CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 |
When Alan Smolinisky bought the local Pacific Palisades newspaper a year ago, he told readers how much he treasured the community and the old-school weekly that had chronicled happenings there since 1928. "While the newspaper business faces many challenges, and knowing full well that I will have to make difficult decisions," he wrote, "I promise you that this must-read paper will continue to arrive in your mailbox every Thursday. " The Palisadian-Post continues to arrive in subscribers' mailboxes, all right, but it is very different.
December 10, 2013 |
After more than a year of testing, a service that lets pay television subscribers watch and record shows online is launching for New Yorkers. NimbleTV, a start-up with 17 employees, is rolling out in the greater New York area, where customers can sign up to watch channels on Internet-connected devices including Apple's iOS smartphones and tablets, Roku boxes, Web-enabled TVs and browsers. Anand Subramanian, NimbleTV's founder and chief executive, said the company is responding to consumers' demand for a way to watch programming online whenever, wherever and however they want, something the pay TV industry - which refers to the concept as "TV Everywhere" - has long promised but not yet fully delivered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 |
A Los Angeles County grand jury has indicted eight people in connection with a home burglary ring that targeted Los Angeles Times subscribers who were on vacation. The defendants are charged with multiple counts each of first-degree residential burglary, receiving stolen property and conspiracy. Prosecutors say the group stole an estimated $1 million in dozens of burglaries in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. The 39-page indictment unsealed Friday by Los Angeles County Superior Judge Charlaine Olamedo names the defendants as Randal Joseph Whitmore, 44; Duane Vantuinen, 52; Joshua Ray Box, 44; Lorraine Marlene Vasquez, 41; Cory Mulligan, 22; Brian Thomas Duran, 42; Margaret Mary Susan High, 29; and Edwin Lynn Valentine, 53. The investigation started last year after a traffic stop on June 24, 2012, during which, police say, they discovered stolen property inside a car driven by Whitmore.
December 6, 2013 |
Apparently when it comes to selling satellite TV, anything goes. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento, satellite broadcaster DirecTV accuses Dish One, a retailer majority-owned by rival Dish Network, of using all sorts of duplicitous and illegal acts including pretending to be DirecTV representatives in an effort to poach subscribers, primarily senior citizens. Dish One has "engaged in marketing efforts to target existing DirecTV customers and convince those customers to switch to Dish Network based on false and misleading representations," DirecTV said in the suit, which makes allegations of trademark infringement, false advertising, fraud and slander.
December 2, 2013 |
Its online readers have been expanding, but even that doesn't save print anymore -- New York magazine, which has developed a highly successful website, said Monday that it would begin publishing every other week in order to better match consumer habits. The magazine, which has been published since 1968, currently comes out every week. But print circulation has been dropping, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media. Paid subscriptions dropped 4.2%, to 330,145, from 2011 to 2012, while single copy sales dropped 12.7% in the same time period.
October 31, 2013 |
In "Sake Bomb," twentysomething video blogger Sebastian (Eugene Kim) has a problem few film characters ever face: a sense of relentless, righteous rage for which there is no simple solution. For Sebastian, life as an Asian American male is one of perpetual defense against silent accusations of foreignness, meek quietness and - the one that really stings - small genitalia. To disabuse the world (or at least his 10 subscribers) of such stereotypes, he bleats the concepts of Asian American Studies 101 over the Internet.