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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1999 | K.C. COLE, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
There's something about calculus. Mathematicians turn misty-eyed at its very mention. Students cringe. It's been praised as the highest intellectual edifice created by humankind, and dismissed as an absurdity that computes only "ghosts of departed quantities." Physicists will tell you it's the mathematical scaffolding behind our entire technological society; former students will tell you it's used for calculating the volumes of bananas.
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NEWS
March 24, 1999 | NANCY WRIDE
As the first guy to put the sun at the center of the solar system, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was a revolutionary, and he lived just long enough to see his observations bound in a hand-lettered book. Now a Palo Alto company is using state-of-the-art technology to preserve such ancient and rare books on CD-ROM, and sell them in the electronic marketplace for about the price of a hardback.
BUSINESS
March 14, 1999 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On one side of the small, smoky office sat a former Tel Aviv police officer, now working in copyright enforcement for the Israeli music industry. On the other, the owners of a Palestinian factory reputed to be churning out thousands of bootleg compact discs a day. Across a steel desk cluttered with overflowing ashtrays, tiny cups of sweet coffee and plates of baklava, the men spent nearly three hours one recent evening trading accusations. Then the Palestinians made a startling offer.
BUSINESS
February 22, 1999 | JENNIFER OLDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Limited sales and bruising competition forced Purple Moon, a pioneer of the girls' games genre, to close its doors last week and lay off all its employees. The Mountain View, Calif.-based creator of CD-ROM titles for 8-to-12-year-olds said in a statement that increased consolidation in the video game industry was a primary reason for its decision. Ironically, this consolidation is being driven largely by a broadening of the video game market to include categories such as girls' games.
BUSINESS
February 10, 1999
Amateur photographers will soon be able to get their pictures stored on CD-ROM as easily as developing a roll of film into prints, as Eastman Kodak Co. rolls out its Picture CD product nationwide. But it will cost about $9 more a roll for the novelty of having a photofinishing store computerize their traditional snapshots. Kodak, which developed the Picture CD along with Intel Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1999 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Laguna Beach High School appears to be the first in Orange County to go with a high-tech version of alumni memories, offering students a yearbook on CD-ROM this year. In a few years, when today's Laguna Beach seniors go for a stroll down memory lane, they will have the option of turning the pages of a traditional paper yearbook or clicking on an icon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE
A Castaic man was charged Friday with four counts of allegedly selling obscene CD-ROMs depicting bestiality and scatology to undercover Los Angeles police officers at a computer show at the Sherman Oaks Entertainment Center in September. Marshall Jay Lefcourt, 45, allegedly sold CD-ROMs to investigators who viewed them on a computer in a police vehicle parked outside the venue, according to Los Angeles City prosecutor Lynn Magnandonovan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1998 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yearbooks, you remember them--those musty, leather-bound tomes memorializing school days in staged black-and-white group shots and senior quotes. Increasingly, these quaint paper artifacts aren't enough for some teens weaned on computer games and the World Wide Web. Many want something a little more high-tech from their high school memorabilia. Enter the CD-ROM, the latest trend in nontraditional yearbooks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1998 | REGINA HONG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Leave the Beanie Babies and Teletubbies on the store shelves. Forget about the latest Nintendo and Sega games. At least, that's what your child's teacher would probably like to say. If many educators had their wish, parents would ignore the latest toy craze this holiday season in favor of some fun but more educational gifts that stimulate their children's creativity and encourage exploration.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 1998 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Buy it. Buy it now. In fact, buy six--someday they might be worth something. That's the unstated pitch some record companies are using to sell readily-available albums by presenting them as collectibles or fleeting "limited editions." And they're dangling some big names--the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Queen and, most prominently, the season's seemingly ubiquitous Garth Brooks.
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