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August 12, 2009 | Veronique de Turenne, De Turenne is a Los Angeles writer and blogger.
Is anyone still unclear on the concept of the blog? Self-publishing on the Internet is the short answer, with millions of bloggers creating endless variations on the theme. There's the news blog, the politics blog, the travel blog, photo blogs, family blogs, humor blogs and, a natural for the form, the personal journal. That's what Katie Kampenfelt is writing when we meet her in the opening pages of Allison Burnett's canny third novel, "Undiscovered Gyrl." Katie's enough of a techie to have been enrolled in computer camp the summer before high school, but already so troubled by her parents' divorce that she wound up in a psych ward instead.
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BUSINESS
July 28, 2010 | By Sandra M. Jones
When it comes to social networking, women outshine men, according to a study released Wednesday from ComScore Inc. Women spend more time on social-networking sites than men — averaging 5.5 hours a month compared with 3.9 hours for men, said the Reston, Va.-based Internet research firm. Likewise, 76% all women online visit a social networking site compared with 70% of all men online. The study, conducted in May, investigates how women are shaping the Internet. "Understanding gender-specific differences in Web usage is valuable to any digital stakeholder looking to successfully reach and engage both women and men in the online environment," said Linda Boland Abraham, ComScore's chief marketing officer.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2008 | Alana Semuels
If hearing seven versions of "Silent Night" in six stores is enough to drive you to drink, you're probably among the millions of people who have ditched the mall for your mouse. Shopping online is expected to be more popular than ever this year, and with consumers minding their pennies, free shipping is expected to be a big deal this holiday season. "The economy will drive more people online to look for the best prices," said Kurt Peters, editor-in-chief of Internet Retailer. Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Mulpuru predicts that consumers will spend $44 billion online in November and December, a 12% increase compared with last year.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2010
Price: $99 How it works: Streams TV shows and movies, rented online from iTunes store, to television set Monthly fee: None Online connection: Wi-Fi and ethernet Format: SD and HD Available: Late September Source: Apple Inc.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A series of lawsuits filed across the country allege that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Netflix Inc. benefited illegally when the world's largest retailer exited the online DVD rental business in 2005. Lawyer Daniel Becnel of Reserve, La., complained in a lawsuit filed this week in Baton Rouge, La., that Wal-Mart and Netflix improperly negotiated Wal-Mart's departure from the online video market. He says the current rates are higher than they would have been if Wal-Mart had remained in the online DVD business.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2010
$27.3 billion Amount U.S. consumers say they spent in 2008 for arts and crafts supplies. $2.5 billion Amount spent in 2008 on scrapbook and memory crafts, the largest craft category. $34 The average sale on Etsy.com, an online market for handmade and vintage goods with 400,000 active online shops. Sources: Times research; Etsy Inc.; Craft & Hobby Assn.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Nearly two-thirds of software bought online is delivered via digital downloads, rather than on discs that came in the mail, according to an NPD Group report released Tuesday. "People's comfort with downloading software online has grown and will continue to grow," NPD analyst Stephen Baker said. "It's kind of a halo effect from things like Netflix and iTunes, things that got people to trust the idea of buying things online. "More and more people are leaving the product boxes behind.
NEWS
April 6, 1999 | Reuters
America Online Inc., the world's top provider of Internet services, said it acquired When Inc. in a move that allows AOL to offer free Internet calendar and event-planning services to its members. Dulles, Va.-based AOL paid an undisclosed amount of stock for Redwood City, Calif.-based When. Its easy-to-use calendar service, known as When.com, allows Internet users to keep track of their personal schedules online and to coordinate events with a fast-growing network of other online calendar-keepers.
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