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October 22, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Yahoo Inc. said it would raise the price for its Music Unlimited subscription service by 72% for users who transfer songs to portable music players. The monthly subscription price will rise on Nov. 1 to $11.99 a month from $6.99 a month. The increase brings the cost closer to the $14.99-a-month prices of offerings from RealNetworks Inc. and Napster Inc.
March 10, 2005 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
With traffic congestion growing worse -- and state and federal budgets as red as the brake lights from cars backed up on a Los Angeles freeway -- Congress is moving toward relaxing a decades-old restriction on tolls on interstate highways. The legislation, backed by the Bush administration, would give states greater authority to impose tolls to reduce gridlock. These charges could be levied to raise money for new highway construction.
February 7, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
With many of EBay Inc.'s most faithful sellers in revolt over a rate hike, the online auctioneer said Sunday that it would lower one type of seller fee starting today. If that's supposed to be a peace offering, sellers aren't buying it. The fee break is on the cost of listing an auction item on the site, from 30 cents to 25 cents. But there's a catch -- it applies only to listings that start bidding at 99 cents or less, which are usually for items such as used CDs.
January 14, 2005 | From Associated Press
Some small-business owners who reach most of their customers via EBay Inc. expressed anger at the online auction giant's plan to boost the monthly fee it charges sellers by 60%. EBay outlined the increase in an e-mail Wednesday to all buyers and sellers. "It seems as though the larger EBay becomes, the more greedy they become," said Lynette McDonald of Alton, Ill., who has sold Barbie and baby clothes on EBay since 2001. Starting Feb.
July 10, 2003 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
The Yahoo search engine continues to find black ink. Yahoo Inc. said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit more than doubled to $50.8 million as revenue jumped 42% to $321.4 million. Results were powered by a boost in advertising, proceeds from companies paying to be highlighted in Web searches and fees from users for services such as larger e-mail storage capacity, online matchmaking and job listings. A year earlier, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company's profit was $21.
October 26, 2002 | Josh Friedman
A federal appeals court rejected a bid by Santa Monica and San Francisco to reinstate a ban on fees charged to people who use automated teller machines at banks where they don't hold an account. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that the cities violated federal banking law in fall 1999 by trying to bar the ATM fees, typically $1.50 per transaction. In the fall of 1999, the cities became the first in the U.S.
July 28, 2002
Re "There's No Such Thing as a Free Way in L.A.," Steve Lopez column, July 21: The idea that driving should cost more raises many questions about the future of transportation in Southern California. It's true that toll roads serve a purpose, but contrary to opinions stated by Lopez, transportation officials should do everything in their power to keep money in the public's pockets while balancing that with the challenges of maintaining mobility throughout the region. Greater taxation, even in the form of more user fees, may not be the answer.
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