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August 28, 2013
Re “Glitch shuts down trades on Nasdaq,” Aug. 23 I know I'm being naive, but the Nasdaq glitch reminds me of when the power goes down at my local grocery and the checker can't make change without the electronic register. Technology is wonderful, but you still need the ability to deal with unexpected changes and to make appropriate accommodations. Trading should be able to continue, albeit at a much slower pace. Super-charged computer programs have increased the volume traded, but what are we sacrificing?
April 18, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Andrea Chang
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday and sped through a cloud-covered sky on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station for NASA. The Hawthorne-based rocket manufacturer launched the cargo mission despite a computer glitch aboard the space station and bad weather that threatened to push the liftoff back a day. Promptly at 12:25 p.m. PDT, the rocket fired up its nine engines and launched into orbit, carrying a capsule packed with 5,000 pounds of supplies for the two American, one Japanese and three Russian astronauts aboard the space station.
February 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez and Jessica Guynn
Many users browsing the Web on Thursday afternoon were redirected to a Facebook page with an "error" message giving the impression that the Internet had been knocked out. But the glitch actually only hit those who were using a Web browser for both logging into Facebook and surfing the Internet. When they visited websites that use the social network's Facebook Connect feature, the site suddenly stopped working and loaded up a Facebook page with a message that read "An error occurred.
April 5, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Reginald Clarke is someone Obamacare was designed to help. The 55-year-old, who was homeless for a time, now has an apartment in Gardena and a street-cleaning job that pays him $14,000 a year. He hadn't visited a doctor in four or five years. Then, last fall, his girlfriend told him he would be eligible for Medi-Cal starting Jan. 1. "I was excited. I could go get a physical," he said. "There are a few things I need. " But joy turned to exasperation when Clarke's application, filed in December, was mistakenly rejected - and then seemed to disappear from county and state computer systems.
November 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
If you're having trouble loading up profile and other pages on Facebook on Friday morning, you aren't alone. A glitch appears to have affected several users of the world's most popular social network by leaving them unable to see their profile pages, their friends' or the pages of others whom they follow.  [Update 10:03 a.m., Nov. 8: Facebook said this glitch has now been resolved. "Earlier today, we experienced an issue that prevented some people from loading Timeline or Pages content for a brief period of time," the company said in a statement.
July 9, 2013 | By Jon Healey
This post has been updated, as indicated below. The insurance reforms in the 2010 federal healthcare law (a.k.a. Obamacare) are expected to raise the price of coverage for younger, healthier Americans in order to make it more affordable for older, sicker ones. A computer glitch threatens to make that shift even more pronounced, albeit just for younger people who smoke. The Obama administration confirmed Tuesday that a glitch in its software for evaluating insurance plans will prevent insurers from imposing as big a gap as they may have wanted between the premiums for younger and older smokers.
November 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook encountered a glitch Friday when messages sent through its website stopped working. "This message failed to send. Click to send again," a Facebook error message said in bright red letters when users tried reaching their friends while using the company's desktop website.  Messages appear to still work when sent through the company's apps, but it's unclear what caused the service to stop working on the Facebook website. PHOTOS: Apple's new Mavericks OS X: Top 10 features to check out Earlier this week, Facebook released a new version of its Messenger app for the iPhone, so the problem could be related to that release.
May 11, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
JetBlue Airways blamed a computer glitch for an 18-month-old girl being removed from a plane in Fort Lauderdale , Fla., because the carrier's employees thought she was on the no-fly list. The girl and her parents were removed after the flight bound for Newark, N.J., had boarded, media reports say. In a statement made Thursday, JetBlue said it was looking into the incident that happened Tuesday. It also said its employees "followed appropriate protocols" and included an apology to the family.
August 6, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Flights in and out of Los Angeles International Airport were operating normally Tuesday morning after a computer outage at a online reservation system caused delays worldwide. Airlines at LAX first reported problems in the Sabre reservation system at about 9:30 p.m. Monday. About 17 flights experienced delays of 15 to 45 minutes, according to Nancy Castles, public relations director at LAX. Airlines affected included Frontier, American, American Eagle, JetBlue, Virgin America, Alaska, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, British Airways, WestJet and LAN Fiji Air. Passengers were checked in manually and no flights were canceled, Castles said.
August 2, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
Knight Capital Group, a major brokerage, said it lost $440 million in a trading glitch that rattled the stock market and renewed concerns over computerized trading on Wall Street. The Jersey City, N.J.-based firm said the pre-tax loss left its capital base "severely impacted. " Knight pinned the technology malfunction on newly installed software that sent "numerous erroneous orders" into the stock market on Wednesday. The brokerage said Thursday morning it removed the software from its systems and that none of its clients were affected.
