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OPINION
January 14, 1996 | Michael Meyer
A California couple sets up a sexually explicit bulletin board on the Internet, attracting viewers around the country. In Tennessee, they are indicted--and jailed--for violating that state's anti-pornography laws. A prosecutor in Munich determines that more than 200 Internet "news groups" contain sexual material, in violation of German law. He complains to CompuServe, the online service.
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BUSINESS
March 24, 2000 | CHUCK PHILIPS
Thousands of miles away, in a remote desert at the end of the Earth, a secret rendezvous altered the future of the $40-billion music business. On Sept. 22, top Time Warner Inc. executives picked the ancient Chinese city of Kashgar, one of the least accessible spots on the planet, to pitch the idea of merging the media giant's beleaguered record division with Britain's struggling EMI Music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1997
America Online Chairman Steve Case has long held that the best way to profit as an online service is to build a huge audience base and hope that the advertisers will follow. Case has made good on the audience part, but whether the profit will follow is still a matter of faith. In acquiring AOL's biggest competitor, CompuServe, Case expands his company's subscriber base to 11.9 million. The next biggest online service, Microsoft Network, has only 2.3 million.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2000 | STANLEY HOLMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When I turned on my new Pocket PC for the first time, I was outside enjoying a cloudless spring day, a rarity in Seattle. But the sun was too much for Microsoft, which is back with a redesigned line of digital hand-held devices. All the hype, the fancy color screen and the razzle-dazzle technology crammed into my Pocket PC was lost to a bad case of screen glare. I couldn't see anything.
BUSINESS
December 31, 1997 | LAWRENCE J. MAGID, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An Internet connection is practically a necessity for small business these days. E-mail is rapidly replacing fax and voicemail as the preferred method of reaching people. The World Wide Web, despite delays and other problems, can be an incredibly efficient way to gather business information. To access the Internet, you'll need a computer and a modem plugged into a standard phone line. Options range from an off-the-shelf modem to a high-speed digital Internet connection.
BUSINESS
August 30, 1999 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For all the high-tech trappings of the Internet, moving billions of bits of images and text across the Web still works a bit like an old-fashioned bucket brigade. Web pages are broken down into tiny packets of information and then handed from one computer to the next until they finally reach their destination. It is a robust system of moving data, but one that can be sluggish at times, in part because of the slight delays at each handoff.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2000 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Internet entrepreneur Ignacio Kleiman of Miami has plenty of cash, big plans and wide-open market opportunities across Latin America. But he's short on the resource that matters most to his fledgling Internet company: Latino management and technical talent. Like hundreds of other U.S. businesses targeting Latin America, Kleiman's company, I-Network.com, has openings for bilingual executives he can't fill. And efforts to import them have been frustrated by the scarcity of visas and work permits.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2000 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK and JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Though European antitrust regulators formally approved the merger of America Online and Time Warner on Wednesday, regulators, competitors and consumer groups on this side of the Atlantic have a message for the merger partners: It's too soon to break out the champagne. Several issues that were not considered by the European Commission remain obstacles to the deal's approval by the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.
NEWS
June 17, 1994 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Say you're at the corner of Ventura and Winnetka in Woodland Hills. How do you get to the Internet from here? First off, the Internet is not a place. It's a thing--a worldwide network of more than 15,000 computer networks. It's also hot, hot, hot.
NEWS
September 13, 2001 | KAREN KAPLAN and DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After a day of uncertainty and silence, Jessica Trant logged onto America Online and began typing: "Looking for my dad, Dan Trant. He worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor." The 19-year-old pleaded with the world: "My family and I need him to come home, so please if anyone has heard about anything, e-mail me." As of Wednesday, she had heard nothing on the whereabouts of her 40-year-old father, whose law firm occupied four floors of the World Trade Center.
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