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August 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A congressional committee wants the nation's largest telecommunications and Internet companies to explain whether they target online advertising based on consumers' search queries and Web surfing habits. In an expanding inquiry into the state of consumer privacy on the Internet, House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders sent letters Friday to more than 30 companies, demanding to know whether they track where their users go online and use that data to deliver personalized advertising.
August 2, 2008 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
Federal regulators issued a warning to all Internet service providers Friday with a sharp rebuke of Comcast Corp. for blocking some customers from using file-sharing technology. By a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission found that the cable company failed to tell its subscribers about the blocking, lied about it when confronted by the commission and tried to cripple online video sites that compete with its on-demand service.
July 23, 2008 | DAVID SARNO
MICHAEL Arrington of the popular technology blog TechCrunch issued a challenge Monday to his circuit-savvy readership: "I want a dead simple and dirt cheap touch screen Web tablet to surf the Web." In other words, a computer that consists of nothing but a thin, flat, touch-sensitive screen that can sit in your lap. No device like that exists yet, Arrington wrote. "So," he said, "let's design it." Apple's iPhone has proven how much a computer can do without a keyboard, mouse or the need to be anchored to a particular location.
July 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The oldest surviving copy of the New Testament, a 4th century version that had its Gospels and epistles spread across the world, is being made whole again -- online. The British Library says the full text of the Codex Sinaiticus will be available to Web users by next July, digitally reconnecting parts that are held in Britain, Russia, Germany and a monastery in Egypt's Sinai Desert. A preview of the Codex, which also has some parts of the Old Testament, will hit the Web on Thursday -- the Book of Psalms and the Gospel of Mark.
July 1, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
EBay Inc. was ordered by a French court to pay nearly $63 million to luxury-goods maker LVMH, which produces Louis Vuitton- and Dior-labeled products. The French company, whose full name is LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, had claimed in a lawsuit that the Internet auctioneer had not done enough to stop the sale of counterfeit goods. The ruling also banned EBay from selling perfumes by the company.
June 29, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Fewer hotels are offering free breakfasts, more are charging for late cancellation and more are offering free in-room wireless Internet access. Those are some of the findings from a recent survey of 10,000 hotels conducted by Smith Travel Research for the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. Fifty-nine percent of respondents offer a complimentary breakfast, down 9 percentage points from 2006. In terms of rates, 67% offer weekend specials, up 8 percentage points from 2006, while those that charge for late cancellation rose 8 percentage points to 82%. Wireless Internet access is being offered by 91% of hotels, up 35% from four years ago, the survey found.
June 25, 2008 | Ken Bensinger, Times Staff Writer
Have you ever thought rush hour on the 405 Freeway might be more bearable if you could check your e-mail, shop for a book on Amazon, place some bids on EBay and maybe even, if nobody is looking, download a little porn? Then perhaps you should be driving a Chrysler. The nation's third-largest automaker is set to announce Thursday that it's making wireless Internet an option on all its 2009 models. The mobile hotspot, called UConnect Web, would be the first such technology from any automaker.
June 24, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
We promise not to write about every new application for mobile phones, especially those involving video. Video clips don't work on many models and can be ruinously expensive for those without generous data plans. And yet, as a surprisingly large number of companies struggle to justify their existences by pitching new video gambits, we feel compelled to point out some efforts that should at least get points for trying. With that, meet NBC Los Angeles Traffic Cam. Available at www.freetrafficcams.
June 22, 2008 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
Luke Walton used to read sports blogs as a rookie in the NBA, curious to see what people were saying about him and his team. Not anymore. "Guys tell me if there's stuff going on," the Lakers forward said. "But there's no reason to worry about it." Big-time athletes have various reactions to playing in an era when their every move can be dissected on the Internet. Some like the blogs. Some blog themselves. Some couldn't care less.
June 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Netflix Inc. has sold out of the set-top boxes that stream movies from the Internet to TV sets, indicating stronger-than-expected demand, Chief Executive Reed Hastings said. Netflix, the largest U.S. mail-order movie service, is pressing supplier Roku Inc. to increase production, Hastings said. The $100 system lets customers order movies online and watch them on a television using Wi-Fi technology.
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