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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.
September 4, 2009 | Peter Wallsten
Liberals were disgusted when Sarah Palin warned that President Obama wanted "death panels" in his healthcare overhaul. They called it a deliberate deception and a despicable tactic. But the term went viral. And now two groups that favor the legislation, including Obama's own grass-roots organizing network, are trying to turn the phrase to their benefit. Search Google for "death panels," and often an ad headlined "Death Panel Myth" will appear. It directs users to a "Setting the Record Straight" page on the barackobama.
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.
September 4, 2009 | Nicholas White
With the future of Hollywood storytelling in flux -- movies, video games and social media are mashing into new shapes -- who knows how stories will be told in five years? Tough to say, but Anthony E. Zuiker, the architect of the massively successful "CSI" television franchise, is taking a stab at that future with "Level 26," a grisly hybrid of crime fiction, motion picture and online social community. Trademarked as a digi-novel, "Level 26" is both a book that arrives on store shelves Tuesday and a key that unlocks an enhanced companion experience online.
August 21, 2009 | David Pierson
When Jiang Dabao lost his right hand to a molding machine three years ago, his factory boss said he wasn't eligible for workers' compensation. Unemployable, Jiang whiled away his days in the Internet bars that thrive here in China's manufacturing heartland. Eventually he tapped into an online forum on QQ, a popular social networking service, where he found a workers advocacy group that helped him win a $30,000 settlement. "Before I got hurt, I had no idea how to use a computer or even the Internet," said Jiang, who identified himself by his childhood nickname for fear of official reprisal.
August 1, 2009 | David Colker
The popular Firefox Web browser, developed by a grass-roots group, reached a major milestone Friday -- its billionth download. The download counter rolled over the 1-billion mark early Friday, marking a feat for a browser that, unlike Microsoft's Internet Explorer or Apple's Safari, is run by a nonprofit organization, Mozilla, with fewer than 250 employees. Despite its lack of big corporation backing -- or maybe partially because of it -- Firefox has become hugely popular worldwide.
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.
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.
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.
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 12, 2009 | Alana Semuels
The post office doesn't deliver mail to Steven Stark's Santa Maria home anymore. It's not that Stark, the 36-year-old owner of an Internet company, is unpopular. He just decided that he'd rather deal with all of his correspondence online. Millions of Americans receive online versions of their bills and bank statements. But Stark is one of tens of thousands who have decided they don't need any physical mail, be it love letters or advertising come-ons.
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