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United Online Has Second Quarter Net Gain

United Online Inc. had year-over-year increases in earnings and revenues for its second quarter, partially driven by higher total consumer order volumes.

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Online Analytics Firm Joins ReachLocal

Gannett Co. Inc. has acquired Canadian online marketing firm SweetIQ Analytics Corp. and will make it part of its ReachLocal business in the San Fernando Valley.

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SolarWorld Shutting Down Camarillo Offices

SolarWorld USA will close its Camarillo administrative and research facility next month, a move that will eliminate 59 employees

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NBC Universal to Trump: You're Fired!

The network said in a statement Monday it is “ending its business relationship” with the outspoken entrepreneur over his “recent derogatory statements” regarding immigrants.

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Mixed-Use Project to Bring 244 Apartments to Warner Center

Montecito-based Levine Family Properties LLC is proposing to create a 244-unit development at 21201 W. Victory Blvd. in Woodland Hills.

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Ecommerce

Gridlocked parking lots. Harried sales clerks. Out-of-stock-merchandise. The holidays often are called the most wonderful time of the year, but for shoppers plunging into the annual purchasing melee, the season can be anything but.

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Derycz Scientific Reports Profits

Derycz Scientific Inc. turned a profit in the second fiscal quarter, a turnaround from its performance last year.

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LegalZoom Plans Move to Glendale

Online document company LegalZoom plans to relocate its headquarters from Hollywood to Glendale, brining more than 300 employees to the city’s downtown business district.

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Warner Center Multifamily Complex Sells for $93 Million

Carillon Apartment Homes, a class A, 264-unit multifamily property in Woodland Hills, has sold for $93 million or $352,272 per unit.

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Cherokee Re-Launches Brand at UK Retailer

This week, Cherokee Inc, a Van Nuys brand management company, announced the re-launch of its brand at Tesco, a UK retail chain.

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Vet Clinic Snags TV Spotlight

Pet hospital appears in AT&T commercial.

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Valley Group’s Ad Warns Amazon About California

The California Business and Industrial Alliance in Sunland has placed a full-page ad in the northwest edition of USA Today to warn Amazon.com Inc. away from locating its second headquarters in the state.

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Layoffs as Amcor Rigid Packaging Closes Chatsworth Plant

Fifty-eight employees of Amcor Rigid Packaging USA will lose their jobs starting in December as the company closes its Chatsworth plant.

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Strategies

Internet stocks soar in price without any ostensible justification. The press is filled daily with stories of newly made, Internet-raised Gen-X multimillionaires. Every day is greeted with the announcement of new Web ventures and new interactive start-ups

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Nestle Injects Fresh Cash in Freshly Food Service

INVESTMENT: $77 million will expand subscription meal firm’s geographic footprint.

Less than a week after announcing plans to restructure its U.S. candy business, Nestle USA made another move that could be interpreted as an attempt to give its brand a more nutritious image.

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Media & Technology: Vivendi Universal Regroups With Web-Based Properties

After years of struggling with a disjointed group of Internet sites, Vivendi Universal S.A. says it's ready to develop an ambitious consolidation plan unifying all of its interactive and Web-related properties into what it believes could be a model for fu

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Open Letter Asks for Change at Tix Corp.

The share price of Tix Corp. dropped by 12 percent Wednesday after an open letter from an investor advocated for new leadership on the Studio City company’s board of directors.

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Cherokee Licenses Sideout Brand to Volleyball Manufacturer

Brand management company Cherokee Inc. has entered into an exclusive license agreement for its Sideout brand for volleyballs and related volleyball accessories with Irvine-based Mikasa Sports USA Inc.

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Briefs: Teledyne, Mission Valley

Teledyne reports mixed earnings. Mission Valley joins OTCQX.

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Increase in Blood Research Revives HemaCare

INVESTMENT: Turn to profit sends OTC shares up for triple-digit gains.

Share prices rise for blood cell and tissue provider.