February 24, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- The hottest ticket at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain: Mobile king Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook chief executive, fresh off his empire-building move to buy popular mobile messaging company WhatsApp for $19 billion, took the stage at the largest mobile conference to talk up his vision for connecting billions more people. Top of mind for everyone there: The 450 million users who come with Zuckerberg's expensive acquisition of WhatsApp. Zuckerberg said Facebook bought WhatsApp because of a shared vision to connect the planet.
February 23, 2014 |
Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast to ensure the subscription service's movies and TV shows stream seamlessly in a deal that underscores the power of distribution in the digital era - and could mean higher rates for consumers. The nation's leading online video service and the largest U.S. provider of home Internet access said the agreement is designed to ensure that Netflix subscribers can watch the new season of "House of Cards" and other content free of the pauses and hiccups subscribers have reported in recent months.
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.