October 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration hired a general contractor to fix its troubled health insurance website and promised Friday that the key feature of the president's healthcare law would be running smoothly by the end of November. That target date was the first public deadline officials offered for troubleshooting the glitch-riddled website. In announcing the time frame, Jeffrey Zients, the management consultant enlisted to assess the situation, acknowledged that dozens of unresolved problems remained, including software flaws - contradicting administration officials' early claims that unexpected traffic volume was the main cause of the frequent error messages, frozen screens and other problems.
October 24, 2013 |
The Federal Communications Commission wants to learn more about the Spanish-language television marketplace. The regulatory agency that has oversight over the broadcasting industry said Thursday it is launching a study of Latino TV station ownership, programming and viewing. Noting that recent census data show that 17% of the U.S. population is of Latino origin, the FCC said it wants to encourage broadcast diversity. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll "With today's announcement, the FCC is further demonstrating its commitment to gather data and fund research and analysis to understand better how the commission's policies promote the public interest," the agency said in a statement.
October 18, 2013 |
While most of us were being squeaky-clean in our online activities, a rather dirty war recently broke out in cyberspace over the selling of dirty e-books on Amazon and elsewhere. The affair raises numerous issues of non-prurient interest. The controversy first erupted in the British press. That's appropriate, since it was the British author Charles Dickens who gave us the term "pecksniff. " (See his " Martin Chuzzlewit . ") There the online publication the Kernel unearthed "hundreds of e-books that celebrate graphic rape, incest and 'forced sex' with young girls available for sale from online retailer Amazon.
October 2, 2013 |
New online insurance marketplaces created by President Obama's healthcare law got off to a bumpy start Tuesday, as a rush of consumers and a host of technical glitches slowed enrollment on the first day uninsured Americans could sign up for coverage. Several states running their own marketplaces -- including Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington -- were forced to delay the rollout of their websites, even as other states reported that shoppers were signing up. The federal government website that consumers in 36 states will use to get health coverage -- www.healthcare.gov -- repeatedly froze when consumers tried to create accounts, the first step in selecting a health plan.
October 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Problems with health insurance marketplaces created by President Obama's healthcare law persisted for a second day Wednesday as website glitches prevented many consumers from enrolling in coverage. Obama administration officials attributed the problems to high traffic at the federal website - healthcare.gov - which is the main portal for consumers in 36 states to select a health plan. Residents of the remaining 14 states, including California, Connecticut and Maryland, and the District of Columbia can use state-operated websites, many of which also continued to struggle to keep up with demand.
October 2, 2013 |
The Justice Department said it has arrested the mystery man who ran a hidden website called Silk Road that served as an Amazon-like marketplace for illegal drugs and guns, which were purchased with Bitcoin virtual currency. Authorities said the website had been used by "several thousand drug dealers" since January 2011 to distribute hundreds of kilograms of narcotics with sales exceeding $1 billion. Federal authorities said they had seized Bitcoin worth about $3.6 million, which they said is the largest seizure ever of the virtual currency.