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November 14, 2012 | By David Horsey
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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BUSINESS
June 13, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2009 | MICHAEL HILTZIK
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Ben Welsh and Robert J. Lopez
A nationally recognized data expert brought in by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to restore confidence in the Fire Department's emergency response times is leaving after less than three months on the job. Jeffrey Godown, who was installed as interim director of statistical analysis in March amid a ballooning controversy over the accuracy of the department's performance data, is leaving Tuesday to take a job at UC San Francisco. He said he planned to continue working as a consultant with the department to improve its data analysis, which he said still suffered from fundamental problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
July 4, 2011 | Reuters
A pullback could be on the table this week for U.S. stocks after their best weekly performance in two years, especially if a raft of data headlined by the June jobs report doesn't bolster the argument of a strengthening economy. Stocks rose for five straight days last week as the fog of the Greek debt crisis appeared to once again be lifted while better-than-anticipated economic numbers, such as Friday's manufacturing data, gave weight to the belief that the U.S. economy was starting to recover from a soft patch.
WORLD
May 12, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
When the government launched a nationwide campaign to register cellphones, millions of Mexicans refused. And thousands of others registered with a familiar name: Felipe Calderon, the country's president. The idea was that the registry would combat rampant telephone extortion rackets and kidnapping attempts. But even with the threat of having their lines disconnected, an estimated 26 million users (about 30% of all holders of cellphones in Mexico) hadn't submitted their names on the eve of the government-set deadline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2010 | By Jason Felch and Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Monday that parents have a right to know if their children's teachers are effective, endorsing the public release of information about how well individual teachers fare at raising their students' test scores. "What's there to hide?" Duncan said in an interview one day after The Times published an analysis of teacher effectiveness in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation's second largest school system. "In education, we've been scared to talk about success.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
The Federal Trade Commission has asked Google Inc. not to destroy any documents related to the data it collected from unsecured wireless networks as it gathered images for its Street View photo-map archive, according to a person familiar with the matter. "We're working with the relevant authorities to answer their questions and concerns," a Google official said. Citing legal issues, Google said it has not complied with a request from Germany to turn over Internet data and e-mails it collected from the networks as its roving Street View cars collected images.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
As housing prices soared, Bill McBride sensed a lie. In 2005, the retired technology executive saw signs of the bubble everywhere. He chatted up a woman at his gym who had bought a home priced at 10 times her annual income. He heard "spiky-haired" young mortgage peddlers preaching that "any equity in your home is dead money. " And he read the data: How could homeownership hit record highs as household incomes stagnated? McBride founded his finance blog, Calculated Risk, to warn the world about a looming housing market collapse.
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