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BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Tech companies have not been shy about spending big bucks on up-and-coming startups in 2014. Facebook in particular has already doled out more than $20 billion in some big-name acquisitions. Google has also had a few transactions, buying two startups for billions of dollars before selling Motorola. A fourth of the way into 2014, here are five of the biggest and most notable tech acquisitions thus far: 1. Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion In one of the biggest tech deals of all time, Facebook snatched up popular mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion . The deal is Facebook's largest acquisition thus far and made the company's 2012 $1 billion purchase of Instagram look like child's play.
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SCIENCE
November 4, 2006 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
A new study on genetically engineered mice appears to offer a novel way to live as much as 20% longer: Chill out. Scientists engineered mice to have body temperatures 0.5 to 0.9 degrees lower than normal mice. Female experimental mice lived a median of 662 days, about 112 days longer than normal female mice. Male experimental mice survived a median of 805 days, 89 days longer than their normal counterparts.
MAGAZINE
July 23, 2006
I wouldn't exactly lump the community of Hidden Hills in with the rest of the Valley ("Provence in the Valley," by Barbara Thornburg, Style, July 2). I can do without the 10,000-square-foot house and all the energy it takes to heat, cool and maintain it, the built-in outdoor pizza oven and the private chef. Instead I will do my best to reduce my energy consumption, turn my thermostat down and fire up the grill in the backyard of my home. Get real. Carey Okrand Via the Internet
HOME & GARDEN
November 21, 1992 | From Associated Press
Simple trouble-shooting of gas and electric water heaters is not difficult and can save you money as well as preventing potentially dangerous situations. A gas heater must have enough air to burn efficiently. If the heater shares space with the furnace and clothes dryer, then an ample air supply is even more important. When a burner is starved for air, it fires with an inefficient orange flame that jumps and pops.
HOME & GARDEN
December 10, 1994 | CYNDI Y. NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Who doesn't like to be waited on? Occasional tables with personality can hold snacks or reading material in small spaces and may be just the right piece to complete a playful setting or to lighten up a serious room. For those with sport in mind, Reginald is a caddie of wood, hand-painted and waiting to serve you.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo Inc. Chief Operating Officer Henrique de Castro will be leaving Thursday, the company said in a filing Wednesday. The company did not give a reason for his abrupt departure in the regulatory filing and a Yahoo spokeswoman declined to comment. But the troubled Internet company has had disappointing advertising results and has been unable to kick-start revenue growth on his watch. And the former Google executive had reportedly been on the outs with Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer.
REAL ESTATE
June 28, 1998 | POPULAR MECHANICS, FOR AP SPECIAL FEATURES
QUESTION: Most hot-water tanks have a dial for water temperatures at the bottom. They read hot, warm and normal. What would be the minimum temperature, the next temperature and then the hot temperature? I have heard of a code in most places that the minimum temperatures should be 120 degrees Fahrenheit and the maximum 140 degrees. ANSWER: Not all water heater manufacturers use the same names for the thermostat settings. Nevertheless, the settings are basically hot, medium and warm.
REAL ESTATE
November 24, 1991 | From Popular Mechanics
QUESTION: What's the best way to store partly used cans of paint without having them develop a skin on the surface? ANSWER: Here are several solutions that have worked for us: * Store the can upside down. * Cut a piece of wax paper the same diameter as the inside of the can and drop it down on top of the paint. When you are ready to paint again, simply remove the paper and the paint under it will be ready to stir up and use without lumps or pieces of dried paint skin to strain out.
REAL ESTATE
April 1, 2001 | JAMES DULLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Question: To heat my home more economically, I considered a setback thermostat, but our family's daily schedule is never the same. Also, someone is always too warm or chilly year-round. Is a whole-house zoning system the answer for us? Answer: Adding a zoning system is the answer for almost any home, and I would not be surprised if it becomes standard equipment in every new home within 10 years.
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