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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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
October 6, 2002 | Jane Engle
Marriott International Inc. has expanded a program that provides high-speed Internet access and unlimited local and long-distance phone calls within the U.S. to its guests for $9.95 per day. The "Wired for Business" plan, offered last year at eight hotels across the country (including the San Diego Marina Marriott, Oakland City Center Marriott and Anaheim Marriott), is now at 30 Marriott-operated and franchised hotels in Washington, D.C.
February 27, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A year after the much-hyped launch of its Internet access service had consumers clamoring for software, AT&T Corp. said it will end its introductory offer of free Internet access to long-distance customers. The telecommunications giant said that after March 31, a revised pricing plan for its WorldNet Service will go into effect but that it will continue to offer its flat-rate pricing plan of $19.95 a month for unlimited access.
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.
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.
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