November 21, 2013 |
This is a big week for Internet gaming in New Jersey. A trial period begins Thursday, when invited players will be able to test poker, slots, and other games under the watchful eyes of regulators. After five days of "soft play," with no more than 500 players at a time for each gambling operator, online sites will open to the public Tuesday - if they prove themselves to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. The agency will use the trial period to make sure "all systems perform as required under the stress of live gaming and that operational and revenue reporting controls are effective," according to agency director David L. Rebuck.
October 24, 2013 |
New Jersey and Delaware are scheduled to launch Internet gambling this fall, with both states trying to counter the loss of gambling dollars to neighboring states. But don't expect Pennsylvania to quickly follow suit, William H. Ryan Jr., chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, said Tuesday at a conference in West Philadelphia. "I don't see any real groundswell right now for Internet gaming," Ryan said during a panel discussion on regulation with officials from New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Florida.
October 19, 2013 |
When Philadelphia lawyer Ned Diver needs a break, he wanders down the hall to a workout room with stationary bikes, free weights, and a wall-mounted mat that he peppers with hockey pucks. And while Diver takes slap shots at the blue makeshift target, sweat beading on his brow, the 44-year-old lawyer can look out the window of the 41st floor in the Bell Atlantic tower and see the offices of one of his chief legal adversaries: Comcast Corp. A partner with the boutique firm Langer Grogan & Diver P.C., Diver is the lead attorney in a consumer proposed-class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball, the NHL, and regional sports networks, including those owned by Comcast and DirecTV.
September 24, 2013 |
Public WiFi hot spots. TVs that retrieve voice mail. Wireless-based home-alarm systems. Cloud-based channel guides. Streamed TV. Comcast Corp., which has lost millions of cable-TV subscribers in recent years, is seeking to grow revenue and subscriber loyalty in its core cable business with new products based on the convergence of services. Marcien Jenckes, a self-described "Internet guy," is the man now assigned with taking this new-product development to a higher level.
September 6, 2013 |
Sometimes, it hits you after you've openly posted comments about a product or a politician. Other times, it strikes you after an online transaction, such as buying an airline or concert ticket, or a Web search about a disease or a dance step. Twerking fans, you know who you are. Every day, those of us who live increasingly online are adding to a digital footprint others can access. And a study due out Thursday from the Pew Research Center suggests that many of us are increasingly wary of that prospect and are trying to regain a measure of control.
August 15, 2013 |
If you're an Internet troll, you may feel a little put-upon right now. Used to be you had a home. You could always find an online discussion to muck up with a disruptive, offensive, or off-point rant. Some sites - like celebrity-gossip and sports venues - even welcomed the snark, the rough-and-tumble, the occasional hater. Under the anonymity granted to most commenters, trolls have hidden in the bushes as long as there's been a Web. But that is changing. To raise the level of talk, more and more online newspapers, blogs, and other websites are instituting anti-troll measures.
August 14, 2013 |
Saying it wants to help poor Americans breach the so-called digital divide, Comcast Corp. will announce Tuesday its continuation of a program that provides discounted high-speed Internet service for low-income customers with children. More than 220,000 families nationwide - around 900,000 people - have signed up for the program, called Internet Essentials, said David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast. Created in 2011, the program offers home high-speed Internet service, also known as broadband, for $9.95 a month to people with children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
July 26, 2013 |
OVER THE past year, America's broadband report card, in my estimation, has gone from a D to a C-minus. Although the United States has definitely shown signs of improvement in high-speed Internet access, the achievements have been mostly in mobile broadband, not the wired broadband we need for children everywhere to reliably access their homework, for towns to keep and attract jobs and to generally support a 21st-century digital economy and...
June 29, 2013 |
Intel Corp., the computer-chip giant, will enter a crowded field of companies offering alternatives to Comcast Corp. and traditional pay-TV services. This year, the Santa Clara, Calif., company plans to sell a set-top box that streams content from the Internet onto a TV. Intel's self-install set-top box will come with a bundle of live local TV, ad-supported cable channels, and premium cable. There will be no need for professional installers, an Intel spokesman said. The company will market the box and service under a new brand yet to be disclosed.
June 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Current and former top U.S. officials on Sunday defended the government's collection of phone and Internet data following new revelations about the secret surveillance programs, saying the operations were essential in disrupting terrorist plots and did not infringe on Americans' civil liberties. In interviews on Sunday talk shows, guests including White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and former CIA and National Security Agency head Michael Hayden said the government's reliance on data collection from Americans and foreign nationals was constitutional and carefully overseen by executive, legislative, and court authorities.