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July 1, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
EBay Inc. was ordered by a French court to pay nearly $63 million to luxury-goods maker LVMH, which produces Louis Vuitton- and Dior-labeled products. The French company, whose full name is LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, had claimed in a lawsuit that the Internet auctioneer had not done enough to stop the sale of counterfeit goods. The ruling also banned EBay from selling perfumes by the company.
June 25, 2008 | Ken Bensinger, Times Staff Writer
Have you ever thought rush hour on the 405 Freeway might be more bearable if you could check your e-mail, shop for a book on Amazon, place some bids on EBay and maybe even, if nobody is looking, download a little porn? Then perhaps you should be driving a Chrysler. The nation's third-largest automaker is set to announce Thursday that it's making wireless Internet an option on all its 2009 models. The mobile hotspot, called UConnect Web, would be the first such technology from any automaker.
June 24, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
We promise not to write about every new application for mobile phones, especially those involving video. Video clips don't work on many models and can be ruinously expensive for those without generous data plans. And yet, as a surprisingly large number of companies struggle to justify their existences by pitching new video gambits, we feel compelled to point out some efforts that should at least get points for trying. With that, meet NBC Los Angeles Traffic Cam. Available at www.freetrafficcams.
June 22, 2008 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
Luke Walton used to read sports blogs as a rookie in the NBA, curious to see what people were saying about him and his team. Not anymore. "Guys tell me if there's stuff going on," the Lakers forward said. "But there's no reason to worry about it." Big-time athletes have various reactions to playing in an era when their every move can be dissected on the Internet. Some like the blogs. Some blog themselves. Some couldn't care less.
June 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Netflix Inc. has sold out of the set-top boxes that stream movies from the Internet to TV sets, indicating stronger-than-expected demand, Chief Executive Reed Hastings said. Netflix, the largest U.S. mail-order movie service, is pressing supplier Roku Inc. to increase production, Hastings said. The $100 system lets customers order movies online and watch them on a television using Wi-Fi technology.
June 3, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp.'s Internet search engine will become the default search program on all personal computers sold in the U.S. and Canada by Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's biggest maker of the machines. The Windows Live Search tool bar will be installed on PCs starting in January, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft said Monday. The software also will direct users to Hewlett-Packard's sites, including its photo service Snapfish. Microsoft's search engine, the third most popular, will replace Yahoo Inc.'s as the default on Hewlett-Packard machines.
May 17, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Yahoo Inc., fighting billionaire investor Carl Icahn's bid to take control of its board, said Friday that it agreed to give advertising company WPP Group access to its online advertising auction service to bolster ad sales. The deal lets agencies of WPP buy display advertising across the Internet, while websites using Yahoo's advertising auction service Right Media get greater access to WPP's clients, the two companies said. WPP, the world's second-biggest advertising company, will use its online ad agency 24/7 Real Media Inc., which helps place ads on relevant websites, to build a proprietary media trading platform connected to Yahoo's Right Media.
May 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
EarthLink Inc. is pulling the plug on its troubled wireless high-speed Internet network in Philadelphia, once touted as a model for how big cities should deploy Wi-Fi. Atlanta-based EarthLink, which had pinned its future on municipal networks after rapid declines in its dial-up Internet access business, said it could not find a buyer for the $17-million network and that talks to give it to the city or a nonprofit organization had failed. City officials have said it would cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year to operate the network.
May 13, 2008
Charter Communications Inc., the cable television company controlled by Paul Allen, reported a narrower first-quarter loss as sales got a boost from telephone and high-speed Internet services. The net loss of $358 million, or 97 cents a share, compared with a loss of $381 million, or $1.04, a year earlier. Sales rose 9.8% to $1.56 billion, topping the $1.55 billion average of analysts' estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Shares of St. Louis-based Charter fell 2 cents to $1.17.
April 29, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
The WB lives on. Eighteen months after shutting down its TV network that captured the youth zeitgeist with such shows as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Dawson's Creek," Warner Bros. Television said Monday that it was resurrecting "the WB" vibe and moniker -- on the Internet. The Burbank-based television studio, part of the Time Warner Inc. empire, has been experimenting with ways to parlay its strength in TV programming onto the Web. Although earlier efforts sputtered, Warner Bros.
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