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BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's ambitious plan to provide Internet access to billions of people around the globe will face challenges that extend far beyond solving technical and financial issues. In announcing a partnership dubbed Internet.org, Zuckerberg outlined several technology-based strategies for reducing costs in order to extend affordable Internet service to 5 billion people around the globe who are not currently online. But nonprofit groups that have been focused on bridging the global digital divide have reported that such efforts inevitably run into problems including economics, culture, education and corruption.
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BUSINESS
August 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google's latest unconventional project, balloon-borne Wi-Fi service, is being tested in the skies above California's Central Valley. The Web giant said on Google+ that it has been conducting research flights over parts of its home state to fine tune what it called Project Loon. That project is an effort by Google to bring Internet access to parts of the world where the necessary infrastructure, such as cell towers, is lacking. Project Loon comes from the Google X lab, which is also responsible for self-driving cars and Google Glass eyewear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Attorneys for a Saudi Arabian princess accused of human trafficking on Monday offered a starkly different take on the life of a Kenyan domestic servant who prosecutors said was forced to work long hours for little pay. Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested at her home in Irvine this month for allegedly forcing the Kenyan woman to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for $220 a month. The servant, who has a young daughter in Kenya, could not leave because her passport was kept in a safe deposit box at a local bank, prosecutors said.
NEWS
June 11, 2013 | Reuters
Sony Corp. is pricing its new PlayStation 4 console at $399, $100 lower than the new Xbox One by rival Microsoft Corp. Microsoft recently announced a $499 price tag for its first new Xbox in eight years, which is going on sale in the United States in November. Sony also drew cheers from the audience at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles Monday  when it said the PS4 would run second-hand games and did not require an always-on Internet connection. Microsoft had earlier elicited groans from gamers when it announced restrictions on used games for the Xbox One and said players had to log onto the Internet for authentication.
NATIONAL
June 5, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A military judge postponed her ruling Wednesday on whether to delay the Ft. Hood shooting suspect's trial after hearing more about his new defense strategy , saying she plans to consider the matter next week, officials said. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, 42, has requested a three-month delay to prepare a new defense after he succeeded in firing his military attorneys and proceeded to represent himself this week. His new strategy, "defense of others," is based on his contention that the 2009 shootings were necessary to protect others from imminent harm.
WORLD
June 3, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
No escaping the conundrum of Syria's war Monday-Tuesday, June 3-4 - Russian and European leaders face an agenda packed with economic and political issues at their two-day summit in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg.  But as with most diplomatic gatherings these days, the debate and discussion are expected to be dominated by the protracted tragedy of Syria. Russia, a longtime ally and key weapons supplier to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has on one hand been working with U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to bring the embattled Syrian leadership and rebels to peace talks expected to be held in Geneva.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
What do affluent Americans look for when picking a hotel for vacation? It's not beach access, fitness centers or privacy but something far more practical: Internet access, according to the Resonance Report on Affluent Travel and Leisure released Thursday. "We believe one of the key trends we'll see in the years ahead is the integration of technology into the guest experience," Chris Fair, president of Resonance Consultancy, wrote in an e-mail. "Rather than unplugging, we'll be 'plugging in' and using mobile technology to create and manage our vacation experience throughout our stay....
BUSINESS
April 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After loudly announcing its expansion to Austin, Texas, last week, Google on Wednesday used a simple blog post to let users know it hopes to also bring Fiber, its high-speed Internet service, to Provo, Utah. The Silicon Valley giant is hoping the Provo City Council will approve an acquisition agreement between it and iProvo, a fiber optic network the city began building in 2004. Provo has been looking for a partner since 2011 to finish building out the network. Google will pay $1 under a deal that would include Google finishing and upgrading the network to be able to provide speeds of 1 gigabit.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Residents in Austin, Texas may soon find out just how fast 1 gigabit Internet connection is like. Austin city officials and Google, which has been testing its ultra-fast Internet service called Fiber in Kansas City, have sent out invitations to an event Tuesday morning where they "will make a very important announcement that will have a positive impact on Austinites and the future of the city. "  Multiple news websites and blogs report that the announcement will be about the expansion of Fiber to Austin.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
What's worse than being disconnected while on the road? Paying for the connectivity you need to have. A new device addresses both those woes. FreedomPop offers various connectivity via Wi-Fi/4G  on its various devices - a USB stick, a hot spot and a “rocket sleeve” for an iPod Touch - that can keep you connected away from home (or even at home). Here's the good news: You get half a gigabyte free. You're probably thinking, “I'll burn through that in a nanosecond and they'll get me on the additional gigabytes I need.” Not so much.
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