Old Time Starchitect Wallace Neff’s Bastardized Los Feliz House

Click here to view the full photogallery. [Photos by Charmaine David] Oof, someone really made some terrible terrible choices in this probably-once-lovely Los Feliz house designed by the great Wallace Neff (most famous for Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks's Pickfair estate). Neff also lived in this one, according to the listing, and we think he'd be pret-ty pissed to see that kitchen and those purple walls and the carpeting, oh lord, the carpeting. But there are still many many original Read more [...]

Revealed: America’s $53 billion spying budget

The $52.6bn “black budget” for the fiscal year 2013, from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. Although the government has annually released its overall level of intelligence spending since 2007, it has not divulged how it uses the money or how it performs against the goals set by the president and Congress.The 178-page budget summary for the National Intelligence Program details the successes, Read more [...]

Safe as houses? Property investing uncovered

House prices are on the up, but what does this mean for the wider property sector? Is now the time to invest? Laura Miller finds out Britain's housing market has finally "turned a corner", according to surveyors, who reported this month that rising prices and activity are no longer confined to the South East but are being seen across the whole of the UK. House prices rose in July for a fourth consecutive month, marking their fastest growth since November 2006, according Read more [...]

Snap up your own white house with a presidential Welsh Homes property of the …

Dating back to the fourteenth  century, much of the Grade  II-listed home as it stands  today is from the Georgian and  early Victorian eras. Llwynhelig House sits in large  gardens with an adjoining annexe and a separate garage  block with a flat above. The wisteria-clad front elevation is entered from the gravelled parking yard beneath a  pillared porch through to a pair  of double front doors and the  large dining hall and from there  to the well proportioned reception rooms. These Read more [...]

Killzone: Shadow Fall PS4 bundle listed by retailer

A Killzone: Shadow Fall bundle for the PlayStation 4 has been spotted on Amazon France's website. The package has not yet been officially revealed by Sony, but according to Amazon France's website it will contain the PlayStation 4 console, a copy of Killzone: Shadow Fall, the new camera, and two DualShock 4 controllers for €499,99 ZoomKillzone Shadow Fall will be available as a launch title on the PS4 release date of November 15 in US and November 29 in Europe. Those that pre-order the game will Read more [...]

National Games witnesses 54-year history of Chinese sports

SHENYANG, China, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- As the country's most premier multi-sport event, China's national games has experienced ups and downs through 11 editions and witnessed 54-year evolution of Chinese sports. The 12th National Games, which will officially open on Saturday and run through to September 12 in northeast China's Liaoning Province, is expected to attract some 9,500 athletes from 38 delegations. Billed as mini-Olympics by Chinese, the quadrennial event features most Olympic sports and Read more [...]

Nasdaq: Series of ‘Unprecedented Events’ Sparked Flash Freeze

Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ) said a series of “unprecedented events” ignited the so-called Flash Freeze last week that caused a halt in Nasdaq-listed securities. The exchange operator said a slew of “technology events” caused a veritable perfect storm on August 22, forcing it to shut down trading on Nasdaq-listed financial products to stave off broader issues. The problems centered around the Securities Information Processor -- a system operated by Nasdaq that allows other exchanges Read more [...]