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BUSINESS
February 3, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Do happier pigs make for better Spam?Hormel Foods Corp., which makes the gelatinous canned meat, is betting yes. The Minnesota company said this week that it will stop using gestation crates by 2017. The crates, which are often so small that the pregnant hogs they house can't move, will also be disavowed within five years by McRib pork provider Smithfield Foods Inc. Seems like nowadays, with more consumers interested in the origin of what they eat, food purveyors and restaurant chains are taking care to highlight fresh, healthy - and presumably well-treated - fare.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
According to the Book of Exodus, it all began with the cloud. First the vaporous mass appeared over Mt. Sinai, heralded by trumpet blasts. Then God descended in the form of fire and gave Moses stone tablets engraved with the Ten Commandments to present to the Israelites. Today, ever-bemused mankind is turning for answers to the digital cloud, the name given to the growing constellation of Internet-based virtual servers that can store thousands of song files and other documents, filter spam, seal off valuable subscription-based content from the hoi polloi.
BUSINESS
November 16, 2011 | By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times
For roughly 24 hours, Facebook's news feed was not a family-friendly place. Facebook acknowledged Tuesday that the social networking site was briefly infested with a mix of hard-core pornographic images, doctored pictures of celebrities in sexual situations, photos of extreme violence and even a picture of a beaten dog. Facebook said it had identified the problem — if not the culprit. During the attack, users mistakenly downloaded programming language that resulted in their sharing offensive images on Facebook without knowing it, a company spokesman said, adding that the website's engineers were working on a fix. Facebook said it built mechanisms to quickly shut down the malicious pages and will put users who were affected by the offensive spam through "educational checkpoints" so they know how to protect themselves.
OPINION
October 24, 2011
For more than 25 years, Radio and TV Marti have served as a reminder of America's failed policy toward Cuba. The stations were launched in 1985 as a way to crack Fidel Castro's control over mass media. Since then, they have become little more than a financial black hole. The government has spent nearly $500 million on, among other things, a twin-engine plane, a blimp and a satellite to beam broadcasts into Cuba. The broadcasts, however, are rarely seen or heard. Castro has successfully jammed the stations' signals, and denounced Washington's efforts as a violation of international treaty obligations.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2011 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
Email can be a useful tool, but the sheer volume can be overwhelming. This year around 349 billion emails will be sent worldwide, according to the market research firm Radicati Group Inc. That total is expected to grow to 507 billion by 2013. Here's how to stem the flow to your inbox: • Be careful about giving out your email address. When you fill out a form, subscribe to a magazine or enter a drawing, consider whether to provide your email address. Some online "free giveaway" promotions are designed to harvest email addresses for marketing lists.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2011 | Reuters
Spam has hit the Kindle, clogging Amazon.com Inc.'s top-selling e-reader with material that is far from being book-worthy and threatening to undermine the company's entry into publishing. Thousands of digital books, called e-books, are being published through Amazon's self-publishing system each month. Many are not written in the traditional sense. Instead, they are built using something known as Private Label Rights, or PLR content, which is information that can be bought very cheaply online then reformatted into a digital book.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2011 | By David Sarno and W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
The online interest in Osama bin Laden's death has attracted numerous cyber-scammers who are baiting Facebook and Google users by claiming to offer pictures of a deceased Bin Laden. But when users click on the links, expecting to find a shocking video, they are instead treated to malicious software, spam or a trick that re-posts the phony link to their own profile. "The reported death of Osama bin Laden is just too good a lure for cybercriminals and scammers to pass up," McAfee Inc. security researcher David Marcus said in a blog post.
NEWS
November 11, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Some people show great courage in the face of adversity; some just get silly. Here's what happened when the Carnival Splendor cruise ship finally returned to San Diego on Thursday after being left powerless at sea by an engine fire: Passenger Donna Hobbs and some fellow strandees put their ordeal into a snappy sea ditty sung to the tune of the "Gilligan's Island" theme song. Thank goodness someone was laughing. (Click here for the ABC-TV video.) But maybe those lyrics tell a bigger story.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
It's the sort of spam that gets your attention: An e-mail showing a topless woman offering drugs that promise to enhance a man's sexual prowess, illustrated with very naughty before-and-after photos. The first such e-mail, ostensibly from a Canadian pharmacy, arrived in Beverly Hills resident Tom Hayostek's AOL inbox in July. He ignored it, figuring that would prompt the spammer to go elsewhere. It didn't. Since then, Hayostek, 51, said he's received multiple versions of the spam every day -- more than 200 so far. The latest batch arrived Tuesday morning.
NEWS
May 17, 2009 | Deb Riechmann, Riechmann writes for the Associated Press.
It's not all doom and gloom in the U.S. economy. Some products are bucking the recession and flying off store shelves. Sales of chocolate and running shoes are up. Wine drinkers haven't stopped sipping; they just seem to be choosing cheaper vintages. Gold coins are selling like hot cakes. So are gardening seeds. Tanning products are piling up in shopping carts; maybe more people are finding color in a bottle than from sun-worshiping on a faraway beach. Strong sales of Spam, Dinty Moore stew and chili helped Hormel Foods Corp.
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