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The Anaheim Grizzlies might never materialize, but that hasn't stopped an Anaheim ticket brokerage from reserving the Internet domain name,, and a Mississippi college student from reserving the name Michael Heisley, owner of the Vancouver Grizzlies, faces a March 26 deadline to tell the NBA where he would like his team to play next season, with Anaheim one of five cities under consideration.
April 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The 1,000 most popular websites in the world are now safe from the Heartbleed vulnerability, but 2% of the top 1 million websites remain unsecure, a security firm recently said. Cyber security firm Sucuri Inc. said it scanned the top websites as ranked by Alexa Internet, a company that collects Web traffic data, to test how many of them remain vulnerable to Heartbleed, a bug that was recently discovered. Heartbleed is a hole in OpenSSL, a security software used by most websites, that gives hackers an entryway to steal sensitive user data, including passwords.
Perhaps it's only appropriate that an antidote to the urban legend comes from the suburbs--Agoura Hills, to be precise. It is out of their home at the western end of the San Fernando Valley that David and Barbara Mikkelson track down the origins of tales of impossible tragedy, irony and revenge. More often than not, the Mikkelsons said, a little double-checking is all it takes to debunk a legend told and retold as "verifiable truth."
October 28, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Websites registered in China, Russia, Ukraine and Canada continue to dominate the list of "most notorious" markets for distributing pirated movies and TV shows, an industry report shows. The survey , compiled by the Motion Picture Assn. of America at the request of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, ranked websites and other technologies used to distribute illegal copies of movies and TV show based on how much web traffic they generated, among other indicators. The MPAA list includes peer-to-peer networks, Bit Torrent portals, infringing download and streaming hubs, linking websites and newsgroups, as well as physical markets located in the Ukraine, Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Ireland, Brazil, Russia, Thailand, Mexico and India.
January 3, 1998 | Associated Press
California drivers who want to personalize their license plates now have a way to find out quickly whether the name or clever saying they have in mind has already been taken, the state Resources Agency announced Friday. The agency, which uses money from "vanity" plates to pay for environmental programs, has created a World Wide Web site with the Department of Motor Vehicles, enabling Internet users to search a database of 1.6 million existing personalized plates. At the Web site, http://plates.
October 6, 2005 | By Emily Green, Times Staff Writer
IN an announcement about the opening of the Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, I recently referred to spiders as insects. It brought this response from a reader in Whittier: "Spiders are not insects! Insects have six legs. " The reader is correct. Spiders have eight legs. Although insects and spiders are both arthropods, spiders belong to a distinct class, Arachnida . Unfortunately, the term became known almost exclusively as a root for a word concerning the pathological fear of spiders: arachnophobia.
August 13, 1999
BET Holdings Inc., owner of Black Entertainment Television, unveiled a Web site aimed at the black community that will offer e-mail, instant messaging and chat features as well as links to other Web sites. BET said the venture will receive $35 million in backing from its four partners: Microsoft Corp.; USA Networks Inc.; the U.S. arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.; and AT&T Corp.'s Liberty Digital, the online media company run by cable magnate John Malone. Liberty holds a 34% stake in BET.
At's semiannual meeting with some of its top car-dealer customers in Sedona, Ariz., which continues today, General Motors Corp.'s recently unveiled car-selling Web site will be a major topic of discussion, according to the Irvine company's president. The car maker's site is designed to get customers the best price by having dealers bid against each other for the business.
A fan of British rock act the Cure wants to check out the band's site on the World Wide Web. Not the one developed by the record label or hundreds of others created by fellow admirers. He wants the official Cure site, the one spawned out of singer Robert Smith's Powerbook and maintained from the back of the musician's tour bus. So the fan goes to an online search engine--say, Yahoo!--and punches in the band's name. The result--227 sites to wade through before stumbling across www.thecure.
April 3, 1997 | MARLA MATZER
Name: E! Online Address: What it is: Online counterpart to cable's E! Entertainment Television. Features new content covering movies, TV and music. If it were on paper, it would be a hefty version of magazine Entertainment Weekly with the bitchiness of Movieline thrown in. Heavy on gossip. Longish features such as "Plastic Surgery Secrets of the Stars" can be surprisingly sharp.
February 15, 2009 | Carolyn Kellogg
Matthew Fisher, an assistant professor of English at UCLA, knew that libraries all over the world had been digitizing their holdings. But he was frustrated by the difficulty in finding what he was looking for -- in particular, medieval manuscripts. A Google search for "Edward the Confessor" might turn up 20 pages of results before the book, the oldest surviving Anglo-Norman history of the king, appears; it's at Cambridge University, and they've put it online. Rather than telling Cambridge it was time they hired an expert in search-engine optimization, Fisher decided to collect links to these works himself.
December 16, 2008 | Jessica Guynn, Guynn is a Times staff writer.
Yahoo Inc. is getting more open and more social. The Internet giant said Monday that it was rolling out features designed to make its e-mail service and other properties more like popular social networking sites Facebook and MySpace. The features, more than a year in the making, are the brainchild of Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang, who previewed them in a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
December 11, 2008 | bloomberg news
Sony BMG Music Entertainment was sued by the U.S. on Wednesday for collecting and disclosing personal data about 30,000 children without informing their parents. The Federal Trade Commission filed the civil lawsuit in federal court. The suit, which alleges violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, seeks unspecified damages and an injunction.
September 29, 2008
Being sensitive to the environment is all well and good, but there can be another good reason to use green energy: cash in your pocket. Government agencies and utilities offer a variety of financial incentives to homeowners and businesses that incorporate renewable energy and energy-efficient features when building, remodeling or buying appliances. To see what's available, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, a website produced by the North Carolina Solar Center.
September 14, 2008 | Jen Leo
If you keep the details of your frequent-flier programs in an e-mail at the bottom of your inbox, don't feel bad. It's not as though those numbers roll off the tip of your brain. But if you can, dig them up, just this once, and put them in for a consolidated home that's easy to access. What's hot: Placely is a travel social networking site first, but my favorite thing about the site is its ability to house all your frequent-flier log-ins and passwords in one place. It has 26 domestic and international programs available for tracking.
August 4, 2008 | Scott J. Wilson
Looking for the right place to open a store or set up a company? Better look outside California, judging by's annual ranking of the best cities for doing business. The top cities in this year's list are Midland, Texas; St. George, Utah; and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. California isn't represented until Bakersfield comes in at the No. 38 spot. The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale area ranks No. 274 (out of 335) -- a slight improvement over last year's 283.
A new medium may carry their message, but the main concern of the dozens of Web sites set to converge upon this summer's national political conventions will be business. Only a faint glimmer four years ago, the Internet will have a glaring presence at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia beginning Monday and at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in mid-August.
July 20, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The National Park Service has launched a website for visitors with disabilities and other special needs to help them find accessible trails, programs and activities at national parks. The website is called "National Parks: Accessible to Everyone." Many individual parks have sections on their websites about accessibility, and the new national database is a work in progress, incorporating information as it becomes available. The site lists places where signed interpreters can be arranged for the hearing-impaired and visitors centers that have captioned movies or services for visually impaired parkgoers.
June 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Services, the Public Broadcasting Service website, attracted more U.S. visitors than any of the sites of the six commercial broadcast TV networks for four straight weeks, according to online monitor Hitwise. Among Web users visiting the broadcasters' sites, 24.2% chose in the week ended June 21, followed by ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, each with less than 20%, PBS said. CW and MyNetworkTV ranked sixth and seventh. For the 2007-08 television season, ranked third behind ABC and NBC with 19% of U.S. viewers, up from 15% the previous year.
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