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The man who reportedly created Bitcoin is 64 year-old Satoshi Nakamoto.
Newsweek magazine says he lives in a house in Temple City, with his mother, and has a $400 million fortune thanks to the virtual currency.
But then, Nakamoto gave the Associated Press a two-hour interview yesterday claiming that he is NOT the creator of Bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world’s most popular digital currency came …
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent the day in Silicon Valley meeting with high-tech leaders.
He also signed an agreement with Governor Jerry Brown to promote trade, research and economic development.
California and Israel have had such pro-business agreements dating back decades.
Brown’s office said today’s deal will connect Israeli venture capitalists with California technology researchers.
The agreement also lays the foundation for California to work with Israel …
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A federal grand jury has indicted State Senator Ron Calderon and his brother Tom on multiple corruption charges.
The US Attorney’s Office says the Calderons face charges of mail and wire fraud, bribery and money laundering.
Gene Maddaus is a reporter with LA Weekly, and Andrew Blankstein is with the NBC News Investigative Unit based here in LA.
Did we see all of this coming? Especially given the Calderon …
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President Obama spent a few hours in California’s Central Valley today, where he announced drought aid for farmers, food banks and rural communities. After landing in Fresno this afternoon, the president held what the White House called “a roundtable with community leaders.”
The president’s visit comes on the heels of $173 million his administration announced for California drought relief. ($100 million for livestock; $60 million …
It’s been a year to the day since Los Angeles Police officers shot at a pickup truck in Torrance they thought belonged to fugitive and ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.
Dorner had been fired from the force, written an internet manifesto alleging a culture of discrimination and intimidation, and went on a killing spree against those he believed were behind his firing.
The pickup truck, which was …
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As we mourn the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman, a great actor and artist, we also acknowledge that many have suffered the same fate before him.
Perpetual drug addiction, where the addict is in and out of rehab, trying to kick a habit that’s all-too-often nearly impossible to kick.
But is there a connection between creativity and addiction? Do artists, actors, painters, and singers believe drugs …
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Gene Maddaus reports for the LA Weekly and Seema Mehta reports for the Los Angeles Times.
Longtime West LA Congressman and powerful Democrat Henry Waxman announced this week he will not seek another term, after serving 20 of them on Capitol Hill.
That’s 40 years in Washington.
And now the race is on here at home to succeed him, which is landing some familiar names on the ballot.
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Here’s a scenario. You have some music on your iPod. You want to share. You give one of your earbuds to a friend.
But maybe the song was recorded in a way that you’re not getting the full stereo experience by listening in one channel.
An LA- and London-based band called Nightbus is trying something new, that they’re calling “three-way stereo.”
That’s two separate songs in two stereo …
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The National Association of Theater Owners has come out with new guidelines, calling for movie trailers to be no more than two minutes long.
That’s 30 seconds shorter than the typical preview right now.
And the guidelines say that a trailer cannot be shown more than five months before a movie comes out.
These guidelines are supposed to apply to movies that open on or after October …
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Paul Pringle writes for the Los Angeles Times, and Jeremy White reports for the Sacramento Bee.
Pringle’s story that work had been done by county workers on LA County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas’s house caused the politician to lash out this week on Which Way LA?
The Times story reported that all the work went beyond permissible security improvements. Ridley-Thomas says allegations that he allowed taxpayers to foot the bill for extra work are …
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The Grammys are set for Nokia Theatre at LA Live this Sunday, with music’s brightest gathering for their highest achievements.
But rewind a few years – 24 years to be exact – when Milli Vanilli won a Grammy in 1990 for best new artist.
The German duo Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus brought into the new decade an electronic MIDI beat, the success of which can be debated.
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In the midst of growing criticism about his leadership at his department, LA County Sheriff Lee Baca announced this week he’s stepping down on January 31 from the post he’s held for more than 15 years.
Baca says he doesn’t want to be a distraction going forward.
Baca’s been under intense scrutiny for accusations of abuse at jails and, of course, the indictment of 18 former …
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At a loss of words in this new year? Let’s exercise some synapses. Maybe your resolution is through exercise, to define your abs or biceps.
That’s fine. But we’d like to define some words that came to prominence last year. Think of it as a verbal selfie. (If we had a bitcoin for every time we heard that word).
Grant Barrett is a lexicographer who specializes …
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The year is coming to a close and we look at some of the biggest stories of 2014.
There were a couple of high profile shootings underscored security and response at public places across LA.
One tragic day in June turned an idyllic Friday in Santa Monica into a horrible day for people in around the Santa Monica College campus.
That’s when a man who grew up not …
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The parent company of the Orange County Register is looking to expand its reach by launching a new daily newspaper – here in LA.
Aaron Kushner, the CEO of Freedom Communications, says the new paper will be known as the Los Angeles Register.
Kushner says the paper will share sports content and other stories of regional interest with the OC Register.
But he says the new paper …
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LA County Sheriff Lee Baca admits that mistakes were made in the hiring of dozens of officers with histories of misconduct. And a convicted sex offender has sued hundreds of Southland businesses under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
LA Times reporter Robert Faturechi, and Hillel Aron, who writes for the LA Weekly, join us for this week’s Mixer.
An LA Times investigation reports the LA County …
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Tiffany Hsu from the Los Angeles Times and Gustavo Arellano from the OC Weekly joined us.
Yes it’s Black Friday. But we don’t care about the fights going on in the aisles of Walmart. There were gatherings outside, where a couple hundred protesters turned out in a steady rain.
Wal-Mart has long been a target of labor unions because it is a non-union operation. And the group …
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Thirty-five years ago today, City Supervisor Dan White climbed through a window into San Francisco City Hall, entered the office of Mayor George Moscone and shot and killed him. He then walked down a corridor to the office of fellow-Supervisor Harvey Milk, and shot and killed him as well.
Residents were stunned, as well as activists in the Castro district, who helped elect the country’s …
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Too many streets in Los Angeles have boring names: Fair Oaks, Mission, Palms, etc.
When LA Mayor Eric Garcetti approached Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully with the idea of renaming a street after him, the famously humble Scully politely demurred.
That got the folks at Zócalo Public Square thinking: who else deserves to have an LA street named after them?
Some notable Angelos offered up ideas, like rebranding …
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Comedian Louis C.K. once said “Everything that’s difficult you should be able to laugh about.” But just about any comedian that’s graced a stage, performed on TV, or even sent a tweet has probably felt the same way.
Rob Delaney knows something about those things. A few of those things.
But especially the difficult and laughing part. Because he’s experienced the former and helped us experience …