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February 7, 2007 | From Reuters
Google Inc.'s YouTube.com agreed to display warnings on its website in Japanese not to upload copyrighted materials to the popular Internet service, a group of Japanese media firms said Tuesday. The decision comes as a part of ongoing talks between YouTube and the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers, which last year pushed the San Mateo, Calif.-based company to erase 30,000 video clips from its pages because of copyright infringement.
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BUSINESS
May 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Navio Systems Inc. of Cupertino, Calif., will launch an online commerce system today that could expand consumer options for obtaining and using digital downloads, from games to songs to videos. The start-up company's software and services platform is sold to content providers such as music and movie companies, allowing them to sell consumers the rights to a piece of content rather than the individual downloads, or digital files, themselves.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2007 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
First was lonelygirl15, a fictionalized series of confessional video blogs on YouTube made by an actress posing as a home-schooled girl. Then came "Prom Queen," a Web teen soap opera backed by former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner. Now there's "Afterworld," an online animated series about a man who wakes up to find most of the world's population has vanished.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
The duo behind the blockbuster Internet applications Skype and Kazaa think they have the secret to online video: Make it more like TV. Joost (pronounced "juiced") seeks to merge the best features of Internet file-sharing technology -- such as its ability to deliver content efficiently -- with a television-like viewing experience.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2008 | David Sarno and Mario Russo, Times Staff Writers
Over the last half-decade, enterprising Web auteurs have created -- and we're ballparking, but this feels right -- hundreds of original Internet TV series. There are production companies that churn them out, websites that warehouse them, and vast armies of amateurs who own a camera and aren't afraid to use it. But from that crowded landscape of Web TV shows, who among us can name more than, we don't know, two? Even the standouts -- "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," "Pink," "You Suck at Photoshop" -- fade quick: When an entire season of a Web show adds up to fewer minutes than one episode of "True Blood," the chance to make a lasting impression is fleeting indeed.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2007 | DAVID SARNO
A decade after the Internet's Big Bang, the online cosmos is expanding as fast as ever. Much more so than a year ago, we can now download or stream many of our favorite movies, most of the TV shows we didn't TiVo, and just about any song you want (Music lovers: I'm exaggerating for effect. Thanks). Larger, higher-resolution online video players are emerging. It won't be long before we think back bemusedly on how many clips we watched on that fuzzy miniature YouTube screen. Remember?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2007 | David Sarno, Times Staff Writer
What's wrong with this picture? On the first night of November, a group of about 15 professors, graduate students and film school alumni half-filled USC's tiny Ron Howard Theater. They came for a sneak preview of the much-anticipated Web series "quarterlife," an event hosted by the show's co-writer and director, Marshall Herskovitz. "Quarterlife" is about kids a few years out of college trying to find their way in the real world.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2002 | Joseph Menn
Expanding on a pilot program begun more than a year ago, Starbucks Corp. introduced a $50 monthly plan that will allow high-speed wireless access to the Internet from 1,200 coffeehouses. By year's end, 2,000 restaurants, or about a third of the Seattle chain's total, will offer access using the Wi-Fi protocol and shared space on powerful T1 lines from the VoiceStream Wireless subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2000
Scholastic Inc. has launched a half-hour Internet-radio program aimed at providing information of interest to schoolteachers. "Teacher Radio," which premiered Monday, is available Monday through Thursday (with the audio feed available any time that day) via http://www.scholastic.com.
BUSINESS
September 6, 1996 | KATHY M. KRISTOF
Online calculators Ever wonder how much mortgage you can afford or how much you'd need to save to send the kids to an Ivy League college? Most people don't know how to figure the answers themselves, so many pay professional financial planners hundreds of dollars to do the math for them. But thanks to the wonders of computers and the Internet, there's help for those who want to do it alone. The American Bankers Assn.
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