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December 19, 2010 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los AngelesTimes : Free lessons or podcasts in 37 languages. : Online dictionaries and translation resources; travel items are also for sale. : A list of schools for those interested in studying abroad and links to online lesson sites. : Free online versions of language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute. : Digitally remastered versions of the Foreign Service Institute audio training courses.
April 25, 2014 | By Jon Healey
A common assumption underlying the Net neutrality debate is that broadband ISPs will impose tolls on content providers, and content providers will pass those costs on to consumers, if only the Federal Communications Commission lets them. Witness this passage from a piece in Friday's Los Angeles Times about the Net neutrality proposal being floated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: " 'It could create a tiered Internet where consumers either pay more for content and speed, or get left behind with fewer choices,' warned Delara Derakhshani, policy counsel for Consumers Union.
August 22, 2009
The tragic case of Megan Meier, the Missouri teen who committed suicide in 2006 after being bullied on MySpace, is still rippling through the courts and Congress. Meier's tormentors weren't charged locally because Missouri law only barred harassment by mail or phone. Although state legislators have closed that loophole, prosecutors and lawmakers seem determined to even the score by overreacting to noxious behavior online. In the latest example, 40-year-old Elizabeth Thrasher was charged last week with a felony for allegedly creating a salacious personal ad on Craigslist for a 17-year-old girl who had berated her on MySpace.
April 24, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A Chinese government crackdown on “lewd and pornographic” content has ensnared Internet giant, with authorities saying Thursday that inappropriate articles and videos were found on the portal and that the company would be stripped of its online publication and video licenses. The National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications said tips from the public led to the discovery of 20 articles and four videos on the site that violated regulations. "Some of these articles were as long as 500-plus chapters and clocked millions of clicks ... imperiling social morals and seriously harming minors' physical and mental health," the statement said.
August 15, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Tips to sustainable apartment living abound online: • Landlords and renters can check out tips and updates at the National Apartment Assn.'s Green Communities website, . • Moving? Find a center to recycle those plastic packing peanuts through . • Rating sites such as and from Consumer Reports can help sift through products that are truly green and the ones that are just "greenwashed.
February 8, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Online dating has come a long way from its less-than-positive association with the personal ad. But is it actually a better way to meet that special someone? In some ways yes -- and in others, maybe not, according to a study on online dating released by the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest. "Romantic relationships can begin anywhere. When Cupid's arrow strikes, you might be at church or at school, playing chess or softball, searching for a partner at a party, or minding your own business on the train," the authors write . "But sometimes Cupid goes on vacation, or takes a long nap, or kicks back for a marathon of Lifetime original movies.
September 30, 2009
Not content with more conventional ways of expressing disapproval, an unidentified Facebook user recently posted a poll asking whether President Obama should be assassinated. The poll was outrageous, and Facebook forced its removal even before the Secret Service called. The larger questions raised by the incident, however, are how much control companies should exert over the use of the megaphones they provide online, and how much information social networks expose about the people who use them.
September 4, 2009
"Gamer," an R-rated futuristic thriller, opens in general release today but did not screen for critics. The review will appear online at as soon as it is available.
April 14, 1996
I was disappointed in the March 31 letter by Craig Morgan of Burbank, criticizing my office for going on the Internet. While I am the first L.A. County supervisor to go "online," I am by no means the first elected official to do so. The president, governor, members of Congress and the Legislature have all led the way. Our venture into cyberspace is an innovative effort to serve and communicate with the public more quickly, efficiently and less expensively...
August 1, 2000
When I received my annual registration papers in the mail, I was pleased to see that the DMV had advanced to using the Internet for online renewals. I thought it would be a convenient and fun way to make the payment. I even logged on and was ready to pay the fees two months before they were due. Then I discovered that for renewing online, DMV charges a "$4 convenience fee." I immediately aborted my plan to pay my renewal online. If DMV officials truly want to encourage motorists to engage in paperless renewals that clearly reduce the work and resources of the DMV, they should, at minimum, eliminate the so-called convenience fee. If it is really serious about streamlining the process and reducing the workload, the DMV should even offer a discount, as opposed to this unnecessary surcharge.
April 24, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Just like it did to booksellers and travel agents, the Internet is rendering obsolete  money launderers inside brick-and-mortar casinos. According to a report released Thursday, the world's criminals are increasingly laundering their ill-gotten gains on pseudo-legal gambling sites. Unlike their brick-and-mortar counterparts, the Web services allow criminals to hide their identities with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, and muddy their whereabouts. Users, for example, can mask their true locations and make it seem to law enforcement that they're located in another state or abroad.
