April 20, 1998 |
When AT&T and other big-name long-distance companies retreated from the California local phone market, it seemed no one would step in to challenge the dominance of Pacific Bell and GTE in the state's neighborhoods. But with MediaOne's phone service launch last week and Cox Communications' plans to expand on its Orange County phone service success by jumping into the San Diego market soon, some residential phone customers are indeed reaping the rewards of competition. Still, there's a catch.
September 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency admitted in documents released Tuesday that it had wrongly put 16,000 phone numbers on an "alert list" so their incoming calls could be monitored, a mistake that a judge on the secret surveillance court called a "flagrant violation" of the law. The documents are the latest to show that not only did the secret spy agency collect more data than most Americans suspected, its agents sometimes went too far...
May 31, 2000 |
Sprint Corp.'s PCS Group and AT&T Wireless Group are having trouble gaining access to all the phone numbers they need to meet surging demand for new cellular service, the companies said. The heart of the problem is the outdated way phone carriers get numbers, but the wireless companies themselves made the problem worse by postponing use of technology that could have helped them through number crunches.
March 29, 1988 |
San Francisco firefighters placed nearly 450 calls to dial-a-porn, horoscope, sports information and other toll numbers from city firehouses during an eight month period, a newspaper report said. Most of the 444 calls cost the taxpayers $2 each and violated city rules against personal use of the city's business phones, the San Francisco Examiner said Monday. The other so-called 976 calls were to "chat lines," state lottery lines and other message services, the paper said.
January 2, 2014 |
Days after being warned of a security weakness in its popular app, Snapchat became the target of a widespread cyberattack that affected millions of users, a black eye for a local start-up with sky-high hopes of becoming the next social media juggernaut. A reported 4.6 million user names and phone numbers were exposed by the New Year's Eve breach. The hackers, who did not want to be identified, told The Times they went after Snapchat to expose the company's security flaws. Such attacks have become all too common for companies, but for Snapchat, a photo-messaging app based on secrecy, they are especially damaging.
June 1, 2013
Who hasn't seen a lost child, with tear-stained cheeks, wandering at an amusement park or airport? Parents might feel less anxious with a product called Safetytat ( www.safetytat.com ), a temporary, stick-on tattoo on which you can write a phone number. They come six to a pack, with a marker (about $10). Or they are sold customized, with warnings about allergies or other information (about $20 for 24). The package suggests that caregivers write a cellphone number on the tattoo and don't include the child's name.