February 9, 1999 |
Ameritrade Holding Corp. shares fell Monday as the online broker's Internet and touch-tone trading services crashed for about half an hour. The stock dropped $15.50, or 16%, to $80 in trading of 2.25 million shares, more than double the average volume of the last three months.
September 21, 2000 |
An online grocery venture in California's second-largest city has failed after less than five months in operation. SanDiegoGrocer.com shut down its Web site and disconnected its office phones. The company also closed a warehouse in National City and laid off about 50 employees. Consultants who worked with SanDiegoGrocer.com said the venture struggled from the start, failing to follow up with hundreds of customers who requested information from its Web site.
October 22, 2000
Beleaguered Priceline.com, the name-your-own-price Internet auctioneer of airline tickets, car rentals and hotel rooms, is being investigated by Connecticut Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal, whose office is probing about 100 complaints of "incomplete and inaccurate disclosure" of the company's sales policies, especially for airline tickets and gasoline. (Priceline has announced it will drop sales of gasoline.
January 16, 1999 |
Autobytel.com Inc., which operates a Web site for purchasing new and used vehicles, has revved up plans for an initial stock offering more than 1 1/2 years after canceling earlier plans. The Irvine-based company will seek to raise about $72 million by selling 4.5 million shares to new investors for an estimated $16 per share, according to a report filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. At that price, the company would have a market value of about $285.
November 2, 2002 |
In what must be regarded as one of the most bizarre soccer games in history, AS Adema, the champion of Madagascar, defeated rival Stade Olympique l'Emyrne, 149-0, on Thursday in a Madagascan league match in the port city of Toamasina. Every one of the 149 goals was an own goal, scored by SOE players into their own net in protest of a refereeing decision.
September 20, 1996 |
The CIA shut down its Internet home page Thursday after Swedish hackers broke in, changed the name to Central Stupidity Agency and replaced the usual offering of speech texts and news releases with "news from space" and "nude girls." The hackers, calling themselves "Power Through Resistance," also slammed Bo Skarinder, a prosecutor in a Swedish court case, urging him to "Stop Lying." The case involves a group of hackers ages of 16 to 20 who went on trial this week. Embarrassed U.S.
March 5, 2013 |
Impassioned L.A. fans of Sonny Rollins (you know who you are) may have to wait a while longer to hear the legendary jazz saxophonist perform live at a venue near us. Rollins has posted on his website and Facebook that he's been under the weather and that he's canceling some of his scheduled live gigs this spring. Presumably that would include a planned April 20 concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge. On his website, Rollins writes: "I'[ve] come up with a respiratory problem, and I have to cancel some upcoming shows.
August 26, 2003 |
A third group has claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing of U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, posting the claim on a Web site known as a clearinghouse for Islamic political thought. The statement -- also quoted at length Monday in the London-based Arab newspaper Al Hayat -- is signed Abu Hafs el Masri Brigades. The group takes its name from the alias of Mohammed Atef, a top deputy of Osama bin Laden who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan in November 2001. U.S.
August 26, 2001
Nov. 1 marks the start of the discount season for tours to many European destinations--even some that stay relatively warm. For instance, the Italian firm TourCrafters, with offices in Rome and Libertyville, Ill., offers a $739-per-person package to Naples, Italy. It includes round-trip air fare from Los Angeles, five nights' hotel, daily breakfast and hotel service charges and taxes; airport taxes are extra. The price is good for travel Nov. 1 to Dec. 15 and Jan. 3 to March 23.
August 3, 1999 |
One in four people shopping for a used car goes to the Internet for help, according to a study. The nearly 10,000 used-car buyers polled by J.D. Power & Associates said they most frequently visited the Web site of Kelley Blue Book for pricing and other general information, as well as the sites of Consumer Reports, Autobytel.com, Edmund's and Microsoft Corp.'s CarPoint.