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September 2, 2010
Price: $99 How it works: Streams TV shows and movies, rented online from iTunes store, to television set Monthly fee: None Online connection: Wi-Fi and ethernet Format: SD and HD Available: Late September Source: Apple Inc.
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BUSINESS
January 21, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Alex Pham
Hulu soared to popularity by offering free online viewing of popular TV shows. Now that free ride may soon end. The Internet video site is weighing plans to charge users to watch episodes of "30 Rock," "Modern Family" and "House." The move would mark a sharp change of course for the venture, which was launched nearly two years ago by a consortium of studios to distribute without charge TV shows and movies over the Internet. The site has spent months studying how to strike a balance between what people expect to watch free online and what they would be willing to pay for, said people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2010 | By Mark Milian, Los Angeles Times
Just because popular social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, encourage members to use their actual identities doesn't mean people are presenting themselves online the way they do in real life. Some psychologists and sociologists who have studied usage habits on Twitter, Facebook and popular dating sites say there's little correlation between how people act on the Internet and how they are in person. Research into how personality traits are filtered through the Web, especially the new breed of short-message online services, is slim, but digital-health experts have observed numerous transformations when someone ascends the Internet's world stage.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A series of lawsuits filed across the country allege that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Netflix Inc. benefited illegally when the world's largest retailer exited the online DVD rental business in 2005. Lawyer Daniel Becnel of Reserve, La., complained in a lawsuit filed this week in Baton Rouge, La., that Wal-Mart and Netflix improperly negotiated Wal-Mart's departure from the online video market. He says the current rates are higher than they would have been if Wal-Mart had remained in the online DVD business.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2010
$27.3 billion Amount U.S. consumers say they spent in 2008 for arts and crafts supplies. $2.5 billion Amount spent in 2008 on scrapbook and memory crafts, the largest craft category. $34 The average sale on Etsy.com, an online market for handmade and vintage goods with 400,000 active online shops. Sources: Times research; Etsy Inc.; Craft & Hobby Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2009 | Veronique de Turenne, De Turenne is a Los Angeles writer and blogger.
Is anyone still unclear on the concept of the blog? Self-publishing on the Internet is the short answer, with millions of bloggers creating endless variations on the theme. There's the news blog, the politics blog, the travel blog, photo blogs, family blogs, humor blogs and, a natural for the form, the personal journal. That's what Katie Kampenfelt is writing when we meet her in the opening pages of Allison Burnett's canny third novel, "Undiscovered Gyrl." Katie's enough of a techie to have been enrolled in computer camp the summer before high school, but already so troubled by her parents' divorce that she wound up in a psych ward instead.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A Chinese government crackdown on “lewd and pornographic” content has ensnared Internet giant Sina.com, 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.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Nearly two-thirds of software bought online is delivered via digital downloads, rather than on discs that came in the mail, according to an NPD Group report released Tuesday. "People's comfort with downloading software online has grown and will continue to grow," NPD analyst Stephen Baker said. "It's kind of a halo effect from things like Netflix and iTunes, things that got people to trust the idea of buying things online. "More and more people are leaving the product boxes behind.
NEWS
April 6, 1999 | Reuters
America Online Inc., the world's top provider of Internet services, said it acquired When Inc. in a move that allows AOL to offer free Internet calendar and event-planning services to its members. Dulles, Va.-based AOL paid an undisclosed amount of stock for Redwood City, Calif.-based When. Its easy-to-use calendar service, known as When.com, allows Internet users to keep track of their personal schedules online and to coordinate events with a fast-growing network of other online calendar-keepers.
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