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  • Wi-Fi at LAX has improved but is still slower than many other airports

    Wi-Fi at LAX has improved but is still slower than many other airports

    If you have been stuck waiting for a flight at Los Angeles International Airport lately, you may have noticed that the speed of the free Wi-Fi in the facility has improved in the last year. Still, LAX’s free Wi-Fi speed ranks 11th among North America’s busiest airports, Seattle-based technology...

  • Freedom of speech doesn't end once you enter a homeowner association

    Freedom of speech doesn't end once you enter a homeowner association

    Question: I live in a common interest development with a homeowner association board that aggressively stifles residents’ freedom of speech. During association elections, the board makes ample use of newsletters, meetings and minutes, association media, the recreation room and other channels to...

  • Qatar Airways CEO apologizes for 'grandmothers' comment, but rivals aren't forgiving

    Qatar Airways CEO apologizes for 'grandmothers' comment, but rivals aren't forgiving

    The chief executive of Qatar Airways has never minced words when talking about his U.S.-based rivals. But Akbar Al Baker admits he went too far earlier this month when he compared the crews on his airline with those of U.S.-based carriers. “By the way, the average age of my cabin crew is only 26...

  • SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission

    SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission

    SpaceX may have canceled its mission to Mars with a Red Dragon capsule that was set for 2020. Company Chief Executive Elon Musk retweeted a story late Friday afternoon titled “SpaceX skipping Red Dragon for ‘vastly bigger ships’ on Mars” that was published on Tesla enthusiasts blog Teslarati. The...

  • Vice Media lays off about 60 staffers as it refocuses on video

    Vice Media lays off about 60 staffers as it refocuses on video

    Vice Media laid off about 60 employees Friday in what the edgy news outlet described as a way to place a greater emphasis on video. The layoffs — which affect multiple departments and represent a 2% cut of Vice’s roughly 3,000 employees — come a month after Vice announced it had secured $450 million...

  • United Airlines says it's bumping fewer passengers since dragging scandal

    United Airlines says it's bumping fewer passengers since dragging scandal

    United Airline’s image took a beating in April because of an ugly incident caught on video involving a passenger who was dragged from his seat. Since an initial defensive response, the carrier has been working overtime to rebound from the scandal. The Chicago-based carrier this week reported that...

  • Lyft forms an autonomous vehicle unit

    Lyft forms an autonomous vehicle unit

    Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service says it will open its network, inviting automakers and...

  • Big bang for the buck: 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

    Big bang for the buck: 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

    I like boxy, practical cars — as far back as my first vehicle, a beat-up ’51 Chevy panel truck. I applauded the arrival of the Toyota Scion XB and the Honda Element when they were both introduced in 2003, and the Nissan Cube when it appeared in 2009. But I didn’t always like the way those cars...

  • California bill would boost electric car rebates by $3 billion, but where will the money come from?

    California bill would boost electric car rebates by $3 billion, but where will the money come from?

    Over seven years, California has spent $430 million on low-emission vehicle subsidies to help lower the cost for car buyers. Now the state Legislature is looking to extend that by another seven years, but with a price tag of $3 billion. Assembly Bill 1184 is being slammed for leaving basic questions...

  • AlphaBay sold drugs, guns and hacking tools online — until a sting operation shut it down

    AlphaBay sold drugs, guns and hacking tools online — until a sting operation shut it down

    Two so-called “dark Web” sites dedicated to illegal drug and arms sales have been seized in an audacious sting operation, and the suspected ringleader has committed suicide, U.S. Justice Department officials said Thursday. Alexandre Cazes,a 25-year-old man from Quebec who was suspected of creating...

  • Mortgage broker rolls out another online way to assess what your house is worth

    Mortgage broker rolls out another online way to assess what your house is worth

    Do we really need another Zillow Zestimate-style online gizmo to tell us what a computer model says our homes are worth? Probably not. There already are scads of real estate and mortgage websites that offer some type of automated home valuation feature, such as Redfin, Realtor.com, Chase Mortgage,...

  • Sears to sell its Kenmore appliances on Amazon

    Sears to sell its Kenmore appliances on Amazon

    In the century before there was Amazon.com, it was Sears that was the everything store. With its vast inventory of tools, toys and even firearms, it upended local retailers. With its catalog model and nationwide delivery system, it promised to bring anything anyone wanted to their doorstep. But...

  • Bakersfield votes to end controversial program that funds home solar panels

    Bakersfield votes to end controversial program that funds home solar panels

    As home improvement projects to increase energy efficiency have exploded in California, so has the controversy over a property tax-based financing program that’s helped spur the growth. So-called PACE loans — which pay for solar panels, efficient appliances and other improvements — have been blamed...

  • Stocks waver as earnings and central-bank news dominate attention

    Stocks waver as earnings and central-bank news dominate attention

    U.S. stock indexes snoozed Thursday as investors were relieved the European Central Bank didn't announce any changes to its stimulus policies. The European bank maintained its current policies, and ECB President Mario Draghi said it hasn't even set a date for considering changes. Investors were...

  • East Coast hyperloop? Elon Musk claims 'verbal' approval; city officials know nothing about it

    East Coast hyperloop? Elon Musk claims 'verbal' approval; city officials know nothing about it

    Elon Musk said Thursday that he has received “verbal government approval” — but not a formal go-ahead — for his newest, tunnel-digging venture to build an underground, high-speed transportation system connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Less than two hours after his...

