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January 31, 2010 | By John M. Glionna
Sometimes, in his off hours, Yie Eun-woong does a bit of investigative work. He uses the Internet and other means to track personal data and home addresses of foreign English teachers across South Korea. Then he follows them, often for weeks at a time, staking out their apartments, taking notes on their contacts and habits. He wants to know whether they're doing drugs or molesting children. Yie, a slender 40-year-old who owns a temporary employment agency, says he is only attempting to weed out troublemakers who have no business teaching students in South Korea, or anywhere else.
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April 25, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
DURHAM, Ore. - Oregon officials voted unanimously Friday to jettison the state's disastrous health insurance exchange and instead switch to the federal website, admitting both disappointment and defeat in an arena where the state had been a trailblazer. With its 7-0 vote, the board of directors for Cover Oregon acknowledged that the state exchange was too expensive and too troubled to fix. Although the state has spent an estimated $248 million to get its exchange up and running, it never enrolled a single private insurance customer online.
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WORLD
November 28, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Zhu Ruifeng fancies himself a Chinese version of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a citizen journalist who is plying his trade online. In 2006, he started the People's Supervision website, which breaks stories about official corruption in China. He has had a couple of scoops - one about the widespread use of expired vaccines and others about crooked party apparatchiks - but nothing that's gotten the reaction of a sexually explicit 36-second video released last week. The video shows a paunchy Communist Party official in flagrante delicto with an 18-year-old woman in Chongqing.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Maeve Reston
DURHAM, Ore. - Oregon officials are poised to vote Friday on whether to jettison their troubled health insurance exchange and become the first state in the country to switch to the federal version, which had its own rocky start before righting itself. At a Thursday meeting, Cover Oregon's technology advisory committee announced that it had recommended that the agency scrap its local exchange because there was neither the time nor the money available to fix it. The Cover Oregon board will vote Friday.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
We've all been there, right? You've just bought your first Hawaiian island. Your own little slice of paradise.  But now what do you do with it? Larry Ellison, billionaire, yacht racer, chief executive of Oracle Corp., has been grappling with this dilemma ever since he bought the Hawaiian island of Lanai back in June 2012.  PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy Now, however, he appears to have figured it out. And the recently launched Love Lanai website gives us a glimpse into his plans.  Among the highlights: Ellison will be holding some international festivals on the island, including the Lanai International Film Festival in 2015.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Hey, small businesses of California, Google wants to help you build a website. On Thursday the company launched a program called "California Get Your Business Online" that offers small businesses in the Golden State the opportunity to get a free customizable website, as well as access to in-person training on how to build a successful online business. Google will spring for the domain name and provide free Web hosting for the first year, then businesses will pay $2 monthly for the domain name and $4.99 monthly for Web hosting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The launch of a new political website in California, intended to highlight conservative success stories in the Golden State, quickly ran into trouble on Monday when controversial promotional images cost the organization one of its highest-profile contributors. The images, including a Photoshopped depiction of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) on all fours in a bikini with her tongue hanging out, prompted House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield)
BUSINESS
June 21, 2012 | By Laura Huatala
Google is trying to rein in a German-based website that creates MP3s by ripping audio from YouTube videos. Philip Matesanz, owner of youtube-mp3.org , said he received a cease and desist letter from Google on June 9 for his website. The website allows users to send in the link of a YouTube video and receive an MP3 copy of its audio. It's an effective way to grab free song files. This type of legal action isn't new or unusual for the company, which alerts many websites and individuals when they're in violation of YouTube's terms of service.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Wells Fargo & Co.'s online banking operations have been knocked out intermittently by a cyber attack, the latest in a series of assaults since September on the websites of major U.S. banks. The website sitedown.co , which enables customers to report outages on business sites, logged more than 200 reports for the San Francisco bank Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m.     Wells Fargo said it was targeted by a denial-of-service attack, in which a website is bombarded with so many requests that it can slow down or stop working.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
This post has been updated. See below for details. Following at least two explosions during the Boston Marathon, many websites in the area have gone offline and the Associated Press is reporting that the city is shutting down cellphone service to prevent use of the device to trigger a bomb. Verizon said it has not been asked by government officials to shut off cellphone service . Meanwhile, Sprint said it did not turn off its cell phone service either, but it recommends people use text messages instead of phone calls as they have more of a chance of getting through.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- The latest installment of NBC's hit drama “The Blacklist” was deleted Wednesday from all major Chinese video-streaming websites that carry the popular TV show, marking the second time an episode of the program has been pulled from mainland portals after featuring Chinese plot elements. Chinese video websites such as Youku, Tencent and Sohu all carry American TV shows as part of their regular licensed streaming offerings. “The Blacklist” has been among the most-watched shows on such websites recently, attracting millions of views.
