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Bringing the information highway ever closer, one of America's largest cable television operators said Tuesday it will offer direct access to the sprawling Internet computer network through its video system. The new service, from Boston-based Continental Cablevision Inc., will give subscribers an ocean of information through their personal computers, allowing them to tap into university libraries, discussion groups and other services from around the world.
July 7, 2011 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
The questioner reads evenly from a script. "Please give me your name and your age. " "My name is Sameh Eldesoky and I am 21 years old. " Eldesoky sits back, hands on his knees, trying to relax, trying to forget that a tiny microphone is clamped to the front of his shirt. "When and how did you first hear about the demonstrations of Jan. 25?" "Through Facebook and friends. " "Had you been involved in demonstrations before or political organizing?" asks the interviewer, a young woman with a soft, soothing voice.
August 17, 2008 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to choosing broadband Internet providers, you can't always get what you want. But with certain limitations, you can get what you need. If you use the Internet regularly, chances are you already have broadband -- that is, a high-speed hookup, usually through your cable television provider or phone company. But are you getting it at the right speed and right price? There are more choices than ever, even though you typically have to go with a provider that serves your neighborhood.
June 13, 2009 | Associated Press
A Santa Barbara company said Friday that the Internet-filtering software that China has mandated for all new personal computers sold in that country contains stolen programming code. Solid Oak Software Inc. said parts of its filtering program, which is designed for parents, can be found in the Green Dam Youth Escort filtering software that must be packaged with all computers sold in China starting next month.
December 21, 1998 | GREG MILLER
Television actress Alyssa Milano recently won several legal skirmishes in her crusade to stop Internet sites from posting nude pictures of her. Two operators of nude celebrity Web sites have agreed to remove the pictures of Milano and settle suits she filed against them, according to Milano's attorney, Mitchell Kamarck. He declined to specify how much money the sites agreed to pay except to say that the total is "in the five figures."
After putting in a full day at his computer technician job, a 30-year-old Internet game player known as Ebaid went home, logged on to a game called "EverQuest" and started his night job. His game character donned armor, slapped on his sword and began slaying beasts so he could make some real money. Hail the rise of yet another strange creature of the Internet revolution--the professional online game hunter. Ebaid played for hours, slaying every computer-generated monster on his screen.
Perhaps it's only appropriate that an antidote to the urban legend comes from the suburbs--Agoura Hills, to be precise. It is out of their home at the western end of the San Fernando Valley that David and Barbara Mikkelson track down the origins of tales of impossible tragedy, irony and revenge. More often than not, the Mikkelsons said, a little double-checking is all it takes to debunk a legend told and retold as "verifiable truth."
January 3, 1998 | Associated Press
California drivers who want to personalize their license plates now have a way to find out quickly whether the name or clever saying they have in mind has already been taken, the state Resources Agency announced Friday. The agency, which uses money from "vanity" plates to pay for environmental programs, has created a World Wide Web site with the Department of Motor Vehicles, enabling Internet users to search a database of 1.6 million existing personalized plates. At the Web site, http://plates.
A new wave of companies is steadily staking claim to a piece of the communications future. For now, these promising firms are mostly hidden among a glut of "dot-com" ventures. That obscurity, however, is not likely to last. That's because this group of companies is harnessing the power of next-generation networks that carry phone and Internet traffic together, making possible a host of new services that combine the strengths of both phones and computers.
January 14, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Microsoft Details Internet Plans: The software company said it will buy a minority stake in Falls Church, Va.-based Uunet Technologies Inc., a major provider of access to the Internet computer network. Separately, Microsoft Corp. said it has licensed a popular Internet browsing software called Mosaic from Spyglass Inc. of Naperville, Ill.
April 18, 2009 | Ben Fritz and Henry Chu
When Adam Hendricks wants an obscure film that isn't available on Netflix, he isn't exactly out of options. The 26-year-old West Hollywood resident turns to one of the dozens of "torrent tracking" websites that index and make searchable the hundreds of millions of files -- some legal, most not -- distributed on the Web via the BitTorrent file transfer technology. "It's really easy," he said, listing a number of popular sites. "I use isoHunt first and Pirate Bay sometimes.
April 3, 2009 | Bloomberg News
Walt Disney Co., the world's biggest media company, is exploring ways to provide cable channels, including ESPN and Disney Channel, on the Internet. The company must first find a way to protect pay-television services that carry the networks, Chief Executive Robert Iger said Thursday at the Cable Show in Washington. Media and pay-TV companies are considering ways to let cable and satellite TV subscribers watch channels over the Internet. "Streaming full networks online would be an interesting and potentially compelling feature," Iger said.
March 18, 2009 | Associated Press
In an effort to help struggling newspapers stay in business, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is asking the Justice Department to broaden its view of media competition when reviewing merger proposals. Pelosi sent a letter to the Justice Department on Monday saying any antitrust concerns that arise from proposed mergers between newspapers should take into account online news sources and nearby daily and weekly papers "so that the conclusions reached reflect current market realities." The Hearst Corp.
March 2, 2009 | Jean Merl and David Zahniser
As recently as two months ago, David R. Hernandez said, he didn't even know what Facebook was. Today, he uses the popular Internet social-networking site to help spread the word about his steeply uphill campaign for Los Angeles mayor in Tuesday's municipal primary.
March 2, 2009 | Diane Haithman
By day, he's a mild-mannered information technologist for a downtown law firm; by night, Doug Hein, 41, is the amateur photographer who took the winning shot for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Urban Light Project, an online "open call" to the public to create the most memorable image of Chris Burden's public art installation "Urban Light." The Urban Light Project commemorates the first anniversary of Burden's artwork, a signature fixture on the LACMA plaza since last February.
February 25, 2009 | DAVID SARNO
What do you want to know about the Web? Are you concerned about online privacy? Do you get what Twitter is, or what the big deal is about social networking? Are you wondering when they're going to invent a more eye-friendly way to read online? Or how the economy is affecting the Internet? Just ask. One reason rabid new media zealots scoff at newspapers is because they're no good at being interactive. The connection between readers and writers is one way: We write. You read. They have a point.
October 21, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Times Mirror, Pacific Telesis Terminate Venture: Times Mirror Co. and Pacific Telesis Group said they ended a joint venture formed in 1994 to offer electronic shopping by phone, and will instead develop those services on their own through the Internet. Times Mirror said the Internet computer network was quickly outmoding the partnership's venture, which would have enabled customers from Southern California to call telephone shopping assistants to find a product or a store close to their home.
Financial losses attributed to computer crime in the United States probably doubled to $10 billion in the last year, in part because of the surging popularity of the Internet, according to the Computer Security Institute.
February 17, 2009 | Tom Hamburger and Jim Puzzanghera
A $7.2-billion provision in the economic stimulus bill to extend high-speed Internet service to the rural U.S. and other underserved areas has been hailed in Congress as the 21st century equivalent of government programs that brought electricity and modern highways to every corner of the country. Others think the benefits may be overstated -- especially the notion that every dollar invested will produce a $10 boost to the economy.
February 13, 2009 | Bloomberg News
The Federal Trade Commission's new Internet-advertising guidelines don't put enough pressure on companies to protect consumer data used in targeted marketing campaigns, privacy advocacy groups said. The agency released the voluntary standards Thursday to guide Web marketers' efforts at self-regulation. The FTC report urged advertising providers such as Google Inc.
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