- Staff San Francisco Business Times
Apple Inc.’s planned spaceship-like campus in Cupertino could cost the company $2 billion more than the original estimate of $3 billion, according to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek.
Apple has never shared a budget estimate for the project, but its plan grew from a 50-acre development when originally announced in 2006 to 175 acres when then-CEO Steve Jobs announced the spaceship design in 2011.
Apple has met setbacks in the two years since, with its shares tumbling after a record closing above $700 last September.
Will Boyd and Ava ever get to be happy? Photo by Prashant Gupta/FX
Photo by Prashant Gupta/FX
I admit it. I?m a sucker. If a show or movie is told from the bad guy?s point of view, I?m rooting for the bad guy. When I watch a heist movie, I?m rooting for the thieves. When I watch Dexter, I want Dexter to keep his dark passenger close by and busy. But when it comes to Justified and Boyd Crowder, well, it?s complicated. You can?t root for Raylan and Boyd, can you?
This season, both were hot after Drew Thompson, a fugitive with mysterious connections to Arlo Givens and Bo Crowder. Raylan, of course, wanted to send Thompson to prison. Boyd wanted to hand him over to Theo Tonin to curry favor with the Detroit mafia. I knew both couldn?t win, and it was pretty entertaining watching Raylan solve a mystery by threatening low-lifes, scaring prisoners on their way to Supermax, and smacking himself on the head when he realizes that he?s been riding around with Drew Thompson for two days while ? looking for Drew Thompson. But Raylan winning means Boyd losing, and so I could only hope that that Justified?s best bad guy didn?t end up dead at the hands of Tonin.
And even outside of his direct confrontations with Raylan, Boyd inspires complex feelings. He?s not without his charms. His intellect, his cunning, and his genuine affection for Ava draw me in. When I found out he?d been hiding money so that he could propose to Ava and buy a house, I totally forgave him for the fact that, to get some of that money, he wired Hiram with explosives (and then showed zero remorse when Colt mistakenly killed him).
When the Clover Hill Gang tried to make Boyd do their bidding, I cheered when Boyd played them for fools, used Tonin?s assassin to do his dirty work, and then extorted them for $100,000 each. Who could blame him? He just wanted to go legit and give future generations of Crowders a respectable name. He just wanted to buy a Dairy Queen.
But, but, but ? There?s always been something or another that?s made me withhold unconditional affection for Boyd. There?s his skinhead past (and the tattoos that won?t let him or us forget it). There?s the callousness that shows through at times, like when he tried to have Ellen May killed even though it would have been enough to send her away.
Until, that is, the Season 4 finale, when Ava ended up caught red-handed with Delroy?s body.
It was heartbreaking when Boyd saw Ava in the back of the police cruiser, and when he made his futile plea to have her out within 24 hours. It was inspiring when he wrestled Deputy Mooney to the ground, and infuriating when Paxton waved off the other deputies beating Boyd up. ?He?s not going to be any more trouble,? Paxton said, all smug and obnoxious. ?Let this white trash piece of shit go.?
Boyd looked so broken, so defeated right at that moment, that I went right back with him to his childhood, where the constant abuse heaped on him for being a Crowder helped mold his ambitions. And so next year, when Boyd goes after Paxton?and let?s face it, it?s gotta happen?I?ll be rooting for Boyd. Unabashedly. I?m on Team Boyd now?at least until the next time he goes eye-to-eye with Raylan.
The tale of Google and Frommer’s famed travel guides has taken another twist this evening. Associated Press writer Beth Harpaz reports Arthur Frommer confirmed over the phone that he has retaken control of the brand from Google, and plans to continue publishing them in e-book and print formats, as well as maintaining the Frommers.com website. This comes after Google acquired the brand from publisher Wiley in 2012, followed by Skift.com’s revelation last month that it apparently intended to shut production of the books down.
We’re told by a Google spokesperson (check after the break for the full statement) that it has integrated the content acquired from Frommer’s and Wiley into its products including Google+ Local, but returned the brand to the founder and will continue licensing “certain content” to him. Why things took this circuitous route right back to the man who started it all back in 1957 is unknown and terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but we’re sure fans of the budget travel how-tos are happy to see Frommer’s keep going.
[Image credit: Frommer's, Facebook]
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While there’s plenty of tech to improve your swing, the golf course itself doesn’t see too much innovation which is why this attention-grab from Oakley and Bubba Watson is even more enjoyable. The audacious golfer decided that he was tired of pootling around courses in a golf buggy, so his new sponsors enlisted the help of Neoteric Hovercraft to build him a whip that isn’t restricted to the cart path. In fact, with the BW1 hovercraft, Watson can take shortcuts across water hazards and through sand traps while shaded under the traditional golf buggy canopy — making it the perfect ride for the eccentric 2012 Masters winner. If you’d like to see the other golfers stare in slack-jawed disbelief, then head on past the break for the video.
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It was supposed to be the next Jersey Shore, but following the death of cast member Shain Gandee, MTV’s Buckwild may not get a second season. Gandee, 21, was found dead in his Ford Bronco truck on Monday, along with a relative and another man; the truck was wrecked in a remote muddy area. Filming on Season 2 of the reality show is already in progress, and has been temporarily suspended — but should Buckwild really go on after this tragedy?
James Holmes sits with defense attorney Tamara Brady during his arraignment on March 12. (AP)
[Updated at 1:55 p.m. MT]
CENTENNIAL, Colo.?Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler wasted little time Monday morning in announcing he will seek the death penalty against the man accused of shooting 70 people, killing 12, during a midnight attack at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater last summer.
