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February 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
China has eased new Internet controls that had limited video-sharing to state companies, saying private competitors already operating in the fast-growing arena may continue. Any new video-sharing companies must comply with the rules, which took effect last week, the government said Tuesday. The rules appeared to be aimed at extending China's Web censorship as the Beijing Olympics approach and at preventing the distribution of unflattering videos.
January 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo proposed a state law that would ban sex offenders from visiting social networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook and require them to register their e-mail addresses. The law, drafted after consultations with News Corp.-owned MySpace and closely held Facebook -- two of the most popular sites -- also would prohibit convicted sex offenders from communicating on the Internet with anyone under 18 years old.
January 22, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Internet hackers crashed the website of Panama's National Assembly and briefly posted an American flag there, four months after the legislature elected as its leader a man accused of killing a U.S. soldier. Officials at the assembly, declining to be quoted by name, said the site -- -- has been down since Jan. 9, when a U.S. flag briefly appeared there. Pedro Miguel Gonzalez was elected president of Panama's legislature in September despite being wanted in the United States for the 1992 slaying of Army Sgt. Zac Hernandez.
January 15, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
MySpace says it can't guarantee that the people who sign up for its social networking site aren't underage or sex offenders. But it averted a potential legal battle Monday by agreeing to keep trying. A group of 49 state attorneys general probing safety issues at MySpace and other online social networks signed a deal with the Beverly Hills-based unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
January 8, 2008 | From Reuters
New York Times Co. and business news channel CNBC will share video and stories from each other's websites in an alliance that could bolster them against an expected assault by News Corp. Under the deal, New York Times stories will be posted on CNBC's website and the Times will use CNBC video for its site. Neither company will pay the other for its news.
December 29, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Six months after the disappearance of a 19-year-old female college student, scores of volunteers are planning to again search the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu this weekend for any clues in her case. A Northern California Christian search group will lead the effort, the second privately organized search for Donna Jou in the Malibu area in the past three months.
The Connecticut attorney general's office sued Best Buy in May, charging the electronics heavyweight with using deceptive in-store websites to trick customers into paying higher prices than available on the company's actual site. "We thought Best Buy had addressed this," Connecticut Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal told me the other day. "That's what they said to us. Apparently that's not the case." Apparently not.
December 21, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
At first glance, it seemed Goliath succeeded in crushing David. After a long battle with Apple Inc., a Harvard University senior said Thursday that he would shut down Think Secret, the website known for landing scoops about the company's latest products. Apple was peeved by the leaks and sued him in 2005. The site's demise prompted outrage from some Apple followers, but in this case David -- aka Nicholas Ciarelli -- got his own happy ending: freedom from having to run the site anymore.
December 20, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Microsoft Corp. won the right to deliver advertising on Viacom Inc.'s network of websites for the next five years Wednesday, the latest in a series of deals demonstrating the software titan's willingness to spend heavily to establish itself as a major player in online ads. The alliance announced Wednesday gave Microsoft a big partner in trying to catch up to Google Inc., the top broker of Internet advertising. Microsoft will displace DoubleClick Inc. in showing ads to Web surfers visiting MTV.
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