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January 17, 2012 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
The number of Web users in China soared past 500 million last year, explosive growth that has elevated Chinese Internet companies and challenged social and political discourse in the communist-controlled state. The government-run China Internet Network Information Center said Monday that the number of Web users in China grew to 513 million in December, up 12% from a year earlier. Chinese Internet giants such as search engine Baidu Inc., news portal Sina Corp. and gaming and messaging service provider Tencent Holdings added millions of users, raising the profile of the increasingly lucrative sector.
January 20, 2012 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
  Chinese Internet users are applauding the U.S. tech industry's Web "strike" this week to protest federal anti-piracy bills that would give Uncle Sam greater control of cyberspace. As websites including Wikipedia shut down and millions of Americans complained to lawmakers about the potential for government censorship, Chinese netizens spoke admiringly of the public rebellion. Such a display in China would be nearly impossible right now, given Beijing's tight grip on citizens' online activities.
March 24, 2010
You go, Go Daddy. Like Google Inc., the leading registrar of Internet domain names is pushing back against Chinese censorship, announcing Wednesday that it will stop selling domain names based in China. The company says the Chinese government demanded that it identify its customers, a clearly unacceptable requirement that would have allowed officials not just to block sites they didn't like but to go after the owners. Rival domain registrar Network Solutions said it has pulled out of China for the same reason.
December 5, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Images of Greek demonstrators rioting over austerity measures and Occupy Wall Street protesters scuffling with police in the U.S. appear to be worrying China's communist leaders. One of China's most senior officials has acknowledged that the souring global economy has the government on edge. According to an official New China News Agency report Saturday, China's top security chief warned provincial officials to brace for unrest if financial conditions continue to deteriorate.
August 30, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
DreamWorks Animation has become the second Hollywood studio to enter into a distribution agreement with China's top online video site, Youku said Monday that it had signed a deal with the Glendale animation studio to distribute the "Kung Fu Panda" movies in China, marking the first time that DreamWorks releases have been made available in that country through the Internet. Both of the previously released "Kung Fu Panda" films, which were hugely popular in China, will be immediately available on Youku's premium on-demand service for less than $1. The movies will subsequently be available for free viewing on Youku's Hollywood Movie Channel.
April 20, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
"There are 400,000 words in the English language, and there are seven of them that you can't say on television…. They must be really bad." In 1972, comedian George Carlin wrote a monologue titled, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." When a version of this riff was broadcast the following year on a jazz radio station, it set off a legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ultimately upheld the right of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate indecent material on the airwaves.
February 23, 2008 | MEGHAN DAUM
In the march issue of the Atlantic magazine, sandwiched between an article about Chinese Internet technology and a review of modernist art criticism, lies a seven-page essay called "Marry Him! The Case for Settling." Its author is Lori Gottlieb, a 40-year-old Los Angeles writer and single mother who admits that the idea of finding Mr. Right, a notion she once harbored, was in fact a bill of goods. Young women in search of marriage and family, she writes, should think seriously about resigning themselves to Mr. Good Enough.
October 23, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Call her Yahoo Inc.'s cheerleader in chief. In her first public remarks since taking over as the troubled Internet company's chief executive three months ago, Marissa Mayer buoyed investors with her vision for a Yahoo comeback. Yahoo shares started surging as Mayer spoke to analysts about the company's better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and plans to reinvigorate the consumer Internet company. Yahoo rose 73 cents, or nearly 5%, to $16.50 in after-hours trading.
It was depressing enough that the global tech wreck had turned some of China's superstar dot-coms into fallen heroes. Now, America Online is on its way, spelling more doom for the struggling survivors. On Monday, the world's largest Internet service provider confirmed weeks of speculation that it is partnering with China's biggest computer maker, Legend Holdings.
March 24, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn and David Pierson
Chinese access to Google's search engine grew more restricted, with some sensitive searches blocked altogether, Tuesday as fallout from its decision to redirect mainland users to its uncensored Hong Kong website threatened to undermine the Internet giant's ability to cling to its hard-won Chinese market share. The move was already reverberating across the Pacific. Google said Tuesday that it would delay rolling out in China mobile applications that run on Android phones after its Chinese partners came under government pressure to pull out of deals with Google.
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