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July 19, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW, Jonathan Gaw covers technology and electronic commerce for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7818 and at jonathan.gaw@latimes.com
Tickets.com Inc.'s recent reshaping of its Web site includes a feature that addresses a vexing concern for designers: consumers who won't scroll after calling up a home page. Like pioneer online advertisers who found that those new to the Internet had to be told to "Click Here," Web site designers have found that if a user doesn't see it on the screen, he won't look for it, even if it just means hitting the "Page Down" key. Like some other major Web sites, Tickets.
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BUSINESS
February 9, 1999 | Bloomberg News
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.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2000 | Associated Press
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.
TRAVEL
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.
BUSINESS
January 16, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2002 | GARRETT THEROLF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County residents may soon be able to log onto home computers and view an online map showing where convicted sex offenders live, officials said Monday. Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who proposed the map, said such information would be useful to parents during "a critical time when we have predators taking advantage of innocent children."
SPORTS
November 2, 2002 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 20, 1996 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
TRAVEL
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.
BUSINESS
August 3, 1999 | Jonathan Gaw
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.
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