May 25, 1995 |
Hack this! Sun Microsystems Inc. is challenging three renowned computer experts to tackle what the company says is its uncrackable new Internet security program. "The catch is that if they do crack it, they have to tell us how so we can fix it," said Eric Schmidt, Sun's chief technical officer. Cryptographer Whitfield Diffie, consultant Tsutomu Shimomura and programmer Dan Farmer have been hired to do everything they can to break into Sun's new Java and SunScreen technology.
December 17, 1999 |
Cendant Corp., franchiser of Days Inn hotels and Century 21 realty, said Thursday it will get a $400-million investment from Liberty Media Corp., part of a venture to develop television and Internet programming linked to Cendant's businesses. Liberty Media, AT&T Corp.'s cable-programming arm, will receive a 2.5% stake in Cendant and two-year warrants to buy an additional 4% at $23 a share. The news sent Cendant shares climbing $6.
July 14, 1997 |
Jon Sidoli says he knew Irvine-based Ignite Inc. planned huge rounds of layoffs this year. Still, he was shocked when the interactive software company dumped his entire department this spring. After all, Sidoli and his software developers had designed some of the CD-ROMs that had brought early recognition to the company, including "Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Interactive" and "Herbie Hancock Presents Living Jazz.' (Ignite was known as Graphix Zone at the time.
January 19, 2010 |
For a dozen years, Tim Conway Jr. played host on weeknights at the former talk station KLSX-FM (97.1) -- the outlet where he and colleagues including Howard Stern, Tom Leykis and Adam Carolla held court with lifestyle observations and ribald humor. But this week Conway takes over nights at KFI-AM (640), the conservative news-talk powerhouse that's always near the top of Los Angeles-Orange County ratings -- and he says he feels more at home. "It was a little more loose over there" at KLSX, said Conway, 46. "I actually enjoy the politics, the calls."
October 10, 1999 |
Wherever there's a deal in the works, Marvin J. Winkler can't be far behind. Heard about that group led by Broadcom techno-billionaires Henry Samueli and Henry Nicholas to buy Walt Disney's Angels and Mighty Ducks? Winkler is part of it. Nicholas and Samueli's new-media start-up hoping to meld the Internet and TV? Winkler is chairman. The indoor snowboard and surf park in Anaheim? The 44-year-old Winkler is behind the $100-million effort to finance it.
February 7, 2000 |
Top talent firm Endeavor Agency, home of "Titanic" director James Cameron and "Ally McBeal" creator David E. Kelley, is expected to announce today an exclusive agreement to create Internet-only programming with Orange County new-media company Broadband Interactive Group. The two companies will form an editorial board to oversee the venture, seeking help from some of Hollywood's creative heavyweights for a medium that could transform traditional filmmaking.
October 17, 2000 |
More than doubling its potential reach, Geocast Network Systems Inc. said it will team with EchoStar Communications Corp. to distribute its personalized news and entertainment service to home computers next year. Menlo Park, Calif.-based Geocast is one of a handful of companies hoping to deliver Internet programming at high speed through airwaves controlled by television broadcasters.
August 24, 1997 |
Poughkeepsie-born Bill Duke's Hollywood career has spanned from a role in the 1976 disco classic "Car Wash" to directing the new '30s Harlem gangster tale "Hoodlum," starring Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia and Tim Roth. Duke, 54, also has written two books (including the recent poetic inner quest "The Journey") and has launched a company, Rawww, developing entertainment-based Internet programming. THE BUZZ: "Everyone's talking about the marriage of Bill Gates and Hollywood.
June 11, 1999 |
A government expert testified at Microsoft Corp.'s antitrust trial Thursday that the company's design of Windows 98 had the potential for security risks. The issue revolved around Microsoft's built-in Web browser, which cannot be removed, although some corporate customers would like to do so. "Are there any security issues involved in the choice of a browser or whether to get a browser at all?" U.S.
June 26, 1998 |
John Malone, the visionary cable maverick who built Tele-Communications Inc., has never made a secret of his loathing for government regulation. He alluded to that obsession Wednesday in explaining to Wall Street analysts the merger of his company in a complicated $46-billion transaction with AT&T. He told them he worked at the telephone giant early in his career and when he left in 1966, at age 25, he recommended the company figure out a way to reduce its huge tax bill.