March 14, 2011 |
AT&T Inc. confirmed that starting May 2 it will impose a monthly data cap of 150 gigabytes on users of its DSL broadband service. Subscribers to its U-Verse service get 250 gigabytes a month. Consumers who go over this limit three times will be charged $10 for every 50 additional gigabytes of usage. The new data caps represent the latest move by an industry grappling with unabated and significant increases in bandwidth usage, fueled by online video consumption. According to the latest data from the Nielsen Co., U.S. viewers spent nearly 45% more time watching online videos in January than in the same month a year earlier.
September 7, 2011 |
On Sept. 9, 1965, I was lucky enough to watch the perfect game Sandy Koufax pitched at Dodger Stadium. Some say this was the greatest baseball game ever played — the most perfect of perfect games. Koufax pulled it off with the most strikeouts of any perfect game (14), and with the least run support. The victorious Dodgers scored their lone run without a hit, and most of the game looked to be a freakish double no-hitter, as the Cubs' Bob Hendley also pitched the game of his career. For all of us watching that day, including my Little League teammates and our fathers, we came as close as we're likely to get to seeing perfection unfold.
July 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Great Recession wasn't quite as bad as previously thought and the recovery since 2009 has been a bit stronger, according to a periodic data recalculation designed to better reflect the economic impact of movies, TV shows and other intellectual property. The economy contracted an at average annual rate of 2.9% during the recession, which ran from the fourth quarter of 2007 through the second quarter of 2009, compared to the previous estimate of a 3.2% contraction, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.
March 31, 2012 |
The National Science Foundation has awarded $10 million to UC Berkeley for the purpose of advancing "big data" research and technologies. The grant was part of a larger initiative by the Obama administration that allocated $200 million around the country to big data technology Thursday. The Berkeley funds will go toward the university's Algorithms, Machines and People Expedition, which is already conducting several projects tackling...
February 1, 2010 |
William Holmes was at his desk at a downtown San Francisco engineering firm when a message from the U.S. Geological Survey flashed onto his computer screen: A magnitude 7.0 earthquake had struck 10 miles from the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Within minutes, Holmes was making plans for a team of geotechnical engineers, architects and seismic design experts to scour Haiti's devastated landscape and collect data to be analyzed in laboratories back home. Theirs will be a humanitarian mission in the broadest sense.
June 13, 2012 |
Data broker Spokeo Inc. will pay $800,000 to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit that alleged the Pasadena company illegally sold personal information. Spokeo collects and aggregates data such as home addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers from public records and social media sites. It compiles that information into profiles, which it sells to subscribers. The FTC's statement on the settlement said the company sold data to businesses "in the human resources, background screening and recruiting industries" in violation of the law. Until 2010, Spokeo marketed its services to employers and recruiters.
November 14, 2012 |
After what the Obama campaign accomplished with a backroom filled with 20-something math geeks, American presidential politics will never be the same. For decades, candidates have put their faith in political consultants whose gut instincts, ability to read polls and track records of victories made them look like magicians with an astounding array of tricks up their sleeves. Mitt Romney had one such man at his side throughout the 2012 campaign, a guy named Stuart Stevens who could claim to have helped elect more Republican governors and senators than any contemporary media consultant.
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November 29, 2012 |
Federal officials have opened a criminal investigation to determine whether confidential information was obtained illegally on hundreds of patients who rode in Los Angeles Fire Department ambulances, a high-level city lawyer said Wednesday. The Fire Department has begun informing past patients that personal records, including Social Security numbers and birth dates, were accessed "deliberately and maliciously" by an employee of the company that provides ambulance billing services to the city.
September 17, 2009 |
Pity the medically uninsured in America. As if they don't already have enough to worry about, now they've become a political football. Opponents and supporters of healthcare reform toss assertions about them back and forth. Their number is debated -- are they 46 million people? 30 million? Eight million? Their motivations for not having health coverage are questioned: Are they "young invincibles" who think they're too healthy to need it? Too rich to need it? Or just cheapskates?
June 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The federal government has amassed a database for at least seven years containing details on virtually every telephone call made within the United States or between this country and telephones abroad, officials said Thursday, providing the first glimpse of a vast secret domestic surveillance operation. The data collected include the phone numbers involved, the time, date and duration of calls and the route a call takes through telephone networks. Officials emphasized that the effort did not include listening to conversations.