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Dreaming of Mars, the startup Relativity Space gets its first launch site on Earth

3D-printing the first rocket on Mars. That’s the goal Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone set for themselves when they founded Los Angeles-based Relativity Space in 2015. At the time they were working from a WeWork in Seattle, during the darkest winter in Seattle history, where Ellis was wrapping up a stint at Blue Origin . The two had met in college at USC in their jet propulsion lab. Noone had gone on to take a job at SpaceX and Ellis at Blue Origin, but the two remained in touch and had an idea f...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Mississippi, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, United States, 3d Printing, Transport, Sun


How Local SEO Levels the Online Playing Field for SMEs and Corporations

Sponsored There’s no doubt that when it comes to business, corporations and large businesses can run circles around small and medium-sized businesses. A corporation has teams of marketers, designers, researchers, and business experts focused on creating the most profit for the least amount of expenses. A small business, on the other hand, is your local mom-and-pop store with one or two part-time employees not very knowledgeable on the products the store features. Larger companies generally have ...
Tags: Google, Business, California, Los Angeles, Sales & Marketing, United States, West Coast, East Coast, Kfc, Digital Marketing, Local Seo, Right Now, Tashatuvango Shutterstock, Baby Boomer Generations


A Page of Madness: The Lost, Avant Garde Masterpiece from Early Japanese Cinema (1926)

It’s a sad fact that the vast majority of silent movies in Japan have been lost thanks to human carelessness, earthquakes and the grim efficiency of the United States Air Force. The first films of hugely important figures like Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Hiroshi Shimizu have simply vanished. So we should consider ourselves fortunate that Teinosuke Kinugasa’s Kuretta Ippei -- a 1926 film known in the States as A Page of Madness -- has somehow managed to survive the vagaries of fate. Kinuga...
Tags: Google, Japan, Yahoo, Film, College, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Akira Kurosawa, States, Born, Cabinet, Page, Facebook Twitter, Hollywood Reporter, United States Air Force, Abel Gance


Apple is putting the brakes on hiring for certain groups because of slowing iPhone sales (AAPL)

Apple plans to reduce hiring in certain groups, according to a Bloomberg report. CEO Tim Cook informed employees about the hiring changes during an internal meeting earlier this month, but said it was not decided which groups would be affected. Cook stressed that Apple was not implementing a broad-based hiring freeze, and noted that some groups, like its artificial intelligence team, would not be affected.  Apple will cut back on hiring for certain divisions as the company re-adjusts its plan...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Los Angeles, Trends, Bloomberg, Austin, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Cupertino Calif


SpaceX to build Mars spaceship in Texas, not Los Angeles

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX says it will build its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles, dealing another blow to the local economy only days after the company announced massive layoffs. The Southern California-based company announced Wednesday that test versions of its Starship and Super Heavy rocket will be […]
Tags: Business, Spacex, Texas, Technology, News, Los Angeles, Ap, Nation, Port Of Los Angeles, Mars, Southern California, Hawthorne Calif


SpaceX opts for Texas over LA to build Starship prototypes

Update: CEO Elon Musk says on Twitter that Starship and Raptor (rocket engine) development is staying in Hawthorne, while prototypes are being built in Texas. Musk also said that the story “stems from a miscommunication by SpaceX .” Original story follows (the headline has also been updated). The source info is incorrect. Starship & Raptor development is being done out of our HQ in Hawthorne, CA. We are building the Starship prototypes locally at our launch site in Texas, as their size make...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, California, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Port Of Los Angeles, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Hawthorne, South Texas, Starship, Hawthorne Calif


SpaceX opts for Texas over LA for Starship work

SpaceX will center its largest-scale operations not in its Los Angeles-area headquarters but in south Texas facilities, the company said today. Development of its next-generation Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle will take place in Texas, while Falcon 9 and Dragon work will remain at Hawthorne. The L.A. Times first reported the news. The decision spells trouble for workers at the Hawthorne, CA facility where many of SpaceX’s work has been done heretofore — however it may also come as li...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Texas, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Port Of Los Angeles, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Hawthorne, South Texas, Starship, Hawthorne CA, Vandenberg Air Base, Super Heavy, SpaceX Starship


Everything you need to know about the 2019 Women’s March LA on Jan. 19

Women’s March LA 2019 is a non-partisan march taking place Saturday, Jan. 19, in downtown LA celebrating women’s rights and organizations that promote voter registration, inspire young people to perform community service and help women who are interested in running for public office. The third annual march, whose theme is “Truth to Power,” kicks off with a Tongva blessing at 8:30 a.m. at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. A program with guest speakers begins at 9 a.m., and participants pro...
Tags: Google, Politics, New York, News, Wall Street, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Gloria Allred, City Hall, Metro, Ventura, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City, Louis Farrakhan


How machine learning can drive change in traffic-packed L.A.