SCIENCE
April 21, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
This Earth Day NASA is asking citizens of the Earth to step outside and photograph themselves wherever on the planet they happen to be. The space agency's celebration of the Earth and the people who live on it is called, appropriately, #globalselfie. To participate all you need is a digital camera and a sign indicating which spot on our planet you happen to be standing on. (Not feeling creative? NASA has a sign you can print out on its website. It reads, "Hi NASA! I'm on Earth Right Now @_______)
NATIONAL
April 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
The request: Kick Justin Bieber out of the United States of America. The White House's response: No. In case you hadn't been paying close attention to Bieber's citizenship status lately -- and really, who is? -- someone launched a petition on the White House's website in January asking officials to deport the 20-year-old Canadian pop megastar after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting arrest in Miami Beach. "We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked," read the plaintive prompt , which was mostly grammatical.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
A week after taking the unprecedented step of suspending three colleagues, the California state Senate erased the lawmakers' names, press releases and archives from its websites. The Senate left in place bare-bones information for the districts of Democratic Sens. Leland Yee of San Francisco, Ronald Calderon of Montebello and Roderick Wright of Los Angeles, with phone numbers and a list of constituent services staff can provide. On the one hand, the Senate's actions make sense. The senators are suspended - they can't vote or set foot in the chamber.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A bug named "Heartbleed" was recently discovered and likely affects most websites on the Internet. Fortunately, an online tool makes it easy for users to quickly check whether a website is secure or not. Heartbleed is a bug that affects OpenSSL, a technology that is used by many Internet services to keep user data secure. Hackers can take advantage of the bug to steal a key code that can then be used to steal information, including user passwords. A fix has been created for the bug, but many websites across the Internet have still not implemented it to their services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
As Republicans seek to improve their standing among Latinos and women, fresh controversies in California could further damage the party with both groups. On Monday, a GOP gubernatorial candidate's inflammatory rhetoric likening illegal immigration to war came to light. The previous day, a conservative website on California politics was launched, featuring a raunchy photo-shopped image of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - a depiction that prompted the most powerful Republican congressman from California to remove his column from the site.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
North Korea has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on its ill-fated rocket program, but when it came time to give its website a facelift, the country decided to go the thrifty route. It turns out that North Korea's revamped website is based on a design template created by a California Web designer that sells on themeforest.com for a mere $15. But just because it was cheap doesn't mean it's not pretty. In fact, we'd say the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
NEWS
April 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Amtrak 's online ticketing and reservation services are up and running after a two-day outage, caused by a website upgrade, that thwarted customers and provoked angry comments on Facebook and Twitter. As of noon Tuesday, the website of the passenger rail operator appeared to be running normally. The upgrade to the ticketing service began Sunday and was supposed to be completed the same day. But problems extended into Monday, when at some points the company's entire website , not just the reservations section, was inaccessible.
TRAVEL
April 7, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: A reader writes that she and her husband are retired, older than 70 and want to travel. They can leave at a moment's notice, so they want to know whether they can take advantage of last-minute deals and, if so, where. (For security reasons, we are not using their names, which are unusual and could make them a target of thieves.) Answer: Travel industry providers have trained us to expect to pay a premium for last-minute travel, except when it's to their benefit, such as moving unsold inventory that will otherwise go unused.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Hollywood studios are turning the screws on Kim Dotcom, founder of the once infamous piracy website Megaupload. Several major U.S. studios on Monday filed a lawsuit against Kim Dotcom (a.k.a. Kim Schmitz and Kim Tim Jim Vestor) and others associated with Megaupload, alleging that they encouraged and profited from massive copyright infringement of movies and television shows before they were indicted on federal criminal charges and Megaupload was shut down. “When Megaupload.com was shut down in 2012 by U.S. law enforcement, it was by all estimates the largest and most active infringing website targeting creative content in the world,” said Steven Fabrizio, senior executive vice president and global general counsel of the Motion Picture Assn.
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