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April 9, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Google Inc. has started a service that lets outside developers of Web software store their programs on its computers free, seeking to match similar offerings from rivals such as Inc. The trial service, which began Monday, has reached its limit of 10,000 developers, Google said. Each application will get a restricted amount of storage on Google's servers and enough processing power for as many as 5 million page views. Shares of Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., declined $9.01 to $467.
April 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Yahoo Inc. says it's poised to revolutionize online advertising after years of being outmaneuvered by Google Inc. But the slumping Internet pioneer might not get the chance to show off the latest improvements to its advertising platform unless it can convince increasingly impatient investors that the new approach will produce a bigger payoff than Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited offer to buy the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company for more than $40 billion.
April 5, 2008 | Michelle Quinn and Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writers
Douglas Merrill remembers driving past the Capitol Records Tower at Hollywood and Vine and wishing he could stop in and look around. Now he's getting an office there, in the West Coast headquarters of EMI Music. On April 28, Merrill will start his new job as president of digital business at the label that's home to artists such as Coldplay and Norah Jones. His hire, announced last week, surprised many in the technology and music industries.
March 28, 2008 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
After criticism for allegedly blocking a popular software program for watching video online, Comcast Corp. pledged Thursday not to discriminate against specific technology as it tries to keep increasing amounts of data flowing through its cable networks. But the move may not be enough to keep Comcast, the country's largest cable company, from being disciplined by federal regulators or to resolve a complicated debate about how Internet providers can manage their online traffic.
March 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Viacom Inc.'s Comedy Central cable channel is putting every episode of "South Park" on the Internet as part of an effort to increase the show's audience and deter illegal downloading. South Park Studios, a joint venture between Comedy Central and show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is offering free videos of all 12 seasons of "South Park" on the show's website, the company said.
March 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Wells Fargo & Co. plans to sell online vaults as a secure and convenient way to store vital records. When the service rolls out this summer, Wells Fargo believes it will be the first major U.S. bank to offer an Internet alternative to the safe-deposit boxes that have been an industry staple for decades. Because it can't store jewelry, cash and many other precious assets, Wells Fargo's online version probably isn't going to replace the traditional safe-deposit box. It's more likely to substitute for shoe boxes and home filing cabinets, said Jim Smith, who oversees the bank's Internet products.
March 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
China has surpassed the United States to become the world's largest Internet market by number of users, a research firm said. The estimate by BDA in Beijing was based on data from China Internet Network Information Center indicating that the country's online population had risen to 210 million at the end of 2007. Nielsen/NetRatings put the number of U.S. Web users at 216 million for the same period, BDA said.
March 14, 2008 | Robin Abcarian
You've seen online solitaire and online Scrabble. Now comes "Barack, Paper, Scissors!" a new online version of the similarly named famous schoolyard game. The interactive game pits presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama against his Democratic rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton; likely Republican nominee John McCain; California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; or President Bush. The game can be found at www.USARPS.
March 11, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The European Union launched an investigation into U.S. laws on Internet gambling, after European betting companies complained that Washington's actions against them were infringing world trade rules. The investigation could lead the EU to file a complaint at the World Trade Organization. European companies say a U.S. ban that forced them out of the lucrative American market discriminates against them in violation of WTO rules.
March 5, 2008 | DAVID LAZARUS
In his weekend radio address, President Bush warned of rogue pharmacists making potentially dangerous prescription drugs readily available online. "The Internet has brought about tremendous benefits for those who cannot easily get to a pharmacy in person," Bush said. "However, it has also created an opportunity for unscrupulous doctors and pharmacists to profit from addiction." That's undoubtedly true, as are most observations that the Internet has become a hotbed of fraud and flimflammery.
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