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BUSINESS
March 26, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. will expand its $10-a-month discounted Internet Essentials program to residents of public housing in Philadelphia, Miami, Nashville, and Seattle in a project with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency and the Philadelphia cable giant said Thursday morning. The new program is the latest expansion of Comcast's Internet Essentials offering that has enrolled 600,000 low-income families. The program was launched as a condition of Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011 and is designed to help close the nation's seemingly intractable "digital divide" by making Internet services available to poor families.
NEWS
March 4, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Job-seekers using the Internet to fill out applications and students writing research papers on the Kennett Public Library's seven computers often find themselves running out of time before they can finish. Computer minutes are precious, and library hours are limited. But now, as part of a pilot program, the library is offering a solution. Patrons long have been able to borrow novels, biographies, videos, and compact discs. Now they can borrow the Internet. Under a monthlong program that began Tuesday, the library is lending 10 free mobile-hotspot devices.
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
The pizzeria was quiet. Hoang was talking about loneliness. John had heard enough. "Internet," he barked from his stool behind the counter. "I know," said Hoang, sounding as if he had heard his boss suggest he try Vietnamese dating sites a thousand times before, because, well, he had. "I tell him like a million times: Internet, Internet, you know what I mean?" said John, who, like Hoang, is from Vietnam. "You look for somebody on there. Then you go out, you don't like it, then, nothing to lose, right?"
NEWS
February 21, 2016
Innovation, Privatization, and the Birth of a New Network By Shane Greenstein Princeton University Press. 474 pp. $35. Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler In 1994, Charles Ferguson, a founder of Vermeer, a company aspiring to develop software tools and Internet applications for the newly emerging World Wide Web, had a difficult time attracting investors. In about a year, however, Vermeer auctioned itself off in a bidding war between Microsoft and Netscape, making Ferguson - and the company's investors - immensely wealthy.
NEWS
January 30, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo and Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writers
A Media man has been charged with threatening Chester police for arresting a 17-year-old girl who allegedly vowed in an online post to "shoot up" several Delaware County schools. David Milbourne, 23, was charged with making terroristic threats and harassment for threats made on Instagram. His arrest came just a day after police arrested the teenage girl for allegedly posting her threat on Instagram. Chester police said Milbourne's alleged threat was "in response" to the girl's arrest.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Chet Kanojia, the tech entrepreneur who set off one of the biggest legal battles in recent television history with the Aereo streaming service, unveiled a new wireless venture Wednesday for high-speed Internet services to challenge Comcast Corp. and others. At a news conference near New York's Madison Square Garden, Kanojia said his Starry Inc. venture will offer lower monthly broadband prices, gigabit speeds, and no data-consumption caps. "There is an insane amount of available spectrum, and on top of that there is unlicensed spectrum," said Kanojia, pooh-poohing the notion that he wouldn't find spectrum capacity for Starry.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
In a surprising shift, adults appear to be choosing wireless smartphones for Internet access over Comcast and other wireline broadband providers, according to a study released Monday. The Pew Research Center report described both a national decline in traditional broadband homes and a growth in smartphone-only households. Nationally, broadband-wired homes fell to 67 percent this year from 70 percent in 2013, the study said. Smartphone-only households rose to 13 percent from 8 percent over the same two years.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2015 | Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
David Tischman [who once authored the "Poster Child" feature for the Daily News ] has had a long career in writing comics that spans both work at Vertigo and IDW, but his latest venture is his most personal, ambitious yet - and available only on the web! "Heroine Chic" (art by Hong Kong-based Audrey Mok) is set in a New York populated by superheroes. However, rather than focusing primarily on heroic battles between superpowered characters, Tischman's creation follows the life of fashion designer Zoe Porter, after she lands a job with famous and renowned costume designer Dyna Cuff.
NEWS
November 18, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard J. Biscardi, 45, of Jim Thorpe, Pa., an Internet technology innovator and Philadelphia native, died Friday, Nov. 13, of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County. Mr. Biscardi was alone in his car just before 8 p.m. when the vehicle left the right side of Behrens Road and struck a tree, according to state police at Lehighton. No other cars were involved. The accident was under investigation. Born in 1970, Mr. Biscardi, known as "Richie," grew up in the shadow of Veterans Stadium in South Philadelphia and lived in the city until moving to Jim Thorpe this summer.
NEWS
November 6, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
An FBI data expert told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday that he found a prodigious number of deleted file fragments on accused stalker John Hart's computers, including two Internet programs that enable a user to disguise the computer's identity. Michael Irvin testified that the websites - "Spoof Your IP Address" and "Spoofing Demystified" - offer software that would have let Hart cloak his computer during Internet searches for private information about CBS3 newscaster Erika von Tiehl. Spoofing is the term for making a computer's unique Internet Protocol (IP)
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