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April 5, 2009 | David Colker
Old scams never die, they just move to new venues. The Better Business Bureau has put out an alert that many of the dubious ads that have long popped up in e-mails and on websites are now invading online social networks, such as Facebook. Ubiquitous ads for weight-loss products, work-at-home opportunities and offers for "free" computers can cost shoppers more than they bargained for in the long run, the BBB said.
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BUSINESS
April 5, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
The Web is a great place to freeload. But that could be changing. In the latest example of fees being introduced for a service that once came with no strings attached, Eastman Kodak Co. says it'll begin charging $4.99 to $19.99 annually for its previously free online photo-storage service, Kodak Gallery. If you don't pay by May 16, the company warns, all your photos could be deleted.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2009 | Dan Fost
Almost as soon as Guang-Yu Xu was laid off from his engineering post at a Silicon Valley Internet company last month, he visited LinkedIn.com and updated his job status from "current" to "past." Through their interconnected contacts, he soon heard from headhunter Robert Greene, one of more than 530,000 recruiters trolling the professional networking site for job candidates. Within a few weeks, Xu had three offers. He started at Mint.com, a personal finance website, two weeks ago.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2009 | Christi Parsons
President Obama will take questions in the East Room of the White House today, but they won't be coming from the Washington press corps. Instead, the questions are being posed by visitors to the White House website, and then vetted by other visitors for their relevance and importance. Those queries that rise to the top of the pile will be posed to the president at 11:30 a.m. EDT, in an order based on popularity, administration officials said.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2009 | Scott J. Wilson
www.investinginbonds.com If you're reluctant to invest in stocks these days -- and hey, you're not alone -- you may be considering bonds. But with a bewildering variety to choose from, it's easy for new investors to get confused. A good place to start is Investinginbonds.com, produced by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Assn. The site offers help for novices as well as tools for experienced bond investors. Newcomers should start with the "learn more" column on the right-hand side.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2009 | Elina Shatkin
Times are tough, but bargains are relatively easy these days. You just need to know where to find them and have the dough to spend. The latter, we can't help you with, but we can try with the former with these online tips. (For more, go to theguide.latimes.com.) First, try Goldstar.com, which offers discounted tickets on concerts, theater, performing arts, comedy, festivals and a handful of sporting and dining events, or StubDog.com, which recently entered the L.A. market.
NATIONAL
March 17, 2009 | Kim Murphy
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, whose giant globe has been a fixture on the city's skyline for much of the newspaper's 146-year history, will print its last edition today and become the largest metropolitan daily to switch to an online-only publication. The announcement was delivered Monday morning by Publisher Roger Oglesby to a shattered newsroom that -- in classic P-I style -- wiped back tears, broke out the whiskey and then went back to work.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2009 | DAN NEIL
Jack has risen, hallelujah. After being hit by a bus in a Super Bowl TV/Web commercial Feb. 1, Jack -- the grand-tete CEO-mascot of Jack in the Box -- emerged from his coma March 4, newly inspired. At Jack's direction, the San Diego-based restaurant chain will undertake a brand makeover this spring, including a new logo (Duffy & Partners, Minneapolis), redesigned store environments and a new corporate website that launched Monday. Jack, I feel obliged to point out, is a fictional character.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2009 | SCOTT COLLINS
Journalists like to talk about "owning" a story. But the people at RadarOnline.com have practically stamped their corporate logo on the forehead of Nadya Suleman, the "Octo-Mom" from Whittier whose shockingly prolific reproductive habits have made her a media sensation. They really, really love to talk about Octo-Mom over at RadarOnline. In fact, since the news of her octuplets first broke in late January, the website has published 56 items about her, an average rate of nearly two per day.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
As job losses mount, more people -- including those who are still employed -- are turning to career-development websites, a new study found. Nielsen Online reported a 20% increase in unique visitors to job-search and career-development sites in January -- 49.7 million, compared with 41.5 million a year earlier. The unemployment rate was 7.6% in January, the highest in more than 16 years. People 65 and over represent the fastest-growing group among visitors to job sites. CareerBuilder.
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