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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2009 | David Zahniser and Phil Willon
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.
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BUSINESS
June 13, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
June 9, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2009 | Anne E. Kornblut, Kornblut writes for the Washington Post.
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.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2009 | Alex Pham
The improvements to Microsoft Corp.'s next version of Windows may be incremental, but they could go a long way toward improving the software giant's reputation. Microsoft on Wednesday released to programmers a trial version of Windows 7, the follow-up to the Windows Vista operating system, which bruised the company with bad reviews and disappointing sales. A version of Windows 7 for consumers to test on their personal computers is expected Friday.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2008 | bloomberg news
Silicon Valley, the technology mecca once considered immune to fallout from the global financial meltdown, now faces its biggest cutbacks since the dot-com crash. "Lots of my friends have been laid off," said Peter Raulwing, a project manager for Microsoft Corp., during lunch at a Starbucks in Palo Alto. "I absolutely watch what I spend. I feel lucky I've survived, but you never really know." He has reason for concern. Spending on computers and software will slide 8% next year in the U.S.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2008 | The Associated Press
The next version of Microsoft Windows, the software that defines the computing experience for most people, will nag users less than its much-maligned predecessor, Vista. PC users will be able to test the new edition early next year. The world's largest software maker also is making Word, Excel and other key elements of Office -- its flagship "productivity" programs -- able to run in a Web browser. The move is meant to help confront rivals such as Google Inc.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Microsoft Corp. unveiled a program called Windows Azure that stores and runs customers' data and programs in its computer-server farms, stepping up competition with Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc. in software that is delivered over the Internet. Windows Azure makes it easier and cheaper for clients to manage their programs, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie said at a conference in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2008 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
Bidding to dominate not only what people do on the Web but how they get from site to site, Google Inc. plans to release a browser today to compete with the likes of Internet Explorer and Firefox. It's yet another salvo in the company's intensifying battle with Microsoft Corp., which last week released a beta, or test, version of Internet Explorer 8 that makes it easier to block ads from Google and others. "This is the first truly serious threat that Microsoft has faced from a well-funded platform," said technology analyst Rob Enderle, president of the Enderle Group.
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