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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.
May 21, 2002 | Reuters
Medical device makers said they have reached a deal to pay user fees to U.S. regulators to shorten review times for companies' products. AdvaMed, which represents 1,100 device companies, said industry representatives negotiated an agreement on user fees with the Food and Drug Administration. Congress would have to authorize the fees before the FDA could collect them. Drug makers have paid user fees for 10 years, helping new medicines to reach the market quicker.
Tucked against the jagged mountains of Ojai Valley lies a dusty campground with warped picnic tables and ragged barbecue pits. Red-feathered orioles sing and flutter among the ancient oak trees that grace the nearly deserted county park. Camp Comfort has remained this way for some 20 years, its fraying edges offset by the beauty of its surroundings, but change is coming as the Ventura County Parks Department places the campground at the top of its cleanup list.
A group of state regulators is publicly chastising AT&T Corp., MCI WorldCom and Sprint Corp. for charging customers a new $1.50 monthly fee for the convenience of receiving local and long-distance charges on one bill. The regulators said the new charge "amounts to a rate increase," and openly questioned the rationale and fairness of the fee, which has not been widely publicized until recently. The unusually harsh stance was outlined in letters from the National Assn.
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