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BUSINESS
October 17, 2000 | JON HEALEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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BUSINESS
June 11, 1999 | From Reuters
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 1997 | Steve Hochman
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.
BUSINESS
October 21, 1996 | LESLIE HELM
Michael Cowpland, the championship-tennis-playing, Lamborghini-driving chief executive of Ottawa, Canada-based software developer Corel Corp., is taking a poke at Microsoft Corp.'s soft underbelly. After acquiring WordPerfect from Novell at a bargain-basement price in January, Cowpland packaged it with Corel's other offerings, including a spreadsheet, an information manager and other office software and began selling the whole suite for just $99.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Viacom Inc.'s Internet music unit, MTVi Group Inc., said it will feature live, pay-per-view music events online from the House of Blues Entertainment Inc., owner of one of the largest live-music Web sites. MTVi also said it took an undisclosed equity stake in closely held House of Blues. Under the two-year deal, MTVi will run House of Blues events through its MTV.com, VH1.com and SonicNet.com sites. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2007 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Laura Ellen Hopper, an early broadcaster of Americana roots music who co-founded a Central California radio station that was a pioneer in Internet programming, has died. She was 57. Days after being diagnosed with lung cancer, Hopper died from complications of the disease May 28 at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, said her husband, Frank Caprista.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2009 | By David Sarno
On a recent winter night, while neighbors strung their Baldwin Park homes with Christmas lights, the Lams and their three children sat in front of a television set with rabbit ears sprouting out of the top. Wait a second -- rabbit ears? Is this 1950? No, it's almost 2010, and the Lams are a modern Los Angeles family that, like many in the region, are rediscovering the convenience -- and economics -- of the old-fashioned TV antenna. In the wake of the transition to digital television, Southland viewers are finding they can get nearly three times as many channels as they once could with an antenna.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2012 | By William D'Urso, Los Angeles Times
Tired of cable? Here are five alternatives to cable TV, some of which are less costly: Antenna : Young people might not believe it, but there was a time when this was the only way to get television. A preponderance of broadcast stations in Southern California enables most residents to get a variety of TV offerings with a low-cost antenna. You can even make an HD antenna out of coat hangers . Internet : Recent televisions with built-in online connections can get a lineup of Internet-delivered programming.
BUSINESS
November 6, 1995 | JULIE PITTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sun Microsystems Inc., whose stock has been soaring lately on the strength of some fancy new Internet software, this week will move to re-establish leadership in its core business with a revamped line of computer workstations.
BUSINESS
December 18, 1999 | VIVIEN LOU CHEN, BLOOMBERG NEWS
Ernst & Young will pay $335 million to Cendant Corp. shareholders to settle charges that the accounting firm's audits of a predecessor company were inaccurate, the California Public Employees' Retirement System said Friday. Analysts said the payout is the largest an accounting firm has had to make outside of the settlements with the government in the early 1990s over alleged malfeasance in audits of failed savings and loan institutions. CalPERS, the nation's largest pension fund, owned 3.
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