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Best Buy to Offer Video-Sharing Service

BY CSA STAFF

Minneapolis, Best Buy announced Tuesday that it would begin an online-based video-sharing service for home movies and videos. The service allows customers to store and share home movies and videos online.

The subscription-based service will allow users to upload personal videos for sharing on Web sites and blogs or send in an e-mail. The service was created in partnership with Mydeo, which provides streaming-video hosting for home and business users. Best Buy will take a minority stake in Mydeo, but terms were undisclosed.

Plans start at $6.97 for 100 minutes of video hosting and video lengths up to 30 minutes each.

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Event experts bring exclusive line to HSN

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NEW YORK HSN today announced that it will be the exclusive retailer of a new lifestyle line from celebrity event planners Lara Shriftman and Elizabeth Harrison.

The Party Confidential Collection, which will be available on HSN in November, features candles, crystal candlesticks, glasses, decanters, barware, stainless steel serving trays and white porcelain platters. The collection also includes guides to help create the ideal cocktail party: the Party Confidential book, Fete Accompli and Fete Accompli workbook.

“Lara and Elizabeth are the force behind some of Hollywood’s best parties,” said Mindy Grossman, ceo of IAC Retailing. “Their distinctive style and voice is reflected in The Party Confidential Collection and we’re thrilled to share that with our customers.”

The items in the collection are priced under $100.00.

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Gap Inc. investigates child labor claims

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SAN FRANCISCO Gap Inc. Sunday responded to media reports on the use of child labor in an unauthorized facility, that was responsible for a single product for Gap.

According to the company, last week it learned of an allegation of child labor at a facility in India that was working on one product for GapKids. An investigation was immediately launched. The company noted that a very small portion of a particular order placed with one of its vendors was apparently subcontracted to an unauthorized subcontractor without the companys knowledge or approval. Gap Inc. added that was in direct violation of the companys agreement with the vendor under its Code of Vendor Conduct.

We strictly prohibit the use of child labor. This is a non-negotiable for us and we are deeply concerned and upset by this allegation. As weve demonstrated in the past, Gap has a history of addressing challenges like this head-on, and our approach to this situation will be no exception,” said Marka Hansen, president of Gap North America.

Hansen added that in 2006 Gap Inc. ended business deals with 23 factories due to code violations.

As soon as we were alerted to this situation, we stopped the work order and prevented the product from being sold in stores. While violations of our strict prohibition on child labor in factories that produce product for the company are extremely rare, we have called an urgent meeting with our suppliers in the region to reinforce our policies,” Hansen said.

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