September 1, 2009 |
Google Inc. said Sony Corp. would install the company's Chrome Web browser on some of its personal computers. The Internet giant described the arrangement as a test of a channel to "make Chrome accessible to even more people." A Sony spokesman in San Diego didn't immediately return calls seeking comment. Tokyo-based Sony predicted in May that it would sell 6.2 million units of its Vaio computer in the year ending in March 2010, up from 5.8 million in the previous year.
August 12, 2009 |
The six big motion picture studios Tuesday won a major legal victory against DVD copying. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Patel issued a preliminary injunction blocking the sale of RealDVD, a controversial software application that allows consumers to copy DVDs to a computer's hard drive. The standard anti-piracy software on DVDs blocks consumers from taking the movie file off the disc. The studios filed suit in September in District Court in San Francisco when the RealDVD software went on sale, alleging that it illegally violated their right to restrict the use of their movies in digital form.
August 1, 2009 |
The popular Firefox Web browser, developed by a grass-roots group, reached a major milestone Friday -- its billionth download. The download counter rolled over the 1-billion mark early Friday, marking a feat for a browser that, unlike Microsoft's Internet Explorer or Apple's Safari, is run by a nonprofit organization, Mozilla, with fewer than 250 employees. Despite its lack of big corporation backing -- or maybe partially because of it -- Firefox has become hugely popular worldwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2009 |
Frustrated by a slow and antiquated computer system, the city of Los Angeles is weighing a plan to replace its e-mail and records retention software with a service provided by Google, a move that could allow the Internet giant to retain sensitive records transmitted by the police and other municipal agencies.
June 13, 2009 |
A Santa Barbara company said Friday that the Internet-filtering software that China has mandated for all new personal computers sold in that country contains stolen programming code. Solid Oak Software Inc. said parts of its filtering program, which is designed for parents, can be found in the Green Dam Youth Escort filtering software that must be packaged with all computers sold in China starting next month.
June 10, 2009 |
The order by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology was unprecedented in scope: All personal computers sold in the country as of July 1 would have to include government-sponsored Internet filtering software. But just how the plan, which would potentially affect hundreds of millions of computer users, would be carried out remains unclear.
June 9, 2009 |
China is requiring personal computers sold in the country to carry software that can block online pornography and other websites, potentially giving one of the world's most sophisticated censorship regimes even more control over the Internet. The software's developer said Monday that the tool would give parents more oversight by preventing computers from accessing sites with pornographic pictures or language. Jinhui Computer System Engineering Co.
April 25, 2009 |
Hollywood calls it "rent, rip and return" and contends that it's one of the biggest technological threats to the movie industry's annual $20-billion DVD market -- software that allows users to copy a film without paying for it. On Friday, industry lawyers urged a federal judge to bar RealNetworks Inc. from selling software that allows consumers to copy their DVDs to computer hard drives, arguing that the Seattle company's product is an illegal piracy tool.
February 9, 2009 |
Terrence Payne's 48-year-old family grocery store was lost in a blaze of urban rage. A bid to rebuild it was strangled by red tape. A subsequent consulting operation struggled against closed doors. Some people might have taken the hint and decided that they weren't meant to be their own boss. Instead, Payne tried again.
January 23, 2009 |
If the Obama campaign represented a sleek, new iPhone kind of future, the first day of the Obama administration looked more like the rotary-dial past. Two years after launching the most technologically savvy presidential campaign in history, Obama officials ran smack into the constraints of the federal bureaucracy Wednesday, encountering a jumble of disconnected phone lines, old computer software and security regulations forbidding outside e-mail accounts.