Content tagged “Internet”

A walk in the cloud

Talk of the cloud is all the rage in corporate technology circles, and some business owners may find the buzz a little off-putting, or even intimidating. How many CEOs, after all, can take time to go all nerdy and investigate the ins and outs of cloud computing?

Jindal weighs in on debate over Internet control

Gov. Bobby Jindal has penned a number of guest columns this month for national publications, ranging from a New York Post piece in which he blasts New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over education policy to a National Review Online piece in which he hammered President Obama over the unfolding crisis in Ukraine. Today, Jindal has a guest column on the website of conservative lobbying and advocacy organization Americans for Limited Government in which he takes aim at Obama again. This time Jindal says the Obama administration is "jeopardizing the freedoms of billions of citizens the world over" with its decision,

La. among 10 states eyeing Internet gaming bills, study says

At least 10 U.S. states, including Louisiana, are considering bills to legalize or expand Internet gambling this year, according to a group that tracks gambling-related legislation worldwide. But the Gambling Compliance survey also finds slim chances for a national law to regulate Internet poker, predicting a major effort by online gambling opponents to block it in Congress. So far, three states allow Internet gambling: New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware. In addition to Louisiana, the report says proposals for new or expanded Internet betting could be considered in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. "In 2013, 10 states considered legislation that would legalize online casino-style gambling, which was a historic high," says Chris Krafcik, the group's research director. "This year is shaping up to be at least as busy." The report holds out little hope for a national bill legalizing Internet poker, noting that it is a...

Some La. employers accept 'cyberloafing' as inevitable part of workday

Nationally, businesses and organizations seem worried about employees wasting company time on the Internet, but The News-Star of Monroe says major employers in northeastern Louisiana report an acceptance of cyberloafing. defines “cyberloafing” as "using the Internet where you work, during work hours, for activities which are not work-related." Cyberloafing then is a form of time theft in which employees "steal" time, using minutes purchased by an employer without providing any service for their earnings during those minutes. Theoretically, the minutes add up. A 2012 survey indicated that 64% of participants "said they visit non-work related websites every day during work hours." Thirty-two percent of participants admitted to spending two or more hours on such websites every week. But CenturyLink, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the City of West Monroe all allow employees to browse the Internet as they please. The City of...

Websites work to nix nasty comments

Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: a recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet. The Associated Press reports a growing number of websites are reining in the Wild West of online commentary. Companies including Google and the Huffington Post are trying everything from deploying moderators to forcing people to use their real names in order to restore civil discourse. Some sites, such as Popular Science, are banning comments altogether. Locally, The Advocate changed the way it displays readers comments this year to decrease anonymity and identify readers through their Facebook accounts. These and other efforts put sites in a delicate position. User comments add a lively, fresh feel to videos, stories and music. And, of course, the longer visitors stay to read the posts, and the more they come back, the more a site can charge for advertising. What websites don't want is the...

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A Q&A with Reddit's Alexis Ohanian

Forbes has called him the "Mayor of the Internet." Tech Crunch's Michael Arrington described him as "one of the most passionate and audacious young entrepreneurs in tech today." Alexis Ohanian—best known for co-founding the social news site Reddit in 2005—will be in Baton Rouge as the keynote speaker at the Louisiana Technology and Innovation Breakfast on Oct. 16. He took a few moments to share his thoughts with Business Report on crawfish, the best way to start a company and why Baton Rouge shouldn't bother trying to be the next Silicon Valley.

1 in 3 Louisianans have no Internet connection

Louisiana trails most states when it comes to Internet access, according to a new analysis of U.S. census data by Governing magazine. More than one in three residents—33.7% of the population—have no connection to the Internet. That's the 12th-highest percentage of all the states; Mississippi tops the list, with 41% of its people lacking ready access to the Internet. Also in Louisiana, about 7% of people have no home connection to the Internet but are connected elsewhere, such as at their workplace. Meanwhile, 26% of Louisianans report having only a home connection, while 9% say they are connected at home and elsewhere with at least one mobile device. One-quarter of the state's population is connected to the Internet at home and elsewhere on multiple devices. Governing reports that the disparity in Americans' ability to connect to the Internet has persisted across regions, racial groups and income levels for years, but that the gap is beginning to shrink.

Brave new world

In the business world, “adapt or die” is a truism. The ubiquity of the Internet is altering—in some cases, radically upending—the models for all sorts of industries. Exhibit A: the current turmoil in print journalism.