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BUSINESS
December 31, 2003 | From Reuters
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by America Online Inc. against a group of Florida computer technicians that AOL said had helped deliver spam e-mails, lawyers for the technicians said. Albo & Oblon, the firm representing the technicians, said U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton dismissed the suit, filed in Virginia, last week. The firm said the judge found that Virginia courts did not have jurisdiction over the Florida-based defendants, even though AOL, a unit of Time Warner Inc., does business in Virginia and the e-mails were directed there.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2009 | Veronique de Turenne, De Turenne is a Los Angeles writer and blogger.
Is anyone still unclear on the concept of the blog? Self-publishing on the Internet is the short answer, with millions of bloggers creating endless variations on the theme. There's the news blog, the politics blog, the travel blog, photo blogs, family blogs, humor blogs and, a natural for the form, the personal journal. That's what Katie Kampenfelt is writing when we meet her in the opening pages of Allison Burnett's canny third novel, "Undiscovered Gyrl." Katie's enough of a techie to have been enrolled in computer camp the summer before high school, but already so troubled by her parents' divorce that she wound up in a psych ward instead.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2010
AT&T is dropping its $30-a-month unlimited data plan as of Monday and replacing it with a two-tier pricing system for new customers. Current AT&T customers with unlimited data plans can stick with them. Here are AT&T's estimates for how much a user will get out of the data allotments in the new plans. The amount can vary greatly, however. For example, one e-mail with five high-resolution photo attachments could use up 5% of the monthly allotment on the DataPlus plan.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Virginia Supreme Court declared the state's anti-spam law unconstitutional Friday and reversed the conviction of a man once considered one of the world's most prolific spammers. The court unanimously agreed with Jeremy Jaynes' argument that the law violated the free-speech protections of the 1st Amendment because it does not restrict only commercial e-mails. Most other states have anti-spam laws, and there is a federal spam law as well. The Virginia law "is unconstitutionally overbroad on its face because it prohibits the anonymous transmission of all unsolicited bulk e-mails, including those containing political, religious or other speech protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," Justice G. Steven Agee wrote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2008 | H.G. Reza
A defense attorney convicted of stalking a former girlfriend was sentenced Friday to 95 days in jail. David Scharf, 46, also received five years' probation and was ordered to undergo 52 weeks of domestic abuse counseling and to avoid contact with the unidentified victim for 10 years. Scharf, a Del Mar resident, met the woman online in 2004. She broke off their relationship four months later, but he continued to pursue her, sending harassing and threatening e-mails that violated a restraining order.
OPINION
January 22, 2008
Re "White House recycled backup tapes of e-mails," Jan. 17 I object to your use of the word "recycled," which implies something benign or perhaps even thrifty. Does anyone seriously believe the White House, squandering untold billions of our tax money overseas, needs to recycle its backup tapes for e-mails? Why not call this what it probably is, destroying evidence? When is Congress going to grow a backbone and impeach these shameful rascals? David Drum Los Angeles The White House's explanation that the industry standard practice of recycling backup tapes destroyed the e-mails is profoundly unconvincing.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2011
A hacker organization on Monday released e-mails in which a former Bank of America Corp. employee asserts the company is hiding foreclosure information from regulators. The posting by a member of a group known as Anonymous includes e-mails in which an employee of Balboa Insurance Group in Irvine raises questions about removing from the record documents that were sent out in error. The e-mails don't indicate the loans have foreclosure issues. A Bank of America spokesman said the former Balboa employee stole documents from the company.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Larry Ellison deliberately destroyed or withheld e-mails and failed to preserve tape recordings that should have been turned over to lawyers for shareholders suing him, a judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco said Tuesday that the e-mails, as well as recordings of interviews for a book about Ellison, were willfully withheld. Ellison and Oracle knew the material was potentially relevant to claims that they made false statements about the company's 2001 second-quarter financial results and problems with a software product, Illston said.
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