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February 8, 2003
Re "Don't Sever a High-Tech Lifeline for Musicians," Commentary, Feb. 2: Janis Ian is a wonderful artist, and we support her right to allow free Internet downloads of her music. The court ruling in the Verizon case doesn't change that one bit. What Ian argues is that illegal downloading, unlawful though it may be, is helpful to some artists, so we shouldn't be able to find out who is engaging in it. That's a non sequitur, and it boils down to Ian imposing her view of what's best on all artists.
April 23, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - Netflix Inc. and other Internet companies may soon be able to pay for a faster road online for streaming movies and other content into customers' homes, raising concerns about who ultimately may end up with the bill. The nation's top telecommunications regulator, breaking with his agency's long-standing position, will propose new rules that would allow broadband network owners to sell a high-speed toll road for content providers, the Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday.
October 24, 2006 | Peter Lunenfeld, PETER LUNENFELD's most recent book is "USER: InfoTechnoDemo." He is professor of media design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
IN A SCENE straight out of a thriller -- or better yet, a satire of one -- Libya's Moammar Kadafi summoned MIT Media Lab's Nicholas Negroponte to a tent in the vastness of the Sahara Desert in August to talk about the One Laptop Per Child initiative, or OLPC for short.
April 23, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may demand compensation from every person caught downloading and possessing the illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. But justices set aside a $3.4-million restitution order handed down against a Texas man on behalf of one victim, ruling that a single defendant who possesses the pornography may not be forced to pay the full amount of damages due the victim. The 5-4 decision upholds part of the Violence Against Women Act and opens a new chapter in compensating victims who say the online circulation of their images has forced them to relive the sexual abuse they experienced as children.
August 31, 2008 | Michelle Maltais, Times Staff Writer
For the last few weeks, I've been staying up late glued to my screen, and frankly it has been wreaking havoc on my sleep patterns. No, not watching the Olympics or the nonstop political gabfest on 24/7 news channels. I have been obsessively logging in to iTunes. It's not about the songs, audio books, TV shows or movies. It's all about the apps. As an early adopter of the iPhone -- yeah, I paid full price last year; what of it? -- the one thing I really missed in retiring my Palm PDA was having all the many applications that entertained and aided me in living my life.
May 21, 2005 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
In the Uma Thurman Suite of the InterContinental Carlton hotel, actor Morgan Freeman and producer Lori McCreary are, strangely enough, not marketing movies. They're marketing technology. Here are computer stations in areas decorated to look like a teen's room, a child's room and a master bedroom.
August 8, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Florida investigators say a man accused of downloading child pornography is blaming his cat. Keith Griffin of Jensen Beach is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after detectives found more than 1,000 images on his home computer. According to a sheriff's report, Griffin told investigators that his cat jumped on the computer keyboard while he was downloading music. He said he had left the room and found "strange things" on his computer when he returned.
February 5, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Attorneys for former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Wen Ho Lee expressed concern about news leaks suggesting that prosecutors want to resume questioning Lee about downloading restricted data and other matters. The Washington Post reported that the FBI and federal prosecutors were considering seeking court approval to further question Lee, who pleaded guilty to a single count Sept. 13 and agreed to be interrogated under oath for 60 days.
November 7, 2008 | Times Wire Services
A former Intel Corp. engineer was charged with stealing trade secrets worth $1 billion from the chip maker while he worked for its main rival, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. In a five-count indictment, federal prosecutors in Massachusetts accused Biswamohan Pani, 33, of illegally downloading more than a dozen confidential documents from Intel's computer system during a four-day stretch in June.
August 8, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Jermaine Jackson's rendition of the song "Smile," sung at his brother Michael Jackson's public memorial last month, soon will be available on iTunes. Acting in advance of a hearing Monday at which the singer's posthumous merchandising is expected to be addressed, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff allowed administrators of Jackson's estate to enter into an agreement Friday with Apple Inc. to distribute the song and video on Apple Inc.'s popular downloading website.
