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September 21, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
USC student Elizabeth watched the season finale of HBO's lusty vampire drama "True Blood" along with about 5.4 million television viewers. But the 19-year-old junior didn't see it in a way that would yield ratings points for Time Warner Inc.'s premium cable channel. She caught the final episode on her laptop using Megavideo, one of a growing number of websites in the vanguard of a new wave of Internet piracy. At least 1.25 million others did the same thing, according to estimates from one firm that monitors online traffic.
October 2, 2011 | By Lew Sichelman
Would you pay $51 to get a $1,699 stainless-steel refrigerator when you buy a house from a major builder in Tampa, Fla.? How about paying $30 to receive $1,000 cash back at closing when you purchase a home through Prudential Carolina Sun Real Estate in Charleston, S.C.? Or $48 for $1,200 toward the design and installation of solar panels in Metairie, La.? All of these are real-life examples of group coupons offered through HouseTipper, a collective buying platform aimed at the housing and home-and-garden sectors.
October 30, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Electrons work for free, except, of course in major storms -- as several prominent websites discovered. When the former Hurricane Sandy -- now technically a cyclone -- hit the New York area, it cut power to hundreds of thousands of people, including some major Internet providers. Many seeking news, gossip and other information found themselves temporarily bereft and relying on other technologies such as television and radio and newspaper websites. Lost sites beginning Wednesday night included the Huffington Post, Gawker and the blog Mediaite.
February 20, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
Two massage parlors may lose their licenses after employees were arrested on suspicion of prostitution in recent weeks. The South Pasadena City Council, which in recent years has wrestled with concerns about a proliferation of massage parlors, scheduled hearings regarding the businesses for March 7. South Pasadena police arrested Massage Villa owner Ling Ling Kuo, 44, of Alhambra on Feb. 10 on suspicion of operating a disorderly house....
February 3, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Just days before the Super Bowl, government authorities in New York shut down 10 streaming websites accused of illegally showing live and pay-per-view sports events. Content on popular websites such as, and was replaced by a note saying that the domain names were seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials through warrants obtained by the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York. The other sites shut down Monday were HQ-Streams.
July 1, 2011 | By Douglas Farmer
NBA fans looking to settle bar bets or simply reminisce about their favorite team's playoff run this spring will now have to search a bit harder. When the NBA's collective bargaining agreement expired, not only the players were locked out. A wrinkle within that agreement meant that NBA teams' websites and had to remove most images, videos and other likenesses of current players. Fans now see pages advertising a team, but no stories about the players on that team. Cheerleaders and auditions for cheerleaders are featured on some websites, but no stars.
October 12, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Popular websites are disclosing personal information to advertisers and others more often than previously believed, according to new research, and the finding is renewing calls to let Internet users block companies from tracking their online surfing. Information that could easily identify you — your name, user name or email address, for instance — typically is embedded in the Uniform Resource Locator, or URL, that websites share with online advertisers and other third parties, said Jonathan Mayer, a Stanford graduate student who studied the issue and released his findings Tuesday.
January 18, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
In the first strike of its kind, thousands of popular sites such as Wikipedia, Reddit and Boing Boing shut down for up to 24 hours Wednesday to protest a pair of federal antipiracy bills that they said amounted to censorship of the Internet. The online grass-roots campaign is directed at the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, which aim to crack down on foreign websites that traffic in pirated movies, music and counterfeit goods. To protest the bills before they go to a vote, pages on Wikipedia's English language encyclopedia site have gone dark and now feature a short note that tells visitors to "Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge.
November 15, 2013 | By David Lazarus
A simple question from Willie: He wants to know where you can go online for free copies of your credit reports. By law, the major credit reporting companies -- Experian, Equifax and TransUnion -- are required to provide one free copy of your credit report each year. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Unfortunately, a number of other businesses have tried to exploit the law by creating me-too websites that look like they offer free reports but actually end up charging you for things.
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