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August 10, 2005 | From Associated Press
Microsoft Corp. has won a $7-million settlement from a man once billed as one of the world's most prolific spammers. The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker heralded the deal as a coup in the continuing fight against unsolicited commercial e-mails, known as spam. Microsoft said the money from Scott Richter and his company, OptInRealBig.com, would be used to boost efforts to combat spam and other computer misuse. "People engage in spam to make money," said Brad Smith, Microsoft's chief counsel.
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August 10, 2005 | From Associated Press
Microsoft Corp. has won a $7-million settlement from a man once billed as one of the world's most prolific spammers. The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker heralded the deal as a coup in the continuing fight against unsolicited commercial e-mails, known as spam. Microsoft said the money from Scott Richter and his company, OptInRealBig.com, would be used to boost efforts to combat spam and other computer misuse. "People engage in spam to make money," said Brad Smith, Microsoft's chief counsel.
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BUSINESS
December 19, 2003
Microsoft Corp. and New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer filed lawsuits against a group of e-mail marketers that they said were responsible for sending billions of fraudulent spam messages. Defendants in the civil lawsuits include Synergy6 Inc. of New York and Scott Richter, who runs Westminster, Colo.-based Optinrealbig.com. Richter rejected the claims; representatives from Synergy6 declined to comment. From Reuters
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1992 | BLAINE HALLEY
Rick Norris has announced that he will resign as executive director of the Antelope Valley Region of the Building Industry Assn. to pursue forming an Antelope Valley Economic Development Corp. aimed at stimulating economic growth in the area. Norris served as the building association's executive director for 4 1/2 years. "I'm going into the private sector because there is an urgent need to bring more industry and create more jobs in the Antelope Valley," Norris said Friday.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
MySpace can collect $6 million from a notorious Internet marketer accused by the popular online hangout of spamming its users. An arbitrator has ruled that Scott Richter and his Web marketing company, Media Breakaway of Westminster, Colo., must pay MySpace $4.8 million in damages and $1.2 million in attorney's fees for barraging MySpace members with unsolicited advertisements. Media Breakaway and its employees were also banned from the site. MySpace, a unit of News Corp.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Shares of Symantec Corp. and other makers of anti-virus software fell Tuesday after Computer Associates International Inc. offered free security programs to some home users of personal computers. Computer Associates, based in Islandia, N.Y., said it would "aggressively promote" free one-year subscriptions for its eTrust EZ Armor package of programs to "qualified" users of PCs running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system. The software sells for about $50.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2008 | Jessica Guynn, Guynn is a Times staff writer.
Facebook Inc. has struck back against spammers, winning an $873-million judgment against a Canadian man accused of sending millions of unsolicited messages about drugs and sex. The popular social networking site said Adam Guerbuez tricked its members into revealing their passwords to send out messages. Guerbuez did not appear in court to defend himself, Facebook said, although the company says it has video of him being served the lawsuit. U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2006 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
If gore-to-the-floor horror fans attuned to Lionsgate's aggressive attempts to corner the genre consider the hugely successful "Saw" movies and January's torture hit "Hostel" the equivalent of satisfying entrees, then the new "See No Evil" has to qualify as a flavorless snack, time filler until "Saw III" and "Hostel 2" are served up. And no, same-title spotters, it's not a remake of the truly unnerving Mia Farrow chiller from 1971.
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December 21, 2003 | Matthew Heller, Matthew Heller last wrote for the magazine about the sons of convicted murderer Sante Kimes.
Alyx Sachs is raging about the clutter in her e-mailbox. "I hate spam!" she says of unwanted electronic solicitations, and with so much vehemence it seems as if she's distancing herself from some odious accusation. She recalls recently logging into her Yahoo e-mail account and missing two important messages because Yahoo had filtered them into her bulk e-mail--that is, spam--folder. "My e-mail's getting censored by ISPs," she grumbles, referring to Internet service providers.
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February 13, 1994 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN and SCOTT GLOVER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In every cloud or quake, there is a silver lining. The blow the Northridge earthquake delivered to north Los Angeles County was devastating: almost $300 million in damages to the Santa Clarita Valley, the closure of two crucial freeways, and widespread water, power and gas outages. But even as they scrambled to restore vital services, city leaders promised to seize the moment, to find opportunities in the rubble and hope in the ruins.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
"Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" is sufficiently original and engaging to be called merely "Havana Nights" but will no doubt get a boost by the reference to the popular 1987 "Dirty Dancing" even though it is actually drawn from the personal experiences of its co-producer-choreographer JoAnn Jansen.
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