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April 12, 2008 | Joseph Menn and Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writers
A coalition of medical groups and child advocates called Friday for guidelines that would prevent Internet companies from tracking the behavior of minors online, contending that many adolescents are divulging more than they realize and aren't digesting complex privacy policies. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Assn.
March 31, 2008 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
Yahoo Inc. is making a fresh appeal to a key demographic: women. Launching today is Shine, a Yahoo website aimed at women between the ages of 25 and 54. It will delve into fashion and beauty, entertainment, parenting, work and other areas of interest to women. Yahoo's future is uncertain in the wake of Microsoft Corp.'s takeover bid. But the Sunnyvale, Calif., Internet giant is continuing to launch new products in pursuit of advertising dollars.
March 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Family and friends of service members who died in the Vietnam War no longer have to travel to Washington to pay their respects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. An interactive version has debuted online at go.footnote .com/thewall, a project of historical document archive site in conjunction with the National Archives and Records Administration. The virtual version of the memorial -- whose black granite walls are inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died in the war -- is searchable.
February 28, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Google Inc., already the world's most-popular spot for finding websites, is aiming to become the go-to place for creating websites too. The company is taking its first step toward that goal today with the debut of a free service designed for high-tech neophytes looking for a simple way to share information with other people working in the same company or attending the same class in school.
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.
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