Gary Gentile

Court finds Google did not infringe porn copyright

A federal appeals court has ruled Google does not infringe the copyrights of adult entertainment company Perfect 10 by displaying small versions of its images in search results. However, it said a lower court should reconsider whether Google helps violate copyrights by pointing people to sites that display unauthorised photos.

Live TV coming to US cellphones

Verizon Wireless customers in the United States will soon be able to watch live television over a network constructed by Qualcomm. Many of the channels on the V Cast service will be live feeds from major broadcast partners, including NBC, CBS and Fox. Recorded full-length programmes will also be offered, such as episodes of late-night talk shows.

Sony unveils new digital projector

After more than a decade of talking about it, movie theatres and studios are finally rolling out digital projectors that show sharper, brighter images without cracks, pops or hisses. This weekend, Sony Electronics will enter the field with a projector that displays the sharpest resolution envisioned under a set of standards issued for digital cinema.

Formidable LA Times publisher dies

Otis Chandler, the former publisher of The Los Angeles Times who transformed his family's provincial, conservative newspaper into a respected national media voice, died early on Monday. He was 78. Chandler was the scion of a family that wielded financial and political power in the Los Angeles area for decades.

Satellite radio, MP3 players introduced at gadget show

While video, especially the portable kind, is expected to make the big splash at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, there is also a lot happening with devices that combine satellite radio and portable music players. Pioneer Electronics and Samsung Electronics introduced MP3 players that also include satellite radio service from XM Satellite Radio Holdings.

Grokster shuts down file-swapping service

Grokster, which came out on the losing end of a Supreme Court decision, has agreed to shut down its internet file-swapping service and pay $50-million to settle music and movie piracy claims. Grokster executives indicated they plan to launch a legal, fee-based "Grokster 3G" service before year's end under a new parent company.

‘Remarkable talent’ in cinema will be sorely missed

Guy Green, who won an Academy Award for cinematography for the 1946 film Great Expectations, died of heart and kidney failure at his Beverly Hills home. He was 91. Green, who also directed more than two dozen films, lapsed into a coma about 10 hours before his death on Thursday, his wife of 57 years, Josephine Green, told The Associated Press.

To Kill a Mockingbird actor succumbs to cancer

Actor Brock Peters, best known for his heartbreaking performance as the black man falsely accused of rape in the American movie <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>, died on Tuesday at his home after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 78. Peters was diagnosed with the disease in January and had been receiving chemotherapy treatment.

This DVD wil self-destruct…

The Christmas-themed movie <i>Noel</i> most likely won't be coming to a theatre near you -- but if you miss it on cable, there's always the self-destructing DVD. They look and play like normal DVDs, except that their playable surface is dark red. Each disc contains a chemical time-bomb that begins ticking once it's exposed to air.

Northrop Grumman, Boeing reach for the stars

Defence contractor Northrop Grumman and Boeing said on Tuesday they will bid as a team to compete for Nasa's planned manned and robotic space exploration programme. The two companies say they will start with a joint bid for the crew exploration vehicle, the first phase of ''Project Constellation,'' which is designed to explore the moon and travel to Mars.

LA Times cuts 190 jobs

The Los Angeles Times is eliminating about 190 jobs at its newspaper and community publications as part of a cost-cutting plan ordered by its corporate parent, Chicago-based Tribune. The Times said on Tuesday that 42 editorial employees accepted voluntary buyouts offered by the paper while another 20 newsroom staffers were laid off.

Writers say media moguls are pleading poverty

Movie and television writers will seek a bigger cut of profits from the fast-growing DVD market when talks begin on Monday on a new three-year contract. Members of the Writers Guild of America also want studios to help cover rising health care costs.

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