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October 12, 2007 | From Reuters
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.
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BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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 -- www.clta.titlewizard.com -- that, for the first time, allows consumers to see what the major title insurers charge for their policies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2007 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2007 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
Software giant Microsoft Corp. on Thursday joined an increasingly crowded field of health and technology companies offering consumers an electronic personal health record. Like other Web-based personal health records, Microsoft's HealthVault is free and will allow consumers to store medical information -- such as vaccination dates and X-rays -- and share what they wish with physicians and relatives of their choosing.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Target Corp., the second-largest U.S. discount store chain, lost a bid Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the company's website wasn't accessible to the blind. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel in San Francisco rejected Target's request to dismiss the case. She also certified the case as a class action, ruling that all legally blind people in the U.S. who have been denied access to services at Target stores because of deficiencies in the company's website can join the suit.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2007 | Jacqueline Trescott, Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- Though its physical construction is years away, the National Museum of African American History and Culture this week is inaugurating an online spot where visitors can help shape its content. One feature of the website, named after the museum, is a Memory Book, where people can submit a story, photograph or audio recording that tells something about themselves or a moment in African American history.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
"Swingtown" is a CBS television show, scheduled for midseason, about partner-swapping couples. It's also what CBS executives lightheartedly call their new Internet strategy. The idea is to let their online material be promiscuous: Instead of limiting their shows and other online video to CBS.com, the network is letting them couple with any website that people might visit. "CBS is all about open, nonexclusive, multiple partnerships," said Quincy Smith, president of CBS Interactive.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
New York Times Co. said it would end its paid TimesSelect Web service and make most of the contents of its website available free.
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