Birchbox for geeks. Dollar Shave Club for techies. Gamer swag. Interested? Meet Loot Crate, a Hollywood-based startup that's a subscription service for boxes of tech and video game-themed stuff.
For less than $20 a month (shipping and handling included) you get six to eight hand-picked items, like ... More >>
Microsoft is coming to Venice.
The company confirmed to the Weekly that it's leasing space in the beachside community, which is already home to Google offices and those of other tech companies.
Here's what Microsoft's director of consumer communications told us:
You have to love Microsoft for complicating the uncomplicated and making the computer experience a nightmare for going on two generations now.
The behemoth unveiled its Surface tablet in Hollywood today and, in typical Microsuck fashion, the thing "crashed badly," according to News Photos LA. A rep ... More >>
No, that is not the tour bus for Echo Park's new ironic K-pop girl band.
Somehow, it's even more perfect than that. The pink van driving around L.A. with the groovy font and the mustache -- as of this morning! -- is actually a delivery vehicle for HipSwap, the Santa Monica-based online marketplace ... More >>
Startups is a new column about new companies, big ideas and bold discoveries happening in the L.A. area.
Belinda Lange knows how to have some serious fun. A physiotherapist by training, Lange leads a group at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), which d ... More >>
For some reason, Microsoft seems to think that experienced software engineers are difficult to find in this down economy, so it's trying to recruit talent from the Seattle offices of Amazon, Adobe and Google. The Seattle Times reports that the battle for skilled coders is being waged with free bacon ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
"At the end of 2011, the year that the gastropub finally wrestled formal dining into a bathtub to drown, we pretty much know what a good, new restaurant is going to look like." Cooks County: A Perf ... More >>
Screencap from Sega's Zero Wing
"All Your Base are Belong to Us" famously circulated as an Internet meme a decade ago. Originating as a poor English translation (from Japanese) of dialogue in Sega's 1991 video game Zero Wing, the phrase has a new life as the title of Harold Goldberg's cultura ... More >>
Score one for our embattled mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, who announced on Monday that Microsoft will be bringing its Worldwide Partner Conference to the citywide venues next year. The question is, will bagging the world's largest computer concern beef up L.A.'s chances of also catching the mu ... More >>
In a typically outrageous Japanese promotional campaign, Burger King Japan is offering a Godzilla-sized, seven-patty Whopper for seven days only to celebrate the release of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. While you won't find the Windows 7 Whopper on the menu here in America, you may just be ... More >>
Songsmith, by Microsoft: a time-sucking monster
One has to wonder if Microsoft knew what type of time-sucking monster they had created upon releasing Songsmith. An extension of the MySong project, the program allows even the musically inept to formulate a song and gives skilled players what the com ... More >>
Arrest in Homeless Slay Case Benjamin Mathew Martin, 30, was apprehended in Rancho Mirage for the gruesome death of John Robert McGraham, a homeless man who was set on fire last fall in an alley off of Third Street near Berendo Street. Meet the Bark Beetles The news about climate change's effects on ... More >>