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January 15, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
MySpace says it can't guarantee that the people who sign up for its social networking site aren't underage or sex offenders. But it averted a potential legal battle Monday by agreeing to keep trying. A group of 49 state attorneys general probing safety issues at MySpace and other online social networks signed a deal with the Beverly Hills-based unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
January 8, 2008 | From Reuters
New York Times Co. and business news channel CNBC will share video and stories from each other's websites in an alliance that could bolster them against an expected assault by News Corp. Under the deal, New York Times stories will be posted on CNBC's website and the Times will use CNBC video for its site. Neither company will pay the other for its news.
December 29, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Six months after the disappearance of a 19-year-old female college student, scores of volunteers are planning to again search the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu this weekend for any clues in her case. A Northern California Christian search group will lead the effort, the second privately organized search for Donna Jou in the Malibu area in the past three months.
The Connecticut attorney general's office sued Best Buy in May, charging the electronics heavyweight with using deceptive in-store websites to trick customers into paying higher prices than available on the company's actual site. "We thought Best Buy had addressed this," Connecticut Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal told me the other day. "That's what they said to us. Apparently that's not the case." Apparently not.
December 21, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
At first glance, it seemed Goliath succeeded in crushing David. After a long battle with Apple Inc., a Harvard University senior said Thursday that he would shut down Think Secret, the website known for landing scoops about the company's latest products. Apple was peeved by the leaks and sued him in 2005. The site's demise prompted outrage from some Apple followers, but in this case David -- aka Nicholas Ciarelli -- got his own happy ending: freedom from having to run the site anymore.
December 20, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Microsoft Corp. won the right to deliver advertising on Viacom Inc.'s network of websites for the next five years Wednesday, the latest in a series of deals demonstrating the software titan's willingness to spend heavily to establish itself as a major player in online ads. The alliance announced Wednesday gave Microsoft a big partner in trying to catch up to Google Inc., the top broker of Internet advertising. Microsoft will displace DoubleClick Inc. in showing ads to Web surfers visiting MTV.
December 2, 2007 | Vani Rangachar
A colleague turned me on to Unusual Hotels of the World,, where lodgings are a trip. What's hot: Oh, the places to stay: The beagle-shaped Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho. Hotels are rated in five colored categories from "wow" to "different." The latter has less outrageous properties, such as the Furnace Creek Inn in Death Valley National Park. What's not: Hotels have not been inspected by the site's founders.
November 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Services Inc. has launched Askville, an information-sharing website where users can ask questions and answer queries from others. The site, opened Thursday to all Amazon customers, has been in beta testing since December 2006. Similar services are offered by Yahoo Inc.'s Answers and other websites such as AnswerBank. Google Inc. also had an "Answers" section, which has been discontinued.
November 15, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
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, 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 .
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