November 15, 2007 |
While the major Hollywood studios claim that the profit outlook for Internet offerings is too sketchy to give writers a percentage, an increasing number of big-media veterans are investing in the Web. The latest example is MyBlueCollar.com, a website launched Wednesday that has dozens of professionally made humor videos headlined by stars Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and the comic known as Larry the Cable Guy, Dan Whitney. The site is funded by the comics; Will Ferrell's FunnyOrDie .
November 14, 2007 |
Bebo Inc., the No. 3 social network website, is trying to catch up to market leaders MySpace and Facebook Inc. by allowing major media companies to add music and videos to its site for free and keeping any ad revenue they generate. Bebo's strategy, which it unveiled Tuesday: Add popular entertainment for users to share with their network of friends in the hope that the site can grow its audience and get it to stay tuned in longer. Launch partners include Viacom Inc.'s MTV, CBS Corp.
October 29, 2007 |
The next several days will likely be very shaky ones for the folks who run FEARnet. And they couldn't be more pleased. FEARnet, a multiplatform media outlet devoted to horror, will celebrate its first anniversary this Halloween week by unveiling its first original movie, "Catacombs," starring rocker Pink, and "Buried Alive," an original online interactive series that will allow users to "rescue" characters who have been trapped in underground coffins.
October 12, 2007 |
Music label Zomba said Thursday that it had sued gossip website PerezHilton.com, alleging that it illegally posted recordings by pop star Britney Spears. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday, accused the site and its proprietor, Mario Lavandeira, of illegally obtaining and posting at least 10 completed songs and unfinished demos from Spears' upcoming album, "Blackout," during the last three months, Zomba said in a statement. "Blackout" was to be released Nov.
October 11, 2007 |
Industrious Kid Inc., owner of the Imbee children's social networking website, said it was in talks to sever ties with lead investor Steamboat Ventures, part of Walt Disney Co. The company wants to split from Disney because of a conflict over strategy, said Tim Donovan, a spokesman for Oakland-based Industrious Kid. Burbank-based Disney, the second-largest U.S. media company, is investing in websites geared toward children.
October 10, 2007 |
Apple Inc.'s iTunes began selling nine albums from the late George Harrison, the last of the four Beatles to have his solo work added to the online music store. The albums, including "All Things Must Pass," went on sale Tuesday, Apple said. This year, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company added solo music from former Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the late John Lennon. ITunes, the most popular online music store, still lacks songs from the Beatles as a group.
October 10, 2007 |
The real estate title industry has taken a lot of flak lately for practices that state regulators and consumer advocates claim drive up the costs consumers pay for title insurance. On Tuesday, the industry sought to counter some of the criticism by unveiling a website -- www.clta.titlewizard.com -- that, for the first time, allows consumers to see what the major title insurers charge for their policies.
October 10, 2007 |
san francisco -- Hoping to woo shoppers who say EBay Inc. has lost its folksy appeal, the world's largest online auction plans to launch its own version of a social networking service today and is promising other customer-friendly features by year's end. The new Neighborhoods feature encourages users to post photos, product reviews, tips and responses -- creating a far more visual and interactive experience than EBay's text-based discussion forums.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2007 |
A new campaign to lower the dropout rate in Los Angeles schools will rely heavily on popular Internet websites such as YouTube and MySpace, as well as radio spots aimed at vulnerable teens, school officials announced Monday. The Los Angeles Unified School District initiative also features a new website, www.MyFutureMyDecision.com. The site highlights alternative ways of earning a diploma and describes the district's many continuation schools and community college programs.
October 8, 2007 |
redmond, wash. -- MSNBC Interactive News said it had acquired Newsvine Inc., a small Seattle start-up that lets visitors read and comment on news stories from mainstream media outlets. MSNBC, which is jointly owned by Microsoft Corp. and NBC Universal, did not disclose financial terms of the deal late Sunday. NBC Universal is a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Vivendi. Newsvine was launched in 2006 and employs six people.