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.
July 20, 2000 |
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.
December 31, 1997 |
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.
August 30, 1999 |
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.
June 25, 2000 |
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.
June 17, 1994 |
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.
January 23, 1994 |
Lillian Painter awoke at 3 a.m., slumped over her computer keyboard. It was not a heart attack. She had forgotten to go to bed. Painter says she has an addiction so strong that it sometimes forces her to forgo food and sleep. But her habit has an upside: It keeps her mind active and helps stave off loneliness, putting her into contact with strangers who live as far away as Alaska or as close as a 20-minute freeway ride from her Culver City home.
September 13, 2001 |
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.
October 12, 2000 |
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.
July 7, 2010 |
Last fall, like so many Americans before him, Josh Reich ended up in a frustrating game of phone tag with JPMorgan Chase over a bill, this one about escalating fees and other bank errors involving his home equity loan. Unlike most Americans, Reich decided to respond not by complaining but rather by contacting a friend from business school and convincing him that they could start their own bank, one that would challenge the old way of doing business. "The idea of starting it came from the realization that banks in America make money by keeping their customers confused," Reich said at the offices of BankSimple, as the product of that inspiration is known.