The NBCUniversal Cable Group is now the full owner of PBS Kids Sprout, after it assumed the shares controlled by PBS and HIT Television Ventures. NBCU, which has managed the network for the past two years, bought out another partner, Sesame Workshop, in December. The network will now be called Sprout but will retain its licenses to programming such as "Sesame Street," "Caillou" and "Barney."
Amazon, 7-Eleven and about 30 other retailers that opted out of a swipe-fee settlement with Visa and MasterCard have filed a lawsuit against the credit card companies in federal court. "Once Visa and MasterCard acquired substantial market power over merchants, they maintained it by forcing merchants to pay even higher interchange fees to continue to fund these price-fixing schemes," according to the retailers' complaint.
Amazon will close fashion website Endless.com next week and merge content into the main site's apparel and accessories section, which was upgraded. Two other Amazon-owned fashion sites, Zappos and Shopbop, will remain as separate brands.