December 28, 1993 |
A man who criticized a company's stock on a computer bulletin board has declared victory after settling the resulting libel suit, but First Amendment lawyers say the case falls short of expanding protection for electronic conversations. Medphone Corp., a Paramus, N.J., medical equipment company, raised eyebrows last year after it sued Peter DeNigris of Babylon, N.Y.
November 9, 1993 |
When Robyn Greene first logged on to Compuserve's investor's forum three years ago, she was convinced that a drop in interest rates was a short-term aberration that would soon reverse itself. Like many small investors, she figured all she had to do was keep her money in a money market fund until rates went up. But after several on-line discussions with a portfolio manager from Minneapolis and other investors like herself all over the country, the Miami attorney changed her mind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1993 |
Ira Zimmerman is back on line in his battle with the followers of radio shock-jock Howard Stern, only days after he sued the Prodigy Service Co. for kicking him off its electronic bulletin boards. "I guess I can declare victory," Zimmerman said. A Prodigy spokesman confirmed Friday that the company decided to restore Zimmerman's bulletin board privileges, after reviewing the latest entries in the yearlong verbal mudslinging match between Zimmerman and Stern's groupies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1993 |
Silenced by the Prodigy computer bulletin board network after his yearlong, electronic feud with radio shock-jock Howard Stern and his followers, Ira Zimmerman is taking the company to court. Zimmerman, advocacy chairman of the National Stutterers Project, was informed by Prodigy that his fight with Stern for stutterers' dignity had degenerated into personal attacks between him and Stern's rabid followers.
August 5, 1993 |
In one of the largest forays yet by a newspaper company into on-line services, Times Mirror Co. said Wednesday that it will make information from the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and New York Newsday available over the Prodigy computer network starting next year. Using a home computer equipped with a modem, a subscriber paying a flat fee will gain access to news and other material from the newspapers. Prodigy subscribers will pay an additional fee to access local Times Mirror services.
April 21, 1993 |
Phone lines, computers and credit cards are the unlikely weapons, but what's happening is a war nonetheless--a price war. The combatants are America's leading computer dial-up services, which increasingly serve as a combination shopping mall, soap box and mail service for growing legions of personal computer users. In an aggressive response to last week's price hike announcement by Prodigy Services Co., rival America Online came back Tuesday with what amounted to a price cut.
March 19, 1993 |
The trouble all started last summer, when Peter DeNigris bought his first computer. For years, the 41-year-old Long Island, N.Y., elections forms processor had invested small sums in small companies. Like many amateur investors, he had lots of opinions about his stocks, but few people who cared to hear them.