Startup Livrada to sell ebook gift cards in U.S. Target stores

In an effort to make ebook gift-giving more spontaneous and fun, Los Angeles-based startup Livrada is partnering with Target to sell gift cards for bestselling ebook titles like “50 Shades of Grey” and “Gone Girl” in the chain’s 1,771 stores nationwide.

Virgin Mobile Boosts Profits With High-End Phones

imagesVirgin Mobile USA (s VM), which recently agreed to be acquired by Sprint (s S) for $483 million in stock, said today its sales for the second quarter were largely unchanged from the same period a year ago, at $290 million. However, its profits nearly quadrupled, to $21.8 million from $5.5 million in the second quarter of 2008. The company’s fortunes rose along with its hybrid cell phone plans, aka its monthly service plans, whose subscribers generate 15 times the value of pay-per-minute customers, according to Virgin CEO Dan Schulman. Read More about Virgin Mobile Boosts Profits With High-End Phones