June 10, 2008 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
April 12, 2008 |
A coalition of medical groups and child advocates called Friday for guidelines that would prevent Internet companies from tracking the behavior of minors online, contending that many adolescents are divulging more than they realize and aren't digesting complex privacy policies. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Assn.
April 9, 2008 |
Google Inc. has started a service that lets outside developers of Web software store their programs on its computers free, seeking to match similar offerings from rivals such as Amazon.com Inc. The trial service, which began Monday, has reached its limit of 10,000 developers, Google said. Each application will get a restricted amount of storage on Google's servers and enough processing power for as many as 5 million page views. Shares of Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., declined $9.01 to $467.
April 7, 2008 |
Yahoo Inc. says it's poised to revolutionize online advertising after years of being outmaneuvered by Google Inc. But the slumping Internet pioneer might not get the chance to show off the latest improvements to its advertising platform unless it can convince increasingly impatient investors that the new approach will produce a bigger payoff than Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited offer to buy the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company for more than $40 billion.
April 5, 2008 |
Douglas Merrill remembers driving past the Capitol Records Tower at Hollywood and Vine and wishing he could stop in and look around. Now he's getting an office there, in the West Coast headquarters of EMI Music. On April 28, Merrill will start his new job as president of digital business at the label that's home to artists such as Coldplay and Norah Jones. His hire, announced last week, surprised many in the technology and music industries.