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BUSINESS
September 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Yahoo Inc. on Wednesday launched a much-anticipated upgrade to its online advertising system, one the company termed revolutionary, in a bid to emerge from the shadow of search industry leader Google Inc.
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BUSINESS
September 25, 2008 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
Acting with unusual speed and bipartisanship, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved funding for a $25-billion loan program to help the auto industry build more fuel-efficient vehicles. The aid package enjoyed support from both parties because of its election-year importance to battleground states such as Michigan and Ohio, where many cars are manufactured.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2008 | Jessica Guynn and Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writers
Google Inc. on Tuesday showed off a cellphone that could provide the first real challenge to Apple Inc.'s iPhone: a mass-market device with a sharp touch screen and slide-out keyboard that brings the experience of mobile Web surfing closer to that of a personal computer. When it starts selling in U.S. stores Oct. 22, the $179 G1 from HTC Corp.
WORLD
August 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
North Korea is reportedly claiming that it has developed a new kind of noodle that makes people feel full longer than ordinary food. Choson Sinbo newspaper said that the noodle, made with a mixture of beans and corn, doesn't make people "feel a sense of hunger that generally comes soon after eating [ordinary] noodle." The Tokyo-based newspaper, considered a mouthpiece for the regime in Pyongyang, cited a North Korean research institute. It didn't elaborate on how the special noodle works or how long people who eat it can go without hunger pangs.
BUSINESS
August 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Even with high gasoline prices, U.S. consumers still want high-quality vehicles that haul a lot of people and perform well, and that is forcing automakers to make radical changes in the way they manufacture vehicles, panelists at an industry conference said Monday. Speaking at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars recently, executives from Toyota Motor Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC said they were rapidly changing their operations to keep up with the market while trying to improve quality at the same time.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2008 | Joseph Menn and Alex Pham, Times Staff Writers
. -- When Microsoft Corp. makes its annual presentation to investors and analysts here today, executives will be preaching the value of patience to stockholders who are nervous about the world's largest software company's online prospects. Executives plan to hold up the entertainment and devices division -- home of the Xbox game console, Zune media player and cellphone software -- as a prime example of persistence rewarded.
BUSINESS
July 4, 2008 | Alex Pham
The Sims, a popular computer game that's sold more than 100 million copies in the last eight years, has often been called a "dollhouse" game. What happens when the dolls break out of the dollhouse? That happened last summer when Electronic Arts, publisher of The Sims, teamed with Swedish clothing retailer H&M to sponsor an online fashion runway featuring outfits designed by players of The Sims. The companies received 1,000 digital entries uploaded to The Sims' website, then selected 60 outfits -- worn by Sims, of course -- to feature on a virtual runway show hosted by Yahoo Inc. The show got more than 500 million views, and about 100,000 people voted on the outfits.
AUTOS
May 28, 2008 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
The flaming-hot weather earlier this month gave motorists in Southern California a reminder of how a car can become a kitchen oven. Leave a car parked in the sun on a 90-degree day with the windows up and the doors safely locked and the interior temperature can shoot up to 140 degrees. Is it asking the auto industry too much to give consumers a car that doesn't bake them? Apparently, a navigation system, alloy wheels and leather seats are supposed to be good enough.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to enter the growing market for pint-size computers targeted mainly to pint-size customers, introducing an ultra-portable PC it says is smaller than some textbooks and priced to appeal to schools. The Mini-Note weighs 2.63 pounds and has an 8.9-inch screen and an almost full-size keyboard, Hewlett-Packard said. Prices start at $499 for a model with Linux operating system software and $599 with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows. Hewlett-Packard gets more than half its PC revenue from notebook machines.
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.
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