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BUSINESS
September 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
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NEWS
August 21, 2001 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
October 29, 1999 | JOHN SCHWARTZ, WASHINGTON POST
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.
BUSINESS
June 6, 1998 | JUBE SHIVER Jr. and JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2003 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Meg James
Prospect Park Networks -- the production company that launched with high hopes of bringing two canceled ABC soap operas back to life -- has put itself on legal life support. The production firm based in Century City, headed by veteran producers Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, said Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The group spent nearly three years and more than $10 million trying to revive two canceled daytime dramas, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," that ran for four decades on the ABC television network.
BUSINESS
May 25, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
December 17, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
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.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1997 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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