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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.
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.
September 9, 2009 | David Colker
If you're watching more TV on your computer these days -- and less on an actual TV -- you're not alone. A survey by the nonprofit Conference Board released Tuesday showed that nearly a quarter of households in the U.S. now watch television programs online. That's up from 20% last year. The quarterly Consumer Internet Barometer survey found that news shows were viewed by 43% of online watchers, followed by the 35% who watched sitcoms, comedies and dramas. Slightly less than 20% viewed reality shows online, and 18% favored sports.
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.
August 4, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Newsweek, the former weekly news magazine that now publishes online only, is being sold to digital news company IBT Media. Terms of the deal, announced late Saturday, were not disclosed. It's the latest shakeup over at Newsweek. In 2010, longtime owner the Washington Post Co. sold the newsweekly to stereo industry magnate Sidney Harman. A few months later, Harman merged Newsweek with the Daily Beast, an online website owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp, creating the Newsweek Daily Beast Co. But Barry Diller, the billionaire chairman of IAC, has been vocal about his unhappiness with the Newsweek brand.
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.
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, an online market for handmade and vintage goods with 400,000 active online shops. Sources: Times research; Etsy Inc.; Craft & Hobby Assn.
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.
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, 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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