  • YouTube TV expands to 10 new markets

    YouTube TV expands to 10 new markets

    YouTube TV, the video-sharing site’s subscription streaming bundle featuring popular network and cable channels, will be available today in 10 new markets, the company announced. The additional metro areas include Washington, D.C.; Houston; Atlanta; Phoenix; Detroit; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Miami-Ft....

  • British secretary of state still mulling Fox's $15-billion bid for Sky

    British secretary of state still mulling Fox's $15-billion bid for Sky

    Suspense is building in Britain over whether the Murdoch family will be able to pull off its long-held dream of owning a jewel of European broadcasting, the satellite television service Sky. Britain’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport, Karen Bradley, on Thursday told members of Parliament...

  • A flameout in the Mojave shows how hard it can be to finance rocket-ship start-ups

    A flameout in the Mojave shows how hard it can be to finance rocket-ship start-ups

    In 2008, a small, Mojave, Calif., aerospace start-up called Xcor Aerospace burst onto the commercial space scene with plans to develop a vehicle that would rocket tourists into suborbital space. Xcor won a few government and commercial contracts and, for a time, was seen as a rival to British billionaire...

  • Cable TV upheaval prompts a wave of media merger talks

    Cable TV upheaval prompts a wave of media merger talks

    Cable television mogul John Malone for years predicted rapid consolidation in media, adding that there was an opportunity for small independent companies — so-called free radicals — to be swept together to create a more formidable media company. Charter Communications, which is backed by Malone’s...

  • Disneyland resort launches digital version of Fastpass, but it will cost you

    Disneyland resort launches digital version of Fastpass, but it will cost you

    Disneyland’s Fastpass system, the ride reservation system that the park invented in 1999, has moved into the digital age. The Anaheim resort launched a smartphone version of the ride reservation system Wednesday. It operates from the park’s smartphone app, and unlike the free reservation system...

  • There's a new buyer involved in Wanda's multibillion-dollar asset sale

    There's a new buyer involved in Wanda's multibillion-dollar asset sale

    Dalian Wanda Group’s announcement last week that it would sell $9.3 billion in tourism assets to a rival Chinese property developer came as a shock, illustrating the sudden reversal of a company thought to have deep pockets to match its lofty ambitions. Its move Wednesday to amend the agreement...

  • Tech and healthcare lift stocks to new records

    Tech and healthcare lift stocks to new records

    U.S. stocks continued to climb Wednesday, led by technology, healthcare and energy companies. Media companies also rose as stock indexes set record highs. The technology part of the Standard & Poor's 500 index broke the record it set in March 2000, before the dot-com bubble burst. Energy companies...

  • Bringing a laptop or tablet on a Mexico-to-U.S. flight? Beware of new security measures

    Bringing a laptop or tablet on a Mexico-to-U.S. flight? Beware of new security measures

    Mexican authorities say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has instituted heightened security measures for laptops and tablets on U.S.-bound flights from the country. Mexico's Transportation Department said in a statement that the measures took effect starting Wednesday for “electronics larger...

  • Hampton Creek's board has only one person left: the CEO

    Hampton Creek's board has only one person left: the CEO

    An exodus at eggless mayonnaise maker Hampton Creek Inc. has left the company with only one board member: its chief executive. A Bloomberg report said several board members recently gave up their seats after deep discord with Josh Tetrick, CEO of the San Francisco-based vegan food start-up. The...

  • 'Arrival' producer FilmNation expands into TV with Amazon deal

    'Arrival' producer FilmNation expands into TV with Amazon deal

    Unlike many film producers, FilmNation has stayed out of the television game, focusing instead on cinematic material such as recent best-picture nominee "Arrival" and summer art-house darling "The Big Sick." That's about to change. The New York-based company announced Tuesda‎y that it has sold...

  • AMC says China's Wanda did not fund recent cinema deals

    AMC says China's Wanda did not fund recent cinema deals

    AMC Entertainment, the owner of the world’s biggest movie theater chain, is fighting back against speculation that Chinese government scrutiny of its largest shareholder, Dalian Wanda Group, would hamper its business. AMC’s shares fell 10% Monday on Wall Street following reports that China was...

  • U.S. lays out objectives for NAFTA renegotiations

    U.S. lays out objectives for NAFTA renegotiations

    The Trump administration on Monday unveiled its highly anticipated plans for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, explicitly stating that its key objective is to reduce the trade deficit with Canada and Mexico — an aim that most economists say is misguided as the focus of a trade...

  • Tesla adds two 'outside' board directors from the media world

    Tesla adds two 'outside' board directors from the media world

    Tesla Inc.’s board is gaining two “outside” directors from the media world, Elon Musk said Monday: James Murdoch and Linda Johnson Rice. The two additions are not connected to the auto or energy industries, but they are A-players on the Los Angeles social circuit with deep experience in media. ...

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  • 5 big changes for today's small businesses

    5 big changes for today's small businesses

    A generation ago, the notion of a small business owner meant something very different. You pictured a person who owned their own storefront, often named after themselves, and every day they were the first to arrive and the last to leave. They worked tirelessly for their customers, and their reward...

  • 5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    Each workday, the average American spends 8.8 hours at work or on work-related activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s even more time than people spend sleeping. And because we spend so much time at work, it's in your and your employer’s best interest to make workplaces...

  • 6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    Starting your own business can nurture your entrepreneurial spirit, earn you some money and give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family — including your pets. So what job can you do that doesn't necessarily require a degree, affords you time flexibility, is in a growing industry...

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