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BUSINESS
April 26, 2001 | EDMUND SANDERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former regional Baby Bell phone companies got a cool reception Wednesday as they renewed their assault on a 1996 law they say makes it harder to compete with cable operators in offering high-speed Internet service. The telephone giants, such as SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.
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NEWS
April 18, 2001 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Struggling to plot a new course after a year of dot-com disasters, Internet bellwether Yahoo Inc. reached deep into traditional Hollywood on Tuesday and plucked the ultimate industry insider to lead the company in its quest to become a media giant. Terry Semel, who led the mammoth Warner Bros. studio for two decades with partner Robert Daly, will become chairman and chief executive of Yahoo on May 1.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2001 | RONALD D. WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There will be a sharp drop in openings for information technology workers and in the number of IT positions that go unfilled because qualified candidates are unavailable, an industry trade group says. But a report to be released today by the Information Technology Assn. of America also says that IT hiring remains robust and that there will still be a shortage of qualified IT personnel in the months ahead. There are reportedly more than 10 million IT workers in the U.S.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2001 | From Associated Press
Web search engine AltaVista will add an online newsstand to its main index today to make its results more topical and useful to surfers looking for up-to-the-minute information. With the new service, Palo Alto-based AltaVista will automatically produce the top stories related to search requests. Clicking on a news center at the top search page will provide an index of the latest online stories about the requested topic.
NEWS
March 14, 2001 | WALTER HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The blame for the horrific plunge in technology stocks over the last year can be laid partly at the door of companies such as 21st Century Insurance. The Woodland Hills-based firm spent the last three years developing a Web site and a pair of sophisticated telephone call centers-- and, in the process, boosted its spending on technology equipment by a heaping 30% to 40% annually.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2001 | From Reuters
In a sign that its dominance of the domain name registration market may be on the wane, Network Solutions Inc. was passed by two upstart registrars in one measure of the race to sign up consumers to new domain names, according to a report posted this week by the Web's premier naming authority. Executives at VeriSign Inc.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2001 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Controversial song-swapping service Napster Inc. began blocking access to thousands of copyrighted songs this weekend, but users quickly discovered that the company's filtering program is full of holes and that most songs are still available. Just hours after the blocking program was put into place, Napster subscribers began saving their MP3 music files with slightly misspelled song titles and band names to circumvent the company's attempt to police itself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2001 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Programs that train students for careers in the Internet and entertainment trades are exploding at the state's community colleges, soaring from just a handful four years ago to 112 today. Commonly called "new media" or "media arts" education, the programs also go by such labels as "multimedia," "entertainment technology," "digital media" and "electronic media." They vary from one-year vocational certificate programs to two-year degree programs that prepare students for transfer to universities.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2001 | Liz Pulliam Weston
The Internal Revenue Service is unveiling a new Web site today designed to help small-business owners and the self-employed get a grip on their taxes. The site at http://www.irs.gov/smallbiz includes such features as a tutorial on creating business plans, suggestions on finding start-up financing and links to news and articles from trade magazines and other government Web sites.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2001 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bolstered by its recent court win over Napster Inc., the Recording Industry Assn. of America is targeting the music-pirating underground, sending out legal notices to halt a slew of Napster copycats. The record labels' leading trade group started mailing dozens of cease-and-desist letters this week to Internet service providers, such as Time Warner Cable, whose customers are using high-speed connections to swap copyrighted music.
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