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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1995
A man was arrested Thursday after sheriff's deputies raided his home and seized 15 illegally cloned cellular telephones and the laptop computer used to program them, officials said. Patrick Ray, 21, was taken into custody without incident at his apartment in the 600 block of Bonita Avenue and was being held on $25,000 bail, the deputies said. Ray may be responsible for cellular phone company losses of "close to a million dollars," Sgt. Steve Biagini of the sheriff's Temple City station said.
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BUSINESS
January 20, 2010 | David Sarno
Google Inc. said Tuesday that the launch of two new mobile phones in China has been delayed, a move that showed the company's clash with Beijing is crimping more than just its search business. Google-powered handsets from Motorola Corp. and Samsung were scheduled to be unveiled today from China Unicom, one of the Asian nation's largest telecommunications providers. Google said last week that it might shut down its search engine in China in the wake of a sophisticated cyber attack originating in China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from the company's servers, as well as the targeting of human rights activists' e-mail accounts.
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BUSINESS
December 11, 1990 | From Associated Press
GM Hughes Electronics has developed technology it says will increase the capacity of cellular phone systems fifteen-fold--a boon to overcrowded systems in cities such as New York and Los Angeles. The entrance of the General Motors Corp. subsidiary into the race for the next-generation cellular technology appears promising, but it will only increase an industry battle over which system eventually will be used, industry analysts said. The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Assn.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
A new nonprofit group dedicated to discouraging people from using cellphones while driving says it will model itself on Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the organization that has been so successful in raising awareness about the dangers of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Called FocusDriven and sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the organization has several members who have lost loved ones in traffic collisions involving drivers who were distracted by their mobile phones.
NEWS
January 1, 1989 | DAN BIERS, Associated Press
The rage of Hong Kong these days is easy to spot. Just look for the tiny antennas, the telltale sign of the portable telephones so many people are carrying wherever they go. Despite price tags of $2,000 or more, the hand-held telephones have become a huge hit in this British colony, where doing business is a 24-hour preoccupation and new status symbols are always in demand. Downtown streets are filled with professionals ready for business, with the cellular phones tucked under their arms or stuffed, antenna-up, into briefcases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1987 | TRACY THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
Demand for cellular telephones has grown rapidly since their introduction four years ago--the number of cellular users nationally has now surpassed the 1-million mark. There are now two companies serving Southern California--PacTel Cellular and Los Angeles Cellular. PacTel's system, covering Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, is the nation's largest in terms of the number of cell sites, covering more than 9,200 square miles.
BUSINESS
May 4, 1994 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Odetics Inc. announced new technology Tuesday that can send video images over cellular telephones, opening the way for new uses of the long-distance video technology in markets such as remote monitoring and security. The Anaheim company said the video communications technology can transmit black-and-white or color images of a scene from a security camera to a monitor elsewhere. "Odetics will not live or die on the success of this technology," said David Lewis, an Odetics vice president.
BUSINESS
March 13, 1990 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When comic strip hero Dick Tracy needed to call the police chief, he never bothered rifling through his pockets for loose change. The famous detective simply pushed a few buttons on his two-way wrist radio and, voila , he had headquarters on the line. The comic strip's creators could not have known just how sophisticated telephone communications would become in the 1990s.
BUSINESS
June 26, 1990 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taking global telecommunications a giant step forward, Motorola Inc. is expected to unveil plans today for a $2-billion network of orbiting satellites to provide cellular telephone service to remote stretches of the planet.
BUSINESS
June 8, 1990
Motorola Inc. has signed a $5-million contract to provide cellular telephones toHungary. Motorola said the deal makes it the first company to supply mobile phones in EasternEurope.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn
In an ambitious bid to expand its reach even to consumers on the go, Google Inc. on Tuesday unveiled the widely anticipated Nexus One smart phone as it launched a bold new business model that could shake up the mobile phone industry. The Internet giant began selling the phone -- manufactured to its specifications by a Taiwanese firm -- directly to consumers through its website rather than through retail outlets and service providers. Although initially available only with T-Mobile service, the phone could eventually be used on other networks, including Verizon Wireless and Vodafone Group in Europe.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2009 | By David Sarno
IPhone users guilty of hogging data could see their phone bills fattening. In a presentation to investors Wednesday, AT&T's head of consumer services, Ralph de la Vega, said that just 3% of iPhone users generate 40% of the data traffic on AT&T's cellphone network. As such AT&T, the exclusive carrier of the iPhone, is likely to introduce a pricing system that would penalize heavy data users, encouraging them "to either reduce or modify their usage so they don't crowd out the other customers in those same cell sites," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
State prison officials have confiscated 4,130 contraband cellphones this year, more than all those seized in the previous three years combined, according to an internal report released Thursday. The findings sparked concern among legislators that the proliferation of cellphones in state lockups is a growing security problem. More than 100 illegal phones were discovered at the California Institution for Men in Chino, including 10 in August, according to the report from Matthew Cate, head of the state prisons system.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2009 | Alex Pham and David Sarno
A thirst among shoppers for stylish cellphones that can do more than make calls and take grainy snapshots has helped Apple Inc. ring up sales of more than 1 million units of its high-end iPhone 3G S just three days after the device went on sale, the company reported Monday. "Even with a down economy, food, shelter, clothing and now smart phones are becoming an essential part of people's lives," quipped Ken Dulaney, an analyst at Gartner Inc.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
The Internal Revenue Service had a moment of clarity Tuesday and backed off from its plan to crack down on personal use of office cellphones -- sort of. Just last week, the agency stirred up a hornets' nest of bad publicity by announcing it would ramp up enforcement of a long-standing -- and largely ignored -- federal law requiring that personal calls made on company cellphones be taxed as income.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2009 | Bloomberg News
The Internal Revenue Service could make it easier for employers to give workers cellphones by simplifying its record-keeping rules. The agency said this week that it was considering adopting one of three methods that would relieve employers of some record-keeping requirements that have been in place since 1989. Phone companies have been urging the IRS to relax the rules for years, saying they are too burdensome.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1999 | Jason Kandel, (714) 564-1038
The Police Department gave 30 city letter carriers cellular telephones this week as part of a partnership between the department and the U.S. Postal Service. The phones are programmed with an emergency number; if a letter carrier notices a crime in progress, he or she is to call that number and police will be dispatched. Each letter carrier received training from police on spotting potential crimes.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2009 | David Colker and Michelle Maltais
Ladies and gentlemen, weighing in at 4.79 ounces, is the new contender for Coolest Phone in the Universe -- the Palm Pre. Can the Pre, which goes on sale today, beat the 4.78-ounce reigning champion, the Apple iPhone? Here's a comparison of the two phones' major features: -- Price Both phones have a basic cost of $199, but the Pre requires a payment of $299 upfront with a $100 mail-in rebate. Winner: Tie, as long as you don't mind waiting for the Palm rebate.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2009 | Associated Press
The head of the Boston-area transit authority said Saturday that he would ban all train and bus operators from even carrying cellphones on board after a trolley driver told police that he was texting his girlfriend before a collision Friday. About 50 people were hurt in the underground crash in downtown Boston, though none of the injuries was life-threatening.
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