September 6, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo has released its first ever transparency report , shedding some light on the number of government data requests it receives. The report comes amid damaging disclosures that the National Security Agency can crack the encryption of online traffic - - email, medical records, online shopping and other Web activities - - of the world's biggest Internet companies, including Yahoo. The disclosures in the Guardian, The New York Times and ProPublica were taken from documents from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden and raise a fresh batch of concerns about the security of personal information stored online.
September 5, 2013 |
Hey kids, what are you going to wear to school today? A miniskirt? How short? "Sagging" pants: Is that kosher? What about a do-rag? Fishnet tights? Or hoodies, tattoos, sweat pants, frayed jeans, an Afro puff or, if you're a boy, long locks? How about a breast-cancer-awareness bracelet featuring the word "boobies"? All of these are real examples of fashion choices that schools across the country have recently attempted to restrict. The wrong choice could get you kicked out of class or suspended; and if you want to fight for your right to a hoodie or a short skirt, you and your parents may have to file suit and head for court.
September 1, 2013 |
BEIJING - A powerful Chinese government official who oversees state-owned companies is the latest senior Communist Party official to come under investigation in what appears to be a concerted effort by President Xi Jinping to consolidate his power and push his economic agenda. Jiang Jiemin, 58, is a former head of China National Petroleum Co. who in March became head of the Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, a ministerial level position. A brief report released Sunday to the state media said he was under investigation for "serious disciplinary violations," which is code for corruption.
August 28, 2013 |
Using data from the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope, astronomers have discovered a telltale "flicker" pattern in a distant star's light -- an interstellar Morse code that reveals hidden but crucial information about its mass and volume. Their quick scientific trick, described last week in the journal Nature, could improve estimates of stars' sizes by three times or more -- and thus, improve estimates of exoplanets' sizes as well. Pinning down stellar sizes using starlight is surprisingly difficult.
August 28, 2013 |
Actor Eriq La Salle has sold a classy-looking home in the 90210 ZIP Code for an undisclosed amount. The last listing price was $6.495 million. The Tuscan villa-inspired house, remodeled in 2006, has panoramic skyline views and sits on close to half an acre with a swimming pool, spa and guest house. The 6,000 square feet of living space features wood-beam ceilings, a copper fireplace, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a weight room, floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls, four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.
August 16, 2013 |
That the experience of military leadership offers some useful lessons for leaders in other fields has long been understood. Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" is still read by business leaders and sports coaches, and more recently Norman Dixon's "On the Psychology of Military Incompetence" offers lessons from military failure. The latest crossover book that draws from military experience is author Donovan Campbell's "The Leader's Code: Mission, Character, Service and Getting the Job Done," published by Random House.
August 7, 2013 |
Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Kirk Morrison has bought a home in the 90210 ZIP Code for $1.1 million. The contemporary Mediterranean, built in 2012, features an open floor plan, solar power, multiple decks and balconies, three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,400 square feet of living space. PHOTOS: Grandest pool around? Malibu has it Morrison, 31, started his career with the Oakland Raiders in 2005 and is an unsigned free agent. He is also a sports announcer. Ian L. Brooks of Prudential California Realty was the listing agent.
August 4, 2013 |
One of the final and most prestigious events of the summer begins on Monday, the Area Code Games at Blair Field in Long Beach. Top players from around the country selected by professional scouts will compete. The Milwaukee Brewers team is made up of top players from Southern California. Here's the link to the roster. Jack Flaherty, last season's Division 1 player of the year from Harvard-Westlake, is playing for the Brewers. Games will take place through Saturday.
July 31, 2013 |
Colleagues at our downtown neighbor, the legal newspaper the Daily Journal, were just put on notice to spiff if up. A memo more detailed than a “Project Runway” challenge laid out an employee dress code in dos and don'ts -- mostly don'ts, by far, and most of them directed at women's styles. I can't imagine that any journalist at the Daily Journal ever pranced into the office in a bare midriff, so the reasons for such specifics elude me. The memo was as detailed as a FIDM class on the differences between capris, which are not acceptable, and crop or ankle pants, which are. Spaghetti-strap tops can be worn only with a sweater or jacket.
July 26, 2013 |
Cher is back in the real estate news, this time using her trust to buy a home in the Beverly Crest area for $2,145,355. The two-story country English house, built in 1957, was once owned by another celebrity - actor Ed O'Neill and his wife, Catherine Rusoff. They sold the home in 2007. The gated home features wood-plank floors, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 3,089 square feet of living space. The master suite, which has canyon views, includes two fireplaces. A star architect to celebrities Cher, 67, gained fame as part of the 1960s duo Sonny and Cher.