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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.
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BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2008 | Joseph Menn and Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writers
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.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2008 | Michelle Quinn and Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writers
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.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2008 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
After criticism for allegedly blocking a popular software program for watching video online, Comcast Corp. pledged Thursday not to discriminate against specific technology as it tries to keep increasing amounts of data flowing through its cable networks. But the move may not be enough to keep Comcast, the country's largest cable company, from being disciplined by federal regulators or to resolve a complicated debate about how Internet providers can manage their online traffic.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Viacom Inc.'s Comedy Central cable channel is putting every episode of "South Park" on the Internet as part of an effort to increase the show's audience and deter illegal downloading. South Park Studios, a joint venture between Comedy Central and show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is offering free videos of all 12 seasons of "South Park" on the show's website, the company said.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Wells Fargo & Co. plans to sell online vaults as a secure and convenient way to store vital records. When the service rolls out this summer, Wells Fargo believes it will be the first major U.S. bank to offer an Internet alternative to the safe-deposit boxes that have been an industry staple for decades. Because it can't store jewelry, cash and many other precious assets, Wells Fargo's online version probably isn't going to replace the traditional safe-deposit box. It's more likely to substitute for shoe boxes and home filing cabinets, said Jim Smith, who oversees the bank's Internet products.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Chinese authorities ordered 25 video-sharing websites to halt operations and warned dozens of others, tightening their grip on online content. Tudou.com, backed by a unit of venture capital heavyweight IDG Ventures, received an official warning under new rules to curb pornographic, violent and political content.
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