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June 10, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Ovitz and his technology investment partner, Yucaipa Cos., are expanding their Internet holdings by taking a controlling interest in Beverly Hills-based Scour.net, which operates a search engine for finding multimedia content on the World Wide Web. The investment, said to be in the millions of dollars, is expected to be announced today.
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November 10, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scour.net, a Beverly Hills-based Internet search company backed by Hollywood super-agent Michael Ovitz, is in talks to be acquired by RealNetworks for as much as $50 million, according to a person familiar with the discussions. Scour.net's Web site allows users to find pictures, sound and video files on the Internet--which is becoming increasingly popular as high-speed network connections become more common. This advanced search ability meshes well with RealNetworks' new Real.
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BUSINESS
November 10, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scour.net, a Beverly Hills-based Internet search company backed by Hollywood super-agent Michael Ovitz, is in talks to be acquired by RealNetworks for as much as $50 million, according to a person familiar with the discussions. Scour.net's Web site allows users to find pictures, sound and video files on the Internet--which is becoming increasingly popular as high-speed network connections become more common. This advanced search ability meshes well with RealNetworks' new Real.
BUSINESS
June 10, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Ovitz and his technology investment partner, Yucaipa Cos., are expanding their Internet holdings by taking a controlling interest in Beverly Hills-based Scour.net, which operates a search engine for finding multimedia content on the World Wide Web. The investment, said to be in the millions of dollars, is expected to be announced today.
BUSINESS
August 31, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Finding a specific piece of information on the vast World Wide Web can be a true art. But a group of UCLA students is trying to make a science out of finding art--and other pictures, video and sound--on the Internet with a new search engine specifically designed to locate multimedia files. Instead of trying to sift through all 320 million pages of the Web, Scour.net zeros in on a much more manageable subset of sites that contain multimedia files.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2000 | Karen Kaplan
No one can accuse Richard Wolpert, chief executive of Beverly Hills-based e-commerce site CheckOut.com, of not putting his money where his mouth is. Wolpert, the former Disney Online president who often hypes the benefit of blending entertainment with technology, has made investments in several companies doing just that. Wolpert will announce today that his personal investment company, Westlake Village-based Chase Investments, has taken stakes in six technology and entertainment firms.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
Sales of recorded music near college campuses declined in the last two years while rising elsewhere, according to a study the music industry believes shows the effect of people downloading music for free. Music sales during the first three months of 2000 were up 12% over the first quarter of 1998. Yet at stores within five miles of a college campus, which account for roughly half of all albums bought, sales went down 4% in the same period, according to a study commissioned by Reciprocal Inc.
BUSINESS
August 23, 1999 | JASON COHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's about the unlikeliest place one could think of for a high-tech gathering, this modest Vietnamese restaurant in the shadow of Dodger Stadium. The only technology on view inside the place, known as Pho 87, is a battered Sony Trinitron TV that sits above an indoor fish pond, where 13 silver-and-orange carp swim idly about. The first sign that something unusual is happening on a recent Sunday is the conversation.
BUSINESS
July 29, 1999 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The only people who really know about GameSpy Industries are the young, fickle denizens of the Internet who live and breathe--and shop--online. But the buzz among these cyber-youth was enough to convince former Hollywood super-agent Michael Ovitz and Yucaipa, the investment company of supermarket mogul Ronald Burkle, to buy into the small Costa Mesa firm earlier this year.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one can doubt that companies such as Amazon.com, Dell Computer and EToys have demonstrated that the masses are perfectly willing to shop online--not with electronic commerce revenues forecast to top $36 billion this year. But one crucial element of retail success is still missing from cyberspace--the impulse purchase. Enter CheckOut.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2000 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Multibillion-dollar mergers, highflying IPOs, companies on the cutting edge of electronic commerce--it all sounds so Silicon Valley. Except that in 1999, it was happening in Southern California. Just in time for the start of the new millennium, the Tech Coast matured into a technology center in its own right. Southland companies such as MP3.com, EToys, Buy.com and Stamps.com helped raise the region's profile with innovative products, creative business models and brisk stock market performances.
NEWS
October 26, 2000 | JADE CHANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kathy Holden, 28, moved to Los Angeles from Chicago for a job as a movie set dresser and soon realized that she had no social life outside of film networking events. "I wasn't going to the museum or going to plays--all of the things that I loved back home," said Holden. "It's hard to make the time to do that when I have to go to all these events to meet people and get ahead with my career."
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