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February 7, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer Inc. and TiVo Inc. are trying to bridge the gap between the PC and television. The two companies plan today to announce an alliance that will enable some TiVo Inc. customers to use their TVs to watch movies and television shows purchased through Amazon's nascent online video store, Unbox. The service addresses one of the greatest impediments to the growth of Internet video -- viewers can't watch it on their living room TVs.
January 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
China has moved to restrict videos online, allowing only state-controlled sites to post any -- including ones shared by users -- and requiring Internet providers to delete and report certain content. It wasn't immediately clear how the new rules would affect YouTube and other providers that host websites based in other countries that are accessible from China. A spokesman for YouTube, based in San Bruno, Calif.
February 28, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Eighty years after the 7 1/2 -minute cartoon "Steamboat Willie" helped launch the career of a certain iconic mouse, Walt Disney Co. has returned to its short-form roots with the debut of a digital studio that will develop original content for the Internet. Stage 9 Digital Media, quietly in the works for two years, will be unveiled today with the premiere of "Squeegees," a comedy series about window-washer slackers, on and YouTube.
March 11, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Hulu, the closely watched joint venture of News Corp. and NBC Universal, makes its public debut Wednesday, making available legally and for free one of the most expansive collections of television shows on the Internet. The online video service, which has been in test mode since October, launches with more than 250 television series, including current shows such as "The Office" and "The Simpsons" and classics such as "Arrested Development" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Hulu also provides 100 free, feature-length films, including "The Big Lebowski," "Me, Myself & Irene" and "Some Like It Hot," along with short video clips from 150 television series including "Saturday Night Live" and "In Living Color."
March 8, 2010 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: My employees use social media such as Facebook and Twitter at work. Is this a security risk? Answer : Like e-mail, social networks can expose businesses to viruses and computer hacking. Employees should be careful about clicking links or interacting with people they don't know. Employee training and written policies can help, said Mike Hrabik, chief technology officer at Solutionary, an information security company in Omaha. Specify which sites and technologies your employees can access at work.
April 8, 2008 | Deborah Netburn, Times Staff Writer
The Miss Bimbo story arrived like a gift to newsrooms around the world: the perfect illustration of the new lows to which our celebrity-obsessed culture has sunk. What news outlet looking to fill a 24/7 news cycle could resist? Miss Bimbo had all the right ingredients for a splashy news story: a sensational headline (key word: bimbo), a sexy tech angle (online video game), young children potentially at risk (catnip for concerned parents everywhere), and a built-in base of available media commentators (whether gaming experts or women's groups or media watchdogs)
September 2, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Joe Flint and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
In a blow to the fast-growing online video company, Netflix users will soon lose access to new movies from two of Hollywood's biggest studios. Premium cable network Starz Entertainment said Thursday that it will end a distribution agreement that provided Netflix's streaming Internet service with movies from Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures that have included "Tangled," Alice in Wonderland," and "The Karate Kid. " The surprising news...
July 22, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A 23-year veteran Los Angeles traffic officer has been fired for appearing in a pornographic online video while on duty and in uniform, officials said Thursday. John K. Dancler was discharged Monday, said Maggie Whelan, general manager for the city Personnel Department. He challenged his firing on the same day, filing an appeal with the city's five-member Civil Service Commission. Dancler was dismissed for engaging in misconduct on the job and in uniform, and participating in "indecent acts" that reflected unfavorably on the city workforce, said Bruce Whidden, the commission's executive director.
September 19, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Netflix Inc., just a few months ago considered the unstoppable titan of the entertainment industry, is suddenly looking more like the Titanic. The company that transformed DVD rentals with its subscription mail service, added easy-to-use Internet video streaming and amassed 25 million subscribers throughout the Western hemisphere has found itself pummeled over the last two months by furious and departing customers, balky suppliers in Hollywood and...
April 27, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
Providence Equity Partners is selling its stake in online video service Hulu for about $200 million, according to people familiar with the situation. The move is expected to give at least two of Hulu's media company owners — News Corp. and Walt Disney Co. — a greater ownership stake in the rapidly growing online service. It also would make it easier for the partners to achieve a common strategy for the asset without having a restive investor in the mix. The 5-year-old service has more than 2 million paid subscribers to its Hulu Plus offering and about 38 million visitors a month to its free site, which offers catch-up episodes of such popular shows as "Glee," "Revenge" and "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
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