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May 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
You can buy a lot of things when you're the founder of Napster and former president of Facebook, but a free pass from the California Coastal Commission apparently isn't one of them. The extravagant wedding Facebook billionaire and tech mogul Sean Parker is arranging June 1 is being investigated by Monterey County planners and the state Coastal Commission, the Carmel Pine Cone reported. After a two-year engagement, Parker is marrying Alexandra Lenas, a singer and songwriter with whom he has a 2-month-old daughter, Winter Victoria.
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August 19, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Good job, California! We started laying waste to our 1,100 miles of matchless coast almost as soon as nonnatives laid eyes on it. Since 1850, the in-rushing world has wiped out at least 90% of California wetlands, those marshy factories for healthy water and wildlife. It's thanks in part to the Coastal Commission that the entire California coast has not been plundered, with its beaches ending up like some of Mexico's resorts, looking like a stucco Manhattan built along the high-tide line.
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BUSINESS
April 15, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook billionaire and tech mogul Sean Parker has a staff of hundreds and is spending millions to create a whimsical backdrop for his fairy-tale wedding in Big Sur to Alexandra Lenas, a source tells us. The total price tag could climb as high as $10 million, the person said. Nearly $9 million alone is going to building faux ruins, waterfalls, bridges and a gated cottage in Big Sur, according to TMZ.com. The stone dance floor in the woods surrounding the Ventana Inn & Spa will set the 34-year-old back $350,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
The state Legislature is nearing a decision on whether to give the California Coastal Commission an enforcement tool it has coveted for four decades - the power to impose fines. The Senate is expected to vote as early as this week on a bill bestowing the new power to the agency that oversees development and public access along the state's 1,100-mile coastline. The bill was approved by the Assembly in May on a 42 to 32 vote and cleared a Senate committee last week, but the measure faces opposition from business groups that believe the commission already wields too much clout.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
MENLO PARK, Calif. - It was bad enough that his multimillion-dollar wedding became a symbol of Silicon Valley excess. But then billionaire tech guru Sean Parker was blasted in the headlines as an environmental menace over party preparations that had allegedly damaged Big Sur's storied redwoods. The Napster co-founder and former Facebook president wed singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas on June 1 in a campground owned by the posh Ventana Inn & Spa. To set the scene for their fantasy, the couple trucked in plants and flowers, dug an artificial pond and erected a stone bridge and elevated dance floor amid the old-growth forest.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Even in the annals of over-the-top celebrity weddings, Sean Parker's planned nuptials may take the cake. The Facebook Inc. billionaire who also co-founded Napster is dropping nearly $10 million on a fairy-tale wedding in Big Sur that includes a whimsical fantasy world featuring faux ruins, waterfalls, bridges and a gated cottage, a person familiar with the plans said. Just the stone dance floor in the woods surrounding the Ventana Inn & Spa will set the 34-year-old back $350,000, according to the website TMZ. The plants and flowers will cost $1 million.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Two of Napster's founders have rejoined forces to launch another start-up, this time a live social video network. The new service by Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning is intended to bring users together through their social networks and shared interests. To use Airtime, which was launched at an event Tuesday in New York City, users need only a Facebook account and a webcam. Once inside Airtime's website, users can choose to video chat or simply instant message with people from their Facebook friends list.
NEWS
February 2, 2012 | By Joe Bel Bruno
Can't get in on the Facebook IPO? Well, here's your chance to make a little money on the year's hottest public offering without even buying a share. Paddy Power, Europe's largest betting company, just started taking bets on what the share price will be when the social-media giant goes public later this year. Punters (that's gamblers in British slang) have given 10 to 11 odds that the most likely price range will fall between $35 to $44.99 a share.  There are 7 to 2 odds the initial price will be $25 to $34.99, 9/4 odds of between $45 and $54.99, and 7 to 1 odds of between $55 and $64.99.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is currently testing a video "Call" button for its Timeline profiles, giving more prominence to its little known Video Calling feature. The social network confirmed that the button is being tested on a few people's profiles, being placed under cover photos and in between the current "Message" and gear buttons. That location is a familiar spot for the "Call" button since that's where it was previously located after Video Calling was launched by Facebook last summer, as can be seen on Facebook's page for the feature.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Want to know what your friends were doing exactly one year ago? A new Facebook feature has that answer. The social media giant is testing out "On This Day," a feature that shows users items they and their friends shared “from a year ago today,” according to a Facebook spokeswoman. Mashable says the new feature is available to users who have the new News Feed design that Facebook introduced back in March. The feature can be accessed by clicking on the "On This Day" option in the list of filters on the right side of the page.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Want to know what your friends were doing exactly one year ago? A new Facebook feature has that answer. The social media giant is testing out "On This Day," a feature that shows users items they and their friends shared “from a year ago today,” according to a Facebook spokeswoman. Mashable says the new feature is available to users who have the new News Feed design that Facebook introduced back in March. The feature can be accessed by clicking on the "On This Day" option in the list of filters on the right side of the page.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
