Apple upgrade tracks customers even when marketing apps are off

Apple's Bluetooth-based customer tracking system, iBeacon, just got better, if you ask marketers. But privacy researchers aren't so sure.

USC partnering with USA Today on sports business website

The USC Marshall School and the USA Today Sports Media Group are partnering to create Fields of Green, a website covering sports business.

Incentives help boost feature film production

A Film L.A. report says on-location feature film production increased 24 percent to 1,588 permitted production days in the first quarter.

In SoCal business news: SoCal Edison layoffs, former San Diego Chargers player files lawsuits against Nike

SoCal Edison to lay off hundreds of workers, mostly in Irwindale. Former Chargers player Shawne Merriman believes Nike violated his trademark.

Story links TurboTax maker to fight against 'return-free' tax system

People who took a stand against a proposed tax-filing change were part of a "grass-roots" campaign orchestrated to help Intuit, according to non-profit newsroom ProPublica.

LA Register launch: Publisher says right of center politics will be a selling point

In an interview with KPCC, LA Register publisher Aaron Kushner says The Register's local focus and right of center politics will help it stand out from The LA Times.

Altadena Walmart a year later: Some small competitors thrive, others fail

The new discount supermarket sparked fears that it would devastate local small businesses; 13 months later, some businesses are thriving while others struggle.

Maker Studios says it's sticking with Disney, despite last-minute bid from Relativity

Relativity Media fails in a last-minute $1.1 billion offer for Maker Studios

In SoCal biz news: Relativity Media offers rival offer for Maker Studios

Relativity Media offers up to $1.1 billion for Maker Studios. Pratt & Whitney may leave San Diego. More than 1,000 people gather at UCLA hackathon.

New billboard pole will bring a twist to the Sunset Strip

West Hollywood rethinks the aesthetics and economics of billboards on the Sunset Strip. City officials will unveil a new pole that looks like modern sculpture.

FAQ: What are 'pay secrecy' work policies?

A newly-signed executive order reinforces a right that's existed for nearly 80 years: Employees can discuss compensation Here's what you should know.

In SoCal Business News: Disney-Maker deal faces lawsuit

Maker Studios ex-CEO and other executives are suing to block a shareholder vote on Disney's plan to acquire the Culver City-based digital video company.

Waxman calls on LA Times owner to reduce planned debt burden on paper

Rep. Henry Waxman wrote another letter to Tribune Co.'s CEO, saying media and business experts are also concerned about how the newspaper spin-off is structured.

Boeing to move 1,000 jobs to Long Beach and Seal Beach

While Boeing is still moving forward to close a production plant in Long Beach, the company announced it will move 1,000 jobs to two Southern California cities by 2016.

Ontario Airport will have two airlines flying to Guadalajara

In Volaris, Ontario Airport gets its first new airline since 2007. But it also adds a competitor in flights to Guadalajara.

Google to sell Glass to bigger pool of consumers

Google will sell the "Explorer" version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an online order beginning 9 a.m. PDT April 15. The product will cost $1,500.