Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 4, 2013 07:02 PM
If you’re idea of luxury is to get on a plane that has seats that lie flat so you can sleep, United may be your new airline of choice. The airline has just redesigned 15 of its Boeing 757-200s to offer such service along with extra legroom for those flying out of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport en route to Los Angeles or San Francisco.
United claims that it’s the first to offer such options on these “Premium Service routes,” Mediapost reports. The spruced-up planes also have “in-flight WiFi along with personal, on-demand entertainment at every seat as well as power outlets and USB ports at every seat.”
"Our investment in these aircraft and in the p.s. service will add greatly to our flyer-friendly customer experience on these coast-to-coast flights," said Jeff Foland, United's executive vice president of marketing, technology and strategy, in a press release. "This is just one more example of the many things we are doing to provide greater onboard comfort and convenience on every United flight."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 5, 2013 03:27 PM
While its long been known as an "equal opportunity" airline, JetBlue is tired of missing out on all those lucrative upgrade fees that competing airlines have been taking advantage of for years. With that, the discount brand is flipping its image and introducing premium seats on some of its planes.
"It's a big change for us culturally," Scott Laurence, JetBlue's vice president of network planning, told the Wall Street Journal.
While it's known for its universally coach cabin, the new premium seats at the front of the plane will come with free alcoholic beverages and hot means, while on select flights, seats will convert into lie-flat beds, and some will even be “walled off from the aisle by sliding doors."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 8, 2013 11:52 AM
GoDaddy, the world's largest domain registrar, will head-off the commercial marketing for the .la TLD to Los Angeles businesses and locals looking to geographically tag their website, the Los Angeles Times reports.
GoDaddy, which will sell the .la TLD for the first time after striking a deal with CentralNic, the company that handles the database for .la Web addresses, will launch a city-wide marketing campaign including billboards and online ads to promote the .la suffix—which also happens to be the Web suffix for the country of Laos.
The suffix joins a growing list of city-specific TLDs under ICANN's new web naming push. New York has previously announced that its bid for the .nyc domain was approved by ICANN and will be available for purchase later this year.Continue reading...
in the spotlight
Posted by Abe Sauer on February 13, 2013 02:12 PM
Just as infamous murder suspect and police officer Chris Doran was scribbling his now famous manifesto against the Los Angeles Police Department, Hollywood was releasing Gangster Squad. About the LAPD's battle against crime boss Mickey Cohen, the film is just the latest in La-LA land's collection that put a sheen on the efficacy of the department's iconic corruption.
Ironically enough, the real life "gangster squad" that the film was based on was formed by the LAPD in 1946 to preserve Los Angeles' image as, in Gangster Squad author Paul Liberman's own words, "a sun-washed Garden of Eden." Unfortunately, it's the exact same LAPD that has been—more than any other American city's authorities—a scourge to the image of its home. A locked-in vicious cycle of LAPD mythologizing was maybe best captured in yesterday's image of the LA Times homepage announcing the Dorner shootout alongside numerous banner ads for the "raw" LAPD TV drama Southland.
"No city's image is more closely bound to its police department than Los Angeles to the LAPD," John Buntin, author of L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City, told brandchannel. Buntin's book chronicles the LAPD of the Mickey Cohen "Gangster Squad" years and its transition to its Dragnet era and eventually the disaster of the Watts riots.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 12, 2013 09:07 PM
As news broke on Tuesday afternoon that the authorities had begun closing in on suspected gunman Christopher Dorner, who has for days been the subject of an intense manhunt, the Los Angeles Times found itself hosting a collision of art and reality on the front page of its website.
For a time, the newspaper's coverage was wrapped inside a dominant ad for the TNT police drama "Southland," with images (above) of actor-officers with their guns drawn. Several minutes after the news began unfolding, The Times took the ad down (below).
The Times explained to brandchannel through a spokesman: "Given the heightened interest and anxiety around this breaking news, The Times and TNT determined that it would be in the best interest of our readers and Southland viewers to temporarily take the ad off the latimes.com homepage."Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 25, 2012 08:50 AM
Air France plans to streamline operations and reduce staff.
AOL surprised by teen startup squatter.
Butterfinger launches mock conspiracy-hunting mobile tour.
Dish Network squares off with TV programmers over ad-skipping DVR.
Facebook impresses with photo app, while Mark Zuckerberg makes the cover of People and investors hope for refunds as legal challenges to IPO loom.
Ferrari deaths fuel anti-foreigner sentiment in Singapore.
FIFA tests goal line technology.
Jersey Shore's Snooki embroiled in $100M battle with merchandising firm.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 7, 2012 01:42 PM
Sprinkles, the Los Angeles cupcake bakery, has installed its first ATM to dispense its frosted fare, as Huffington Post food blogger Lucy Blodgett demonstrates above. At $4 a pop (75 cents more than its regular cupcake price), the ATM is slated for New York and the brand's eight other U.S. locations, she hears. Naturally, the cupcake ATM now has its own Twitter feed. The idea expands on the company's Sprinklesmobile that launched in 2009. Also launching this spring: Sprinkles Ice Cream.
Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 10, 2011 10:58 AM
France is the latest nation to impose a so-called fat tax on sugary beverages (except for zero-calorie diet drinks), while American campaigns to curb the consumption of non-diet sugary beverages continues.
Los Angeles county just launched a public awareness campaign, its first aimed at 'sugar-loaded' beverages.
LA's move follows a high-profile campaign earlier this year by New York City targeting soda consumption, citing statistics such as few sugary drinks a day adds up to 93 packets of sugar and leads to serious health issues and disease.
Sugary drinks are the number one source of calories in the average American diet and health advocates are still reeling from the recent rejection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of a pilot proposal banning soda from New York food stamp purchases proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Despite such efforts, more than 50% of Americans still drink too much soda with the highest consumption among minorities, the poor and the young, according to a recent study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Continue reading...