April 23, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
When Adrianne Wadewitz became a Wikipedia contributor 10 years ago she decided to use a pseudonym, certain that fellow scholars at Indiana University would frown on writing for the often-maligned "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. " But Wadewitz eventually came out as a Wikipedian, the term the encyclopedia uses to describe the tens of thousands of volunteers who write and edit its pages. A rarity as a woman in the male-centric Wikipedia universe, she became one of its most valued and prolific contributors as well as a force for diversifying its ranks and demystifying its inner workings.
April 22, 2014 | By Meg James
The Chernin Group and AT&T have formed a venture to invest more than $500 million in online video services, increasing their reach in a rapidly expanding market that competes with traditional television channels. Chernin Group, run by the former Fox president Peter Chernin, is contributing to the new venture its majority stake in Crunchyroll , a subscription video-on-demand service that specializes in Japanese animation known as anime. In announcing the venture Tuesday, the two companies did not identify what properties they might want to buy. The goal, they said, was to invest in advertising and subscription video-on-demand channels and streaming services.
April 21, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks tonight, and you can watch it live online, right here. Beginning at 5 p.m. PDT, the astronomy website will live-stream video of the shower from one of its telescopes in North America. Each year in mid-April our planet passes through a trail of dust and debris left in the wake of comet Thatcher -- a long period comet that makes a complete orbit around the sun once every 415 years. As the Earth moves through Thatcher's debris stream, tiny bits of dust slam into our atmosphere at about 110,000 mph, creating streaks of light that shoot across the night sky. The Lyrid meteor shower is not the brightest or the biggest of the annual meteor showers, but it is one of the oldest known meteor showers.
April 11, 2014 | By Todd Martens
While attendees to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival can increasingly enjoy such lush accouterments as four-course meals and beauty studios, there are plenty of perks for those staying closer to home this weekend, including air conditioning and open seating at many in-demand L.A. coffeshops and cafes. There's also the ability to watch a number of the fest's name acts online and from the comfort of your home .  Coachella 's rather robust live stream returns in 2014, which for the first weekend will be broadcast on three different channels via YouTube . Top-billed artists such as OutKast , the Acrade Fire, Lorde , Duck Sauce and Pharrell Williams are just a few whose full sets will be airing on the site.
April 11, 2014 | By Jen Kucsak
I hate meeting guys on the Internet. It's weird. It's creepy. It's not safe. But I liked blogger guy. I didn't meet blogger guy on Match, JDate or Tinder. I didn't meet him on Facebook or even on Twitter. He was an avid reader of my blog and often commented on my posts. He too was a twentysomething blogger, and he just seemed to get me. His comments led to emails. His emails led to instant messaging. And the instant messaging led to being Facebook friends. I enjoyed everything he had to say. He seemed so genuine.
March 24, 2005
When I read Michael Corral's letter [March 17], I had to laugh out loud. At dinner the previous night, the conversation had turned to how difficult it is to meet quality men and about the awful dating/singles websites. At the table were 12 happily married, dating, engaged and single people between the ages of 22 and 65. The consensus was: The men online were losers. Yep, we concurred with Corral! That is all we could come up with. However, I submit back to Mr. Corral that: 1. Women online do have a clue; 2. We aren't looking for a fantasy; and 3. We realize that everyone lies online (except for us, of course!
May 21, 2013 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
California State University is moving aggressively to offer web-based science labs, a systemwide virtual campus and online advising as remedies for "bottlenecks" that impede student progress and graduation rates, officials said Tuesday. Some of these efforts will be ready to roll out this fall. The detailed strategies were presented in a meeting of the Cal State Board of Trustees in Long Beach as a response to Gov. Jerry Brown's call for the Cal State and University of California systems to improve student performance in exchange for long-term funding increases.
April 10, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Have you always wanted to be a writer? Now's your chance. Play our online game, "How to Be a Writer ," and experience the ups and downs of the literary life. It's based on the real thing. We sent a survey -- completely unscientific -- about what it's like to be a writer to authors who will be at this weekend's L.A. Times Festival of Books on the USC campus. Based on the answers about 200 of them gave us, we came up with this game that hewed to the contours of their life choices.
April 10, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
People who want to buy locally grown food or who like artisan products probably know there are vendors all over the L.A. area, but the work of tracking them down is beyond most shoppers. The online store Good Eggs means to solve that problem. Its mission is bold: “Grow and sustain local food systems worldwide.” And shoppers can find more than 130 vendors who sell such foods as homemade gluten-free sandwich bread from Roses in the Kitchen ($10). Or dumplings from Bling Bling Dumpling in Hollywood, where the recipes come from the owners' Taiwanese grandmothers and their own modern tastes; cheeseburger dumplings, anyone?
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