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June 27, 2013 | By Catherine Green
As Los Angeles launches into its solar buyback program between companies and the L.A. Department of Water and Power, one rooftop power producer is exploring a way to avoid depending on utilities altogether. Lyndon Rive, chief executive of San Mateo, Calif.-based SolarCity Corp., said in an interview this week that his rooftop solar company plans to roll out a system that would allow customers to generate power by panels during daylight hours and store the energy in battery packs at night.
June 13, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian, Richard A. Serrano and Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Former National Security Agency contract employee Edward Snowden used a computer thumb drive, a portable data storage device that is supposedly barred inside the spying agency, to smuggle highly classified documents out of an NSA facility in Hawaii, according to U.S. officials. Investigators "know how many documents he downloaded and what server he took them from," said an official who would not be named discussing the investigation. Another official said experts were still trying to identify everything that Snowden apparently copied.
May 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Yahoo followed its purchase of Tumblr, a cool, hip brand, with a fresh revamp for Flickr, another cool and once beloved start-up that has struggled to retain its luster since it was acquired. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company said it was redesigning Flickr, a popular photo-sharing website it bought in 2005 that has been in a slow decline ever since the acquisition. But more importantly than the new website design, Yahoo also announced that it is giving all users 1 terabyte of storage, or about 1,000 gigabytes, that they can use for photos and video.
May 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Cloud storage for three of Google's more popular services -- Gmail, Googe Drive and Google+ -- are being combined to give users more control over how they want to use the storage space. By combining them, users will now have access to 15 gigabytes of storage for free that they can use for their emails, Google documents and photos on the Google+ social network. Previously, users had 10 GB that they could use for Gmail and an additional 5 GB for Google Drive and Google+ photos. More storage is available for a monthly fee. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 "Maybe you're a heavy Gmail user but light on photos, or perhaps you were bumping up against your Drive storage limit but were only using 2 GB in Gmail," Google said in a blog post . "Now it doesn't matter, because you can use your storage the way you want.
May 10, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
For fans of vintage design who might prop an antiquated TV or analog clock on their well-styled shelf, here's a twist from the Monrovia design firm MollaSpace: obsolete technology as home office organization tool. MollaSpace's Home Storage System is a series of canvas bins printed with the images of retro audio equipment and accessories. We teased the then-forthcoming design in a January roundup of home organization designs , and this week MollaSpace flagged us that the bins are now available, selling for $8 (clock)
May 2, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Storage Wars" will be back for a fifth season, but not with all of its stars, according to a report on Radar Online. Citing unnamed sources, the website reports that three members of the A&E reality show's cast, Dan and Laura Dotson and Darrell Sheets, will be featured in a reduced number of episodes in the upcoming season. The reason, the report says, is related to the lawsuit filed against A&E and "Storage Wars" production company Original Productions by fellow cast member Dave Hester, who alleged that large sections of the program are faked after he was dropped from the show.
April 6, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
If you and your spouse are traveling together and your credit cards are from a joint account, one spouse should carry one card and the other spouse a different one. That way, if one of you has a purse or wallet stolen, the other still has a usable credit card for the rest of the trip. Ginny Gibbs Woodland Hills For your return from a foreign trip, be sure that all your purchases are packed in your own luggage. Do not share with anyone else; you must go through customs with all your purchases Jeri Taylor Indio When things go well, praise the person who has provided good service.
March 30, 2013 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
Tucked away and forgotten for years in a museum storage bin, the small oil painting held a great secret and was just biding its time, waiting for someone to notice it. And then one day someone did. So began the Case of the Curious Curator. It all started in 2000 (actually a couple centuries earlier, but that's getting ahead of the story) when a canvas in dreadful condition called "Venice: The Molo from the Bacino di S. Marco" was bequeathed to the Denver Art Museum from a deceased local collector's foundation.
March 28, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
Authorities broadened their investigation Thursday into the abduction of a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge home, searching a Winnetka storage facility and an empty house for clues. Investigators secured and searched both locations, though it remained unclear what connection they may have to Wednesday's events. A black pickup believed to be involved was recovered at the storage facility. Authorities announced Wednesday night they were searching for two male suspects, though detailed descriptions were unavailable.
March 18, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has notified the owners of a 40-year-old San Pedro tank farm, which has up to 25 million gallons of highly flammable butane, that it is prepared to sue to ensure compliance with federal law. The formal notification of potential federal enforcement against the San Pedro Terminal, owned by Plains LPG Services and operated by Rancho LPG Holdings, was based on investigations of the facility, EPA officials said...
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