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September 13, 2013 |
A Superior Court judge Friday refused to grant the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission an emergency order demanding The Times and others surrender internal emails about its behind-the-scenes efforts to give USC control of the stadium. In the emails, commission officials discuss such topics as limiting public debate of a proposed USC lease of the taxpayer-owned Coliseum and excluding state officials from closed-door talks on the deal. The documents also show the panel's then-president and its top administrator tallying the commission's expected vote on the lease terms weeks before they were made public.
September 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers at a House Oversight Committee hearing Tuesday accused Obama administration officials of attempting to bypass transparency and record-keeping laws by using personal email accounts and email aliases to conduct official government business. Several officials, including former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, testified that they were following standard agency practices or had made errors based on a lack of training in records retention.
August 27, 2013 |
Melbourne IT, an Australian firm that allows website owners to buy addresses such as latimes.com, said the downtime suffered by the New York Times website Tuesday began when hackers gained access to the user name and password of one of the company's sales partners. Using those reseller's credentials, hackers changed the records that tell computers around the world from where to download web pages when someone types NYTimes.com into an Internet browser. [Updated, 8:27 a.m. Aug. 28: The U.S.-based sales partner's credentials ended up in the hackers' hands after a targeted phishing attack was directed at the firm's staff, Melbourne IT Chief Technology Officer Bruce Tonkin said early Wednesday.
August 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency improperly collected the emails of tens of thousands of Americans for three years before acknowledging the problem in 2011 and bringing it to the attention of the secret intelligence court, which ordered the program overhauled. Officials disclosed the history of that unlawful surveillance Wednesday, releasing three partially redacted opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that detailed the judges' concerns about how the NSA had been siphoning data from the Internet in an effort to collect foreign intelligence.
August 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency collected the emails of tens of thousands of Americans for three years before acknowledging the problem in 2011 and bringing it to the attention of the secret intelligence court, which ordered the program overhauled. Officials disclosed the history of that unlawful surveillance Wednesday, releasing three partially redacted opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which detailed the concerns judges had about how the NSA had been siphoning data from the Internet in an effort to collect foreign intelligence.
August 15, 2013 |
How many times will Google have to defend Gmail's business model? This week, longtime Google critic Consumer Watchdog sparked a new outcry about Gmail privacy by highlighting a lawyerly argument the company made in a motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit. The complaint, brought by four Gmail users and five other plaintiffs who have sent emails to Gmail accounts, accuses Google of violating various federal and state communications privacy laws. The company's offense? Scanning incoming email messages for keywords in order to serve advertisements that might be relevant to the mail recipient.
August 15, 2013 |
Talkler, an app that, once upon a time, could read aloud only email from Gmail, can now read most email and record replies, thanks to a recent update. The update allows Talkler to access most email services including iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft Exchange and Gmail. “You can TapAnywhere on Talkler's teleprompter-style screen to pause/play, skip, delete. Or say 'Hey, Talkler' - it's always listening,” says Jeffrey Korn, founder and chief executive of Talkler. Vocal commands , touch taps and swipes, etc. are detailed under Talkler Tips onboard the app. “Most of the improvements came from user requests,” Korn says.
August 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Silicon Valley may be best-known for its consumer technology companies. But software is definitely not just for consumers anymore. The latest entrant: Slack, a flashy new service that makes it easier for co-workers to communicate and collaborate from Stewart Butterfield, founder of a startup in Vancouver, Canada, called Tiny Speck. Companies selling software to businesses are in the midst of a renaissance here. Designers who grew up on the Web have touched off a wave of innovation, rejecting clunky software in favor of stylish, simple tools that mimic the familiar templates of Facebook and Google.
August 12, 2013 |
Ever stopped to wonder how many other people might have just Liked a post on Facebook, searched for something on Google or tweeted at the same time as you? There's a website that purportedly shows you what that looks like. One Second on the Internet is a website that visually demonstrates just how busy the Internet may be every single second. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on The site starts by showing that every second a little fewer than 200 votes are cast on Reddit, but as users scroll down, Internet activity becomes far more expansive.
July 26, 2013 |
Asked in a survey to distinguish malicious emails from legitimate ones, nearly everyone in a group of 53 undergraduates failed. The results from a new study by researchers at North Carolina State University found most people are overconfident in their ability to spot phishing attacks directed at them. “Everyone's susceptible,” said psychology professor Christopher Mayhorn , one of the study's authors. “But there's relationships that make some people more susceptible.” PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 Before taking the test, 89% of the group had said they were “confident" in their ability to tell the difference between an authentic email and one sent by a scammer.