There's nothing quite like driving through Los Angeles on a perfectly sunny day. But for drivers, the beauty of Southern California’s great weather and scenery is ruined by one thing: traffic.According to a report by INRIX, my hometown is the worst city in the world for traffic, with a record of 102 hours of congestion during peak hours in 2017. My classmate, Ericson Hernandez, comes from New York City, which is ranked third globally for its traffic woes. Together, we decided to use machine lear...
Tags: Google, New York City, Los Angeles, Ai, Inrix, Southern California, Lei Huang, Loyola Marymount University, Ericson, Powered by TensorFlow, Ericson Hernandez


Consolidation is coming to gaming, and Jam City raises $145 million to capitalize on it

A slew of banks are coming together to back a new roll-up strategy for the Los Angeles-based mobile gaming studio, Jam City and giving the company $145 million in new funding to carry that out. There’s no word on whether the new money is in equity or debt, but what is certain is that JPMorgan Chase Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and syndicate partners including Silicon Valley Bank, SunTrust Bank and CIT Bank are all involved in the deal. “In a global mobile games market that is consolida...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Europe, Disney, Toronto, Los Angeles, Tech, Bank Of America, Software, United States, Zynga, Computing, Harry Potter, Pixar, King, Silicon Valley Bank


As the City of Angels begins to look like City of Capone

Chicago has a reputation for a history of political corruption and official lawlessness dating back at least as far as Prohibition. In one vintage joke, a thirsty visitor to the city flags down a cab driver. “Do you know where I can get a drink?” he asks. “You see that church?” says the cab driver, pointing to an ornate building. “That church?” the visitor repeats. “Yeah,” says the cab driver, “That’s the only place in town where you can’t get a drink.” Despite that city’s tradition of indiffere...
Tags: Google, California, Opinion, China, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Turkey, Fbi, Chicago, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Burger King, Los Angeles Clippers


Effort to introduce limits on donations from some developers making a comeback at LA City Hall

A proposal to restrict political campaign donations from real estate developers has gotten little traction over the past two years at City Hall, but it is getting a second chance amid an FBI investigation into possible corruption related to the approvals of downtown Los Angeles development projects. Six Los Angeles City Council members introduced a motion Tuesday calling for a ban on contributions from developers seeking approval on certain projects in the city of Los Angeles. It was seconded by...
Tags: Google, Los Angeles, Sport, Development, Fbi, Soccer, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Times, City Hall, Los Angeles City, Los Angeles Unified School District, Ryu, Huizar, Jose Huizar


Effort to introduce limits on donations from some developers making a comeback at L.A. City Hall

A proposal to restrict political campaign donations from real estate developers has gotten little traction over the past two years at City Hall, but it is getting a second chance amid an FBI investigation into possible corruption related to the approvals of downtown Los Angeles development projects. Six Los Angeles City Council members introduced a motion Tuesday calling for a ban on contributions from developers seeking approval on certain projects in the city of Los Angeles. It was seconded by...
Tags: Google, Los Angeles, Sport, Development, Fbi, Soccer, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Times, City Hall, Los Angeles City, Los Angeles Unified School District, Ryu, Huizar, Jose Huizar


US Now Says All Online Gambling Illegal, Not Just Sports Bets

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. Justice Department's decision that all internet gambling is illegal will cast a pall on the industry as businesses and state lotteries evaluate the implications of the change and the government's plans to enforce it. The U.S. now says federal law bars all internet gambling, reversing its position from 2011 that only sports betting is prohibited under a law passed 50 years earlier. Although the federal law specifically prohibits transmi...
Tags: Supreme Court, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Bloomberg, Justice Department, U S Justice Department, Office of Legal Counsel, Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen Shapiro LLP, Aaron Swerdlow


A man allegedly shipped a package with more than a pound of meth to Apple’s Grand Central Station store in New York and was arrested when he tried to pick it up (AAPL)

Richard Dean Desain, a 32-year-old from Los Angeles, was arrested on July 9, 2018, after he allegedly tried to pick up a package of crystal methamphetamine that had arrived at Apple’s Grand Central Terminal store in New York City. According to NYC special narcotics prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan, Desain was connected to “multiple large-scale shipments of methamphetamine to New York City and the surrounding area.” After a nine-month investigation, a new indictment handed down Monday from the Man...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, New York, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, New Jersey, Grand Central Terminal, Duane Reade, Brennan, Manhattan Supreme Court, Grand Central Station, New York City According, DeSain, Richard Dean Desain, Bridget G Brennan Desain


