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March 6, 1991 | WALTER ULRICH, WALTER E. ULRICH is manager of the Los Angeles office of Arthur D. Little Inc., the international management and technology consulting firm
Once the province of the technologically elite, electronic communications are now proliferating throughout the work force, but the expectations of companies and their employees about privacy are sometimes divergent. A local example underscores the potential problem. Three employees of Epson America in Torrance filed a suit against the company for violating their privacy rights with regard to electronic mail. (One plaintiff's allegation has since been dismissed.
January 20, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- Pope Benedict XVI sent his first tweet in Latin on Sunday, backed by experts who argue that the dead language is ideal for the 21st-century medium of Twitter. In his debut Latin tweet, the pontiff said God asked believers to "orare semper, iustitiam factitare, amare probitatem, humiles Secum ambulare," which translates to "pray constantly, do justice, love goodness and walk humbly with Him," a passage from the Book of Micah. According to Benedict's welcome message on his Latin Twitter account at @Pontifex_ln, "Twitter" in Latin is "Pagina publica breviloquentis," or "Concise, public page.
October 7, 1986 | MICHAEL SCHRAGE, The Washington Post
"As to ZapMail," Federal Express Chairman Frederick W. Smith told an interviewer in the current issue of Inc. magazine, "as best I can tell at the moment, there's no question it is going to work. We know we're headed in the right direction in terms of the market. The basic numbers are headed in the right direction. It's now just a matter of when."
March 8, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County spent $390,000 last year to send a million pieces of mail, essentially to itself. Much of it was then sorted by workers and, after awhile, sent to the shredder. County supervisors this week called it a cumbersome and costly exercise in futility, born of a federal requirement that the county send letters to the 1 million or so residents who receive food stamps. Because tens of thousands of those recipients are homeless, however, there are few places to send their mail.
The proliferation of electronic communications--from telephone voicemail to facsimile machines to computer messages--is raising new questions of privacy that are leading to a growing number of legal disputes. Earlier this year, the mayor of Colorado Springs, Colo., acknowledged that he routinely read electronic messages that city council members sent one another on city-bought computer terminals installed in their homes.
March 3, 1985
The otherwise excellent article, "Electronic Mail: A Revolutionary Courier Aims to Become Routine" (Feb. 24), did contain one error. The article stated it is not possible for a subscriber to one service to send mail to a subscriber on another service. Since I am sending this letter via MCI and The Times is receiving it on Western Union, this statement was obviously untrue. Yes, it can be done in the other direction (Western Union to MCI) too. JULES T. WILLIAMS Silverado, Calif.
May 4, 1987 | Lawrence J. Magid, Lawrence J. Magid is senior analyst at Seybold Group, a computer consulting and publication firm
I've been a regular user of MCI's electronic mail service for several years. But new software for both the IBM PC and the Apple Macintosh make the service easier to use, more enjoyable and more powerful. MCI Mail, which claims to have about 100,000 subscribers, calls itself the nation's new postal service. It can transmit instant electronic messages between subscribers or "paper mail" to almost anyone in the world. It can also be used to send and receive telex messages.
March 29, 1995 | DANIEL AKST
America no longer needs a good five-cent cigar. These days, where would you smoke it? No, what America needs now is a good, cheap electronic mail address. While we're at it, how about an easy-to-use interface and a sensible way to keep track of incoming e-mail? MCI Communications thinks it has the answer, and after trying out their new Friends & Family Mail, I'm convinced that they certainly have an answer for many users across the spectrum of experience.
Some users of the Prodigy electronic communication service are responding to its price-increase plans with a brief message: "Boycott." The protesters--angered because Prodigy last week announced that it would soon begin to charge subscribers for using its electronic mail service--are asking other subscribers to abstain from purchasing products promoted through advertisements on the service.
A year after going "on line" with an innovative public computer network, Santa Monica's PEN system is functioning as a 24-hour electronic town hall meeting, as well as a sort of free party line that allows people to eavesdrop on others' conversations. While one group may be electronically debating the merits of a proposal to build a public shower and locker facility for the homeless, another group is chatting away about the shortage of available and compatible company of the opposite sex.
November 14, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Menn is a Times staff writer.
Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates' 2004 proclamation that the spam problem would be solved within two years has proved a bitter joke, with unsolicited messages doubling yearly to make up about 90% of mail transmitted on the Internet. But this week, the tide turned. The number of unwanted, offensive and misleading e-mails sent across the globe plummeted by about two-thirds, to a mere 60 billion or so a day by Thursday, according to spam filtering companies.
June 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge ruled that a White House office does not have to make public its records about millions of possibly missing e-mails. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said the Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The ruling enables the White House to maintain the privacy of an internal paper trail about its problem-plagued e-mail system. The suit was filed against the administration by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a private group that has been trying for more than a year to find out the extent of the e-mail problems.
June 11, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Cyber-crime pays. But selling counterfeit drugs apparently pays better. Some of the world's most prolific spammers used to tout products for a few pennies per million e-mails or con consumers into forking over credit card information. But these groups have found that the most profit and growth potential lies in actually shipping the fake Viagra and other products they're hawking, according to a study scheduled for release today by a top security researcher.
May 25, 2008 | David Colker
The pitch: The Internal Revenue Service wants to see you in court! The scam: A recent round of e-mails carrying the official seal of the U.S. Tax Court was received by many, judging from the high volume of calls received by the court in Washington. Using the subject line "US Tax Petition," it said the commissioner of Internal Revenue was suing the recipient (named in the document) for a "deficiency" in taxes. The e-mail included a docket number and a hyperlink to click for more information.
January 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A judge ruled that a man accused of infecting his ex-wife with the AIDS virus will have to disclose his sexual orientation in an upcoming civil trial. Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled Thursday that attorneys representing the man's ex-wife can use his e-mails as evidence of his "rampant, high-risk," secret homosexual lifestyle. The former couple married in July 2000 and divorced in October 2003. Both were diagnosed with HIV in October 2000. Both blame the other for their conditions.
January 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Charter Communications Inc. executives believe a software error during routine maintenance caused the company to delete the contents of 14,000 customer e-mail accounts. There is no way to retrieve the messages, photos and other attachments that were erased from in-boxes and archive folders across the nation Monday, said Anita Lamont, a spokeswoman for the suburban St. Louis company.
Prodigy Services Co., an electronic computer service, said Wednesday that it has offered to reinstate a group of a dozen subscribers, including several in Orange County, whose services were cut off after they protested the company's new policy of charging fees for electronic mail. Brian Ek, spokesman for the White Plains, N.Y.-based joint venture by International Business Machines Corp. and Sears, Roebuck & Co.
December 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Employers can prohibit workers from using the office e- mail system for union activ- ities, so long as they prohibit solicitations from any out- side organization, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled. The board said its 3-2 decision sets a new standard that allows employers to prohibit union activity through the company's e-mail system while at the same time permitting office chitchat and personal messages.
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