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WORLD
August 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuba's government signaled it would crack down on black market satellite dishes that receive news from the U.S., nine days after ailing President Fidel Castro temporarily ceded power to his brother Raul. The official newspaper Granma warned that the dishes could be receiving subversive information from the U.S. government. Such articles often indicate that action can be expected.
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NEWS
August 15, 2013 | By By Terry Gardner
Talkler, an app that, once upon a time, could read aloud only email from Gmail, can now read most email and record replies, thanks to a recent update. The update allows Talkler to access most email services including iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft Exchange and Gmail.  “You can TapAnywhere on Talkler's teleprompter-style screen to pause/play, skip, delete. Or say 'Hey, Talkler' - it's always listening,” says Jeffrey Korn, founder and chief executive of Talkler.  Vocal commands , touch taps and swipes, etc. are detailed under Talkler Tips onboard the app.  “Most of the improvements came from user requests,” Korn says.
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NEWS
February 28, 1985
The City Council of Culver City has voted to ban installation of satellite dish antennas until it completes an ordinance to regulate their use. Maximum size of the antennas and requirements for surrounding screens will be set in the ordinance, council members said. The moratorium is expected to last about six months.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Satellite broadcaster Dish Network dropped the cable channel AMC from its service as a feud between the programmer and distributor showed no signs of being resolved. The dispute means that AMC has lost access to about 14 million homes just weeks before one of its most high-profile original shows, the drama "Breaking Bad," is set to return. Dish has also dropped other channels owned by AMC parent AMC Networks Inc., including IFC, Sundance and WE TV. The latest contract between the two companies expired Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1986 | THOMAS OMESTAD, Times Staff Writer
A Thousand Oaks couple whose clash with neighborhood groups led to a new city policy on satellite dishes have been denied permission to keep their backyard dish. The Thousand Oaks Planning Commission on Monday rejected an application by Bruce and Stephanie Maltz, who live in a part of Westlake Village that is within Thousand Oaks.
NEWS
January 29, 1987
The Bell City Council has approved an agreement to rent a portion of the city's storage yard to a cable television company for placement of two satellite dishes. Under terms of the 15-year lease, the city will receive $250 a month from Masada Corp. for the use of a small portion of the yard at Gage and Chanslor avenues. The agreement ends a months-long search by the company for a site, City Administrator Byron Woosley said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2005 | Scott Timberg
On Friday, Adelphia Communications Corp. became the first cable operator to offer hard-core pornography in Southern California. A few days earlier, Adelphia and two other cable companies marked another milestone: the first known contest to turn old satellite dishes into what organizers are calling "modern art." It's an innovation that Marcel Duchamp -- who converted a urinal into a celebrated and influential objet d'art in 1917 -- would probably have applauded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1986 | Lorena Oropeza \f7
The City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance tonight that would severely restrict the placement and size of broadcast satellite dishes. The ordinance would ban dishes in residential areas and prohibit all roof-mounted satellite dishes, Ray Kromer, assistant city manager, said. The proposed city law would allow homeowners and businesses to keep their existing satellite dishes. City officials say there are 24 such dishes in Fountain Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1986
An electrical fire caused an estimated $350,000 in damage to a Van Nuys firm that manufactures satellite dishes, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. Firefighters arrived at Solir Corp. on Stagg Street about 7:45 p.m. Monday and found the building filled with smoke and flames, Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells said. It took 11 fire companies about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze, Wells said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1985
In a move to improve television reception in their remote community, the Agoura Hills City Council agreed to let homeowners install backyard satellite dishes without being required to have a city permit. The council unanimously approved the rule Wednesday night. The action will save dish owners $695 in conditional-use permit application fees, City Manager Michael Huse said. Some residents had complained that the fee dissuaded them from using satellite receivers.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2010 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Shortly after Mike White took over as chief executive of DirecTV, the former longtime PepsiCo executive discovered that the satellite broadcaster's human resources department had carted away all the Coke machines from the company's El Segundo headquarters. "They pulled the machines without asking me, and I got complaints about it," White laughingly recalled. "I said, 'Put the Coke machines back.' " Just as DirecTV went out of its way to make White feel welcome, he made a point of getting to know the people at his new employer.
