November 5, 2009 |
When the X-rated sex comedy " The Telephone Book" was released in 1971, it was called pornographic and obscene. But now, 38 years later, it's considered a neglected masterpiece. You can decide for yourself tonight as the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre screens the risque farce about a woman (Sarah Kennedy) who falls in love with the world's greatest obscene telephone caller. It's the first time the film has played in L.A. since its engagement in 1971 at the old Vogue Theatre.
October 26, 2009 |
Jazz musician Bill Cunliffe loves television -- but he doesn't watch it on a TV set. "I can watch anything I want, any time I want," he said, "on my bottom-of-the-line Mac PowerBook." Cunliffe, 53, is one of a growing number of TV viewers who get all their programs via the Internet. For reasons that include saving money, convenience, personal choice and a hatred of commercials, these viewers are cutting the cord from cable, satellite and telephone suppliers of TV service, and even throwing away the rabbit ears and other antennas that brought in over-the-air broadcasts.
October 10, 2009 |
The Federal Communications Commission is looking into complaints by AT&T Inc. that the Google Voice phone service blocks some calls within the United States to avoid a high connection fee. The FCC sent an inquiry to Google Inc. on Friday seeking information about the software's functionality, the number of users and the identity of its partners. Google Voice allows users to consolidate their home, office and cellphone numbers by routing the calls through a central Google number.
June 28, 2009 |
I've always admired the way phone companies charge a monthly fee for people not to be listed in a phone book. I mean, talk about chutzpah -- charging customers to not receive a service they didn't even ask for in the first place. But Time Warner Cable takes the cake. The company charges 99 cents a month for its telephone customers to not be listed in a directory that the company doesn't even publish. Time Warner outsources the entire operation.
June 25, 2009 |
A plan by Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp. to ensure that people who watch TV on the Web are already cable-TV subscribers faces several hurdles, including the technical -- a workable encryption system -- and the political -- whether consumers will view it as an attempt to wall off free content.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2009 |
Los Angeles County government has more than 8,000 phones that never ring. The annual cost to taxpayers? At least $1.5 million and climbing. Officials worry that some lines may have never served a county purpose. One was registered to a now-defunct ticket brokerage in Hollywood called Theatix. For 14 years, the bill for the line -- currently $38 a month -- has been paid by taxpayers.
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June 16, 2009 |
Marcella M. Meyer, a prominent advocate for the deaf who fought to expand civil rights and establish social services through the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, an advocacy group she helped found in 1969 and ran for almost three decades, has died. She was 84. Meyer died May 26 at Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, said her daughter Coleen Ashly.
April 17, 2009 |
Federal government to DirecTV and Comcast cable: What part of Do Not Call didn't you understand? Satellite television provider DirecTV Inc. agreed to pay $2.31 million to settle charges that it made more than 1 million calls to its customers who had -- as was their right -- placed themselves on a Do Not Call list, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday. And why did the company make the calls? To ask the customers to remove themselves from the list, the agency said.
March 24, 2009 |
EBay Inc. started a trial version of its Skype Internet-calling service for corporate users, seeking to expand the business beyond consumers as sales at its Web-auction unit decline. Customers can make calls from Skype to a participating company's phone system at no cost, EBay said. Companies also can call land lines and mobile phones for as little as 2.1 cents a minute. EBay reported a 16% drop in sales for the marketplace business, its biggest unit, last quarter.
October 9, 2008
Los Angeles County is asking voters in its unincorporated communities to ratify and modify an existing telephone tax in much the same way that voters did earlier this year in the cities of Los Angeles, Pasadena, Culver City and a number of other municipalities. In this era of financial uncertainty, when governments are starved for vital cash and voters are being asked to fund new services, this one is easy.