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June 15, 1995 | by Yardena Arar, Los Angeles Daily News
The pinup girl is alive and well and living in cyberspace - along with a couple of pinup boys. From Teri Hatcher in sexy Superman togs to Scott Bakula and Alyssa Milano shirtless, and from sources as diverse as People magazine and Celebrity Skin, photographs of movie stars and models in various states of dress and undress are abundant and reasonably easy to distribute and collect on the Internet. The quality isn't always sterling, but the price is right - free. Graphics files account for a hefty percentage of Usenet news, the Internet's giant collection of bulletin boards.
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February 4, 1997 | By Jennifer Inez Ward, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The opening of the Internet superhighway for Neshaminy School District students has been cleared. The school board recently passed guidelines on using the service in schools. Though the new policy paves the way for Internet access in labs and classrooms, questions remain about how violations will be dealt with and how school e-mail accounts will be monitored. The guidelines cover everything from e-mail to unauthorized World Wide Web sites. The rules dictate use of the Internet for education only; and compliance with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Communications Decency Act, which prohibits taking or disclosing e-mail messages without permission.
NEWS
September 23, 1998 | BY F. ALEXANDER BREJCHA
As an individual with disabilities (paraplegic, with m.s.), I am a devout Internet user for advocacy, personal and professional reasons, and I have to take issue with the first half of Donald Kaul's column (Sept. 8). I am aware of the Carnegie Mellon University study finding increased levels of depression and loneliness in some Internet users, but along with questioning the study's design, I disagree with Kaul's statement that the Internet is "probably not a good thing for society.
LIVING
March 15, 1996 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
For gardeners on the Internet, a Texas-based firm called Garden Escape is joining the ranks of others offering such services. Garden Escape's wares range from advice on planning and design to a broad selection of premium plants, supplies and accessories. Through Garden Escape's address on the Internet, consumers can order anything from perennials and roses to imported tools and hard goods at the touch of a finger. The program can suggest plants that attract butterflies or are especially fragrant, depending on user preference, or which hard-to-grow perennials will flourish in shade.
NEWS
June 13, 2001 | By Alicia A. Caldwell INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Leaving children unattended while they surf the Internet can be like inviting a stranger into your home. That's the message being sent to parents by a new awareness program, Children's Partnership, designed to ensure that parents are as Internet-savvy as their children. "There is never a 100 percent guarantee," said Lt. Dennis McCauley of the Abington Police Department. "But if you follow the general guidelines, monitor kids' use of a computer, become familiar [with the Internet]
NEWS
June 27, 1995
The Internet has become the global corner bar, with every computer terminal a bar stool from which people can share their uncensored thoughts. Anyone who has ever heard an uncensored thought knows how ugly that can be, but that's the downside of free communication. The cacophony of voices can also be refreshing, enlightening and entertaining. The last thing the world needs is the ham-handed interference of the U.S. Congress, dominated by Republicans who ironically enough promised to keep government off our backs.
NEWS
June 21, 1998 | By Dianna Marder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Time was when fathers were not even allowed in the delivery room. But on Tuesday, when a woman from Orlando, Fla., identified only as Elizabeth, gave birth to a 7-pound, 8-ounce baby boy she named Sean, the whole world was invited to watch on the Internet. More than 50,000 cyberenthusiasts who wanted to share the miracle of birth jammed the Web site of America's Health Network, a Florida cable station that set up the event. As a result, only 5,000 viewers could watch the four-hour labor and delivery at any one time.
BUSINESS
September 6, 1999 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One of the hottest topics in the hotel business today is one that was on few travelers' minds just a year or two ago: Wiring guest rooms and other places within a hotel for high-speed Internet access. Announcements about new Internet services available in individual hotels began with a trickle earlier this year. But in recent months, the floodgates seem to have opened and hotel companies large and small are revealing plans to help customers get online faster. In most cases, hotels are charging from $8 to as much as $20 a day for a guest to use the new high-speed service.