A Silicon Valley congressman who has held elected offices for more than three decades may have counted on a cakewalk to reelection. But his main challenger, a fellow Democrat backed by President Obama's former campaign advisors, is suddenly making the contest competitive - and one closely watched in Washington. Rep. Michael M. Honda of San Jose has voted in lockstep with Obama's agenda and has caused no controversy. But the former Obama advisors have picked his reelection race as one of a handful of high-priority contests across the nation, saying Silicon Valley needs a fresh, more aggressive representative in Congress.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Alex Winter's documentary "Downloaded" charts the rise and fall of Napster, the upstart file-sharing music-community hub that made founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker into either Information Age heroes or criminal masterminds, depending on how you see technology as a force for cultural openness. The movie prefers the hero moniker, presenting this '90s story as a rise-and-fall tragedy in which Napster - had it not been hampered by crippling lawsuits stemming from the recording industry's siege mentality about its business - could have become iTunes before iTunes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Maria La Ganga
MENLO PARK, Calif. - In their first joint interview since their multimillion-dollar Big Sur wedding drew controversy and a $2.5-million Coastal Commission fine, billionaire Napster founder Sean Parker and his newlywed wife, Alexandra Lenas, said they tried to do everything right to ensure their event was environmentally sensitive. For the former Facebook president's June wedding, the couple trucked in plants and flowers, dug an artificial pond and erected a stone bridge and elevated dance floor amid the old-growth forest near the Ventana Inn & Spa. The one thing they did not do was apply for a permit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
MENLO PARK, Calif. - It was bad enough that his multimillion-dollar wedding became a symbol of Silicon Valley excess. But then billionaire tech guru Sean Parker was blasted in the headlines as an environmental menace over party preparations that had allegedly damaged Big Sur's storied redwoods. The Napster co-founder and former Facebook president wed singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas on June 1 in a campground owned by the posh Ventana Inn & Spa. To set the scene for their fantasy, the couple trucked in plants and flowers, dug an artificial pond and erected a stone bridge and elevated dance floor amid the old-growth forest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
You can buy a lot of things when you're the founder of Napster and former president of Facebook, but a free pass from the California Coastal Commission apparently isn't one of them. The extravagant wedding Facebook billionaire and tech mogul Sean Parker is arranging June 1 is being investigated by Monterey County planners and the state Coastal Commission, the Carmel Pine Cone reported. After a two-year engagement, Parker is marrying Alexandra Lenas, a singer and songwriter with whom he has a 2-month-old daughter, Winter Victoria.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Alex Winter's documentary "Downloaded" charts the rise and fall of Napster, the upstart file-sharing music-community hub that made founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker into either Information Age heroes or criminal masterminds, depending on how you see technology as a force for cultural openness. The movie prefers the hero moniker, presenting this '90s story as a rise-and-fall tragedy in which Napster - had it not been hampered by crippling lawsuits stemming from the recording industry's siege mentality about its business - could have become iTunes before iTunes.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
How did Justin Timberlake — who in last year's movie "The Social Network" portrayed a pivotal figure in the history of Facebook's phenomenal growth — wind up owning part of rival social network Myspace? It's all about connections. Nicole Winnaman, president and founder of entertainment branding firm Winnaman & Associates, learned a little more than two weeks ago that Irvine-based advertising network Specific Media was in talks to acquire Myspace from News Corp. The executive, who has paired musicians like Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Pink with well-known consumer brands, approached Timberlake's manager with a proposal to take a stake in the struggling Myspace as part of the new owner's attempt to bring sexy back to the once-dominant social network.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Even in the annals of over-the-top celebrity weddings, Sean Parker's planned nuptials may take the cake. The Facebook Inc. billionaire who also co-founded Napster is dropping nearly $10 million on a fairy-tale wedding in Big Sur that includes a whimsical fantasy world featuring faux ruins, waterfalls, bridges and a gated cottage, a person familiar with the plans said. Just the stone dance floor in the woods surrounding the Ventana Inn & Spa will set the 34-year-old back $350,000, according to the website TMZ. The plants and flowers will cost $1 million.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook billionaire and tech mogul Sean Parker has a staff of hundreds and is spending millions to create a whimsical backdrop for his fairy-tale wedding in Big Sur to Alexandra Lenas, a source tells us. The total price tag could climb as high as $10 million, the person said. Nearly $9 million alone is going to building faux ruins, waterfalls, bridges and a gated cottage in Big Sur, according to TMZ.com. The stone dance floor in the woods surrounding the Ventana Inn & Spa will set the 34-year-old back $350,000.
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