July 10, 2009 |
Google Inc. made waves in the tech world this week when it announced plans to release an operating system called Google Chrome OS that would encourage wider use of something called cloud computing. Although most have never heard of cloud computing, many do it every day.
April 17, 2009 |
Time Warner Cable Inc. announced Thursday that it would shelve plans to begin charging Internet customers as much as $150 a month for heavy usage. However, the company said it could resurrect the notion of "consumption-based billing" after "further consultation with our customers and other interested parties." "For right now, it's off the table," said Alex Dudley, a Time Warner spokesman.
November 4, 2008 |
In an attempt to make headway against rampant film piracy, Warner Bros. will distribute newly released films online in China. The studio struck a deal with Union Voole Technology in China to offer new movies, as well as those that have never been seen in Chinese theaters, at rental prices ranging from 60 cents to $1. The inexpensive video-on-demand service seeks to entice China's estimated 253 million Internet users to pay for Hollywood fare rather than download illicit copies.
January 14, 2008
To many Hollywood executives, "user-generated content" means short videos of cats playing the piano. In other words, it's not the kind of competition that threatens people who make $100-million movies. But a spate of new studies provides a more detailed picture of consumers' efforts to create content for themselves and their friends, and the results spell trouble for Tinseltown. Consider the research recently published by Deloitte, a consulting firm, on what it calls "the media democracy."
December 17, 2007 |
More Americans are Googling themselves -- and many are checking out their friends, co-workers and romantic interests too. In a report Sunday, the Pew Internet and American Life Project said 47% of U.S. adult Internet users surveyed last year had looked for information about themselves through Google or another search engine. That is more than twice the 22% of users who did in 2002, but Pew senior research specialist Mary Madden was surprised the growth wasn't higher.
December 1, 2007
Re "Technology's soul," Opinion, Nov. 25 The Times editorializes about Internet companies' work on a code of conduct to include "a demand that governments follow formal legal procedures to obtain information about Internet users." The Times also says that the "efforts could relieve the competitive pressures that often lead companies to become complicit in political crackdowns."
November 24, 2007 |
Media mogul Barry Diller said Friday that his Internet conglomerate, IAC/InterActiveCorp, would invest $100 million to expand in China by creating services designed for local users. Diller also said IAC would launch its Ask.com search engine in China within two years. IAC is looking for opportunities to develop or buy businesses geared to Chinese users, added Diller, IAC's chairman and chief executive. New York-based IAC's 30 Web brands include dating site Match.
November 18, 2007 |
Google Inc. is used to being the center of attention, the giant that executives at other Internet companies wish Silicon Valley would shut up about already. For the moment, they've got their wish. People here can't stop talking about Facebook Inc. Commanding their attention: the social networking site's rocketing growth, cheeky business strategies and staggering valuation. Microsoft Corp. last month took a small stake in Facebook that valued the company at $15 billion.
November 4, 2007 |
A buxom, beautiful blond who promises to remove her slinky scraps of lingerie is the creation of online scammers. She's trying to trick unsuspecting Internet users into helping the scammers break the online barriers that banks and e-mail services set up to thwart crooks. The striptease is the latest attempt to defeat so-called CAPTCHA systems, short for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart.
November 1, 2007 |
A panel on Internet names voted to conduct further studies on the databases containing names, phone numbers and other private information on domain-name owners, deferring questions over whether such details should remain public. The committee of the Marina del Rey-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, also rejected a proposal to give Internet users the ability to list third-party contacts rather than their own data in the open, searchable databases called Whois.