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May 5, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Bob Pittman, best known for his stints as the founder of MTV, the president of AOL Inc. when it was still called American Online, and the chief executive of Six Flags Entertainment Corp., has coasted over to Clear Channel Communications Inc. as the radio conglomerate's chairman of media and entertainment platforms. For the 57-year-old New York-based executive, the move in November to the nation's largest radio broadcaster was not so much a stretch into yet another entertainment medium as a return to his roots.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 1998 | ERIKA MILVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The current movie, "Velvet Goldmine," chronicles the strange days and wild nights of a Bowie-esque glam rock icon during the decadent whirl of 1970s. But while the rest of the world is going gaga for glam and all things platform and glittering, the real David Bowie has long ago put away such childish fancies as stardust, body makeup and ambiguous sexuality. Indeed, Ziggy Stardust has gotten downright corporate.
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.
REAL ESTATE
September 19, 1993 | SUSAN JAQUES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Jaques is a Pacific Palisades free-lance writer. and
Recently, homeowner James Dozier heard one squeak too many coming from his hardwood floors. Frustrated, he turned not to his workbench or local hardware store, but to his home computer. "How can I stop my hardwood floors from squeaking?" Dozier typed on the screen and sent by way of a computer and telephone hookup to a network of fellow do-it-yourselfers. "My entire upstairs is made of hardwood flooring and I absolutely love them but would like to stop some of the squeaking. . . .
BUSINESS
September 9, 2003 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
Unlike many in her circle of music-loving pals, 17-year-old Danielle Lew of Playa del Rey does not download songs from an Internet file-sharing network. But Lew doesn't buy CDs either -- she uses the CD recorder in her computer to burn copies of other people's discs. That makes her Public Enemy No. 2 on the recording industry's list, a notch below people who copy music on Kazaa and other file-sharing systems.
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.
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