Privacy fears raised over massive DEA license plate tracking program

01/27/2015 06:44 PM PST
In a little-known surveillance effort, the Drug Enforcement Administration is operating a massive national license plate reader program and has collected hundreds of millions of records of drivers on U.S. highways, according to the ACLU. Documents released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union describe a burgeoning DEA effort, begun in 2008, to make digital snapshots of automobiles, their occupants and their license plates as they pass by high-tech cameras in at least eight states, including California, to catch criminals smuggling money and contraband into Mexico.
Safeway acquisition approved by U.S. regulators
01/27/2015 06:14 PM PST - Supermarket chain Albertsons says U.S. regulators have approved its purchase of competitor Safeway. 

Yahoo to spin off Alibaba stake
01/27/2015 06:00 PM PST - Yahoo plans to return $40 billion to its shareholders by spinning off its huge stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, the company said Tuesday. 

Biz Break: Apple earnings are like nothing Silicon Valley has seen before
01/27/2015 05:06 PM PST - Today: Apple announces the most dominating quarter in its history, showing how far ahead it is of the rest of Silicon Valley. Also: Yahoo spins off Alibaba holdings and beats expectations. 

Microsoft makes data-analysis tools free
01/27/2015 04:00 PM PST - Microsoft will offer free data-analysis tools and make them easier to use and set up, seeking to attract more business-software customers. 

VMware profit exceeds analysts' estimates on new contracts
01/27/2015 03:11 PM PST - VMware, the software maker whose parent company, EMC, has been targeted by an activist investor, reported fourth-quarter profit that exceeded analysts' estimates as customers signed new multiyear deals. 

US company outlooks worry investors, sending stocks lower
01/27/2015 03:00 PM PST - U.S. stocks slumped Tuesday after some of the market's largest companies reported disappointing earnings, taking investors on a turbulent ride that deepened the losses for the year.  

NTSB: Systemic flaws in safety oversight of gas pipelines
01/27/2015 02:35 PM PST - WASHINGTON -- Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said Tuesday as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations. 

FTC: Internet-of-Things gadgets should safeguard consumer information
01/27/2015 05:32 PM PST - The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday urged businesses to take a variety of measures to insure that their smart gadgets -- part of the booming Internet of Things -- won't misuse consumer data.
 

Oppenheimer paying $20M in settlements with U.S. regulators
01/27/2015 02:17 PM PST - Oppenheimer & Co. is paying $20 million in civil settlements with U.S. regulators who accused the investment firm of improper sales of penny stocks and inadequate controls against money laundering. 

 
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Benedict Cumberbatch sorry for racist remark

“The Imitation Game” actor was trying to address racial inequities in the film business when he referred to “colored actors” during a TV interview.