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October 17, 2010 | Kathy M. Kristof, Personal Finance
Could bad cellphone and online habits be damaging your ability to get a job or a promotion? From e-mail to what the Web says about you, there are more ways to make career mistakes than ever, experts say. And in today's persistently tight job market, there's little room for error. Social networking Facebook is the biggest Achilles' heel of many young job applicants, said job coach Jodi Schneider, who is also editor of the DC Works website . That's because recent graduates have spent years posting party photos, never thinking that the revealing costumes, hangover comments and photos of "Medical marijuana sold here" signs could raise red flags for potential employers.
October 8, 2010 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
In a private conversation inadvertently captured by voicemail, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown or one of his associates can be heard referring to his Republican opponent Meg Whitman as a "whore," saying she cut a deal protecting law enforcement pensions while the two candidates competed for police endorsements. The comment came after Brown called the Los Angeles Police Protective League in early September to ask for its endorsement. He left a voicemail asking Scott Rate, a union official, to call him, then apparently believed he had hung up the phone.
February 8, 2008 | Andrea Chang, Times Staff Writer
Couldn't get to your voice mail at home or work Wednesday or Thursday -- or leave a message on some phones? Neither could any other California customers with voice mail on their Verizon Communications Inc. land lines. A database error in a central server in Ontario froze the software for all 740,000 land-line customers subscribing to Verizon's voice mail early Wednesday, and the state's second-largest telephone company couldn't say late Thursday when the problem would be fixed.
May 4, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Authorities said Tuesday that they had broken up a ring of telemarketers who left phony stock tips on voicemails, luring investors into believing they had mistakenly received inside information. In a new twist on what is known as a "pump and dump," a woman calling herself "Debbie" offered a tip from "a hot stock exchange guy I'm dating" and reported that the company was about to make a big announcement.
August 19, 2004
I empathize with Geoff Boucher in describing dangers of learning the virtues of his doppelganger during Google searches ("Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me -- Hey, Who's He?," Aug. 12). For years, all I had to contend with was an occasional misdirected piece of junk mail for a Sherman Oaks attorney with my name, but lately things took a fateful turn. A couple of years ago, a Jonathan Demme film, "The Truth About Charlie," co-written by Steve Schmidt, earned me a few errant voicemail accolades, until the movie tanked.
April 16, 2003 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Voicemail can cost you. Just ask K.C. Hatcher, a San Francisco-based graphic artist. AT&T wants her to pay $12,000 in long-distance charges rung up by a hacker who apparently changed Hatcher's voicemail message to accept third-party billed calls to Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. "I am totally obsessing about this," said Hatcher, whose normal long-distance bill runs $35 a month. "I'm getting married in June. I want to buy a house, and I'm worried that this fraud is going to ruin my credit."
December 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
The longtime executive director of the state's largest antiabortion group has been charged with a felony after allegedly intercepting e-mail and voice messages from Planned Parenthood of Lincoln, an abortion-services provider. Nebraska Right to Life Director Julie Schmit-Albin, 46, was charged Friday along with former Planned Parenthood employee John F. Keller, 53, with intercepting communications.
April 19, 2002
"The Message in Voicemail" (editorial, April 14) clearly describes the love-hate relationship most of us have with voicemail systems. It is unfortunate that the extraordinary technology Gordon Matthews created has become the subject of public ridicule. It's not the technology itself that causes people to consistently describe voicemail with the same negative adjectives you so appropriately used. The problem inevitably is with its implementation, which seldom is undertaken with the callers' needs in mind.
April 14, 2002
Once upon a time there was a society where real people answered their own office telephones. They lifted the receiver, curious to know who was calling. "Hello?" they said. They talked to the caller, back and forth, just like a conversation. When done, they hung up and thought that was normal. If the call recipient was absent, a co-worker jotted a message on a small piece of pink paper. "While You Were Out" slips accumulated until the person came back and politely returned the calls.
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