September 13, 2006 |
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.
September 1, 2006 |
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.
August 31, 2006 |
It looks like a cellphone. It allows you to make calls like a cellphone. But it's not a cellphone. It doesn't even work on the cellular network. And to cap off the differences, the calls you make on it are free, or very low cost, anywhere in the world. It's the latest wrinkle in Internet telephone communications: a hand-held device that can make calls using the online Skype service, which usually involves a computer at proximity.
August 2, 2006 |
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.
July 28, 2006 |
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.
July 13, 2006 |
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.
June 14, 2006 |
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.
June 2, 2006 |
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.
May 12, 2006 |
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 |
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.