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September 8, 1999 | Charles Piller
Epinions.com, the latest Web business based on the opinions of consumers, launches today with a site (http://www.epinions.com) that provides volunteer-supplied reviews of a wide range of consumer goods. In an adaptation of a model pioneered by Amazon.com, which appends consumer-provided reviews to its book descriptions, Epinions.com users can submit reviews of items ranging from computers to cars to sea cruises.
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September 8, 1999 | Charles Piller
Epinions.com, the latest Web business based on the opinions of consumers, launches today with a site (http://www.epinions.com) that provides volunteer-supplied reviews of a wide range of consumer goods. In an adaptation of a model pioneered by Amazon.com, which appends consumer-provided reviews to its book descriptions, Epinions.com users can submit reviews of items ranging from computers to cars to sea cruises.
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November 16, 2000 | ASHLEY DUNN, ashley.dunn@latimes.com
Electronics is a slam dunk for online buying because the selection on the Internet is virtually infinite and the discounts can be jaw-dropping. The problem is that no one place seems have a lock on the best prices and selection. The trick is to use search services such as MySimon.com, Price Watch and PriceScan.com to find the right store with the right prices and products. Best site to shop: Epinions.com (http://www.epinions.com) and Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com).
BUSINESS
June 2, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
EBay Inc. agreed Wednesday to buy Shopping.com, an online price-comparison website, for about $620 million in cash, giving the largest Internet marketplace another platform where sellers can list merchandise. EBay said the acquisition of Brisbane, Calif.-based Shopping.com would offer EBay sellers a new way to reach consumers. The $21-a-share deal price is 20% more than Shopping.com's closing price Wednesday. Shopping.
NEWS
May 17, 2001 | MICHELLE MALTAIS, michelle.maltais@latimes.com
With costs going up on just about everything, many of us are looking for a bargain. The Web has myriad resources to compare a variety of shopping sites. You can find some decent deals on just about anything from apparel to wireless products with shopping bots. MySimon (http://www.mysimon.com) offers details such as availability and shipping. The site offers extras as well.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2000
Free Internet service providers are making inroads into the Internet access market, often as second-tier or backup access for Web users. To get the free service, users often have to provide information for data collection, give up some services or have advertisements continuously displayed on-screen while connected. Here is a sampling of free providers: Address.com * http://www.address.com Available nationwide. Works on Windows operating systems.
HOME & GARDEN
September 18, 2003 | Doug Smith, Times Staff Writer
Cobwebs under the eaves? Paint flaking or oxidizing? Grit packed into the walkway's textured brick? Maybe the answer is a pressure washer. This outdoor vacuum cleaner can make a patio sparkle in minutes, and its power, augmented when needed by a detergent solution, blasts away layers of dirt and grime. If used efficiently, it can be a great labor saver, but it's nowhere as convenient as a Hoover. It took me a long time to understand just how badly I needed one.
BUSINESS
October 18, 1999 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A grass-roots effort to harness the power of the masses has recently emerged to solve one of the most intractable problems of the Internet--indexing the vastness of the Web. The Open Directory project has mushroomed in the last year, suddenly becoming a credible competitor to the dominance of search leader Yahoo.
BUSINESS
August 16, 1999 | JOSEPH MENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CNet Inc. is spending $100 million on an advertising campaign that tells America what it does--mainly run stories and reviews of technology products on its Web site. "Buying a computer?" blares one of its newspaper ads. "Maybe you should start at a place that doesn't sell any." But when surfers to CNet.com read a PC review and click on the adjacent link to learn more or buy from a vendor, CNet gets a piece of the action.
NEWS
June 14, 2001 | ROGER VINCENT, roger.vincent@latimes.com
Let's face it--cleaning a cat's litter box is perhaps the most disgusting household chore. I dread my morning routine of fishing for fresh clumps with a slotted scoop and trying to drop them into a plastic bag without making a bigger mess. At the advanced age of 20, 7-pound Prietita is missing a canine tooth and needs arthritis medication, but otherwise seems to be in ripping good health.
NEWS
September 6, 2001 | KAREN KAPLAN, karen.kaplan@latimes.com
I can't tell whether the Husqvarna Viking Designer I is a sewing machine trapped inside a computer or a computer trapped inside a sewing machine. Either way, it's the best unlikely combination since peanut butter met chocolate. I know more about computers than sewing machines, but my mother--who sewed the jumper I wore to my first day of school--fell in love with the Designer I almost instantly. Within 15 minutes of examining its special features, she gushed, "This is very cute.
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