Austin’s Localeur, Millennial-Focused Travel Startup, Hits 100 Cities

Austin—Localeur, a travel recommendation startup, is celebrating its (nearly) fifth anniversary by announcing its 100th city.The Austin startup focuses on recruiting a group of local residents who can provide insider information on each travel destination. The “localeurs”—a portmanteau of local and connoisseur—are millennials catering to the tastes of their own. Localeur made its debut in 2013 at South By Southwest with Austin as its first city and then expanded to San Francisco, New York, and ...
Tags: Travel, Apps, Texas, Instagram, Tinder, Funding, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Diversity, Investment, Vc, Austin, Innovation, Millennials, Venture Capital


More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

Brud, the company behind the virtual celebrity Lil Miquela, is now worth at least $125 million thanks to a new round of financing the company is currently closing. Meanwhile, new venture-backed companies like the superstealthy Shadows, SuperPlastic, and Toonstar are all developing virtual characters that will launch via social media channels like Snap and Instagram, or on their own platforms. It’s all an effort to test whether audiences are ready to embrace even more virtual avatars — including ...
Tags: TC, New York, Instagram, Los Angeles, Tech, Poppy, Nba, Mario, Silicon Valley, Caa, Damon Albarn, Cartoon Network, BetaWorks, Rothenberg Ventures, Warner Brothers, Peter Rojas


GPU Accelerated Realtime Skin Smoothing Algorithms Make Actors Look Perfect

dryriver writes: A recent Guardian article about the need for actors and celebrities -- male and female -- to look their best in a high-definition media world ended on the note that several low-profile Los Angeles VFX outfits specialize in "beautifying actors" in movies, TV shows and video ads. They reportedly use a software named "Beauty Box," resulting in films and other motion content that are -- for lack of a better term -- "motion Photoshopped." After some investigating, it turns out that "...
Tags: Los Angeles, Tech, Gpu, Beauty Box


Philip Glass Finishes His David Bowie Trilogy, Debuting His Lodger Symphony

Sometimes I feel The need to move on So I pack a bag And move on Move on --David Bowie, “Move On” We might have been calling it the Lake Geneva Trilogy, given David Bowie’s recuperative sojourn in Switzerland after the emptiness he felt in L.A. The first album in the Berlin Trilogy, Low, was mostly recorded in France, and the last album of the trilogy, Lodger, in Montreaux in 1979. But they were almost all written in, around, and about Berlin, where Bowie found what he was looking for—a ...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, France, Berlin, Los Angeles, David Bowie, Switzerland, John Adams, Times, Gary Oldman, Low, Los Angeles Times, Philip Glass, Bowie


An armed guard reportedly transporting a 'very special load' for Apple was killed in a fatal truck crash

California police said a man was killed Wednesday in a highway crash after a truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel. The box truck involved in the crash was carrying "a very special load" for Apple, according to NBC's Bay Area affiliate. Sources told NBC the two men in the truck were armed security guards transporting products for Apple. Apple is known for being very tight-lipped and keeping its products and company documents under tight wraps. A truck reportedly transporting " highly sens...
Tags: Apple, Nbc, Buzzfeed, California, Washington, Los Angeles, Trends, Poland, California Highway Patrol, West Coast, Cupertino, Huawei, British Airways, Rich, Jony Ive, Apple Apple


An armed guard reportedly transporting a 'very special load' for Apple was killed in a truck crash

California police said a man was killed Wednesday in a highway crash after a truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel. The box truck involved in the crash was carrying "a very special load" for Apple, according to NBC's Bay Area affiliate. Sources told NBC the two men in the truck were armed security guards transporting products for Apple. Apple is known for being very tight-lipped and keeping its products and company documents under tight wraps. A truck reportedly transporting " highly sens...
Tags: Apple, Nbc, Buzzfeed, California, Washington, Los Angeles, Trends, Poland, California Highway Patrol, West Coast, Cupertino, Huawei, Rich, Jony Ive, Apple Apple, Ive


Air taxis could fly people across major cities by ‘mid-2020s,’ company says

By Peter Holley, The Washington Post In traffic-clogged cities such as Houston, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles, it can take hours to drive a few miles during rush hour. For years, inventors have been working toward a potential solution: vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. Though some know them as “flying cars,” early prototypes more closely resemble a hybrid version of an airplane and a helicopter with a hint of drone, rather than a conventional automobile. Among the most highly anticipate...
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Los Angeles, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Faa, Federal Aviation Administration, Automakers, Hastings, Dallas Fort Worth, Peter Holley, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


The Books That Samuel Beckett Read and Really Liked (1941-1956)

