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February 11, 1993 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who regularly covers comedy for OC Live!
Technically, Steve Altman is a prop comic. But he doesn't use objects to generate laughs; he uses sound, in all its infinite--and infinitely funny--varieties. "I'm into high tech," Altman tells audiences, standing behind his digital sampling keyboard, "the latest thing in keyboard technology. It actually records anything, digitizes it and puts it on a disk like a computer." To demonstrate, he plays a brief tune on the keyboard, then adds "strings" and drums.
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February 11, 1993 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who regularly covers comedy for OC Live!
Technically, Steve Altman is a prop comic. But he doesn't use objects to generate laughs; he uses sound, in all its infinite--and infinitely funny--varieties. "I'm into high tech," Altman tells audiences, standing behind his digital sampling keyboard, "the latest thing in keyboard technology. It actually records anything, digitizes it and puts it on a disk like a computer." To demonstrate, he plays a brief tune on the keyboard, then adds "strings" and drums.
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September 19, 2000 | Reuters
A 19-year-old Oklahoma State University student could face criminal charges of copyright infringement after police found as many as 1,000 Internet music files on his computer, campus police said. Police seized the personal computer and a CD recorder from the student's dormitory room after university officials were notified by the Recording Industry Assn. of America, which is campaigning against the widespread practice of copying and moving music over the Internet. University police Lt.
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December 31, 1998
CLUBS Nancy Sinatra gets out her walking boots at the newly remodeled Viper Room for a New Year's Eve blowout. West Hollywood, (310) 358-1880. FAMILY Party favors and an apple-juice toast are part of "Kids' New Year's Eve Countdown" at Kidspace Museum, Pasadena. (626) 449-9144. TRIBUTE The late country boy would have been a birthday boy. "John Denver Party and Concert." The Church in Ocean Park, Santa Monica. (310) 399-1000.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
brussels -- European Union antitrust regulators are investigating U.S. wireless technologies company Qualcomm Inc. for possible abusive business practices, European officials said Monday. Qualcomm, the world's second-largest chip maker for cellphones, might have violated EU competition rules by refusing to share licensing terms for its mobile-phone technology, EU spokesman Jonathan Todd said. The probe could take as long as two years, Todd said. Six mobile-phone companies -- Broadcom Corp.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Qualcomm Inc. posted a 5% increase in fiscal first-quarter profit Wednesday, driven by strong sales of mobile phones that offer speedier Internet downloads. The wireless communications company earned $648 million, or 38 cents a share, in the period ended Dec. 31, up from $620 million, or 36 cents, in the same period last year. Excluding some one-time items, Qualcomm earned 43 cents a share, a penny more than the consensus estimate among analysts polled by Thomson Financial.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2005 | From Reuters
Qualcomm Inc. said Thursday that it would buy wireless broadband technology firm Flarion Technologies Inc. to expand its own wireless technology portfolio in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $600 million. It said it could pay $205 million more if the companies reached certain milestones within eight years of the deal's closing. Analysts said the purchase of the high-profile private firm could help Qualcomm dominate future high-speed wireless technologies.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2009 | Charlotte Stoudt
Between 1962 and 1969, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote 180 songs that would score the emotional life of generations. "Just Imagine," Tim Piper's uneven but fervent tribute to Lennon at the NoHo Arts Center, takes us through the creative journey that started it all. Tribute shows have to meet impossible expectations: On one hand, they must conjure the legend in question, yet if they give us exactly what we expect, there's no surprise. "Just Imagine," directed by Steve Altman, lives somewhere between real gratification and slight lull with its steady menu of Beatles and Lennon gems.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2002 | JUSTIN POPE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Shares of Tyco International Inc. plunged again Monday on accounting worries even as the company announced a debt-restructuring plan to improve liquidity and denied reports that it failed to disclose details on billions in acquisitions. The Bermuda-based company's shares fell $5.73, or nearly 16%, to $29.90 on the New York Stock Exchange after ratings agencies Standard & Poor's and Fitch downgraded the debt of Tyco International and its wholly owned financial subsidiary, Tyco Capital.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2007 | David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
A coat of many colors of wit covers "Journey to Dollywood" at the Matrix Theatre. Writer-actress Jessie McCormack's quirky dramedy about a hapless Dolly Parton acolyte and her thwarted dreams finds a bit of magic in a simple little smile. Meet disillusioned Jolene (McCormack), whose Dolly worship dates from childhood. Jolene -- named by her now-dying mother for the song -- works in a Southern diner (beautifully realized by designer Keith Mitchell), from which she yearns to fly away.
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January 5, 1987 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
Theater needs to take itself seriously if everyone else is going to, but what happens when people take themselves seriously instead of the work? Something like "The Time Machine" happens. This musical adaptation of the H. G. Wells story at the Gene Dynarski Theatre opened New Year's Eve with unparallelled self-confidence--so much of it that choreographer Cate Caplin and composer Steve Altman even told first-nighters before the curtain went up that they were a "privileged first audience."
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