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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 .
November 14, 2007 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
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.
November 7, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
China's stock mania intensified Tuesday as Ltd., operator of the country's largest online trading site for companies, almost tripled on its first day after an initial public offering in Hong Kong. The frenzy for the stock pushed the price to a level that made it four times more expensive than Google Inc. relative to earnings. The Alibaba offering followed the Shanghai debut of PetroChina Co. on Monday.
October 29, 2007 | Greg Braxton
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 | From Reuters
Music label Zomba said Thursday that it had sued gossip website, 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 | From Times Wire Services
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 | From Bloomberg News
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 | Annette Haddad, Times Staff Writer
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 -- -- that, for the first time, allows consumers to see what the major title insurers charge for their policies.
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