March 12, 2014 | By Amina Khan
NASA's elderly Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter flipped into “safe mode” on Sunday after an unexpected computing glitch caused the spacecraft to switch from its main computer to its backup. The 8-year-old satellite, which left Earth in August 2005 and entered Martian orbit on March 10, 2006, has lived well beyond its primary two-year science phase, so perhaps the occasional "brain fart" is understandable. Tasked with searching for signs that water flowed on Mars for a long period of time, it's been sending Earth detailed information about seasonal and longer-term changes on our rust-hued neighbor . In fact, it has returned more data than all other interplanetary missions combined, according to officials at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, which manages the mission.
March 11, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Enrollment in Obamacare coverage slowed last month in California, hurt by a recent website outage. New federal data show 868,936 Californians signed up for health insurance in the state's exchange through March 1. But that's a modest gain of about 40,000 people since mid-February. More than 100,000 people had picked a health plan during the first two weeks of February, according to the Covered California exchange. The rate of enrollment fell from about 7,000 a day to less than 3,000 a day. California is a key state for the rollout of President Obama's signature law. Full coverage: Obamacare rolls out Covered California attributed much of the drop-off to a five-day outage for its online enrollment system in late February, which frustrated many consumers, enrollment counselors and insurance agents.
February 28, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
California's health insurance exchange said about 14,500 people have to redo their online applications for Obamacare coverage because of a software error. The state's announcement late Friday comes shortly after a five-day outage of the Covered California enrollment website. About 14,500 people who partially completed applications or updated them Feb. 17-19 -- just before the website went down -- have to either start over or resubmit any changes they made, the exchange said.
February 23, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - The young arena worker approached with a raised hand, so I stopped and sighed. I had been in Russia for two weeks. I knew the drill. I was walking somewhere I should not be walking. I spun in my mud-caked hiking boots and began to walk in the other direction. But the worker jumped in front of me again with the same raised hand. It turns out she only wanted to share a high-five. I happily obliged, then slinked away, too embarrassed to tell her it was the first time at these Olympics I had witnessed anything from our hosts resembling spontaneous joy. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi On a practical level, the Sochi Games were nearly perfect.
February 19, 2014 | By Todd Martens
With the title cut of his latest album, country star Eric Church proclaims himself one of "The Outsiders," but he's definitely among the in-crowd now. "The Outsiders" cruises to the No. 1 spot on the U.S. pop charts, having sold 288,000 copies in its first week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That makes it the biggest debut of a young 2013 and Church's second album to hit the top spot on Billboard's charts . His last album, 2011's "Chief," debuted with 145,000 copies sold, according to Billboard.
February 18, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
United Airlines' computer systems shut down briefly Tuesday, delaying takeoffs and frustrating passengers. The system problems that began in the morning represented the latest malfunction for the nation's third-largest carrier since United switched over to the computer systems of merger partner Continental Airlines starting in 2012. In a statement, the airline said: "This morning we experienced intermittent issues with our passenger service computer system, causing some flight delays.
November 22, 2013 | By Jason Wells, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Bay Area rail commuters were left without service Friday morning because of what operators called "major computer issues" that left hundreds of riders stranded in stalled trains. As of 6 a.m., rail commuters were being told to find alternate forms of transportation as the Bay Area Rapid Transit system worked to repair the computer glitch. BART spokesman Jim Allison told KGO-TV that the system-wide delays began shortly after midnight and resulted in between 500 and 1,000 passengers waiting onboard 19 nonmoving trains early Friday morning.
September 11, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
New regulations following Knight Capital Group's nearly fatal computer-trading glitch could make the financial system stronger, the brokerage's chief executive said. “We paid a big price for a better outcome,” Tom Joyce, who is also Knight's chairman, told a Barclays financial services conference in New York. Knight's Aug. 1 trading debacle showed how operational risk, not “regulatory risk,” is the biggest threat facing firms as stock trading has become faster and more computerized, Joyce said.
February 12, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota Motor Corp. launched a massive global recall of its popular Prius hybrid to fix a software glitch that could cause the car to stall, an aggressive reaction to counter past criticism of its slow response to defects, experts said. The Japanese automaker also said it would recall about 260,000 RAV4 sport utility vehicles, Tacoma trucks and Lexus RX350 SUVs sold in the United States to address a separate issue. The recall of the Prius, one of America's best-selling passenger cars and the top-selling vehicle in California, covers 1.9 million hybrids from the 2010 through 2014 model years.
February 7, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher and Ricardo Lopez
SACRAMENTO - California has announced a sweeping overhaul of its troubled Employment Development Department, following months of turmoil that left thousands of Californians struggling to get their unemployment benefits. A top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday ordered the agency to hire hundreds of new workers and pay overtime to staffers to beef up the EDD's woeful customer service. In recent months, jobless workers have found it nearly impossible to reach agents at EDD for assistance after a computer glitch interrupted payments.
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