April 4, 2013 |
The Celine store has opened on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Fashion critic Booth Moore described the store as "understated, like the clothes, with naturalistic marble accents" and picked out the "nude-colored pumps with anatomically sculpted toes, complete with red toenail polish ($995)" as a favorite. [ L.A. Times ] Did she or didn't she? That's the question surrounding new photos of Hayden Panettiere at a beach in Florida. The "Nashville" actress is pictured in a fuchsia bikini, sparking rumors of a possible breast implant.
February 1, 2013 |
More than 30 journalists and executives at Western news organizations in China, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, have had their computers hacked, according to the news organizations and a security firm that monitors such attacks. Over the last four months, the hackers managed to infiltrate the Times' computers, the newspaper reported Thursday. It said hackers had penetrated its computers and obtained passwords for reporters and other employees. The hackers have been blocked and security tightened to prevent another attack, which followed an investigation by the paper into finances of relatives of Wen Jiabao, China's premier.
October 16, 2012 |
Activist shareholders gave News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch a list of reforms Tuesday at the media company's shareholders meeting. Several lobbied, unsuccessfully, for Murdoch to step down as chairman of the media conglomerate. Activists also tried -- but failed -- to do away with the company's two classes of stock, which give the Murdoch family nearly 40% voting control of company affairs. Aaron Epstein of North Hollywood attended the meeting with a different reform in mind.
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July 22, 2012 |
Los Angeles Times Alexander Cockburn, the radical and acerbic journalist who had written longtime columns in both the conservative Wall Street Journal and the leftist outlet the Nation, died Friday in Germany. He was 71. The influential writer had been fighting cancer, according to his editor, Katrina vanden Heuvel. Unlike another prominent writer, Christopher Hitchens, with whom he had often been compared, Cockburn did not share the story of his illness. It was a rare quiet move in a career characterized by a thirst for public debate.
July 6, 2012 |
Good artists copy, but does the saying apply to retailers too? Best Buy hopes so, as it's converting 60 of its locations into Apple Store lookalikes, according to a new report. The new stores, dubbed "Best Buy 2.0," take several plays from Apple's book, including a new help desk reminiscent of Apple's Genius Bar, more focus on mobile devices, and the ability to let shoppers pay from more locations. The help desk, called Solution Central, is manned by Best Buy's Geek Squad, according to the report.
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July 6, 2012 |
Michael J. Ybarra, a former Times reporter who had recently chronicled his extreme-sports adventures for the Wall Street Journal, was killed in a mountain-climbing fall over the weekend on the edge of Yosemite National Park. He was 45. A veteran mountaineer, he had set out alone to cross the craggy Sawtooth Ridge in the Eastern Sierra and summited the 12,280-foot Matterhorn Peak before he fell about 200 feet to his death, said his sister, Suzanne Ybarra. His family reported him missing Sunday, and a rescue crew spotted his body Tuesday in a rugged area difficult to reach on foot, according to Kari Cobb, a park ranger.
June 7, 2012 |
Apple has sued Samsung in hopes of receiving an injunction that would keep the South Korean company from starting to sell its Galaxy S III phone in the U.S. this month. Apple filed the lawsuit with the District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday, claiming Samsung's phone infringes on Apple's user-interface patents, according to a report. But Samsung says consumers hoping to buy its flagship phone later this month need not worry as sales will proceed as planned.
June 5, 2012 |
Cricket won't be the only U.S. carrier offering pre-paid iPhones for long, according to a news report that Virgin Mobile will also sell Apple's smartphone on a pay-as-you-go basis. Sprint, Virgin Mobile's parent company, is expected to announce later this week that the carrier will begin offering the iPhone as early as July 1, according to the Wall Street Journal . That news comes days after Cricket announced it would begin selling pre-paid iPhones starting June 22. There are no details yet on pricing for Virgin Mobile's iPhone, but Cricket will charge about $300 more than other networks do for iPhones that come with a two-year contract.
May 30, 2012 |
“What's black and white and read all over?” That is the setup for what used to be the first joke learned by most every American kid. These days, delivering the punch line would leave the kids bewildered. They might just say, “What's a newspaper?” In our new media age, that is not a question with an obvious answer. Ask the people in New Orleans who just found out their venerable Times-Picayune will no longer be available in print every day. Based in a city and state with a perennially high level of corruption and dysfunction, the Times-Picayune has been a powerful and admired community watchdog.
May 17, 2012 |
Rumors of a sixth-generation iPhone with a larger 4-inch screen are starting to gain traction, with another report coming out backing the claim. The iPhone, which has had a 3.5-inch screen since its initial launch in 2007, may finally follow the trend started by Android smartphones and increase its screen size as a way to once again wow customers with a new feature. Apple reportedly has prepared to begin ordering larger screens for its flagship product from suppliers in South Korea and Japan.