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December 26, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
An error on Delta Air Lines' website produced super low fares Thursday morning before the problem was corrected a couple of hours later. The fares were as much as 90% below regular ticket prices. Delta passengers who took advantage of the mistake said on social media sites that they had booked such deals as $51 for a one-way ticket from Minneapolis to Baton Rouge, La., and $35 from Raleigh, N.C., to Philadelphia, about one-tenth the normal price. "The situation has been resolved and the correct prices are being displayed," said airline spokesman Trebor Banstetter.
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BUSINESS
December 20, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Like shoppers racing to buy last-minute holiday gifts, thousands of Californians are going online - or lining up in person - to get Obamacare insurance ahead of next week's deadline to have coverage starting next month. And the surge in enrollment is putting pressure on the state's health exchange and insurance companies at a time when they were already struggling to keep pace with a flood of applications. The state's three call centers have been swamped, plagued by average wait times of 30 minutes, with many consumers unable to get through.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Orange County won't be creating a Megan's Law-style website for dangerous dogs any time soon. The county Board of Supervisors had been considering creating an online database listing the addresses of homes where dangerous dogs are kept, but on Tuesday a majority of supervisors said they don't support such a site. “I think that whole area needs a lot more study before we go in that direction,” said Supervisor Patricia Bates. The website had been included in a proposed ordinance defining vicious and potentially dangerous dogs and outlining the county's recourses for dealing with them.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - A former executive at software giant Microsoft is assuming oversight of the Obama administration's efforts to repair the troubled HealthCare.gov website, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. Kurt DelBene, who most recently served as president of the Microsoft Office Division, will take over from Jeffrey Zeints, a management expert whom the president asked to rescue the site after its disastrous rollout on Oct. 1. Zeints is widely credited with helping to make the site functional, allowing tens of thousands of Americans to select a health insurance plan on marketplaces created by the president's 2010 health law. Over the last 2-1/2 months, federal officials and private contractors have dramatically cut errors and improved performance on the site, but insurance companies and others say there are lingering problems with the enrollment system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 27-year-old San Diego man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of operating a "revenge porn" website and demanding up to $350 to remove sexually explicit photos of women that were often posted by angry former boyfriends or ex-husbands. Kevin Christopher Bollaert was arrested by California Department of Justice agents and is being held at San Diego County jail on $50,000 bail. He faces 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion. "Online predators that profit from the extortion of private photos will be investigated and prosecuted for this reprehensible and illegal internet activity," said Atty.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2013 | By Shan Li
Six-year-old career website Glassdoor Inc., which gives worker bees a space to vent about their employers, has raised an additional $50 million from private investors. The Sausalito, Calif., company said the latest financing brought its total capital investment to date to nearly $93 million. The latest round, led by Tiger Global Management, included new investor Dragoneer Investment Group as well as old investors such as Battery Ventures. Robert Hohman, chief executive of Glassdoor, said in a statement that the additional funds would allow the company to "accelerate our growth and capitalize on our sweet spot at the intersection of social, mobile and data.
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - In the clearest sign yet that the federal health insurance website is vastly improved, about 29,000 people enrolled in insurance plans over the first two days of this week, exceeding the number of enrollments on the site in all of October, according to a source familiar with the data. The 29,000 figure tallies the number of people able to select health plans Sunday and Monday, the 48-hour window after the administration's deadline for making major repairs to the HealthCare.gov website.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Following our post on California Republicans' misleading health insurance website , numerous readers reached out to us with examples of how the Assembly Republican Caucus, which created the thing, has been marketing it.  As we reported, the GOP website, coveringhealthcareca.com , looks like an effort to steer citizens away from coveredca.com , which is the legitimate enrollment site for California's individual insurance exchange....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 | Sandy Banks
He's supposed to be the technology president, propelled into office by his team's expertise in social media, Internet tracking and online fundraising. Today, he looks like the fumbler-in-chief, clueless and groveling. It's hard to miss the irony as President Obama's grand idea hobbles out of the starting gate, tripped up by technological blunders and bureaucratic bumbling. Affordable healthcare coverage for all Americans is much needed and long overdue. Obamacare has the potential to deliver that, most health experts agree.
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