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October 5, 2008 | Jen Leo
Birders rejoice. is a new website that unites birders the world over. Keep track of birds you've spotted and view Google satellite maps to discover what types of birds you may see on your next trip. What's hot: Even though this is a niche website, it doesn't feel like a clique. Even non-bird enthusiasts like me can participate.
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.
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.
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? 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.
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 and rustavi2.
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, and
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.
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.
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.
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