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January 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Starbucks has updated its iPhone mobile payment app in response to concerns raised earlier this week by a cyber security researcher. The Seattle coffee company said the new version of its mobile app comes with added layers of security that will keep sensitive user information protected. The update comes after Daniel Wood published a report saying the Starbucks iOS mobile app stored user passwords, emails, user names and GPS location files in plain text, which hackers can easily access.
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BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Starbucks has come under fire in the tech world this week for the security measures -- or lack thereof -- that it uses to protect user information stored within its mobile payment app. Security researcher Daniel Wood published a report Monday that says Starbucks stores user passwords, email addresses, user names and GPS location files in plain text in its mobile payment app -- a claim that has been confirmed by the coffee company. Potentially, this put users at risk should anyone steal their smartphone.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
The coffee wars are on. Taking a page from cellphone providers, Tonx Better Coffee Exchange, a micro coffee roaster, is offering subscribers and future subscribers a dollar-for-dollar trade-in of their Starbucks gift cards. For those of us who received a Starbucks gift card for Christmas, they're offering a trade-in -- for Tonx coffee beans. You have to already be a subscriber -- or decide to become a subscriber -- to take advantage of the offer, but what a deal. All you have to do is go to Tonx.org/better , enter a valid Starbucks gift card number and security code and your card will convert to Tonx subscription credit.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2013 | By James Barragan
Like millions of Americans, Jessica Hamilton of Pasadena will buy her friends and family a handful of gift cards this holiday season, drawn by their convenience. Yet Hamilton, who carries reusable bags when she goes shopping, is bothered by the thought of all of that plastic ending up in landfills along with worn-out hotel key cards, credit cards and the like. In 2012, the global card industry produced 33 billion cards, according to the International Card Manufacturers Assn. Most of those cards contained polyvinyl chloride, a plastic that contains pollutants that are harmful to the environment and is slow to decompose.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to tighten the rules for who can vote in neighborhood council elections after complaints that an overly broad definition of community stakeholder had allowed outsiders to manipulate results. The new rules mark an ongoing attempt to refine the neighborhood governance system, struck in the late 1990s after the San Fernando Valley secession movement to give residents a stronger voice in city politics. Previously, anyone could vote in a neighborhood council race just by displaying a receipt for a latte from around the corner, as proof of having a vested interest in a community - a "Starbucks stakeholder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
Nine people were hurt Tuesday when an SUV plowed into a Starbucks in Folsom, officials said. Two of the nine were taken to hospitals for treatment after the 2:50 p.m. accident that occurred when the SUV crashed into the store on East Bidwell Street, according to the Sacramento Bee . No information about the SUV driver was released by police. It was unknown how many people were in the vehicle at the time. “No one from the vehicle was injured,” Folsom police Officer Andrew Bates told the Bee. “There was no substance abuse, and it was not a medically related crash.” The investigation is ongoing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2013 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
Three men from Fontana were arrested on suspicion of robbing a person near a coffee shop in Fountain Valley earlier in the month, according to Fountain Valley police. Daniel Molina, 19, Christopher Godinez, 20, and a male juvenile were taken into custody at a home in Fontana. Molina and Godinez were booked in Orange County Jail, and the teen was booked in Orange County Juvenile Hall. The three suspects were reported to have robbed the victim outside the Starbucks on the 9000 block of Warner Avenue on Nov. 11. The suspects posted an ad on Craigslist to sell a $400 Starbucks card for $200, according to Times Community News.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Starbucks wants the country's defenders to return from the front lines on its payroll, pledging to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years. In an initiative organized in part by Starbucks board member and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Seattle coffee giant said it hopes to tap the unique communication, leadership and problem-solving skills developed by veterans and their families. “This is not a charity initiative,” said Starbucks Chief Community Officer Blair Taylor in an interview this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
An Orange County doctor who often saw patients at Starbucks coffeehouses was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in federal prison for selling prescriptions for highly abused medications to patients with no legitimate need for them. "You abused the position," U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford told Alvin Ming-Czech Yee before sentencing him. "People came to you for healing, and they came away worse for the experience. " Yee, 44, of Mission Viejo, pleaded guilty in April to seven counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance by a practitioner.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Walk into Starbucks stores Friday and witness Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's latest effort to shame federal legislators into ending the government shutdown. The executive, who along with his giant coffee chain has spoken out recently on wide-ranging issues including gun control and public smoking, is asking customers to sign a petition directed at Congress and the White House. The demands are simple, asking Washington to “reopen our government, pay our debts on time and pass a bipartisan long-term budget deal by the end of the year.” The document will be distributed in stores over the next three days.
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