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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2008 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
UCLA's neuropsychiatric hospital has banned all cellphones and laptop computers after a patient posted group photos of other patients on a social networking website, officials confirmed Monday. Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, said in a statement that the decision was part of "UCLA Health System's ongoing efforts to enhance patient privacy and confidentiality in compliance with California's patient rights law."
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BUSINESS
February 20, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
If you've got an appetite for talking on mobile phones, major cellphone companies are ready to give you all you can eat. Three of the nation's largest mobile phone carriers said Tuesday that they would offer unlimited domestic calling for a flat $100 a month, raising the possibility of a price war and the likelihood that customers finally might be able to understand their bills. Verizon Wireless was the first to announce the new option early Tuesday, followed quickly by AT&T Inc.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Viacom Inc.'s Paramount studio is starting a unit for delivering entertainment on mobile devices. Paramount said it had appointed executives to head the unit in North America, Asia and Europe.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Qualcomm Inc. overtook Texas Instruments Inc. to become the largest maker of chips for mobile phones last year as customers used more of its semiconductors for devices that surf the Web and download videos. Sales of Qualcomm phone chips rose to $5.5 billion in 2007, compared with about $5 billion for Texas Instruments, which had dominated the market since the 1990s, said Will Strauss, an analyst at Forward Concepts Co. in Tempe, Ariz.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2008 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
The purse may be the consummate accessory in New York, but in Los Angeles, where Hollywood deals are sealed while navigating traffic on the Santa Monica Freeway, the cellphone is the ultimate status symbol. Here are some that really get the cash register ringing. $28,000 to $171,550 GoldVish Illusion. For the jewelry lover who has everything, this diamond-encrusted phone comes in a solid 18-karat casing in yellow, rose or white gold with crocodile leather inlays available in 12 colors.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2008 | From Blooomberg News
Apple Inc. may unveil a version of the iPhone for Canada as early as today, but China Mobile said Monday that talks over the launch of iPhone handsets in China had been called off. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs may make the announcement about the iPhone for Canada during his speech at the Macworld conference in San Francisco, said RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky. Apple probably will outline an agreement with Rogers Communications Inc.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Google Inc. added buttons to its home page for Apple Inc.'s iPhone so users can check e-mail, view their calendars and track blogs on a single site. The tabs appear at the top of Google's page where iPhone users go to search the Web. Previously, users had to go through more steps to switch between applications. Mountain View, Calif.-based Google is using the popularity of the iPhone and competing mobile devices to lure advertisers.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Internet search leader Google Inc. is testing technology that will locate users of its mobile mapping service, even if the phone making the connection isn't equipped with a GPS receiver. The tracking feature, introduced Wednesday, is being touted as an added convenience because it will enable people on the go to skip the task of typing a starting address on a mobile handset's small keys when they turn to Google's maps for guidance.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2007 | DAVID LAZARUS
First people were allowed to take their phone numbers with them whenever they switched wireless providers. Now, Verizon Wireless is handing consumers greater clout by allowing them to use their own handsets, not just Verizon's, on the carrier's network. The surprise announcement Tuesday could force other wireless companies to follow suit, which in turn would spur carriers to compete more aggressively on pricing and service. This could lead to cheaper and more feature-packed cellphones.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A rogue cellphone is not accepting calls, but it sure likes to dial 911 operators in eastern Iowa. Operators at the Black Hawk County Consolidated Communications Center said they received about 400 calls from the same cellphone last week and no one seems to be on the other end. Officials can't locate the phone but have figured out that it is an old type not currently associated with a cellphone provider.
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