April 6, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Here's the latest trip-planning website that can help you craft your own guidebook. Name: What it does: It's a Web bookmarking tool that lets you collect and store your travel itineraries, complete with maps and the ability to download and share. Cost: Free What's hot: This website has two things that will keep me coming back: its beautiful, design-friendly layout, and the ability to print out a PDF of my itinerary. I love being able to access my travel plans from my smartphone or tablet, as well as sharing with my friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, but I'm still a paper girl at heart.
March 10, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Randy Lewis
Apple Inc. has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store - a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several people familiar with the matter. Apple executives contend that on-demand music services have begun to cannibalize download sales, and its representatives are demanding the labels create a period reserved for digital purchasing. Music industry insiders, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from the industry's dominant retailer, said Apple's push for a new release window - similar to the one that some Hollywood studios impose for films newly released for home viewing - shows the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is scrambling to retain its competitive advantage in an evolving digital music market.
February 14, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
De La Soul is spreading a lot of love to its fans. In honor of the upcoming 25 th anniversary of its landmark debut, “3 Feet High and Rising,” the groundbreaking alternative hip-hop trio is offering a sweet Valentine's Day gift: its entire discography for free. The group is allowing fans to download one, or all, of its albums via its official website . PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The catch? The music is available for only 25 hours and requires a subscription to De La Soul's email newsletter. Not bad, considering the bounty of free, and legal, music up for grabs.
December 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When it comes to app downloads, no day is more important than Christmas. Each year, millions of new tablets and smartphones are given as gifts, which means users turn on their gadgets and quickly start downloading apps, making Dec. 25 a gold rush for software developers. But the growth rate for Christmas Day app downloads is slowing, according to Flurry , an analytics and advertising firm. Although Christmas 2013 saw a record-breaking level of app downloads, overall app downloads increased by 11% from a year earlier.
December 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
There's a good chance you woke up with a new smartphone or tablet this Christmas morning, but as Microsoft can tell you, no one wants to use a device with no apps. If you've got a new gadget, you need to load it up with the best apps, that way the device can actually improve your life and not just bust your loved ones' wallets. Last year, 328 million apps were downloaded on Christmas , and this year, the number is expected to be even higher. So what apps should you download? Every user has different needs so no one has the same apps, but the apps below are must-have for most users.
December 6, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
From the start, I opposed digital downloads and everything about them. The early MP3s a decade ago were so sonically constricted they seemed like the worst so-called advance in the history of recorded sound. The tyrannical iTunes infrastructure requires the vast variety of musical forms to be treated as songs if they hoped for a place at the digital table, and the lack of information about the music was (and remains) appalling. The Apple and Amazon war on record stores threatened to disastrously diminish the crucial social interaction of music lovers.
October 19, 2010
Lack of file compatibility: A movie bought for one device won't work on others. Pay TV headaches: Films disappear from online stores like iTunes whenever they are airing on pay cable networks like HBO. Downloading is too complicated: It no longer takes a computer science degree to download a movie, but people still don't know how to do it. Price: When music moved to the Web, the prices of albums fell. Yet studios charge the same for a movie online as for a DVD.
December 6, 2013 | By Mark Swed
Sites for CD-quality and studio master downloads: Qobuz: This French site is now the world's best megastore record store for downloads. While the catalog is not quite as deep as Amazon or iTunes, it offers a vast wealth of recordings available as downloads in CD quality and often hi-def. Plus it has a wealth of unbelievable bargains, although you have to search for them. HDtracks: Although the selection is fairly limited, this pioneering U.S. site has hi-def recordings you won't find anywhere else and is especially good at providing astonishingly rich remasterings of classic '50s and '60s jazz, rock and classical.
November 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is updating Gmail so that users can quickly preview files attached to emails they receive by using Google Drive. The tech company said it is updating its email service so that when users receive emails with files attached, small thumbnail previews of each file will be visible at the bottom of the email. Users can click on each thumbnail to get a full-size preview of each file. "You're probably used to downloading email attachments, but each of those files takes time to download, eats up space on your device, and can get buried deep inside your 'Downloads' folder," Google said in a blog post announcing the new feature.
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