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December 26, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Google's recent "transparency" report said U.S. government agencies asked the company for information on 21,000 users or accounts through search warrants, wire taps, court orders, and subpoenas in the first six months of 2013. Verizon Communications Inc., one of the nation's largest Internet and phone operators, now says it will publish similar information and make the information available online in early 2014. The telecom giant will update the information every six months. Verizon says it is seeking to clarify what details it can report on "the number of National Security Letters it received.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Moody's bond analyst estimated this week that New Jersey gamblers' online losses could result in as much as $100 million in total operating profit for the seven Atlantic City casinos that have Internet gaming permits. Online gambling won't save Atlantic City, but it "is a much-needed boost for a market that has suffered protracted declines in gaming revenues amid increased competition from neighboring states and weak consumer gaming demand," said Peggy Holloway, a Moody's Investors Service vice president and senior credit officer.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Caesars Entertainment Corp., which owns four casinos in Atlantic City, on Wednesday received permits from New Jersey casino regulators to participate in the "soft" launch of Internet gaming Thursday. The permits cover all four of Caesars' Atlantic City properties, but, to start, the Las Vegas company is only using Bally's Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City, Caesars spokesman Seth Palansky said. "We appreciate the licensing today by the Casino Control Commission and are excited to launch CaesarsCasino.com, HarrahsCasino.com and WSOP.com to those inside New Jersey's borders," Palansky said.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 19, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
August 15, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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