April 26, 2007 |
An emotional Alec Baldwin has offered a public apology to his daughter for his recent outburst and says he wants off his TV show, "30 Rock." "Extra" and TMZ.com reported that Baldwin made the statements while taping a segment for Friday's edition of "The View." The interview, which sources close to Baldwin described as "emotional, contrite and poignant," was conducted by two of the show's co-hosts, Barbara Walters and Rosie O'Donnell.
April 5, 2007 |
A legal fight involving two Southern California companies and AT&T Inc. is exposing an ominous reality: Phone companies say they can decide whom their customers can't call. The Kidney Cancer Assn., a small charity watching its nickels and dimes, found that out the hard way. The nonprofit had been using a free, Web-based conference-calling service from a Long Beach company to connect patients with medical experts.
March 26, 2007 |
FIRST-TIME antidepressant users might want to consider Ma Bell for therapy. Depressed patients who received telephone therapy in addition to antidepressant medication were found to be less depressed after 18 months than those who received antidepressants alone, according to a report to be published in next month's Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
March 2, 2007 |
Rural telephone companies must let carriers such as Verizon Communications Inc. use local lines to connect Internet-based calls, said U.S. regulators, who want to boost phone competition and increase high-speed online access. The Federal Communications Commission order overrides rulings by state regulators in South Carolina and Nebraska that barred certain carriers from connecting calls to traditional local phone lines using voice over Internet protocol.
February 11, 2007 |
Only a few weeks into the tax-filing season, the Internal Revenue Service says consumer returns are already riddled with errors as the result of a new and tricky telephone-tax refund. It is a one-time tax credit that aims to refund a 3% federal levy that consumers have paid on their phone bills for years. The tax was rescinded last summer, and the IRS is giving back the amounts consumers paid over the last three years.
January 21, 2007 |
When Marlene Johansing moved to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, her phone bills became one of her biggest everyday expenses. Her children, brothers and lifelong friends -- not to mention investment advisors and doctors -- were situated along a freckled path stretching from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Keeping connected by phone, even sparingly, cost $250 to $300 a month, she said.
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January 20, 2007 |
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has been accused in a lawsuit of illegally recording phone calls without consent, which, if proved, could cost the agency thousands of dollars. The class-action suit, filed Jan. 10 on behalf of Lucille Estes and uncounted other callers, contends that the agency violated California privacy law, which prohibits the recording of telephone calls without the consent of both parties. On Aug.
December 13, 2006 |
Skype is introducing a $30 annual subscription to make unlimited calls with the Internet-based telephone service to any regular or mobile phone number within the United States and Canada. The new calling plan comes as Skype phases out a promotion launched in May allowing unlimited free calls in those two countries.
December 13, 2006 |
The federal government has finally hung up the telephone excise tax on long-distance calls, and small-business owners are in line to receive a large chunk of the estimated $10 billion in refunds and interest due from the Internal Revenue Service. To claim the refund, you have to calculate how much the 3% tax cost you for the period of Feb. 28, 2003, to Aug. 1, 2006. You can dig through old phone bills or use a formula the IRS has created. The time spent could be well worth it, experts say.