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November 29, 2010 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: My business was incorporated by an online service on the last day taxes were due for the year. Had it waited one more day, I could have saved $800. Answer: Your experience shows that dates matter when it comes to filing legal documents. And, although online services can be convenient and inexpensive, it is incumbent on the entrepreneur to research details or hire a professional to help. "Online formation companies are very good at getting the documents prepared and filed with the secretary of state," said Deborah Sweeney, chief executive of MyCorporation in Calabasas.
January 21, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Alex Pham
Hulu soared to popularity by offering free online viewing of popular TV shows. Now that free ride may soon end. The Internet video site is weighing plans to charge users to watch episodes of "30 Rock," "Modern Family" and "House." The move would mark a sharp change of course for the venture, which was launched nearly two years ago by a consortium of studios to distribute without charge TV shows and movies over the Internet. The site has spent months studying how to strike a balance between what people expect to watch free online and what they would be willing to pay for, said people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.
October 31, 1999
It would be a great idea if, whenever you want your subscribers' opinions, you give them the opportunity to offer their opinions online. The recent comics opinion survey would have been much easier if you could have had the same online survey form available so that myself and others could have offered our opinions in an easy, less troublesome way than snail mail. I wanted to participate in this survey, but not if I have to go to the trouble and expense of filling it out by hand, putting on a stamp (at my expense)
July 7, 2010 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
Last fall, like so many Americans before him, Josh Reich ended up in a frustrating game of phone tag with JPMorgan Chase over a bill, this one about escalating fees and other bank errors involving his home equity loan. Unlike most Americans, Reich decided to respond not by complaining but rather by contacting a friend from business school and convincing him that they could start their own bank, one that would challenge the old way of doing business. "The idea of starting it came from the realization that banks in America make money by keeping their customers confused," Reich said at the offices of BankSimple, as the product of that inspiration is known.
August 6, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
United Online Inc. posted a second-quarter profit of $17.7 million, or 21 cents a share, compared with $12.8 million, or 18 cents, a year earlier. Revenue surged 113% to $260.8 million. The Woodland Hills Internet company's results were helped by the acquisition last year of FTD Group Inc. Before the earnings news, United Online shares fell 2 cents to close at $9.02.
February 12, 2009 | From Times Wire Reports
Blockbuster Inc. plans to allow some customers to rent video games on the Internet. The pilot program will begin during the second quarter and be available to subscribers of its Total Access service. Blockbuster plans to make online video-game rentals available nationally in the second half of the year, the Dallas-based company said.
June 15, 1997
I must disagree with "Online IPOs Falling Short of Expectations" (May 26). The online IPO has proven to be a viable and practical vehicle for investors and small corporations. The real issue is the historic role this market segment plays in the industry--a role that is expanding very fast. As the Internet forges ahead, pushing the old school to the side, the phenomenon of the online stock offering cannot be merely dismissed or looked at as the "red-headed stepchild" of the online financial services industry.
May 3, 2010 | Gregory Rodriguez
If you haven't already, you still have time to vote. The deadline for casting ballots for Dunkin's Next Donut is Monday at midnight. It's the latest in the let-the-people-decide craze. The doughnut chain has asked you and me to design and vote on newfangled goodies the company can sell. A panel of judges has narrowed the competition down to an even dozen (get it?) finalists, and now it's up to Mr. and Ms. America to go online to choose whether the Mango Fandango (topped with pink and orange sprinkles)
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