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.
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.
March 29, 2006 |
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.).
March 27, 2006 |
Two Internet telephone services debut today with unusual business approaches, hoping to stand out in an increasingly crowded market with intense price competition. Lycos, the Internet portal owned by Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica, is launching a Windows-based program that provides free calls to phones when the user signs up for offers for credit cards or Netflix's DVD service. The software also shows banner ads.
February 27, 2006 |
Chances are that if you call City Hall or one of this city's many departments -- say, waste management or animal control -- you will be put on hold. The average wait time runs about 50 seconds. They are precious seconds, so precious that Seattle, a city devoted to civic politeness and self-promotion, figured out a fresh way to fill them: with the music of its homegrown bands.
February 20, 2006 |
Businesses and individuals continue to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes each year on some long-distance telephone calls even though three federal courts say the levy is invalid. Companies have convinced the appeals courts that the 3% excise tax on local, long-distance and wireless calls does not apply to some current long-distance billing plans. The tax dates to 1898, when telephones were a luxury and lawmakers needed money to help pay for the Spanish-American War.