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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.
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.
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, The site highlights alternative ways of earning a diploma and describes the district's many continuation schools and community college programs.
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.
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.
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.
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