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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
Irvine Ranch Water District customers can now access their accounts online. Visitors can check their balances, review water usage history and take a virtual tour of the Michelson Water Reclamation Plant. Also posted on the site are maps, water audits, news releases, quality reports, conservation information, brochures and district publications. The site, at http://www.irwd .com, also includes an extensive water education section for children. Information: (949) 453-5300.
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BUSINESS
June 24, 1998 | Associated Press
If you need to vent your frustration about poor customer service and feel as though there's no place to go, the World Wide Web awaits you. Service Intelligence Inc., a firm that researches customer service quality, has a place on its Web site (http://www.serviceintelligence.com) where consumers can post their complaints--and their plaudits--about their experiences with airlines, retailers, hotels and other businesses.
BUSINESS
March 12, 1998 | A Times Staff Writer
Mattel Inc. is expanding its http://www.barbie.com Web site to include attractions for young girls and their parents. The Web site previously focused on adult collectors. The site is "designed to engage girls in fun and creative play" by offering them a variety of interactive activities, according to a company spokesman. Girls will be able to download new phrases for the Talk With Me! Barbie doll--the first time, Mattel says, that a toy can be programmed from the Internet.
NEWS
May 6, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The banned or censored words of five dissidents from China, Kenya, Algeria, Cuba and Cameroon were the first to be posted on a new Web site displaying the works of political activists. The Web site, www.dfn.org, is published by the Digital Freedom Network, an international partnership founded in the New York area to fight censorship and protect human rights.
TRAVEL
July 9, 2000
With a few clicks of the mouse any time of day, Internet users can book any of about 11,500 hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns worldwide through a new Web site put up by the American Hotel & Motel Assn. The trade group, which represents about 11,000 lodgings, includes nonmembers as well as members on the site, a spokeswoman said. It lists about 6,500 U.S. lodgings and 5,000 foreign ones. The site, http://www.gotrooms.com, has its limitations.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2001 | Bloomberg News
EToys Inc. will close its Web site in Britain on Jan. 19 as it tries to reduce losses, according to the Internet toy retailer's Web site. The company is cutting prices by half for all merchandise, the site said. Officials at EToys were not immediately available for comment on how many people would be fired or whether the company's other site in Britain, Baby Centre, also would close. Shares of Santa Monica-based EToys closed unchanged at 22 cents on Nasdaq.
BUSINESS
February 1, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW
A San Francisco upstart plans to offer a way for online retailers to tap the multibillion-dollar youth market while giving parents a tool to teach their children money management skills. Online retailers, particularly those in the music and clothing categories, have been trying to figure out how to tap the market of teenagers who lack the key to Internet shopping: a credit card. ICanBuy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1999 | Associated Press
Inspired by an independent Internet site that helped topple Archbishop Spyridon as America's Greek Orthodox leader, members of various Eastern Orthodox churches have launched a similar news and commentary site. The site, http://www.orthodoxnews.com, is edited by D.J. King, a layman of the Orthodox Church in America who operates a computer programming business in Martinez. The publisher is Stephen Angelides, an administrative law judge in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The city of Calabasas has established its onramp to the Information Superhighway with the launch of an official site on the World Wide Web--making information about the city available at the click of a mouse. The new web site will be a place for Calabasas residents to find information about city services, city council meetings and recreational activities available to them, said City Channel Manager Deborah Steller, who will maintain the site.
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