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  • Amazon acquires Santa Barbara start-up Graphiq to try to bolster Alexa

    Amazon acquires Santa Barbara start-up Graphiq to try to bolster Alexa

    Amazon.com Inc. acquired a Santa Barbara data analysis and search engine start-up in May to help improve its Alexa virtual assistant and other services, according to four sources familiar with the deal but unauthorized to discuss it. The previously unreported acquisition of Graphiq Inc. and its...

  • 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...

  • '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...

  • To battle hackers, IBM wants to encrypt the world

    To battle hackers, IBM wants to encrypt the world

    There are only two types of companies, it is commonly said: those that have been hacked, and those that just don't know it yet. IBM Corp. wants to get rid of both. The Armonk, N.Y., computing giant said Monday that it has achieved a breakthrough in security technology that will enable all businesses...

  • California Inc.: Heroes are converging on San Diego for Comic-Con

    California Inc.: Heroes are converging on San Diego for Comic-Con

    Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section. I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. For anyone who thinks rising temperatures aren’t that big a deal, check out this Columbia...

  • NPR and SAG-AFTRA reach a tentative deal on a three-year contract

    NPR and SAG-AFTRA reach a tentative deal on a three-year contract

    SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement with National Public Radio on a new three-year contract covering 400 union news and programming employees at the nonprofit radio service. Terms of the new deal reached just after midnight Eastern time Saturday night were not disclosed. A representative...

  • Wells Fargo's profit rises along with interest rates

    Wells Fargo's profit rises along with interest rates

    Wells Fargo & Co. said Friday its profit edged up in the second quarter as the bank got a boost from rising interest rates and the planned sale of its insurance service business. The San Francisco-based bank said its profit grew 5% to $5.8 billion, or $1.07 per share. That was more than the $1.01...

  • Stocks' modest gains lift indexes to new records

    Stocks' modest gains lift indexes to new records

    Gains by big technology and healthcare companies pushed U.S. stocks modestly higher Friday, lifting several major indexes to new highs. The Standard & Poor's 500 index, Dow Jones industrial average and Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks each set records as the market posted its third...

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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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