February 19, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Google has unveiled an ambitious plan to expand its blazing-fast Internet service to millions of people in 34 more U.S. cities in the clearest sign yet that the Internet giant plans to challenge cable and phone companies in what could become a lucrative stand-alone business. Google said it would begin working with government officials in some of the nation's largest cities, including San Jose, Phoeniz, Atlanta and Portland, Ore., to explore extending Google Fiber there.
February 4, 2014 |
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network early Tuesday to look back on how his company came to be so successful. Zuckerberg, who launched the company when he was just a 19-year-old student at Harvard, said he never imagined that Facebook would be what it is now. There was a need to connect the world through one service, he said, and he and his company cared deeply about doing that. "When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: Why were we the ones to build this?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 |
The nation's second-largest school district is woefully unprepared to administer new state standardized tests by computer, a survey of Los Angeles Unified schools has found. An internal district report, obtained by The Times through a California Public Records Act request, indicates that fewer than a third of Los Angeles schools said they were ready for this spring's tests, which for the first time will be given online. The survey comes amid a $1-billion effort to provide every student, teacher and administrator with an iPad or other computer.
November 14, 2013 |
Library funding in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, may be diverted to a new jail thanks to a legislator who doesn't approve of the library's programs. Jail proponent and chair of the Lafourche Parish Council Lindel Toups supports a ballot measure that would take funding away from libraries. “They're teaching Mexicans how to speak English,” Toups told the local Tri-Parish Times , referencing Biblioteca Hispana, a Spanish-language section of one of the nine branch libraries. “Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico.
September 5, 2013 |
The battle over federal "net neutrality" rules resumes Monday when a federal appeals court takes up the challenge filed by one of the country's largest Internet service providers: Verizon. The phone company, which argues that the Federal Communication Commission's rules violate federal law and the Constitution, asserts that ISPs have a 1st Amendment right to edit or block the data flowing from websites to their customers. The company's stance is strange and self-contradictory, considering its long-standing efforts to be freed from liability for the "speech" that travels through its wires.
August 21, 2013 |
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced a partnership called Internet.org designed to deliver Internet access to the billions of people around the globe. Whether it's born out of noble intentions to create a more equitable world or simply to expand Facebook's addressable market, I'll leave others to debate. The initiative is noteworthy because it raises some important issues about the way the Internet potentially divides us socially and economically, a subject that all too rarely gets discussed. It's an ambitious idea.