Building on the momentum created by the publication of Charles Bockâ€™s debut novel Beautiful Children, a novel Newsweek recently called â€œthe book of the moment,â€ the Random House Publishing Group is offering a free PDF download until midnight today, February 29. The free download, which can be shared, emailed or printed, will be available on beautifulchildren.net/read.
In a unique collaboration, Random House has also invited both chain and independent online retailers to participate. Thus far, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, Bordersstores.com; Booksamillion.com, Powells.com and Northshire.com have agreed to make the file available to their customers.
An immediate New York Times bestseller now on bestseller lists across the country, Beautiful Children is a fearless, masterful panorama of Las Vegas, and the web of lonely children and adults hiding from their past and searching for salvation as they weave their way through the neon underworld.
TuDiabetes.com, an online social network for people touched by diabetes, has now passed the 2,000 member mark within days of its first anniversary.
Members continue to join from all over the world, connecting with people from the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, Germany, India and Ireland among other countries.
Becoming a member of TuDiabetes.com is free. After customizing their profile page, members participate in diabetes-related discussions, share their thoughts and ideas in their blog and post their photos and videos. Members also benefit from discounts on diabetes products offered by other members.
Everyone is allowed to create their own groups and invite other members to join them. Among the most popular groups that have been formed are: “Parents of Kids with Type 1,” “Pumping Our Insulin,” “Continuous Glucose Monitor Users” and “Diabetes and Women.”
“This site is so personable. I know I can rely on everyone here.” She added: “It is definitely a family,” Michelle Curtis, a mother of a child with type 1 diabetes that joined in July 2007, said.
The Disney-ABC Television Group has launched Stage 9 Digital Media which will focus on creating original short-form programming by merging innovative creativity with superior production quality.
Barry Jossen, an Academy Award-winning short-form producer and studio executive, has been tapped as general manager of Stage 9. The studio has an active slate of more than 20 programs in comedy, drama, animation and reality ranging from traditional linear episodic storytelling to fully immersive interactive content geared toward the trend-setting A18-34 demographic. Working with emerging talent from the online community, Stage 9 is squarely focused on content creation, smartly distributing its programming through top broadband video sites, online social networks, mobile, and download services in order to maximize user accessibility and exposure. Additionally, the studio will collaborate with the company’s Disney-ABC International Television on global digital distribution of its content.
Stewart Gordon, a California social worker, is taking an innovative, high-tech approach to solving a longstanding problem by launching FosterCareCentral.org. The online community hopes to bring information, resources and people together to improve the lives of foster-care children nationwide.
Foster Care Central is the first social network for people dedicated to enhancing the lives of foster youth. The website capitalizes on the power of Web 2.0 technology and the popularity of social networking to offer a variety of interactive features, including discussion forums, resource listings, groups, videos, and education and training.
The 2008 Republican National Convention unveiled a redesigned and expanded official website. The newly enhanced site offers visitors more information and greater interactive capabilities, including video features, user-generated content, and a convention blog.
The expanded site will soon feature a section where attending delegates and alternate delegates can learn more about travel planning and the important role they will play in September. For other visitors, the site will make it possible to share in the excitement of the delegate experience from home. Supporters will soon be able to register as a “digital delegate,” which will enable them to participate in convention-week activities happening from coast to coast.
The site now features historical videos from past Republican National Conventions. Visitors can watch great moments from conventions past – and are invited to share their own favorite memories. A newly launched convention blog will provide visitors with a behind-the-scenes perspective of convention preparations from members of the team on the ground in Minnesota. Special guest bloggers will also be featured, along with posts submitted from visitors across the country.
With pitchers, catchers and position players all reporting to camp, fantasy fanatics can now enjoy their own rite of spring by signing up for FOX Fantasy Baseball on FOXSports.com on MSN. This yearâ€™s FOX Fantasy Baseball game features a revamped express registration system, more statistical analysis and a new Commissioner Bonus Program, which will reward up to 10,000 league commissioners with a free t-shirt and one grand-prize winner with a trip to baseballâ€™s mid-season celebration in New York this July. FOX Fantasy Baseball will also feature live drafts, real-time scoring and in-depth draft materials all free of charge. Fans can sign up for FOX Fantasy Baseball through April 26.
FOX Fantasy Baseball offers both standard public leagues and customizable private leagues that allow users to have complete control over settings, such as scoring, statistics, divisions, trade deadlines, playoff teams and more. Users can also choose between rotisserie, total point and head-to-head formats.
AmericanTownsâ€™ complete listings of local events now appear on Superpages.com with the local search expertâ€™s content. Last year AmericanTowns featured more than 10 million events and now covers more than 15,000 communities nationwide.
AmericanTowns contains information on 120,000 community organizations, more than 100,000 postings by those organizations and their members, and an extensive guide to local community resources like real estate, local jobs and train schedules.
eBay Inc. has agreed to a settlement with MercExchange, LLC to dismiss all claims and appeals stemming from the patent lawsuit filed by MercExchange in September of 2001. eBay Inc. and MercExchange had been engaged in litigation over MercExchangeâ€™s patents and eBayâ€™s online auctions and fixed price-related ecommerce operations.
As part of the settlement, eBay will purchase all three patents involved in the lawsuit, as well as some additional related technology and inventions and a license to another search-related patent portfolio that was not asserted in the lawsuit. These assets will allow eBay to further enhance its operations and trust and safety efforts on its ecommerce sites.
Further terms of the settlement are confidential and were not disclosed.