April 15, 2014 |
New technology often challenges society's long-standing assumptions and standards, but sometimes courts - and others - lose sight of common sense as they grapple with the changes. That's the case in a recent decision of California's 6th Appellate District, which found that text messages and emails between public officials are beyond the reach of the Public Records Act if they are sent on private devices rather than ones owned by public agencies. The three-judge panel said that electronic communications between council members and the mayor of San Jose, even those regarding city business, should not be considered "public" records if they are not "used" or "retained" by the city government (the language cited comes from California's Public Records Act, written long before smartphones existed)
April 13, 2014 |
Biz Stone is the other Twitter founder. Not the one who first came up with the idea, not the one with the original investment, but the founder famous for donning a nutty professor costume to introduce the messaging platform to the world in a comic video. In the torrid tale of Twitter's foundation - complete with betrayals and counter-betrayals - he was neither a back-stabber nor the back-stabbed. His new book from Grand Central Publishing, "Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind," offers a clue about why: He seems to be quite a nice guy. Management books written by nice guys do not abound.
April 2, 2014 |
Amazon.com Inc. has officially entered the Internet video streaming set-top box market. Dubbed Fire TV, the Seattle online retailer's new $99 offering features a small remote control, voice search capability, online gaming and video applications including Netflix, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, Showtime and YouTube. Notably, HBO Go is not yet on Fire TV, but an Amazon spokesman said the company is working with the pay-TV network to make it available. To be sure, Amazon Fire TV users would still need a pay-TV subscription to HBO to access HBO Go. The long-anticipated device is also the latest platform for Amazon's own Netflix rival Prime Instant Video, which the company hopes will attract people to its $99-a-year Prime service that gives subscribers free two-day shipping and access to its on-demand streaming library as well as original shows. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Amazon has been making deals with programmers to get more content for its service.
April 2, 2014 |
Perhaps the best ad for Los Angeles online advertising platform the Rubicon Project is that its shares shot up 37% on its first day of trading. Rubicon on Wednesday began offering shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RUBI, opening at a price of $17.50 a share, 17% higher than its offering price of $15. The Playa Vista company sold nearly 6.8 million shares. Its IPO priced at $101.6 million, at the low end of expectations. But shares quickly surged and were up 37% to $20.63 shortly after 10 a.m. PDT. VIDEO: Unboxing the $49.99 Roku Streaming Stick Company executives were in New York to ring the opening bell.
March 25, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A tiny Irvine company founded by a 21-year-old Cal State Long Beach drop-out may play a leading role in Facebook's next major bet on the future of the Internet: that virtual reality will change the way people experience the Web. Facebook said Tuesday that it was buying Oculus VR, maker of virtual reality headsets for video game players, for $2 billion. The ultimate goal of the acquisition, the giant social network said, is to create an immersive 3-D experience in which users don't just chat online with friends but grab a cup of coffee with them in a virtual cafe or travel with them to distant places, just by putting on a pair of goggles with dark lenses.
March 24, 2014 |
CHICAGO - A Chicago Transit Authority operator may have fallen asleep shortly before a train jumped the platform at O'Hare International Airport on Monday and became partially wedged atop an escalator at the end of the line, according to her union representative. Reports from the scene indicate the driver, whose name has not been released, told people she nodded off moments before the crash, said Robert Kelly, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308. "I can confirm that she was extremely tired," Kelly said.