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TRAVEL
January 19, 2014
Major lodging companies' phone numbers and websites are listed below. Several hotel and motel brands may be managed by one umbrella company. Thus, different chains may share central reservation staffs and Internet systems. It's why Internet users logging on to http://www.westin.com get the URL for corporate parent Starwood Hotels & Resorts. To reduce confusion and indicate which brands may share frequent-guest programs, corporate affiliations are noted in parentheses. 3 Palms Hotels (877)
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BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Psi is wondering: Who owns phone numbers? The customer? The phone company? He said he asked his service provider but couldn't get a straight answer. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions It's an interesting question. Federal law provides for "number portability," which means you can take your number with you if jump, say, from Verizon to AT&T. But that doesn't necessarily mean the number is yours. Nor does it mean it belongs to the phone company.
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TRAVEL
February 27, 2011
Major lodging companies' phone numbers and websites are listed below. Several hotel and motel brands may be managed by one umbrella company. Thus, different chains may share central reservation staffs and Internet systems. It's why Internet users logging on to http://www.westin.com get the URL for corporate parent Starwood Hotels & Resorts. To reduce confusion and indicate which brands may share frequent-guest programs, corporate affiliations are noted in parentheses. 3 Palms Hotels (877)
TRAVEL
February 12, 2014
States and many U.S. territories have tourism offices to help visitors. When requesting travel literature, be as specific as possible. Alabama:  Alabama Tourism Department, 401 Adams Ave., Suite 126, P.O. Box 4927,  Montgomery , AL 36103; (800) 252-2262 or (334) 242-4169, http://www.alabama.travel . Alaska:  Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, 550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1770, Anchorage, AK 99501-3569; (800) 862-5275, http://www.travelalaska.com . American Samoa:  American Samoa Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 4240, Pago Pago, AS 96799; (684)
BUSINESS
April 20, 1998 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS
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.
NATIONAL
September 10, 2013 | By David G. Savage
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...
BUSINESS
May 31, 2000 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
March 29, 1988 | United Press International
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.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Salvador Rodriguez
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.
HEALTH
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.
TRAVEL
January 19, 2014
Contact information for rental car agencies, here and abroad: Ace (800) 243-3443 http://www.acerentacar.com Advantage (800) 777-5500 http://www.advantage.com Airport Van Rental Solutions (877) 826-4680 http://www.airportvanrental.com Alamo (877) 222-9075 http://www.alamo.com Apex Car Rentals, New Zealand No U.S. central booking number http://www.apexrentals.co.nz Auto Europe (888)
TRAVEL
January 19, 2014
AIDA Cruises Ships: Each name preceded by and blended with AIDA: aura, bella, blu, cara, diva, luna, mar, sol, stella, vita. Info: 011-49-381-20-270707, http://www.aida.de . Amawaterways Ships: La Marguerite, Zambezi Queen. Each of the following names preceded by and blended with Ama: Bella, Cello, Certo, Dagio, Dante, Dolce, Katarina, Legro, Lotus, Lyra, Prima, Pura (debuts Nov. 24), Reina (debuts Nov. 9), Sonata (debuts April 23), Serena (debuts April 2015)
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Snapchat said it will soon release a new version of its app with improved security measures in response to a group of hackers who this week exposed the phone numbers of millions of users by taking advantage of a vulnerability in the popular photo-messaging app. The upcoming app update will allow users to opt out of Snapchat's "Find Friends" feature, which lets users find others they may know by looking up their friends' phone numbers. The feature was exploited by hackers this week to create a database containing the user names and corresponding phone numbers for more than 4.6 million of the app's users.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Salvador Rodriguez
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.
BUSINESS
September 11, 1999 | ROBIN FIELDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For decades, customers identified Fullerton Florist with its owner, Katherine Cordova, her talent for wedding arrangements and her loquacious Pomeranian. But a few years ago, a New Jersey telemarketer started advertising under the same business name in the phone book and elsewhere. Cordova says she lost about 60% of her business in the ensuing confusion.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2012 | David Lazarus
Bill Robbins was having trouble with telemarketers. Even though his number is on the government's Do Not Call list, he was getting about four sales pitches a week. Exasperated, Robbins contacted his phone company, AT&T, and asked that his number be changed. "That tells you how irritated I was," he said. "It's a real nuisance to change your number. " Robbins, 82, of Eagle Rock, also specified that he didn't want AT&T sharing his new number with anyone who called the old one, and that he wanted his new number unlisted.
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