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October 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Spam is now being served in audio form. The latest in unwanted electronic communication is an MP3 file that began landing in in-boxes around the world last week. It features a spooky, synthesized Darth Vader-sounding female voice touting the over-the-counter stock of Exit Only Inc. "Hello, this is an investor alert!" the halting, at times unintelligible, voice says. Her pitch invokes the growth prospects of Exit Only, a website operator that runs Text4Cars.
October 22, 2007 | Marjorie Miller, Times Staff Writer
Subject: Don't Freak Out. I was halfway across the world, halfway around the clock, when I saw that header on an e-mail from my 14-year-old daughter back home in Los Angeles. Now, I'm a big fan of the Internet. I carry my BlackBerry with me to the supermarket, never mind all the way to India. I have instant messaging and a Facebook page.
October 3, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Google Inc. is sprucing up its corporate e-mail service by adding security tools and more than doubling the storage capacity of e-mail boxes, underscoring the online search leader's ambition to enlarge its role in the business software market. The changes, to be unveiled today, mark Google's first attempt to capitalize on the technology that it picked up in its recently completed $625-million acquisition of e-mail security specialist Postini Inc.
August 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
san francisco --Yahoo Inc. will introduce features today for its popular Web-based e-mail program, including software that allows computer users to type text messages on a keyboard and send them directly to someone's cellphone. The most obvious beneficiaries will be parents, who will be able to use their keyboards to type messages sent to their children's cellphones and avoid thumb-twisting typing on a dial pad, Yahoo Vice President John Kremer said.
August 4, 2007 | Evan Halper, Times Staff writer
Whoops. An attempt by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's staff to show grass-roots GOP support for his call for a quick passage of the state budget backfired this week when an administration e-mail chain was inadvertently shared with the media. The e-mails revealed that a statement backing the governor released under the name of a Republican Party committee member was, for the most part, drafted not by the committee member but by the governor's office.
August 2, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
A special court that has routinely approved eavesdropping operations has put new restrictions on the ability of U.S. spy agencies to intercept e-mails and telephone calls of suspected terrorists overseas, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The previously undisclosed ruling by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has prompted concern among senior intelligence officials and lawmakers that the efforts of U.S.
July 31, 2007 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
BlackBerry customers on T-Mobile USA's network west of the Mississippi River lost e-mail service for nearly two hours Monday afternoon when a component in a router failed. The component handled only BlackBerry e-mails, so other T-Mobile services such as phone calls were unaffected. The e-mail service went out about 4 p.m. Pacific time and was restored by 5:45 p.m., T-Mobile spokesman Peter Dobrow said.
July 25, 2007 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
Can you translate 9687 943357? Probably not, especially if you are over 40 years old. It's the sequence of numbers you press on a cellphone to spell out Your Wheels in a text message. Now imagine doing that while you are at the wheel of a 4,000-pound sport utility vehicle, moving 100 feet per second on a busy urban freeway with a load of teenagers having a hormone-induced gabfest.
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