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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2010 | By Rich Connell, Los Angeles Times
The mayor of Anaheim was irate. Planners at the California High-Speed Rail Authority were suggesting that local officials consider moving a proposed multimillion-dollar transportation mega hub to the other side of a freeway so it would be easier to connect tracks for a bullet train. "This borders on complete incompetence," Mayor Curt Pringle fumed in a message to the state agency's top executive. "I am very angry.... I am NOT KIDDING!" On one level, the outburst wasn't surprising.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2010 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
Costa Mesa Police Chief Chris Shawkey and Capt. Ron Smith have been placed on administrative leave, City Manager Allan Roeder has announced in an e-mail to police personnel Capt. Les Gogerty, who has been with the department since 1985, will serve as interim commander. "Police Department personnel, please be advised, as of this date Chief Shawkey and Captain Smith are on leave," Roeder wrote in an e-mail Thursday. "As this involves potential personnel matters, I would respectfully ask that you not speculate nor discuss this matter out of respect for these two individuals and the professional integrity of the Costa Mesa Police Department.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2010 | David Lazarus
It's called the "emergency scam" because its victims are typically asked to wire money to assist some friend or family member in trouble. This month, the Arcadia Police Department issued a warning that local seniors have been receiving calls from someone claiming to be a relative who needs bail money to get out of the slammer. The calls, needless to say, are bogus. But more often than not, the emergency scam is perpetrated online, usually after someone's e-mail or Facebook account has been hacked.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
In a bold challenge to its rivals, Facebook Inc. is launching a new messaging service for its more than half a billion users, setting off a battle that could shape the future of communication on the Internet. Facebook Messages will meld the three major forms of communication ? e-mail, instant messages and text messages ? so that users can manage all their communications through a single inbox on their personal computer or mobile device. The common gateway will be an "@facebook.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2010 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department has temporarily dropped efforts to adopt a new e-mail system run by Google Inc. after it ran up against federal security requirements for storing law enforcement records, city officials said Tuesday. The new federal requirements, which the city and Google said they found out about in August, could delay implementing the system in the department by at least a year, city technology officials said. The latest wrinkle is a setback for Google's efforts to cut into Microsoft Corp.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2010 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc., pushing to expand its e-mail and cloud computing business, took the federal government to court to change a bidding process that it said stacks the deck in favor of rival Microsoft Corp. Google, which has been battling Microsoft across the country to gain a foothold in the $20-billion office software market, sued the U.S. Department of the Interior for allegedly excluding Google's bid to provide its e-mail system for the agency's 88,000 employees. According to the lawsuit, the department specified that it would consider only systems that used Microsoft's business e-mail software, a limitation Google called "unduly restrictive of competition.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Looking to get people to spend more time on its website, Yahoo has redesigned its free e-mail service, calling it the biggest overhaul in five years. Yahoo says the new version that began rolling out Wednesday will run twice as fast and include several new features. One of those features is the ability to connect e-mail accounts to Twitter, making it possible to see new Twitter updates and to post to Twitter directly from e-mail. Yahoo already has that feature with Facebook.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2010 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Microsoft Corp. has won a series of high-profile contracts to provide e-mail services to government workers in three states, giving it a major boost in its ongoing battle with technology rival Google Inc. The Redmond, Wash., software giant won contracts last week in California and New York that would cover hundreds of thousands of state and city employees. Two weeks earlier, Microsoft secured a similar deal with Minnesota. The tech titans are fighting over an estimated $20-billion market to provide e-mail and office software to governments, businesses and consumers.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2010 | Kathy M. Kristof, Personal Finance
Could bad cellphone and online habits be damaging your ability to get a job or a promotion? From e-mail to what the Web says about you, there are more ways to make career mistakes than ever, experts say. And in today's persistently tight job market, there's little room for error. Social networking Facebook is the biggest Achilles' heel of many young job applicants, said job coach Jodi Schneider, who is also editor of the DC Works website . That's because recent graduates have spent years posting party photos, never thinking that the revealing costumes, hangover comments and photos of "Medical marijuana sold here" signs could raise red flags for potential employers.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2010 | By Phil Rosenthal
Tribune Co. Chief Innovation Officer Lee Abrams, who earlier this week sent a companywide e-mail that contained content deemed inappropriate for the workplace, resigned Friday. The e-mail, the latest in a series of free-form jottings Abrams sent weekly to company employees in an effort to inspire a rethinking of print and broadcast conventions, included links to satirical video parodies of newscasts. One, which included profanity and nudity, he labeled "Sluts. " Tribune Chief Executive Randy Michaels, whose leadership of the company had been characterized as fostering a sexist "frat house" atmosphere by the New York Times just one week earlier, had placed Abrams on indefinite unpaid suspension on Wednesday, pending review.
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