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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.
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BUSINESS
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.
TRAVEL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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.
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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 | By Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
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.
WORLD
November 19, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
From a drab office in this ultra-Orthodox Jewish stronghold, three devout young women hunch over computers and surf the Internet ? looking for pornography, celebrity gossip and a laundry list of other items banned by their rabbis. It's odd work for this trio, dressed modestly and wearing wigs in keeping with their beliefs. But it's their job at Israel's first ultra-Orthodox Internet provider, Nativ, as it tries to launch a product that could transform the traditionally sheltered community: kosher Internet.
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