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Visit our Filed page for categories. To browse by specific topic, see our Inside page. For a list of companies covered on this site, visit our Companies page. to screen dating site for sex offenders said it will begin checking users against the national sex offender registry, days after a class action lawsuit was filed by a woman allegedly sexually assaulted by a man she met on the dating site. Get the full story »

Massive outage takes down blogging site Tumblr

The popular blogging site Tumblr is working to recover from an outage that’s left it out of service for at least 15 hours.

Tumblr says the problem is in one of its database clusters, or collection of databases. Get the full story »

London’s Times says 105,000 have paid for access

The London Times and Sunday Times say that 105,000 people have paid for access to the papers’ websites.

In its first report on the success of the pay wall, News International said 100,000 other people signed up for a joint subscription to the printed edition and the web. Get the full story »

Jen Patterson out at Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Jen Patterson, a contributor to Comcast SportsNet Chicago and its Web site, is out at the local cable sports channel.

Wal-Mart to offer free shipping to Chicago FedEx offices

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to unveil Thursday free delivery of purchases made through its web site to Chicago FedEx offices — a move aimed at reaching urban consumers.

The world’s largest retailer launched the pilot program, called FedEx Site-to-Store, this summer in Boston and Los Angeles. The test expands this week to Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.. There will be 40 FedEx sites participating in the Chicago market, concentrated in the city with a smattering of sites in the suburbs, according to Wal-Mart spokesman Ravi Jariwala. Get the full story »

Lawsuit says ‘uncommon’ is too common

The word “uncommon” has become a little too common for two Web sites — and — who are locked in a legal battle over their namesakes. Get the full story »

Playboy launches ’safe-for-work’ site

Looking to expand viewership among those who might court a lawsuit if they fired up the regular site at work, Playboy Enterprises Inc. today announced something called, which the company bills as a “new safe-for-work men’s entertainment destination that provides guys with smart and sexy distractions throughout the day.”

Safe for work means no nudity, but plenty of Playboy-style hormonal prurience. One of the lead stories on the site: “How to Get Laid at Work.” Another: “7 Signs That You’ve given Up on Getting Laid.” Playboy founder Hugh Hefner greets viewers to the site in a weird little 21-second video of him sitting on a couch in, yes, his trademark smoking jacket.

“Next to the mansion it’s the best hang out on the planet,” Hefner says of the new site. Get the full story »