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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.
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BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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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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.
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