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ValueClick to Sell Web Site Unit

ValueClick Inc. announced late Monday that it has agreed to sell all of its websites to IAC/Interactive Corp., the New York digital media company run by Barry Diller.

Direct Marketing Entrepreneur Russ Reid Dies

Russ Reid, founder of direct marketing firm Russ Reid in Pasadena, died Dec. 7 at his home in Sierra Madre. He was 82 years old.

Earnings Roundup: UTi, Guess, Korn-Ferry

UTi Worldwide Inc. fell to a loss in its fiscal third quarter, largely due to higher expenses, but its adjusted earnings met Wall Street expectations. Guess Inc.reported lower fiscal third quarter earnings and cut its full-year revenue forecast. Korn/Ferry International's fiscal second-quarter net income beat analyst expectations, boosted by growth in the staffing company's leadership and talent consulting business.

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Note for Note

INTERVIEW: Manatt Phelps’ George Kieffer has made time for civic affairs and music while working at the law firm for four decades.

Power broker and Manatt Phelps & Phillips Partner George Kieffer makes sure to spend some of his playtime at the piano.

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Gear Shift

TRANSPORTATION: Camp operator now trafficks in buses as Westside congestion forces parents, schools to seek alternatives

Westside traffic drove summer camp operator Erin Benfield to open a school busing business.

Auto Shopping Website Revs Up IPO Speculation

Internet: Report of TrueCar retaining pair of investment banks fuels talk.

TrueCar is subject of speculation that it may go public.

Days Numbered for Straight Accounting Jobs


Accounting: Donald R. Rudkin encourages future bean counters to learn how the whole business enchilada works.

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Branching Out

Live-tree firm sprouts elsewhere after billionaire buys in

Retail: Living Christmas is growing its tree rental business with a rooting interest from billionaire Mark Cuban.

Jacobs Makes OC Acquisition

Jacobs Engineering Group on Tuesday said that it has acquired the assets an Orange County company that provides pipeline engineering services to the utility and gas industries.

New Name at USC: Roski School of Art and Design

The University of Southern California on Monday said that its USC Roski School of Fine Arts is changing its name to the USC Roski School of Art and Design to better reflect the school’s mission.

Date Site Operator Finds Little Love on Wall Street

INTERNET: Majority shareholder’s sell-off plan fuels drop in Spark’s stock.

Internet: Investors are just not that into dating site operator Sparks after its largest shareholder plans sell-off

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Digital Agency Expands Presence in Real World

Zehner doubles up in Culver City, opens office in New York.

Digital agency Zehner Group has expanded. The Culver City firm more than doubled its local office space and opened an office in New York this month.

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Site’s Original Landing Page Crossed ‘Boarder’ Line

INTERNET: LoveRoom’s creator dismisses critics of lodging-dating service.

A few weeks ago, a new lodging-and-dating service announced itself to the online world.

Independent Streak Keeps Firm Alive

Imagine an industry where many decisions are minute to minute, and where 80 percent of most companies’ revenue is concentrated in fewer than 10 clients.

L.A. Jobless Rate Falls

The Los Angeles County unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent last month, according to state figures released Friday.