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BUSINESS
April 2, 2013 | Marc Lifsher and Jessica Guynn
California is applying money-transfer laws to high-tech start-ups and others in the business of moving funds, subjecting them to the same strict regulations and heavy scrutiny as financial service companies. And that has some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs crying foul. The regulations, they say, are hobbling their ability to develop new Internet technologies that, like PayPal Inc. and Square Inc., make fast, secure payments with smartphones and tablets. FaceCash, a Palo Alto company that developed a mobile payment system using facial-recognition software, has sued the state in federal court on claims that licensing requirements discriminate against the company and hinder interstate commerce.
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AUTOS
March 6, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
What's the most intriguing aspect of the all-new Rolls Royce Wraith coupe that debuted this week at the Geneva Motor Show? It's not that it's the fastest, most powerful car Rolls Royce has ever made. It's not the roughly $320,000 asking price. It's not the two automatically closing, rear-hinged doors. It's the transmission. PHOTOS: Rolls Royce Wraith debuts in Geneva Specifically, it's how the Wraith's eight-speed automatic transmission is linked to a GPS receiver.
WORLD
February 13, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
A newly identified virus tied to five deaths worldwide since April appears capable of transmission from one person to another, British health officials said Wednesday. The virus, part of a family called coronaviruses that range from the common cold to SARS, was found in a British resident who was apparently infected by a relative. It can cause fever, coughing and breathing problems. Until now, health officials had little evidence of whether the virus could be transmitted from person to person.
AUTOS
November 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Volkswagen's 2013 Bettle Convertible will go on sale next month with a starting price of $24,995, the German automaker said Wednesday at the L.A. Auto Show. The new Volkswagen Beetle Convertible was announced earlier this year and it is the third generation of the ragtop model, following in the footsteps of the type 15 introduced in 1949 and the New Beetle Convertible that was introduced in 2003. The coupe will be available in three different engine options. Photos: 2012 L.A. Auto Show The first is a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that can crank 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque with six-speed automatic transmission.
AUTOS
November 1, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
If anecdotal evidence gleaned from trips through L.A.'s moneyed coastal enclaves like Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Manhattan Beach is any indication, there's a new automotive trend for the outdoorsy yuppie. It's a station wagon. Too culturally sensitive to be caught in an SUV, yet ever mindful of the curbside erratum that is the minivan, those with an active lifestyle or projection thereof clearly seem to be finding solace in the 2013 Audi Allroad. The car is essentially a more rugged yet equally sophisticated cousin of the A4 station wagon (nee Avant)
BUSINESS
November 1, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
If anecdotal evidence gleaned from trips through L.A.'s moneyed coastal enclaves like Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Manhattan Beach is any indication, there's a new automotive trend for the outdoorsy yuppie. It's a station wagon. Too culturally sensitive to be caught in an SUV, yet ever mindful of the curbside erratum that is the minivan, those with an active lifestyle or projection thereof clearly seem to be finding solace in the 2013 Audi Allroad. The car is essentially a more rugged yet equally sophisticated cousin of the A4 station wagon (nee Avant)
BUSINESS
October 23, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Simplify, then add lightness was the well-worn philosophy that Lotus' founder, the late Colin Chapman, imbued into all of his products. For 2013, it would seem the company is simplifying, then adding an automatic transmission. The company announced that it will be adding an automatic transmission to the options list on the 2013 Evora S, a sublime hunk of metal powered by a 345-horsepower, supercharged Toyota motor. Review: Lotus Evora S Because automatic transmission likely sounds too blase for a sports car company like Lotus, it calls this transmission Intelligent Precision Shift (IPS)
BUSINESS
October 3, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Honda's nerds have done it. They've cracked the code, solved the riddle, unscrambled the jumble that, until now, has perpetually confounded a large swath of the automotive engineering teams around the globe. What'd they figure out? A worthwhile transmission. A part of the car that's traditionally as sexy as a pair of adult diapers. Yet it's a part that contributes mightily to the overall excellence of the 2013 Honda Accord. Honda's venerable mid-size sedan has gone through a clean-sheet redesign that overhauled the car's engines, transmissions, styling and size.
BUSINESS
September 22, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
General Motors Co. is recalling 426,000 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn mid-size sedans to fix a transmission problem that could cause a car to roll away after the driver has left the vehicle. The recall affects model year 2007-10 Saturn Aura and model year 2008-10 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 vehicles equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission and sold in the U.S. GM will be contacting the owners to tell them how to get their cars fixed. The problem results from tabs on the transmission shift cable end that may fracture and separate in the cars.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Cars with manual transmissions are making a modest comeback, but with tens of millions of drivers lacking the ability to operate a stick shift, analysts don't expect a big jump. Auto information company Edmunds.com says that vehicles equipped with manual transmissions accounted for 7% of auto sales so far this year. That compares with 3.9% in all of 2011. If the trend holds, the manual transmission share of auto sales will be the highest since 2006. "A combination of factors — from the growing age of vehicle trade-ins bringing more manual drivers back to market, to a greater proportion of smaller cars on the road — is creating a small spike for stick shifts," said Ivan Drury, an Edmunds analyst.
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