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Shortly after the streaming platform launched, marketing consultants advised the company to change course, but they were largely ignored, sources said.

Small businesses

Many small businesses in Southern California are in jeopardy of closing permanently. Three owners explain how they made the hard choice to close.

From a seamstress who’s making masks to a restaurateur-turned-personal chef, these Californians are rethinking how they can earn money in the coronavirus economy.

Eviction moratoriums and deferred rent create some breathing room for small companies. But business owners remain acutely aware that they’re racking up debt.

A mixed batch of financial results for the third quarter offered a look at how the pandemic is affecting Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Twitter, for better and worse.

Twitter, Facebook and Google CEOs are facing a grilling by GOP senators on the premise that the tech giants show anti-conservative bias.

SpaceX is starting public beta testing of its Starlink broadband internet service. The price: $99 a month, plus $499 of hardware.

Advanced Micro Devices is buying Xilinx for $35 billion in an all-stock deal that will combine the two Silicon Valley chip makers and accelerate an already rapid-fire pace of mergers and buyouts in the industry.

The European economy grew by 12.7% in the third quarter as companies reopened after coronavirus lockdowns, but new pandemic restrictions loom.

A $375-million deal with Eli Lilly highlights the role of government in developing a COVID-19 vaccine or treatment. It’s also an example of socialized medicine in action.

The airline industry is promoting new studies that suggest the risk of contracting COVID-19 while flying is low. Let’s take a closer look at the assertions.

Boeing will cut more jobs as it continues to lose money and revenue during a pandemic that has smothered demand for new airline planes.

Some companies seem to make it deliberately difficult to cancel subscriptions or contracts in hopes of pocketing more fees.

Actress Kathleen Robertson is asking $1.8 million for her Spanish-style abode that once served as the model home for the 1920s Hollywoodland development.

From March to September, 67% of the nation’s ZIP codes with the highest home prices were in California, according to a study from PropertyClub.

Buddy Hackett’s longtime home, which the late comedian built in the 1950s, is selling for $18 million in Beverly Hills.

Several groups accused Redfin of systematic racial discrimination in a lawsuit, saying the online real estate broker offers fewer services to minority communities.

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A Judge’s ruling is the latest twist in the sex scandals involving actress Charlotte Kirk and some of Hollywood’s most powerful men.

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