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BUSINESS
February 1, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc. has discovered in recent months just how fleeting Wall Street's love can be. But if Apple needs a big hug or a shoulder to cry on after watching its stock fall 35% since September, all the company has to do is stop by Macworld. Here are gathered thousands of the most loyal of Apple fans, the die-hard's die-hards. In what may be the least shocking news to come out of the conference, their faith in all things Apple remains unshaken and steady, even as anxiety about the Cupertino, Calif., company's future grows on Wall Street.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Ashton Kutcher has been getting rave reviews from audiences for his role in a biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week, but the star doesn't seem ready to let go of the famed tech whiz just yet. Appearing at the Macworld trade show Thursday morning , Kutcher partook in some banter about his role model and said that he wanted to do justice in telling his story. "If this story is going to get told, I want to get it told in a way that honors my hero," Kutcher told the audience about reading the screenplay.  FULL COVERAGE: Sundance Film Festival 2013 The "jOBS" star tweeted a split-screen photo of himself and the Silicon Valley pioneer earlier this week with the caption, "Thank you Sundance for your support of Jobs.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas may have set records for the amount of exhibit space devoted to televisions, phones and gadgets of every ilk (1.87 million square feet), but hardware wasn't the real buzz of the show, according to an analysis of social media conversations. Content and connectivity dominated online discussions, based on research from Digitas, a digital brand agency, and Brandwatch, a social media monitoring firm, that analyzed more than 330,000 mentions about the trade show, which concluded Friday.  The research found that the most-discussed product attributes were connectivity, the content available on products and applications -- eclipsing other features such as size, display or processor speed.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - For a corpse, the International Consumer Electronics Show was pretty lively. The 2013 trade show, which ended a four-day run Friday, attracted a record 3,250 exhibitors and was on pace to match last year's 156,000 in attendance despite being pronounced all but dead before it started. The reason for the grim diagnosis by some pundits and analysts was simple: Many of the most influential tech companies in the world didn't officially participate: Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. Although this year's show won't be remembered for any ground-shaking innovations or jaw-dropping product launches, it did highlight several ways the global technology industry has evolved.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
LAS VEGAS -- Past CES attendees Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga won't be at this year's convention, but the trade show will still roll out the red carpet for a number of Hollywood actors and high-profile singers. The celebrities are scheduled to be on hand to promote their own brands, endorse big tech companies and give live performances. Here's a roundup of who's slated to appear at CES this week: Qualcomm's pre-show keynote on Monday brought out a slew of surprise celebrity guests, including director Guillermo del Toro, actress Alice Eve and even Big Bird.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Back in 1998, I was a fresh-faced technology reporter from North Carolina making my first journey to a mega-tech trade show in Las Vegas. Then, it was COMDEX that drew seemingly every tech company with a pulse to this desert city. During my four days there I walked miles of trade-show floor, wrote far too much, drank even more at way too many corporate networking parties, and slept about six hours total. My good judgment so completely abandoned me that at one point, I actually watched an entire performance by the B-52s.  It was an epic week, but it almost killed me. And so I vowed: Never again.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2013 | By Andrea Chang and Chris O'Brien, Los Angeles Times
The International Consumer Electronics Show next week may be facing questions about its relevance in an Internet world that makes new things seem old in minutes, but it is still the foremost gathering for all things gadgety and geeky. The annual trade show in Las Vegas has a rich past showcasing such groundbreaking devices as the VCR, the CD player, the camcorder, high-definition television and the Blu-ray disc. "It was the singular most important technology event of the year," said Zack Zalon, a longtime show attendee and managing partner at the digital product design firm Wilshire Axon in Westwood.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2012 | By Chris O'Brien
In the days just before the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft dropped a bombshell: This would be its last major appearance at the mega trade show.  Over the last decade, Microsoft had served as an "anchor tenant," with its chief executive giving the opening night keynote and having one of the largest booths on the show's floor. With the tech giant gone, and other biggies like Apple and Google not officially participating, this led to some speculation that CES would suffer a decline this year.
NEWS
November 30, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn
Two up-and-coming indie brands, skin-care company  Ursa Major  and backpack and gear bag maker  Topo Designs , have teamed up to stock a holiday Dopp kit, with some proceeds going to benefit the American bison. The set consists of one of Topo's sturdy, triangular-shaped Cordura-fabric Dopp kits in a teal and duck camouflage color way, filled with four of Ursa's signature men's grooming products -- face wash, shaving cream, tonic and after-shave balm -- for $125. While that's already a bargain -- the suite of skin-care products plus the Dopp kit to house them would cost you at least $135 purchased separately -- the brands are making the money work even harder by donating 5% of sales to help preserve the winter habitat of the American bison, an initiative organized by high-end purveyor of hunting and fishing goods  Orvis  (which is headquartered in Vermont)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Jennifer Bigelow, who has helmed the Southern California Assn. of Independent Booksellers for 13 years, has announced she is leaving the organization. Known as SCIBA , the nonprofit trade organization represents independent bookstores and other publishing professionals in Southern California and Southern Nevada. Each fall, SCIBA presents a trade show and authors dinner in conjunction with its literary awards. This year, the event was held at the Queen Mary. A report in industry newsletter Shelf Awareness says that Bigelow's move is effective Dec. 31, but she tells Jacket Copy that she plans to take the balance of the year off. SCIBA board president Mary Williams of Skylight Books thanked Bigelow for her service in a message to Shelf Awareness, saying, "Her work has built SCIBA into the organization it is today, and has raised the profile of Southern California's literary community nationwide.
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