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In business news: Flappy Bird, Calif.'s growing solar industry, film tax credits

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Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen says the app is 'gone forever' because it was 'an addictive product'. Forbes has an exclusive interview with Nguyen. Are you mourning the loss of Flappy Bird? Personally, I didn't get a chance to play it. Maybe that's a good thing considering the many hours I have poured into video games.

Regardless, Nguyen is still getting paid thanks to all those ad impressions on Flappy Bird, according to CNET. The game still works for those who already downloaded it.

California has a third of the nation's solar power jobs. The solar industry employed 47,223 Californians last year, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Entertainment attorney Ken Ziffren is L.A.'s new film czar. Ziffren warned that more middle class jobs could be lost due to competition from other states and countries. One of his priorities is pushing for the increase of state incentives for film and TV production.

One state that is increasing its film tax credits is Virginia. The state's House of Delegates voted to expand the state's tax credits to the film industry from $5 million to $25 million every two years, according to non-profit journalism website Watchdog.org. 

Uniclo headed to the OC? The trendy Japan-based retailer had announced it wanted to open its first Southern California store this fall, according to the Women's Wear Daily.

Yesterday, AirTalk discussed the partnership between LeanIn.org and Getty Images to change the image of women in stock photos. And then there's this from Ad Age: 'Unapologetic': Barbie to Pose in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

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