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April 23, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
AT&T's announcement that it might extend ultra-high-speed broadband service to Los Angeles and dozens of other communities across the country was greeted with no small amount of skepticism from the digital punditocracy. "Don't celebrate yet," warned Ars Technica. "More hype than hope," suggested Latin Post. And there does seem to be a bit of gamesmanship going on between AT&T and Google, which has also made a habit of announcing potential, rather than actual, deployments of gigabit-speed Internet services.
April 12, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
Consider some of the things that have bound our nation together: Universal postal service at a flat rate, whether you live in Santa Monica or Sitka, Alaska. Interstate highways, built with taxpayer funds and free of tolls. Regulated phone and electric service, with lifeline rates for the economically disadvantaged. These were all based on a social contract honoring the notion that essential infrastructure should be available to all - indeed, that those normally left by the side of the economic road might be most in need.
April 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Fiber, the ultra-fast broadband Internet service developed by the search-engine company, will be expanding to Austin, Texas, in 2014. In a widely expected move , Austin city officials and Google on Tuesday morning announced the expansion of Fiber. The service is already live in the Kansas City area and provides users with Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which Google says is about 100 times faster than most American users' Internet speeds. "With a population of innovators and early adopters, Austin has always welcomed and embraced forward-thinking ideas," the Austin Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday in a statement.
February 22, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
The citizens of the Kansas City metropolitan area may soon be watching a Google TV service on a Google TV that connects to the Web using Google Fiber. Google's Google Fiber division filed applications Friday with both the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Kansas Corporation Commission to offer a pay-TV service that would challenge Time Warner Cable and satellite TV services in Kansas City. Read the document: Google applies to offer pay- TV service in Missouri So, you might be wondering, why Kansas City?
April 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is known for being a bit of a prankster when it comes to April Fools' Day, and the Silicon Valley giant this year once again lived up to its reputation. From an all-blue Gmail to the new "Google Nose" search service that can create artificial scents for users, the company went all out -- but it wasn't the only tech company to release April Fools' Day jokes. Twitter said it was launching a new all-consonant service, and Sony put out a line of tech products for pets. PHOTOS: Top 10 must-have smartphone apps Here are some of this year's best April Fools' Day pranks by tech companies.
July 27, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing if I catch Olympics fever. The Skinny: I've never been much of an Olympics watcher so this will be a true test of the power of social media to drive me to the television. Friday's headlines include a look at the weekend box office (man, how many times have I written that sentence?), concerns about whether NBC is overdoing on the Olympics, Google Fiber's TV lineup and how an Indian movie star is trying to turn into Edward R. Murrow. And yes, I know that last reference dates me. Daily Dose: NBC is gearing up to pummel us with the Olympics for the next two weeks.
January 23, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
After months of speculation, rumors and guessing about the state of Apple, we'll get some actual numbers when the company reports its earnings Wednesday afternoon. The earnings report is scheduled to be released at 1:30 p.m. PST, shortly after the stock markets close on the West Coast. At 2 p.m., the company is scheduled to begin its earnings call with analysts .  We'll have some quick numbers and snapshot analysis between the announcement and the earnings call start. And I'll be live tweeting the call.  QUIZ: Test your Apple knowledge As a reminder,  Apple told Wall Street analysts that for its first quarter, which ended in December, investors should expect the company to report $52 billion in revenue and earnings of $11.75 a share.
September 13, 2012 | By Joe Flint
"60 Minutes" is headed to Showtime. CBS News said the team behind the venerable newsmagazine is teaming up with Showtime to produce a monthly program that will go behind the headlines to probe the big stories of the sports world. Called "60 Minutes of Sports," it will premiere in November. “Our Showtime edition will offer the same high-quality, original reporting and great storytelling our viewers have come to expect every Sunday night on CBS,” promised "60 Minutes" executive producer and CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager.
September 18, 2012 | By Joe Flint
It used to be an anomaly when a National Football League game ran more than three hours. Now it has become the norm. According to the NFL, so far this season the average run time of a typical game is 3:11:56. That's about six minutes longer than what games averaged in 2011. Monday's game between the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos ran an astounding 3:40 and there was nothing exceptional about it to explain why it took so long to complete. On CBS, games are running about eight minutes longer than last season.
January 22, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Are you jealous of everyone you know? If so, it might be time to take a break from Facebook. Scrolling through photos of other people's vacations, joyful family moments and awesome nights out may be a threat to your sense of personal happiness, say a team of German researchers in a new study titled "Envy on Facebook: A hidden threat to users' life satisfaction?" And if you are the type of person who lurks on Facebook without contributing much yourself, chances are your sense of life satisfaction is even lower, the researchers found.
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