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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.
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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.
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BUSINESS
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."
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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.
BUSINESS
May 23, 1990 | BRUCE KEPPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1990 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 25, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2009 | By Jim Tankersley and Alexander C. Hart
Citing e-mails that critics say cast doubt on global warming, congressional Republicans called on the Obama administration Wednesday to suspend efforts to combat climate change until the controversy is resolved. In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, the lawmakers requested that a pending move to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act be halted, along with plans to limit emissions from vehicles, power plants and other sources, "until the agency can demonstrate the science underlying these regulatory decisions has not been compromised."
BUSINESS
October 27, 2009 | David Sarno
To Google or not to Google? That's the $7.25-million question the Los Angeles City Council is expected to answer today as it ponders handing over control of its massive e-mail system to Google Inc. Beyond questions of whether the city would save money, the decision is likely to influence other cities and businesses considering whether to stay with older e-mail programs, such as Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook, or to jump into the future of cloud computing. Nearly six months after city technology officials selected Google's proposal to replace the city's e-mail system (which is from neither Microsoft nor Google)
NATIONAL
August 18, 2009 | Associated Press
After insisting that no one was receiving unsolicited e-mails from the White House, officials reversed themselves Monday night -- but blamed outside political groups for the messages. White House online director Macon Phillips said in a blog posting that independent groups, which he didn't name, had signed up their members to get updates about Obama's projects and priorities. "It has come to our attention that some people may have been subscribed to our e-mail lists without their knowledge -- likely as a result of efforts by outside groups of all political stripes -- and we regret any inconvenience caused by receiving an unexpected message," Phillips wrote.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2009 | Associated Press
An e-mail in which Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III allegedly talks about a drug binge can be used as evidence during his criminal trial, a federal judge ruled. Lawyers for Nicholas, an Orange County and Silicon Valley billionaire, had argued that the 2002 message to his estranged wife was privileged because it was a personal communication. However, U.S. District Judge Cormac J.
BUSINESS
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.
NATIONAL
September 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Hackers broke into the Yahoo e-mail account that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used for official business as governor, revealing as evidence a few inconsequential personal messages she has received since John McCain selected her as his running mate. "This is a shocking invasion of the governor's privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them," the McCain campaign said in a statement.
BUSINESS
November 22, 1990 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
One of the few remaining Internet-free havens vanished Wednesday as American Airlines launched airborne e-mail, Web and other online services on some of its longer nonstop flights. The move could create a new stream of revenue for an aviation industry facing high fuel prices and other challenges. But it also could create new headaches as passengers retrieve sensitive e-mails and websites in confined quarters. It also could end a common excuse people have to avoid checking "urgent" e-mail requests from their bosses.
NATIONAL
July 10, 2008 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
From Rose Mary Woods' tape recordings in the Nixon White House to Karl Rove's e-mails during the Bush administration, congressional investigators and political historians are forever seeking records of White House communications, often against the wishes of the sitting president.
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