September 24, 2001 |
When CBS started charging fans of "Big Brother 2" for extra video feeds over the Internet, it generated a storm of protests--and a surprising number of paying customers. CBS' experience this summer has helped pique the TV industry's interest in using the Net not just to promote shows, but also to sell them. Several networks plan to experiment with Internet-based services, charging for access to exclusive or customized news, sports and specialty programming.
January 19, 2000 |
Beginning in April, one of the few things you still can't do on the Internet--register your car--will finally be available to some California motorists. In a joint announcement with IBM, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said 30% of the state's registered vehicles--about 7.5 million cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers and vessels--will initially be eligible for online registration. Eligibility will depend on whether an owners' insurer provides online proof of insurance.
September 19, 2000 |
Responding to the allure of online shopping, General Motors Corp. said Monday it is launching a program allowing customers to complete all but the final steps of a vehicle purchase on the Internet. Expanding the features of its GM BuyPower Web site, GM will let customers check available vehicle inventories in their area and get a guaranteed "e-price" based on sales in their market. A dealer would handle the final paperwork.
August 21, 2001 |
In a fresh assault on bridging the gap between the haves and have-nots of the Internet revolution, Houston launched an innovative program Monday providing each of its 1.8 million residents with free e-mail accounts and access to word processing software. The multimillion-dollar effort is the first attempt by a major U.S. city to create a public utility for computing.
October 29, 1999 |
The Internal Revenue Service has proposed a one-year pilot program in California to use electronic mail to speed the delivery of personal tax information to mortgage companies, credit bureaus and lenders. The test, which will be limited to a handful of lenders in the state, is raising alarms among privacy advocates who say that the system would make sensitive tax information so easy to transmit that more businesses could demand it.
June 6, 1998 |
The relentless growth of telephone taxes has finally hit a political flash point, triggering demands by lawmakers this week that phone companies be blocked from imposing billions of dollars in new fees on customers this summer. After a deluge of complaints from consumers across the nation, members of Congress are demanding the Federal Communications Commission--which regulates the phone industry--roll back an Internet wiring program that was championed by Vice President Al Gore.
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March 28, 2003 |
The University of California announced Thursday it will launch a new Internet-based system to track medical errors at its five campus medical centers, joining other major health care providers in computerizing medical records to improve quality and efficiency. The Internet-based system, which has been developed by the university, will allow hospitals to track trends in medication errors, adverse drug reactions, blood transfusion errors, patient falls and bed sores.
July 29, 2012 |
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.
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November 2, 2000 |
A U.S. District Court judge has fined an Orange County resident and his business partner more than $14 million for violating several anti-fraud provisions of securities laws. Westminster resident Eugene M. Carriere and Ronald T. Mulhall of El Segundo were ordered Monday by Judge Christina A. Snyder to each pay about $7 million for selling unregistered securities of their three affiliated entertainment corporations.
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.