July 8, 2012 |
Old notions of advertising are being scrambled on the Westside, inside boutique agencies with names like Blitz, Ignited and Omelet. The hot shops are pushing big-brand clients beyond the familiar confines of radio, television, magazines and newspapers and onto the Internet, smartphones, game consoles and tablets. With more than 42% of the country's TV homes equipped with digital video recorders, which allow users to fast-forward through commercials, and some younger viewers leaving TV altogether, advertisers are rushing to build Internet infrastructures, create Web videos and funnel content to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
March 18, 2013 |
Thanks to the increasing popularity of tablets and smartphones, the number of Internet-connected devices in U.S. homes has surpassed half a billion. The number of connected devices per U.S. household with Internet access has grown to 5.7, up from 5.3 devices three months ago, according to a report released Monday by market research firm NPD Group. During that period, the “installed base” of tablets grew by nearly 18 million units, and smartphone users increased by nearly 9 million.
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.
May 7, 2013 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
April 3, 2012 |
It's a long way from Woody. In an upcoming animated series called "Electric City," Tom Hanks plays Cleveland Carr, a former police officer charged with maintaining order in a murky metropolis, where secret police and murder lurk beneath the veneer of a peaceful society. The series, conceived by Hanks and co-produced by his production company Playtone and Indian media company Reliance Entertainment, will debut this summer — not in a theater or on a TV screen, but on the giant Internet portal Yahoo.
October 1, 2013 |
The Internet has transformed the ways we find new music and interact with artists. Some of it's been for the better, but a lot of it's been for the worse -- especially for young women in rising acts. Lauren Mayberry, singer of the popular Scottish electro trio Chvrches (who just released their excellent debut LP "The Bones of What You Believe" ), is on the front lines of the ways the Internet enables men to harass women who are in the public eye. She just published a moving op-ed in the British newspaper the Guardian about the real and frightening impact that all of the abuse -- some obnoxious, some overtly threatening -- can inflict.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2001
Re "Abe Lincoln and the Truth Get Mugged at the Click of a Mouse," Commentary, April 1: Doris Kearns Goodwin comments, "In our modern world, as I recently discovered to my chagrin, information travels not at the speed of horse and rider but at the speed of light." Where has she been the last decade or two? Bad and hurried reporting in a competitive society isn't something new because of the Internet; it has always been with us. However, isn't it better to find out a falsehood in a matters of hours (thanks to computers and the Internet)
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 |
If you haven't heard of Baroness Barbe-Julie von Krudener, you've missed a good yarn. She was a child of wealth and privilege in the 19th century Governorate of Livonia. A life of social climbing, dalliance, literary ambition and finally religious conversion led to a Rasputin-like influence over Alexander I, czar of Russia. And that was not all. I discovered the now obscure story of the baroness while paging through the "Jerez-Libe" volume of my 1950 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.