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"Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection" is in the view of the judges 2013’s most illuminating and compelling nonfiction book about community and human connectedness.
Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysa announced Monday that analysis of satellite data confirms that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 flew south over the Indian Ocean after changing course and could...
Kimi Yoshino succeeds Marla Dickerson, who left the Times for the Wall Street Journal.
The prime minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, informed Parliament on Thursday morning that satellite images appear to show debris in the ocean under a likely flight path of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Photographers are noting the abrupt closure today of Calumet's Hollywood store, along with the shutdown of all other American stores in the Chicago-based photo supply chain. An LA photog explains why it matters.
Deluxe has been a major player in the production of movies on film and in digital post-production. But film is fading away.
Chmielewski will join ex-Wall Street Journal tech writers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at Re/Code.
I cherry pick some of the more interesting rankings from the Los Angeles Business Journal's annual book of lists.
The trouble began when Trader Joe’s allegedly switched suppliers, cutting out Aliso Viejo’s Maxim Marketing in favor of giant ConAgra Foods. Maxim has not gone quietly.
Restructuring Occidental Petroleum will give up its longtime home at the busiest intersection in Los Angeles. “Energy companies feel very welcome in Houston and in Texas,” says the head of the LA Chamber of Commerce.
California mansions are being bought by Chinese families, foreign tycoons and U.S. celebrities as a hedge against currency and stock market disasters or the vicissitudes of politics, Bloomberg Luxury says.
Peter Marx has been vice president of business development at Qualcomm Labs and vice president of the technology and digital studio at Mattel.
Nasty online bullying of women affects many people who you know. When it's aimed at journalists, it seeks to intimidate and silence.
The former NBC 4 reporter will host a monthly show on the economic life of Southern California on PBS SoCal. The first episode airs Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.
The Miracle Mile office tower formerly named for Variety (and before that for People's Bank) is getting a new top-floor occupant: SBE, the lifestyle and hospitality company headed by Sam Nazarian.
Jones led Northrop for three decades and after retiring created Moraga Vineyards and its respected winery on a slope in Bel Air — a premium winery within the city limits of Los Angeles.
The Ace Hotel opened officially today in the building on Broadway that houses the old United Artists theatre. Iris Schneider took some photos before the opening day.
Uber charged a woman $357 for a Saturday evening ride from the Westside to Hollywood. But it's an app so it must be cool, right? Taxis are looking better.
Breaking my posting fast with a short video.
"Wherever you go, there you are," says Buckaroo Banzai. Jon Christensen reads the new book "Trees in Paradise: A California History" on the long flight from LAX to Melbourne and reflects on what we can learn from history in a cosmopolitan era in which local diversity--biological and cultural--may be increasing rapidly, while the differences between places continue to shrink.
The brunt of the settlement involves the two carriers divesting 104 slots at Washington-Reagan National Airport and 34 at NY's La Guardia. At LAX, the combined airline would lose two gates at Terminal 3.
Not to belabor, but just because you have access to mountains of data doesn't mean you know what to do with it.
It's only a single month and October's figure will be subject to several revisions. Only by looking at the long-term picture do you have a sense of what's really going on.
Talk about pops - the social network's initial public offering was priced at $26 a share and promptly jumped to $50.09 before settling down a bit.
The actual headline at Atlantic Cities is "More Billionaires Live in Beijing Than in Los Angeles." Check out the data.
Given the hype surrounding the social network's arrival on Wall Street, price could easily get confused with value - a distinction that's especially important in Twitter's case because its financial prospects are so sketchy.
Geraldine Knatz was never shy about playing hardball with tenants, even though more competition from the other ports has meant less leverage in cutting deals. She talks about her eight-year tenure and about the changing industry.
Mark Lacter and LA Biz ObservedMark Lacter created the LA Biz Observed blog in 2006 and posted until his death on Nov. 13, 2013. His 10,000-plus posts are archived here.
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