December 22, 2010 |
To that long list of buyer-bewares this Christmas season, it's time to add another: television pitches from so-called consumer and "lifestyle" experts. These TV spokespeople may seem peppy, even vaguely knowledgeable. But chances are they did little, if any, research to find you the best bargain or the highest-quality merchandise. They're arriving in your living room because someone paid them to sell anything from a soda maker to that new man-scaping device. FOR THE RECORD: Paid promotions: The On the Media column in the Dec. 22 Calendar about the failure of TV shows to properly identify paid promotions said that one of the programs that hosted lifestyle "expert" Sean McEwen was "San Diego This Morning" on XETV-TV San Diego 6. The name of the show was "San Diego Living.
March 24, 2000 |
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.
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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.
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.