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May 25, 2008 | Jon Healey
THE HOMEROOM Graffiti his path to an art career For those who have been following posts by Manual Arts High teacher Antero Garcia about using graffiti in his classroom lessons, the latest issue of the newspaper LA Youth has a story by Ramon Marcos. "I'm more artistic now," Marcos writes about the art classes he's taking at Skillz 'N Action, a free, urban art program for teenagers. "Before coming here I didn't even think about going to college, Marcos says. "I saw myself in the future having a lousy job that I would hate.
May 6, 2008 | Geoff Boucher
With no fanfare, the Nine Inch Nails posted a free download of their new album, "The Slip," on the band's official website early Monday morning, meant as a gesture of gratitude to fans, said Nails auteur Trent Reznor in a posting: "Thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years -- this one's on me." "The Slip," which has 10 tracks, is available at www, in a variety of formats (including one billed as a "higher-than-CD quality" 24-bit 96k version), all of them free and delivered with album artwork, lyrics and credits as a PDF file.
April 16, 2008 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Monica company whose investors include actor Will Smith is launching a website today that offers 10,000 high-quality music videos and concerts for free. PluggedIn Media Corp. has the backing of three of the four major music companies: Universal Music Group, EMI Music and Sony BMG. The site has raised more than $2 million from its founders and from Overbrook Entertainment, a production and management company whose principals include Smith.
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.
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