NEWS
February 1, 1995 | By Reid Kanaley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Martha and Lawrence Siegel have discovered a hard truth about the Internet - in cyberspace you can be mugged without ever knowing your assailants. The married lawyers violated computer etiquette last year by flashing an electronic advertisement for their Scottsdale, Ariz., law firm to about 6,000 computer bulletin boards. Furious bulletin board users fired back tens of thousands of pieces of electronic junk mail, most of it anonymous, and so much of it that the computers crashed at the company where the Siegels had their E-mail account.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
If you're under the impression that only Kim Kardashian's backside can break the Internet, clearly you're not in the know about online happenings. The fashion world's latest cyber-slayer is 18-year-old Kyemah McEntyre of East Orange, N.J., who is dazzling social media Solange Knowles-style in a brilliant red and stained-glass print prom dress made of kente cloth. The series of photos McEntyre posted of her June 4 senior prom at the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts has since been retweeted more than 5,000 times - complete with flaming emojis that represent fiyah (or fire)
BUSINESS
June 12, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Only in Pennsylvania: Gamblers would not be allowed to register online to open Internet gambling accounts unless they live more than 20 miles away as the crow flies from a bricks-and-mortar casino. Any closer, and they would have to travel to a casino and register in person, under the provisions of a Senate bill in Harrisburg calling for big changes to the state's gambling landscape. The goal is to give the brick-and-mortar casinos a better chance to tap into their local target audience.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler sways his colleagues, low-income Americans will soon get a "lifeline" to high-speed Internet access, in the form of a monthly subsidy to pay for it. First established in 1985, the Lifeline program now provides a monthly discount of $9.25 to help needy people pay for one landline or wireless phone per household. Under Wheeler's proposal, eligible consumers would choose to accept the subsidy for either phone or high-speed Internet service.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Columnist
Tom and Paul Kelly still work in commercial radio, polling listeners and advising such stations as More FM Philadelphia on what music to play. Big Daddy Graham is still happy holding down the overnight schmooze slot at Sportsradio 94WIP. But for more pleasure and maybe their future, these guys are banking on Internet radio - the Kelly brothers are co-operators (with third partner, Al Clay) of the Havertown streaming service iRadioPhilly. And Graham is weekly host of a music party on Wildfire Radio, a streaming Internet radio operation based in Collingswood.
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
Internet content, even goofy stuff, has the chance to go viral when it elicits a strong emotion, experts say. So when a distraught young woman is caught with tears streaming down her face as she plays her piccolo - piccolo? - on national TV, it's the perfect formula for a Web sensation. "The more people care, the more they share," said Jonah Berger, associate professor of marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. And people cared about Villanova senior Roxanne Chalifoux because she cared so much about her Villanova Wildcats.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
AUSTIN, Texas - At SXSW Interactive, which has attracted more than 30,000 from all over the world, real business was getting done in conference rooms and hotel bars all around the Texas capital. The SXSW Accelerator, an invitation-only tech start-up competition, took place over the weekend at the Hilton, and it had a decidedly Philadelphia flavor. But on the streets and in the Austin Convention Center, in keeping with the Internet philosophy that anything involving a cute animal will sell, there was no shortage of tech businesses putting a furry face on their clever idea.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
LOOKING FOR a really cheap deal for Internet access to help your schoolkids get their homework done? You can't do better than the free offer Comcast is extending for its Internet Essentials (5GB) Web service to low-income Philadelphia families with school-age children. The deal will deliver a decent broadband connection (5 Mps) to homes for six months for free. After that, the price goes up to $10 a month. The deadline for signing up is May 31. Newly pitched to parents in letters home from the school district and sure to be a burning topic at Wednesday's Family Literacy Night at 440 N. Broad St., helmed by Superintendent William Hite, the offer comes in the wake of Comcast's fourth annual review of the national Internet Essentials program designed to increase computer access and literacy.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
The Internet exploded recently over a dress, and my first thought was, who cares? Until I figured out that I did, very much. We begin sometime last week, when somebody on the Internet circulated a photo of a cocktail dress with horizontal stripes. The caption to the dress photo asked, "What color is this dress?" I thought they were kidding, because the stripes were obviously black and blue. So what? I didn't really get it, and I certainly didn't share it, because it wasn't very interesting.
NEWS
February 28, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved regulating the Internet as a utility in a 3-2 partisan vote, handing a big victory to Net neutrality proponents who lobbied for a decade for tough rules to protect consumers. The FCC's action forbids telecom companies from blocking websites, and slowing or speeding up some Internet traffic. This means that all Internet streams should be treated the same, or neutrally, without preferences. The FCC also voted to make it easier for municipally run Internet providers to expand and compete with Comcast and other private telecom companies, a move lauded by activist groups.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Michael Copps objected strongly a dozen years ago when then-Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell took what he considered a big wrong turn: classifying cable companies' broadband Internet business as a lightly regulated "information service. " Copps will be back Thursday, watching from the audience as the FCC comes full circle and embraces the logic of his 2002 dissent. If Powell's successor, Tom Wheeler, draws the expected votes of his two fellow Democrats, the agency will reclassify all types of broadband as "Title II" telecommunications services - a move Wheeler and Copps both call necessary to keep the Internet functioning as it mostly does today and, more important, as nearly everybody says it should.
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