“For James Eagan Holmes, justice is death,” Brauchler told the court, minutes after the hearing started.
Brauchler said his office surveyed victims and hundreds of people connected to the massacre to help make the decision.
“I hope I can be in the room when he dies,” Bryan Beard, whose friend Alex Sullivan was killed in the theater, told Yahoo News. “If you cause death upon somebody, I believe the only justice is death.”
Reporters in the courtroom said Holmes appeared to have no reaction to Brauchler’s announcement. His parents, Robert and Arlene Holmes, reportedly clasped hands and then embraced when the DA disclosed his plan. A few people on the victims’ side of the courtroom cried.
Holmes, who sat about 15 feet from his parents, made strong eye contact with them when he entered the courtroom.
Marcus Weaver, who was shot in the arm during the July 2012 attack, said he wished Holmes would admit to the killings: “Holmes has an exceptional opportunity to [tell] the world, ‘Hey, I made a mistake, and I’m owning up to it.’ Man up. Save us all the difficulty. Accept what you did. Accept your fate.”
Weaver said he would rather see Holmes admit guilt than watch him die.
“You have an obligation … if you’re guilty to plead guilty,” Weaver said.
In another development, 18th Judicial District Chief Judge William Sylvester told the court he has reassigned the Holmes case to Judge Carlos A. Samour.
Sylvester, the administrative judge for four counties, wrote that “logistical demands” and the “enormous consumption of resources” of a death penalty case necessitated the switch.
Samour took the bench after a short recess Monday morning. His first decision was to delay the start of the trial from Aug. 5, 2013, to Feb. 3, 2014. He projected the trial to last four months, despite Holmes’ defense team arguing that they’ll need longer.
“We will do what we need to do to defend his life,” defense attorney Tamara Brady said in court. “This is not an ordinary case.”
The decision to seek the death penalty follows last week?s legal theatrics in which Holmes? defense team said it would enter a guilty plea if the district attorney settled on a life-in-prison sentence.
?It is Mr. Holmes? position that this case could be resolved on April 1,? his public defenders announced last Wednesday in court filings posted online by the Denver Post. ?Mr. Holmes made an offer to the prosecution to resolve this case by pleading guilty and spending the rest of his life in prison, without any opportunity for parole.?
Not only did prosecutors decline the guilty offer?first made prior to Holmes? March 12 arraignment?but they also lambasted the defense for making it public.
In a 13-page rebuttal to the defense, the prosecution dubbed the public announcement ?grossly improper? and ?a calculated attempt to improperly inject? the plea in front of the Aurora community and the world. The prosecution also accused the Colorado public defenders office of violating the court?s order on pretrial publicity.
Because of the defense?s public plea, the “only conclusion that [people] would reach … is that the defendant knows that he is guilty, the defense attorneys know that he is guilty, and that both of them know that he was not criminally insane,? the prosecution?s filing said.
A mental health defense would be central to Holmes? case, his attorneys have implied repeatedly. Nearly all courtroom argument so far has revolved around his mental state, with the prosecution alleging that Holmes carefully crafted a ?detailed and complex? scheme to commit mass murder?with his sanity fully intact.
At the arraignment, King told Sylvester that Holmes wasn?t ready to enter a plea because the defense didn?t know whether the prosecution wanted to pursue the death penalty. The judge then entered a not-guilty plea on Holmes? behalf, as allowed by law.
Also at Monday?s hearing, the defense and attorneys for Jana Winter, a FoxNews.com reporter, argued whether Winter must divulge the names of two law enforcement sources who gave her information for a July 25 story about an unopened package that Holmes mailed to the University of Colorado at Denver. Winter, quoting the unnamed officials, reported that Holmes sent his former school psychiatrist a notebook containing drawings that foreshadowed the attack. Because of a court gag order, those law enforcement sources were prevented from talking to the media.
Holmes? attorneys have argued that by talking with Winter, the two anonymous sources damaged the defendant?s right to a fair trial. Winter was in court Monday morning, but Samour hasn’t ruled whether she should testify.
Holmes, 25, was a former neuroscience student at CU-Denver before the massacre at the premiere of ?The Dark Knight Rises,? the latest Batman movie. Police arrested Holmes, who was wearing body armor and had weapons close by, behind the theater shortly after the shootings. Police say he also booby-trapped his nearby Aurora apartment with explosives to injure or kill anyone who entered. He faces multiple counts of murder and attempted murder.
Last October, Google introduced the new email compose window as an option for Gmail users and starting today, this will become the default. The new compose experience, which is essentially a pop-up window that appears on the right side of the screen, is easier to use, faster and makes it easier for Gmail users to multitask, Google says. In return, however, it’s now a bit harder to find text formatting options like underline, indent, numbered and unnumbered lists, etc. (you can, of course, also still use the same keyboard shortcuts as before). The new compose experience will roll out over the next few days. It looks like Google will still allow users to switch back to the old compose windows for a while, but it’s not clear for how long. A Google spokesperson told me that the company has not set a timeline for this. The new experience breaks the integration with Rapportive?(recently acquired by LinkedIn)?and similar services (though Boomerang apparently works just fine with it) which previously lived in the right-hand sidebar of the compose screen. You can still use Rapportive while you are reading emails, of course, but the new compose windows have no sidebar (and hence also no ads), so it’s not clear where these tools would present their information while you are composing emails. Thankfully, it looks like the old compose window will still be around for a bit longer, but we’ll have to see for how long. On the positive side, though, the new compose window makes it easier to multitask, as you can open multiple compose windows next to each other, though things get rather confusing once you open more than two. The new compose window is also close integrated with Google Drive and makes it very easy to attach documents from Google’s cloud storage service.