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January 31, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A wide swath of the Middle East suffered Internet outages after two undersea cables in the Mediterranean were damaged, government officials and Internet service providers said. TeleGeography, a U.S. research group that tracks submarine cables around the world, said the severed lines account for 75% of the capacity connecting the Middle East to Europe. The disruption could last a week or more. It was not clear what severed the cables.
February 2, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
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May 8, 2000
The reporter obviously did not speak with those people in Cuba who know about the Internet. Moreover, if the reporter wanted to know how many servers there are in Cuba, all one needs to do is go to How many people have accounts? Unknown. Real and virtual servers are found, but one needs to know where to look! A simple search of the Internet will reveal hundreds of virtual servers, i.e. black market accounts. NELSON P. VALDES Professor, Sociology Department University of New Mexico Albuquerque
January 12, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Aaron Swartz, who co-founded Reddit and became an Internet folk hero for fighting to make online content free to the public, committed suicide Friday. He was 26. Swartz hanged himself in his Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment, said a statement released by his family and his girlfriend. "Aaron's commitment to social justice was profound, and defined his life," the statement said. "He used his prodigious skills as a programmer and technologist not to enrich himself but to make the Internet and the world a fairer, better place.
May 7, 2013 | By Meg James
Nielsen has expanded its definition of what constitutes a television home to include hundreds of thousands of dwellings that have broadband Internet connections. Beginning later this year, the ratings giant will begin including people who consume video over the Internet in its sample audience. Homes will qualify as part of the TV universe if they have a broadband Internet connection and "at least one operable TV/monitor with the ability to deliver video," Nielsen said Tuesday in a statement.  PHOTOS: Cable vs. broadcast ratings The change in definition, which acknowledges that more consumers are eschewing traditional cable and satellite subscriptions for the Internet, will increase the universe of TV homes in the United States by 1.2%.  Beginning in September, when the new definition takes effect, there will be an estimated 115.6 million homes with televisions, according to Nielsen, which sets the currency for the television industry.
August 20, 1995
Dan Akst's column ["Info Highway May Convert Your PC Into a Gambling Mecca," July 26] about betting on the Internet should have been retitled "Ready to Be Taken on the Internet." Akst apparently thinks the bookies in Antigua are behind the times, naive or stupid--or all three--when they listed the powerhouse first-place California Angels at 35 to 1 to win the pennant. Akst couldn't wait to send his $10 to this faraway place with the expectation that should the Angels win, he would be treated "fairly" and receive a whopping $350.
March 24, 2002
Regarding "Travel Agents Cry Foul Over Internet Fare Deals," Travel Insider, Feb. 17: As a travel agent, I charge a transaction fee on airline tickets, but I still do not make money on them. They are purely a customer service and a cost of doing business. If there were a quick and easy alternative for my clients to book proper flight schedules at a fair price, I would stop selling airline tickets altogether. I know my clients as neither the Internet nor the impersonal voice on the phone from the airlines reservations desk can know them.
May 27, 1996
Contrary to Gary Chapman's recent article ("Bill Would Infringe on Internet's Promise," May 20), the proposed amendments to the Copyright Act will neither destroy the Internet nor turn innocent Web browsers into criminals. What those amendments would do is confirm the application of familiar copyright protections, already applied to more traditional businesses and technologies, to online services. They do not create novel forms of liability, and they do not weaken the ability of courts to deal fairly and reasonably with those who infringe copyrights inadvertently.
March 20, 1997
The Times' March 17 editorial regarding the Communications Decency Act conveniently overlooked the fact that the Internet has the dubious distinction of being the only place where you can give pornography to a child without any legal consequences. The CDA is very simply about making it illegal to knowingly transmit or display pornography to children. But opponents of the legislation avoid discussions of that like the plague, instead favoring hysterical claims that literary masterpieces and important health discussions are in jeopardy.
March 23, 2010
A TV-Net time share The amount of time viewers spent watching TV while at the same time cruising the Internet grew 34.5% last year to an average of 3.5 hours a month, up from 2.5 hours in 2008, according to a Nielsen Co. report released Monday. What are they doing? A look at the top five sites visited by these media multi-taskers gives some clues: Google, Yahoo, Facebook, MSN or Microsoft Bing, YouTube. "You have people looking up stuff while they watch TV," said Gary Holmes, a Nielsen spokesman.
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