battery, which has powered high-tech items such as cellphones, laptop computers and hybrid cars. He created paper-thin solar panels potent enough to work on a cloudy day and cheap enough to be produced in sheets a mile long. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2012 He founded a whole field of electronics that earned him a mention in dictionaries (see "ovonics")
BUSINESS
August 4, 1987
StarTel Corp., an Irvine-based manufacturer of telephone marketing and answering systems, reported a net loss of $437,000 for the second quarter, compared with an $88,000 profit during the same period in 1986. Sales were $2.3 million, down 24% from $3 million a year ago. For the first half of 1987, StarTel reported a loss of $1.2 million, compared with earnings of $152,000 a year earlier. Sales for the six months were $4.2 million, down 25% from $5.6 million in 1986.
BUSINESS
October 18, 1998
Dan Brown has been appointed corporate vice president of product development for MTI Technology Corp. in Anaheim. Prior to joining MTI, Brown was senior vice president of engineering at Storage Concepts in Irvine, and vice president and managing director for the I/O product division at Western Digital in Irvine. Lee Bridges has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of key accounts for Superior Business Network in Newport Beach.
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October 24, 2000
Dental/Medical Diagnostic Systems Inc., Woodland Hills, has received equity funding in a private placement, selling approximately 216 million shares of common stock and warrants to purchase up to 719,101 shares of common stock for $1.92 million. The proceeds will be used for new product marketing and as working capital. Dental/Medical Diagnostic Systems develops and markets products used in dentistry, including a digital X-ray system.
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June 15, 1999 | BARBARA MURPHY
Daniel J. Jinguji has been named vice president of product development for Interactive Buyers Network International Ltd. in Ventura. Jinguji is a former Microsoft Corp. design engineer who co-wrote "Learn Microsoft Visual J++ 6.0 Now," published by Microsoft Press. He developed and taught software engineering at the Boeing Co. before joining Microsoft.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
General Motors Co. on Thursday continued a shake-up of its executive ranks, naming its first female product development chief. The Detroit automaker said Mary Barra would become senior vice president of global product development and be responsible for the design, engineering and vehicle quality of the company's 11 brands around the world. The appointment comes as GM faces a slowdown in new product introductions this year and next, threatening to slow the momentum of its recovery from a 2009 bankruptcy and the closing or sale of four of its eight U.S. car brands.
BUSINESS
April 18, 1995 | Jack Searles
Zygo Corp., a Middlefield, Conn.-based producer of measurement instruments for industrial, scientific and aerospace applications, has established a product development division in Simi Valley. The unit, called the Zygo Flying Height Test Division, will develop and market products for the data-storage industry. It is working on a "flying height tester" for use in the production of high-performance hard-disk drives.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Ford Motor Co. announced a series of senior management changes but gave no hint to who might succeed Alan Mulally as the automaker's next chief executive. Lewis Booth, executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of global product development, have elected to retire effective April 1. Each has served the automaker for more than 30 years and at times has been mentioned as a possible successor to Mulally. Booth, 63, will be succeeded by Bob Shanks, who is currently vice president and controller, it was announced Thursday.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey will take on a more active role at the fast-growing social networking and microblogging service, the company announced Monday. Dorsey, who has been Twitter's nonexecutive chairman, was named executive chairman in charge of leading the company's product development. Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo announced the new position for Dorsey in a tweet Monday morning, writing that he was "excited" that Dorsey was "returning to the company day-to-day leading product as Executive Chairman.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
General Motors Co. on Thursday continued a shake-up of its executive ranks, naming its first female product development chief. The Detroit automaker said Mary Barra would become senior vice president of global product development and be responsible for the design, engineering and vehicle quality of the company's 11 brands around the world. The appointment comes as GM faces a slowdown in new product introductions this year and next, threatening to slow the momentum of its recovery from a 2009 bankruptcy and the closing or sale of four of its eight U.S. car brands.
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October 28, 2009 | Joe Markman
With dairy prices off nearly 40% from last year's peak, farmers, industry advocates and milk processors filled a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing room Tuesday to discuss lasting solutions to their crisis. Consumer demand, particularly for cheese, has slipped amid the worldwide economic downturn. But production continued to grow. In September, the price dairy farmers received for 100 pounds of milk was $11.90, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, down from a high of $19.50 in June 2008.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2009 | David Sarno
Less than a week after Palm Inc. introduced its new Pre smartphone to a warm welcome from critics and consumers, the company said its chief executive, Ed Colligan, was stepping down. Colligan, 48, will be replaced by Jon Rubinstein, 52, who has led Palm's product development efforts since October 2007. An engineer by training, Rubinstein is also a former employee of rival Apple Inc., where he helped develop the popular iPod.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2007 | Jui Chakravorty, Reuters
As General Motors Corp.'s "car czar," Bob Lutz has delivered a consistent message to engineers and designers: Abandon business as usual. When GM was on the way to losing $10.6 billion in 2005, Vice Chairman Lutz was the catalyst behind a successful effort that brought the launch of the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks forward by three months. Getting the revamped GM trucks to dealers last year helped to shore up sagging U.S. sales and beat rival Toyota Motor Corp.'
BUSINESS
March 8, 1999 | CHARLES PILLER
Here's the burning question that tortures a multitude of geeks and marketers in Silicon Valley: "With so many instant millionaires around here, why ain't I one of 'em?" Guy Kawasaki, the original Macintosh evangelist and now chief executive of Palo Alto-based Garage.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2004 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
A treatment for Parkinson's disease that Amgen Inc. considered one of the most promising drugs in its research pipeline didn't work in a clinical trial, the Thousand Oaks biotechnology company said Monday. The drug, called GDNF, had produced startling results in earlier studies involving small numbers of Parkinson's patients. This spring, Amgen showed analysts a video of a Parkinson's patient who was able to jettison his walker after treatment.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2001 | TERRIL YUE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
General Motors Corp.'s new vice chairman and product czar, Robert A. Lutz, was named head of GM North America on Tuesday, signaling an attempt by the world's largest auto maker to return product design and development to the forefront of its business. Lutz replaces Ronald L. Zarrella, who is leaving the company after seven years to become chief executive at his old employer Bausch & Lomb Inc., the optical products maker. Lutz, 69, was a longtime top executive at the former Chrysler Corp.
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