March 31, 2009 |
Reports of online crime jump 33% Reports of Internet-based crime jumped 33% in 2008, according to a group that monitors Web-based fraud. The Internet Crime Complaint Center said in its annual report that it received more than 275,000 complaints last year. The total reported dollar loss from such scams was $265 million, about $25 million more than the year before. About 1 in 3 complaints was for nonpayment or nondelivery. The other most common complaints were for auction fraud or credit and debit card fraud.
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.
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.
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
January 12, 2013 |
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.
November 19, 2010 |
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.
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)
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.