Samuel Beckett, Pic, 1" by Roger Pic. Via Wikimedia Commons Clad in a black turtleneck and with a shock of white hair, Samuel Beckett was a gaunt, gloomy high priest of modernism. After the 1955 premiere of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot (watch him stage a performance here), Kenneth Tynan quipped, ''It has no plot, no climax, no denouement; no beginning, no middle and no end.'' From there, Beckett’s work only got more austere, bleak and despairing. His 1969 play Breath, for instance,...
Tags: Google, Books, Yahoo, College, Los Angeles, Literature, Around The World, Albert Camus, Samuel Beckett, Agatha Christie, Christie, Facebook Twitter, Beckett, Hollywood Reporter, Theodor Fontane, Suzanne


The Art of Creating Special Effects in Silent Movies: Ingenuity Before the Age of CGI

If anyone tries to claim that modern day movies have too many special effects remind them of this. Films have always used special effects to trick the audience, and we’re just using new variations of tools from a century ago. In fact, right from the beginning, creators like Georges Méliès were pushing the boundaries of celluloid and 24 frames per second like the showmen and magicians they were. By the time we get to the silent comedians as seen in our above video, technology had advanced...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Los Angeles, Jackie Chan, Peter Jackson, Charlie Chaplin, Keaton, Facebook Twitter, Lloyd, Buster Keaton, KCRW, Gandalf, Georges Méliès, Ted Mills, Harold Lloyd


Peter Sciretta’s Top 15 Movies of 2018

2018 has come to a close and I have finally been willing to commit to a list of this year’s best movies. Unlike the rest of the /Film staff, I decided to post a top 15 instead of a top 10, and I’ll explain why. I don’t think this was a great year for movies, but it was a very good one. Many of the films in this list are on nearly equal footing. I recently went back and rated and ranked films through the last decade and a half, and that gives me some perspective. If you were to look at my rating...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Movies, Michael Bay, Disney, Los Angeles, Features, Alfonso Cuarón, Sony, James Bond, Richard Linklater, Pixar, Avengers, Bing, Roma, Nick Robinson


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Former Facebook employees reportedly say the corporate culture is like a cult where you have to be happy all the time. More than a dozen former Facebook staffers spoke to CNBC, and put much of the blame on Facebook's biannual peer-review system, where employees are "stack-ranked" and assigned a grade by management. A Motherboard investigation found US phone companies sell customers' data in real time, allowing bad actors to p...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Beyonce, Steve Jobs, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Britain, Tim Cook, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Alexa, Zuckerberg, Amazon Alexa


Google is moving in to a former Los Angeles shopping mall to open a massive new 584,000-square-foot office (GOOGL, GOOG)

Google is growing its presence in Los Angeles, the company says. Google has leased a new 584,000-square-foot office in West Los Angeles that is scheduled to be completed by 2022. Dubbed “One Westside," the offices will take up part of what is today the Westside Pavilion mall. The expansion is Google's latest since announcing its new $1 billion New York City campus in December. Google is growing its presence in Los Angeles, the company said on Tuesday. Google will take over 584,000 square feet...
Tags: Google, China, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Venice Beach, PLAYA VISTA, West Los Angeles, Macerich, Hudson Pacific, Westside Pavilion, RG Kahoe Google, Southwest One Westside


Amid a legal fight in LA, IBM’s Weather Company launches hyperlocal weather forecasts globally

While IBM is getting sued by the city of Los Angeles, accusing it of covertly mining user data in the Weather Channel app in the US, it’s testing the waters for another hyperlocal weather feature that — coincidentally — relies on data that it picks up from sensors on app users’ smartphones, among other devices, combined with AI at IBM’s end to help model the information. Today at CES, the company announced new service called the Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System — GRAF for...
Tags: Apps, Weather, Enterprise, La, India, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Kenya, Kansas, Ibm, Sierra, US Department of Energy, National Center for Atmospheric Research NCAR, Ginny Rometty


Google leases former Westside Pavilion property

LOS ANGELES — Google Inc. has leased the entirety of the One Westside redevelopment, a planned office campus that was formerly part of the Westside Pavilion shopping mall in West Los Angeles, company officials announced Tuesday. Construction on the 584,000-square-feet space is expected to begin later this year, with Google expected to assume its approximately 14-year lease upon completion of construction and tenant improvements in 2022. “We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Google, an...
Tags: Google, Business, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Southwest, Gensler, Google Inc, West Los Angeles, Macerich, Hudson Pacific Properties, Hudson Pacific, Victor Coleman, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


FYI: Weather App has been selling your location data

Weather app, which has 45 million monthly active users has been deceptively collecting and sharing the location information of millions of (American) consumers. The city attorney of Los Angeles has…
Tags: Business, Los Angeles, Tech



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