Curbed – Benched: 250 Los Angeles Bus Benches Ready to Track Your Location

October 23rd, 2014

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[Image via Lucy Rendler-Kaplan / Curbed LA flickr pool]

Los Angeles just loves to look at advertising on bus benches and now the benches are watching us back. Buzzfeed has found that an estimated 250 benches were outfitted with bluetooth beacons that would give users information based on their location. Don’t worry: the beacons, manufactured by a company called Gimbal, don’t collect information on you, they only watch where you go! Five hundred of Gimbal’s beacons were taken out of New York City phonebooths this month after BuzzFeed revealed their existence.

Smartphone apps that use Gimbal’s technology are required to ask uses to “opt-in” before the app notes your location and sends beacon-triggered messages; after the initial “ok,” every time a user passes a beacon, the phone sends “information about the encounter — including the phone’s ‘unique identifier’, its location, and the time of day” to Gimbal. Sure, the system could alert people to necessary services in case of a disaster, for example, but the company’s plan seems to be to use the information to sell you stuff.

The program was announced in a press release from Martin that very few people seem to have seen, but before that release went out, Gimbal was already courting advertisers, touting the program as a great way to “understand your audience’s traffic patterns to help build an even more targeted message in the future.” In LA, the beacons were installed on “less than 5 percent” of the city’s estimated 5,000 bus benches, assures the CEO of Martin Outdoor Advertising, the company that handles the bus seating in LA, so it’s a low percentage of complete creepiness.
· Hidden “Beacons” Were Also Installed In L.A. And Chicago [Buzzfeed]
· Martin Outdoor Initiates Pilot Beacon Technology Program in the City of Los Angeles [PRN]
· Meet Your New Green Bus Benches, Still Big Advertisements [Curbed LA]

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4 Sale – 3750 Chesapeake Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016, $498,900 3 beds, 2 baths

October 23rd, 2014

1646 sqft, 3 beds, 2 baths, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – Crenshaw
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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Curbed – Cults Week: Mapping 13 Key Locations in the 1969 Manson Family Murders

October 22nd, 2014

It’s Cults Week at Curbed LA! Join us.
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[Image via Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection]

As Joan Didion wrote in her 1979 essay collection The White Album, the sixties “ended abruptly” on August 9, 1969, the night the Manson Family committed the brutal and infamous murders of five people at the home of actress Sharon Tate and director Roman Polanski. The following night, in Los Feliz, the Family murdered two more innocent people, chosen randomly. The authorities were stumped; their main suspect, a groundskeeper at the Tate house, was released after passing a polygraph test. Seven murders in two days was horrible, and without any idea of who did it, the city was on edge: “A Beverly Hills sporting goods store sold 200 firearms in two days. The price of guard dogs rose from $ 500 to $ 1,500,” according to Los Angeles magazine. Eventually the world would learn about the Manson Family, a cult in thrall to a man named Charles Manson, living together at the remote and abandoned Spahn movie ranch deep in the Valley. That full story is here, and below we’ve mapped all those and more important locations in the history of the cult that changed the city of Los Angeles forever.


· The Story of the Abandoned Movie Ranch Where the Manson Family Launched Helter Skelter [Curbed LA]

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4 Sale – 5210 Irvington Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90042, $899,000 3 beds, 2.5 baths

October 22nd, 2014

3 beds, 2.5 baths, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – Eagle Rock
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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Curbed – Celebrity Neighbor Wars: Billy Corgan and Rebecca Gayheart Settle Two-Year Tree Feud

October 22nd, 2014

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It only took two years and a lawsuit filing, but Smashing Pumpkins singer/songwriter Billy Corgan, Noxzema girl Rebecca Gayheart, and her husband, Grey’s Anatomy‘s McDreamy Eric Dane, finally settled their raging neighbor feud centered on a eucalyptus tree. This tree, on Corgan’s property, fell onto the Gayheart/Danes’s Beverly Hills Post Office house during a period of intense Santa Ana winds back in 2012, and then they wanted Corgan to trim or chop down a few more so it wouldn’t happen again. After years of fighting, TMZ says that the trio settled out of court just before a trial was scheduled to begin.

Insurance companies had apparently settled the actual property damages, but the Danes took issue with Corgan’s lack of remorse for the incident. The lawsuit also claimed that Corgan had neglected to “take any measures to remove the remaining improperly maintained and/or rotten eucalyptus trees from the Corgan property,” but he’s now agreed to cut the offending trees down. He’s probably still not sorry, though.
· Billy Corgan, Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart — Settle RAGING Tree Dispute [TMZ]
· Rebecca Gayheart is Suing Billy Corgan Over Wind-Felled Tree [Curbed LA]
· Crazy Facts and Photos From Last Night’s Mega-Winds [Curbed LA]

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4 Sale – 1607 W 65th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90047, $289,000 2 beds, 1 bath

October 21st, 2014

936 sqft, 2 beds, 1 bath, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – 90047
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Stan Lee Selling Bird Streets House as a Teardown for $3.75MM

October 21st, 2014

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[Stan Lee photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia]

Stan Lee, the bespectacled comic book creator and former Marvel Comics president who created or co-created pretty much every superhero now in theaters that isn’t Batman or Superman (Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, the X-Men, etc.), has put his 1945 house in the Hollywood Hills Bird Streets up for sale. Listed as “an amazing opportunity for someone to build/develop their dream home,” the 2,500-square-foot house has four bedrooms and six bathrooms, says the LA Times, plus a living room fireplace—although it doesn’t sound like any of that will be around for very long (maybe they’ll be brought back to life in a future series). Lee bought the place in 2006 for $ 3.599 million and is listing it now for $ 3.75 million.

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· Comic book giant Stan Lee lists home in Hollywood Hills West [LAT]
· 9155 Warbler Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90069 [Redfin]

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