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ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2008 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK -- Katie Couric was listening to Declan McCullagh, CNET's chief political correspondent, explain Barack Obama's and John McCain's stances on Net neutrality. "Well, whatever that meant," the anchor said after his wonky account of copyright issues. "No, Declan, that was fascinating," she added with a laugh, not very convincingly. Couric's cheeky remark would have likely raised eyebrows if she had made it on the "CBS Evening News." But the anchor wasn't on the air. She was hosting a live webcast on CBSNews.
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TRAVEL
August 24, 2008 | Jen Leo
Are you tired of travel websites that want either to sell you a ticket or prove that they're better than the other latest travel social network? Would you be more comfortable just reading about cool travel-related products and destinations? Been-Seen.com has daily posts -- sans attitude -- about global destinations for design-hungry travelers. What's hot: Find out who's building the most inspired hotels and buildings, from glass igloos in Finland to an underwater luxury hotel in the Maldives.
WORLD
August 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The website of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was moved to a U.S. hosting facility this weekend after Russian hackers attacked it, Nino Doijashvili, chief executive of Atlanta-based hosting firm Tulip Systems Inc., said Monday. The original servers in the country of Georgia were "flooded and blocked by Russians" over the weekend, Doijashvili said. The Georgian-born Doijashvili said she transferred president.gov.ge and rustavi2.
SPORTS
August 5, 2008 | Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writer
An online operation that has failed to deliver promised Beijing Games admission tickets to hundreds of consumers worldwide unexpectedly closed down Monday, hours before a federal judge in San Francisco approved a restraining order aimed at halting the websites. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White's order prohibited Xclusive Leisure & Hospitality Ltd. from using more than a dozen website names, which include www.beijingticketing.com, www.beijingolympic2008tickets.com and olympic-tickets.net.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
The slowing economy is starting to hurt an unexpected segment of the advertising world: the Web, which has been growing fast for half a decade. Once thought to be immune from cutbacks, online advertising -- especially at Web portals and information sites such as those run by newspapers -- is experiencing a slowdown as marketers tighten their belts and make tough decisions about where to spend their leaner budgets.
BUSINESS
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 Inc.com'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.
NATIONAL
July 31, 2008 | James Rainey
The Washington Post published a smart, thorough takedown Wednesday of the baseless charge that Barack Obama spurned a visit with wounded troops because he couldn't turn the trip into a public relations coup. Reporters Michael D. Shear and Dan Balz showed that Obama never planned to take the media to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, putting the lie to charges from John McCain that the Democrat was on the prowl for a cheap photo op.
BUSINESS
July 27, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Shakespeare at sea? Poker cruise? Antiques on board? A new website, ThemeCruiseFinder.com, can help you locate a cruise themed on whatever interests you. There are cruises dedicated to golf, cruises about religion and cruises featuring concerts from various musical genres. While some cruisers prefer general-interest trips where the focus is on a destination, others enjoy meeting people with similar interests or spending their time on board learning about a subject that interests them rather than relaxing.
BUSINESS
July 21, 2008 | Scott J. Wilson
Just a few years ago, Yelp was used primarily by San Francisco-area residents to exchange opinions on local restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The idea caught fire, and Yelp has successfully expanded to include other cities, including much of Southern California. The range of businesses reviewed has also ballooned, making Yelp a good place to find opinions on a wide assortment of neighborhood services, including dry cleaners, bakeries, hair salons and even churches.
BUSINESS
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.
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