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Archive | February, 2014

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Secret Service investigating possible hacker attack at Sears

Another major U.S. retailers may have been the target of hackers. The U.S. Secret Service is reportedly investigating a possible security breach at Sears, according to Bloomberg. The website quotes an anonymous source “… familiar with the investigation.” The government agency is already looking into major hack attacks on Target and Neiman Marcus. This latest development comes as struggling Sears has been attempting a comeback. More here.

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Powerful storm pounds Burbank and the Southland today

Burbank and the rest of the Southland is getting pounded today by much-anticipated winter storm slow rolling through our region. The strong system moved in overnight and is expected to linger through tomorrow bringing at least 2-to-4 inches in Los Angeles area and 4-to-7 inches in the valleys and Inland Empire. Along with tons of rain, this huge storm is packing fierce winds, whipping of high surf, and might even produce small hail , tornadoes, and waterspouts. Also, watch out for downed trees and fallen power lines. Accidents as well... Read More →

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NASA, California drought, and stormy weather

As the Southland gets ready for that second, much more powerful storm, there is still a lot of concern about the California drought. So now NASA is lending a helping hand. The space agency  partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) “… to apply advanced remote sensing and improved forecast modeling to better assess water resources, monitor drought conditions and water supplies, plan for drought response and mitigation, and measure drought impacts.” “Over the past two decades, NASA has developed capabilities to measure and provide useful... Read More →

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Cloudy skies and sunshine in Burbank today, but rain is coming

Sunshine off and on in Burbank today, where it has been mostly cloudy skies and cool temperatures. The high is expected to reach only into the mid-60s. Weather watchers say a couple of winter storms are approaching the Southland and the raindrops are expected to start falling some time this evening. The storms are expected to deliver a one-two-punch to the Southland, with the second on Friday predicted to be a serious soaker. They saying these storms could produce some of the heaviest rains in three years! There is concern... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot leaps to $216 million!

Money, money, money! The Mega Millions jackpot is growing again. More than 2.2  million tickets were bought for last night’s draw — but none was a jackpot winner, according to lottery officials. Tuesday’s numbers: 12, 18, 25, 35, 66, and the Mega Ball 15. The jackpot rolled over to $216 million! When the money pot hits that level, lottery fever spreads and the lines for Mega Million tickets get longer.  The next draw is Friday, February 28.

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Facebook is dumping its email service

More developments for Facebook. The world’s largest social network has more than a billion monthly users, however, not many of them bothered to use Facebook email. After pushing it for several year, the company has decided to retire “We’re making this change because most people haven’t been using their Facebook e-mail address, and we can focus on improving our mobile messaging experience for everyone,” Facebook said in a statement that appeared on CNN today. Facebook users are being notified. If you have a Facebook account,... Read More →

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“Late Night with Seth Meyers” debuts with good ratings; Jimmy Fallon still strong

NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” got off to a nice start. The late night talker premiere last night with special guests Veepee Joe Biden and funny lady, Amy Poehler. “Late Night with Seth Meyers” debuted with an average of 3.4 million viewers that’s better than the 2,8 million who tuned in for Jimmy Fallon’s first night as host of “Late Night” back in March of 2009. Fallon is doing all right on the “Tonight Show.” Last night, the second week kicked off with 6.2 million viewers. Both... Read More →

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Oscar ballot deadline today

Oscar’s big night of glitz and glamour is less than a week away. Today is the deadline for members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to cast their ballots in the race for Oscar. The balloting, both paper and online, officially opened on Friday, February 14. All ballots must be in by 5 p.m. Pacific Time today. Then the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers will  go to work counting the ballots and determining the winners. Not all of the nominees will take home a gold... Read More →

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“12 Years a Slave” wins big at 2014 Image Awards

Another big win for Oscar-contender, “12 Years a Slave.” The brutal depiction of slavery in America won the top honor of outstanding motion picture of 2013 at the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Other wins for the film: Steve McQueen for director, Lupita Nyong’o for supporting actress, and John Ridley for outstanding writing for a motion picture. Forest Whitaker took home the award for outstanding actor in a motion picture for “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler'” and David Oyelowo picked up the trophy for... Read More →

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Rewind: Facebook, WhatsApp, and that $19 billion deal

A lot of chatter on the Internet and elsewhere about the amazing deal Facebook put together to buy mobile messaging service, WhatsApp, for $19 billion. The social media network announced its newest acquisition last Wednesday. Immediately,  there were questions about WhatsApp. Oh, and the money deal made plenty of folks utter: “Say what?” Here’s how it works. WhatsApp uses the Internet instead of a cellular network to send user data like text, images, video, and audio media messages. It’s free for the first year and... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot nears $200 million!

The pile of money just got bigger in the Mega Millions lottery. Again, the six winning numbers proved to be elusive for the players in that game. The jackpot has been growing since it was hit on January 3 for $61 million. The lucky numbers from last night’s draw: 23, 29, 32, 45, 46 and the Mega Ball 15. The jackpot rolled over to $195 million — but it could leap the $200 million mark by the next draw — Tuesday, February 25.

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Pink to perform at the Oscars 2014

Pink has been added to the roster of performers for the 86th Academy Awards ceremony set for a week from this Sunday. This Oscars broadcast is apparently putting a heavy emphasis on entertainment with Bette Midler, U2, and Pharrell Williams already signed on to appear. “We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time,” said show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement. “She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Thursday February 20, 2014

Want to be a T.V. director? Warner Bros.Television is accepting submissions for a new directors workshop to help talented folks, for example, those with “…an established portfolio of features, music videos or national commercials” break into primetime television. The 12-week master class will be taught on the Warner Bros Studios lot in Burbank beginning in May. The deadline to submit is February 28. More on The Wrap. A lot of reports on local news and the Internet about the arrest of former Southland T.V.... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Wednesday February 19, 2014

Social media giant, Facebook, just announced an amazing deal. It’s buying popular messaging mobile startup, WhatsApp, for $16-19 billion. Yes, that’s billion with a “b.”  More on this huge Internet purchase and the two WhatsApp owners who are now billionaires on Forbes. Jada Pinkett Smith has snagged a major part in the new Fox drama, “Gotham.” Smith will play tough sadistic gangster boss, Fish Mooney.  This is a Batman prequel with many of the villains and heroes made famous in the comics.... Read More →

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Walmart still planning a mega store in Burbank

The Great Indoors site at the Empire Center in Burbank is still vacant and probably will be that way for a while. That doesn’t mean the world’s largest retailer, Walmart, has lost interest in constructing a proposed 143,000 square foot supercenter at 1301 North Victory Place. Not hardly. On November 5, 2013, the Burbank City Council voted 3-2 not to appeal a judge’s ruling, which put the brakes on the project. Council members Gary Bric and Jess Talamantes supported the appeal. Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Councilmen Dr. David Gordon, and Bob... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot skyrockets to $172 million!

The Mega Millions jackpot has blown up to $172 million! No one selected all of the lucky winners in last night’s draw — so more millions got added to the money pot. Tuesday’s winning numbers: 23, 29, 31, 37, 70, and the Mega Ball 14. The jackpot has reached the lottery fever zone — so the ticket buying is expected to kick into high gear. That could pump even more moolah into the jackpot. The next chance to score the Mega Millions big one is Friday, February 21.  

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