State hospitals make ‘wired' list
The American Hospital Association named several Oklahoma hospitals to a list of the nation's “Most Wired” health care organizations. State hospitals or organizations that operate state hospitals on the list included Mercy Health Center, Duncan Regional Hospital, Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Oklahoma Heart Hospital South, the Veterans Health Administration, and HCA. The list was generated by a survey that asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their health information technology initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals.
Series boosts Netflix earnings
SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than quadrupled as the revival of the comedy series “Arrested Development” attracted more subscribers. The report released Monday showed Netflix added 630,000 U.S. subscribers during the three months ending in June. That performance was slightly above the midrange target set by Netflix Inc.'s management in April, but less than what many investors were expecting. Its stock fell 6 percent. The gains leave Netflix with 29.8 million U.S. subscribers to an $8 monthly service that streams video to Internet-connected devices. The second quarter included Netflix's Memorial Day weekend release of 15 new “Arrested Development” episodes. Netflix earned $29.5 million, or 49 cents per share, in the quarter, up from $6.2 million, or 11 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 20 percent to $1.07 billion.
Google makes deal in Taiwan
Google Inc. is investing in a Taiwanese microchip maker that makes chips used in its Google Glass, the eyeglass-enabled devices it is testing that can shoot photos and video and access the Internet. The deal with Tainan, Taiwan-based Himax Technologies Inc. gives Google a 6.3 percent stake in the Himax Display Inc. subsidiary in the form of preferred shares. Himax Technologies now owns 81.5 percent of Himax Display and says it will remain the subsidiary's majority shareholder. U.S.-traded shares of Himax Technologies rose $1, or 19 percent, to $6.17 in premarket trading. Google's shares rose $2.40 to $899.
Al Jazeera selects woman
NEW YORK — ABC News executive Kate O'Brian is the new president of Al Jazeera America, the cable news network that plans to launch in the United States next month. Al Jazeera announced O'Brian's appointment Monday. She has worked at ABC News for 30 years and since 2007 has overseen the network's coverage of major news events. Three other American news veterans have been named senior vice presidents of Al Jazeera America. They are: David Doss, a former producer for CNN's “Anderson Cooper 360”; Shannon High-Bassalik, who has worked at CNN and NBC News; and Marcy McGinnis, a former senior news executive at CBS. Al Jazeera also said that Ehab Al Shihabi, an executive at the company, is the U.S. network's interim chief executive officer.
Online porn blocks proposed
LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants Internet service providers to automatically block access to pornography sites unless customers opt in. Cameron is proposing the move as part of measures to stop extreme sexual images he says are “corroding childhood.” He said Monday “family-friendly” filters would become the default setting for new customers by the end of the year, and only account-holders would be able to change them. He said Google and other search engines would be asked to block searches based on certain phrases. Padraig Reidy of free-speech group Index on Censorship said the plan amounted to “a kind of default censorship.”
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