Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Internet Brands Buys BBOnline.com
Los Angeles-based Internet Brands has made another online property purchase, saying today that it has acquired Bed & Breakfast Inns Online (BBOnline.com), one of the largest directories of B&Bs in the U.S., Canada, and worldwide. Internet Brands said that the purchase complements the listings on its vacation rental directories, Vamoose.com and VacationHomes.com. Terms were not disclosed. Internet Brands operates a number of web sites focused on cars, real estate, mortgage, and travel. Bed and Br (More info...)

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United Online Adds Digital Photo Backup
PhotoSite, the photo sharing site operated by Woodland Hills-based United Online, is targeting online backup of digital photos. PhotoSite said this morning that it has launched a new photo backup service called PhotoSite to allow members to securely store their digital photos online. The new service is priced by the number of photos stored, and costs from $1.99 to $2.99 per month. PhotoSite allows digital camera owners to upload and create web-based photo albums.

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PriceGrabber Tackles Used Car Classifieds
Los Angeles-based PriceGrabber has expanded its services into the online, used car classifieds business today with a new service that allows dealerships to list used cars on PriceGrabber.com. The company said that auto dealerships can publish their inventory of pre-owned cars on its network of web sites, by connecting into a number of popular used car dealer management systems. PriceGrabber recently added the ability to search for new cars on its web site. PriceGrabber provides online comparison (More info...)

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Iomega Acquires Outsourced IT Company, Enters Service Business
San Diego-based Iomega has acquired CSCI, a San Diego-based managed service provider and IT outsourcing firm, the company said today. Terms were not disclosed. CSCI provides a managed virtual private network service for small and medium-sized businesses. Iomega said that the move is its first into becoming a managed services company. Iomega is re-branding CSCI's OfficeScreen service and will offer the service to small and medium-sized businesses across the U.S. The new service allows businesses (More info...)

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WebMessenger Launches Mobile Skype Service
Los Angeles-based WebMessenger, a provider of VoIP and instant messaging products, has rolled out a new service that ties its software into the popular Skype Voice-over-IP system. WebMessenger said that its new WebMessenger Mobile for Skype provides presence detection on mobile devices, allows users to make calls to Skype contacts, receive call through their Skype accounts, and can make outgoing calls using a user's Skype account. The new software runs on BlackBerry, Palm, Pocket PC, Windows Mob (More info...)

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Chuck Davis Joins Fandango
Los Angeles-based Fandango, a provider of online and mobile movie ticketing services, has added Chuck Davis as Chairman and CEO of the firm. Davis was most recently president and CEO of Shopzilla, prior to its acquisition last year by E.W. Scripps. Davis has also served at Walt Disney Internet Group. Davis also sits on the boards of Business.com and LeadPoint.

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Qualcomm Looks To Block Nokia Handsets
San Diego-based Qualcomm is reporting that the United States International Trade Commission has commenced an investigation into unfair trade practices by competitor Nokia, as part of a complaint filed by Qualcomm with the ITC. Qualcomm is looking to block the import of Nokia handsets and other products, saying that those products infringe upon its patents. The ITC investigation is the latest salvo in a continued patent war between Qualcomm and Nokia, and joins an existing patent lawsuit filed in (More info...)

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MatchActivity Launches Online Dating Site
Los Angeles-based MatchActivity, a new startup company, recently launched a new online dating web site. MatchActivity said that it has launched a new web site that matches people by activities they like to do, in an auction-like, deadline driven format. The new, Ajax-based web site is hoping to garner a slice of the competitive online dating business with a Web 2.0 style web site and features.

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Breach Secures Israeli ISP
Carlsbad-based Breach Security has scored a win at NetVision, a large Israeli ISP, for its security appliances. Breach said that NetVision will use its BreachGate WebDefend product to protect and secure a popular e-commerce web site hosted by NetVision. The Breach product provides monitoring of Internet traffic and detection of attacks, in addition to screening for outgoing critical data.

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