WORLD
June 30, 2010 | By Liz Sly, Los Angeles Times
On the outskirts of this former insurgent stronghold, Munir Ibrahim Ismail and his family have taken up residence in an American military latrine. They picked up the trailer full of toilets at a junkyard for about $5,000 — less than it would have cost them to build a real house — and set to work. They tore out the toilet bowls and scrubbed the trailer for days with disinfectant. They ripped off tiles, poured a concrete floor and added a window. They erected a divider to create two rooms and tacked on a concrete kitchen at the back.
WORLD
August 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuba's government signaled it would crack down on black market satellite dishes that receive news from the U.S., nine days after ailing President Fidel Castro temporarily ceded power to his brother Raul. The official newspaper Granma warned that the dishes could be receiving subversive information from the U.S. government. Such articles often indicate that action can be expected.
REAL ESTATE
February 12, 2006 | H. May Spitz, Special to The Times
Question: I ordered satellite service for my apartment, but the landlord refused to let me have the dish installed. How can I persuade him to change his mind? Answer: The Federal Communications Commission has done the work for you, enacting a detailed set of rules and regulations in 1996 that on many levels prohibit a property owner from restricting a tenant's right to satellite service. Unfortunately, many people are in the dark about the FCC's elaborate guidelines.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2005 | Scott Timberg
On Friday, Adelphia Communications Corp. became the first cable operator to offer hard-core pornography in Southern California. A few days earlier, Adelphia and two other cable companies marked another milestone: the first known contest to turn old satellite dishes into what organizers are calling "modern art." It's an innovation that Marcel Duchamp -- who converted a urinal into a celebrated and influential objet d'art in 1917 -- would probably have applauded.
NEWS
March 14, 2004 | Michael Astor, Associated Press Writer
Naked children are leaping from mango trees and tumbling into the mild water of the Xingu River without a care. But up by the grass-roofed long houses, the village elders fret that their way of life may soon end. "We're worried for our children and grandchildren," said Rea, a Kayabi Indian woman. "Our Xingu is an island, and if the white man enters with his machines, he'll break it all down in no time."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1993 | DANIELLE A. FOUQUETTE
The city has increased the size limit for satellite dishes from six feet to 10 feet in diameter. The City Council approved the amendment last week, and the change, which will provide for improved service for dish owners, goes into effect March 16. The increase was needed to keep pace with technology, said Joyce Rosenthal, director of planning. Most of the dishes on the market are at least 7 1/2 feet in diameter to properly receive the approximately 300 stations that send signals via satellite.
NEWS
February 21, 1999 | From Associated Press
The power of a sea of backyard satellite dishes will be harnessed in an attempt to listen for life on other planets. The search, popularized by the movie "Contact," is usually performed with massive satellite dishes, but this project will use about 750 dishes in a remote Northern California valley. The project, which will take up to six years to build, was announced Feb. 8 by partners UC Berkeley and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute in Mountain View.
NEWS
May 9, 2003 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
Standing next to her new satellite dish while watching a television set placed on her clover lawn, Akhbal Ibrahim Rashid stared transfixed at the image of an Egyptian pop star in tight leather pants. "Beautiful, beautiful," Rashid whispered. "Not Iraqi TV. Not Saddam Hussein TV. Beautiful."
REAL ESTATE
April 6, 2003 | Kevin Postema, Special to The Times
Question: A few months ago I bought a new satellite dish and system. Now I am moving into a new apartment. The owners told me I cannot install the satellite dish even if it is not directly attached to the building. The satellite company has numerous ways to put a dish on the roof without drilling holes into the building, and I am willing to run the cables in through a window to avoid drilling holes.
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