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Monica Chavez packs up a box at an Amazon.com fulfillment center Dec. 2, in Phoenix.

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Online sales taxes shift consumer behavior, study shows

Some states have enacted so-called Amazon taxes, forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional stores do. In those states, Amazon's sales fell about 10 percent.

According to a new report, YUM! (owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013.

Fast-food CEOs earn supersized salaries; workers earn small potatoes

A new report finds that the average compensation of fast-food CEOs has quadrupled since 2000. By comparison, worker wages have increased less than 1 percent.

Time Warner starts 'major' network upgrade in Los Angeles

The company announced it's upgrading its network in Covina, Cypress, Hoover, Crenshaw District, and Jefferson Park. Residential customers in Costa Mesa and West Hollywood have already received upgrades.

In SoCal biz news: Allergan gets $40 billion bid

Netflix exec says issues on House of Cards' tax credits "overcome-able."

Study: Oil industry major driver of California economy

The Western States Petroleum Association says industry pumps billions into state's economy. Environmentalist say oil addiction creates costs.

Will Aereo change the way we watch TV?

Aereo has been trying to make itself seem as significant as possible while strangely, some of the biggest players on the other side have been downplaying the threat.

Netflix to raise prices for streaming video: Will you pay? (Poll)

New customers will be affected first and existing customers will continue to pay the current price for an unspecified amount of time.

In SoCal Business news: Movie ticket prices, Oscars, Lincoln closure

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says that the same LA-based duo that produced the past two Oscars awards shows will produce next year's as well.

Air quality board considers easing diesel rules

The proposed changes come in response to pressure from small trucking firms and owner-operators who want more time to comply with rules requiring them to install costly new diesel particulate filters or upgrade to cleaner models.

Hunger Games: College athletes make play for collective bargaining

The NCAA council approved new rules allowing student athletes unlimited snacks and meals after a star athlete complained about his hunger. But student advocates say they're still waiting to unionize.

JPMorgan Chase invests $10 million to train LA workers

JPMorgan Chase's investment will be given over five years to several L.A. nonprofits that will hold job training programs in 2014.

Corporate world marketing to music lovers at Coachella

Fifteen years ago, the Coachella music and arts festival was just some tents and a couple of bands. Now it's a marketer's paradise.

Pot smoke and mirrors: Vaporizer pens hide marijuana use

Odorless and discreet, vaporizer pens for pot are growing in popularity. But the devices are a nightmare for parents because they make it hard to know if kids are using marijuana.

Airbnb to start charging hotel taxes in a handful of cities

Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists — hotel tax free. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.

In SoCal business news: Herbalife investigation, Uber adds 'safe rides' fee

Herbalife is investigated by the Illinois Attorney General. Uber adds $1 safe rides fee. China Film Co. will produce "Marco Polo" with Paramount Pictures.

Moving the Sriracha sauce factory? At what cost?

The Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale makes at least 200,000 bottles of hot sauce a day. Moving it somewhere else would be complex and costly.