December 11, 1997 |
Barbie, who made news last month when Mattel Inc. announced plans to give the doll a more youthful face and a body make-over, is going brunet for the holidays. Barbie has been a brunet before, but this is the first time the 10-year-old Happy Holidays Barbie line will have darker hair. The company said collectors have embraced the holiday doll, pushing up prices for the 1988 version to as much as $795, up from its original price tag of $24.99.
January 1, 1988
Robert N. Miller, 59, president of Getty Oil Co. until 1984 when Texaco Inc. took over the company. An engineer with Getty since 1950, Miller left the company to join Skelly Oil Co. in Tulsa but rejoined his old Los Angeles-based employer when it absorbed the Oklahoma firm in 1977. After his retirement he moved to Texas and established his own businesses. In Bastrop, Tex., on Wednesday after what was described only as a "short illness."
October 31, 2011 |
British television producer Mark Burnett turned program financing on its head a decade ago when he brought brands like Doritos and Mountain Dew as sponsors into the expensive, prime-time reality series "Survivor," helping to defray costs. "Survivor" is considered a watershed in paid product placements, opening the floodgates to a projected $2.75 billion in spending this year on such shows as "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," WWE's "Monday Night Raw," "American Idol" and "Celebrity Apprentice.
December 1, 1993 |
Time-Warner Stockholders' Lawsuit Revived: A federal appeals court in New York reinstated a shareholder lawsuit over Time Warner Inc.'s method of reducing the $10-billion debt it assumed when Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. merged in 1989. A lower court had dismissed the suit as baseless in June, 1992.
February 9, 2007 |
The jockeying to bring the most popular names from TV and the Web to cellphones produced another exclusive deal Thursday with Verizon Wireless nabbing a multiyear agreement to offer ESPN's flashy feed of sports scores, newscasts and video highlights on the tiny screen. The plan to revive Mobile ESPN -- initially born as a full-blown cellphone company that would compete with big players such as Verizon before Burbank-based Walt Disney Co.
August 13, 1999 |
Stater Bros. Inc., which is nearly doubling its presence in Orange County by acquiring 14 Albertson's and Lucky supermarkets, will reopen three of them Saturday. They will be the first to reopen in Orange County under the Stater Bros. name since the Colton-based chain announced the deal in June. The stores were put on the block when Albertson's Inc. sought to gain regulatory approval to acquire Lucky's parent, American Stores Co., in a $9.8-billion deal.
March 31, 2010 |
Tensions ran high again Tuesday when Google Inc. blamed Chinese government censors for a temporary outage of its search engine in mainland China. Even as access to Google was restored, the public outcry over the interruption underscored the heightened sensitivity of Chinese Internet users who fear Beijing regulators will permanently block Google as retaliation for the company's recent defiant public stand against censorship in China. China's powerful filtering system, dubbed "the Great Firewall," has blocked other U.S. sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube that ran afoul of government watchdogs.
July 8, 2008 |
Reid Hoffman is a big man in Silicon Valley. And, try as he might to remain in the background, his stature just keeps growing -- literally and figuratively. It all began in the bleak aftermath of the dot-com bust, when despondent entrepreneurs and investors were throwing in the towel. Hoffman, never one to shrink from a challenge, rolled up his sleeves. The PayPal Inc. veteran took some of the $10 million he made in 2002, when EBay Inc.