Goodbye, ESPN Zone: Sitting directly across from the Staples Center, the ESPN Zone at L.A. Live is closing down permanently. Taking the place of the ginormous playground dedicated to beer, sports and arcade games will be three new restaurants: Smashburger, Live Basil Pizza and Tom Urban 24. Live Basil Pizza and Tom Urban 24 originally hail from Colorado. These restaurants will provide dining options at a lower cost than the pricey menus of Wolfgang Puck, Yardhouse and Katsuya. The only ESPN Zone left in Southern California stands at Downtown Disney in Anaheim.
Facebook embedded: Facebook won’t be limited to likes anymore. Last week the social media powerhouse announced plans to roll out embedded posts. Users can now click on any given wall post, copy a code and insert that content into other sites including blogs and other media platforms. As of right now, only a few select sites are able to access this feature including Mashable and PEOPLE magazine.
Oscars 2014 Host: Ellen Degeneres has been announced as the official host of the 2013 Academy Awards. Degeneres previously hosted the event in 2007, with great success.