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BUSINESS
September 13, 2006 | James S. Granelli and Charles Piller, Times Staff Writers
The boardroom intrigue at Hewlett-Packard Co. intensified Tuesday as California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer said he had "enough evidence to indict" people inside the Silicon Valley icon for snooping into confidential phone records. Criminal charges could be filed as early as next week -- deepening a weeklong corporate spying scandal that has riveted the close-knit technology industry but has been largely ignored by Wall Street.
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BUSINESS
September 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Consumers can claim a standard $30 to $60 refund next year for a tax on long-distance telephone calls that the government declared invalid, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday. Telephone customers had been paying the 3% federal excise tax on local and long-distance service. The government stopped collecting the tax on long-distance calls in August after businesses repeatedly fought the tax in court and won.
NATIONAL
August 2, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Federal prosecutors investigating a leak about a terrorism funding probe can see the phone records of two New York Times reporters, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. A panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals overturned on a 2-1 vote a lower court's ruling that the records were off-limits unless prosecutors could show they had exhausted all other means of finding out who spoke to the newspaper.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2006 | Geoff Boucher
The Rolling Stones plan to phone in their performance tonight in Paris. A new Los Angeles-based venture called Listen Live Now will give Stones fans a chance to eavesdrop via phone on any seven minutes of the show for $1.99. Fourteen other Stones shows in Europe are posted on the company's website, listenlivenow.com, where fans can also get information on the time and numbers to call. Marty Erlichman, Barbra Streisand's longtime manager, is a principal in the venture.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Cable TV providers that offer telephone service ranked highest in customer satisfaction in five of six U.S. regions, surpassing traditional phone companies among people who subscribe to national calling plans, according to a study by J.D. Power & Associates. Overall, however, customer satisfaction continued to decline while the average monthly bill rose, with traditional phone companies charging substantially more than cable providers, the national survey released Wednesday found.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
EBay Inc. said it would add a "Skype Me" button to certain categories of listings, allowing prospective buyers to contact sellers directly through the Internet phone service it acquired last year. Those who click the on-screen button will be able to contact sellers by voice, text chat or both to request information about a specific item in real time, the online auction pioneer said at a convention in Las Vegas.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
In arguments before the California Supreme Court on Thursday, Citigroup Inc.'s Smith Barney brokerage unit defended tape-recording phone calls with California customers without their consent, saying the state's law requiring their approval doesn't apply in other states. Smith Barney said employees in Georgia who recorded conversations with Californians were bound only by Georgia law, which requires the consent of only one party.
NATIONAL
May 12, 2006 | Ronald Brownstein and Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writers
Since the first revelations about the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance, the struggle over information about the program has been as contentious as the debate over the wiretapping itself. For months, Democrats in Congress have accused the White House of stonewalling questions about the program and have charged that Republicans have failed to press hard enough for answers. Some GOP senators joined in the complaints that Congress had been left too much in the dark.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2006 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
It started with a shocking phone call from a man in South Africa to a monkey expert at the San Diego Zoo: How much should he charge for young monkeys caught in the wild? To Karen Killmar, associate curator of mammals, the idea of selling monkeys was repellent. "In this profession, you get some strange calls, but this was a first," Killmar said, adding in a chilly tone, "We do not put a price tag on our animals." Still, Killmar was intrigued. She started asking the caller questions.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) violated federal law by turning over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters nearly a decade ago. In a 2-1 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a lower court ruling that McDermott violated the rights of Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), who was heard on the 1996 call involving then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).
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