Index
Tuesday
Mar032015

POLITICS/BUSINESS: News, Uber, Lyft, ride-sharing services: "Hackers get info on 50,000 Uber drivers" .... 

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Hackers get info on 50,000 Uber drivers" - From the Chronicle:

Uber and Lyft, the yin and yang of ride-hailing services, seem to have bad news-good news disclosures in tandem.

On Friday Uber disclosed that an unauthorized person had breached its driver database, gaining access to 50,000 drivers’ names and driver license numbers. Uber said the one-time breach happened May 13 and was discovered in September. It acted to tighten its database security and investigate the incident, it said. It has not heard from any drivers whose identities were hacked.

Lyft on the other hand, had an upbeat event — albeit one with an overtone of desperation. The company offered a cool $1,000 to new drivers after completing just a single ride and an equal amount to current drivers who referred them. That set off a stampede among drivers to score the lucrative incentive.

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Uber is contacting all affected drivers — including 21,000 in California — and offering them free one-year membership in Experian’s ProtectMyId Alert system. In addition the company has filed a lawsuit to try to uncover the unauthorized person’s identity.

Uber had 160,000 drivers nationwide as of late December, it said in a report ..............

Tuesday
Mar032015

MISCELLANEOUS: 2015 Billionaires List: "Inside the 2015 Forbes Billionaires List: Fact and Figures"; also, "Record Number of Billionaires in 2015, Including MJ, Forbes Says"; "131 Californians make Forbes' billionaire list" .... 

Tuesday
Mar032015

INTERNATIONAL: Mexico, drug lord arrest, "chocolate cake": "How chocolate cake helped capture Mexico's most-wanted drug lord" ....

* Washington Post:  "How chocolate cake helped capture Mexico's most-wanted drug lord" - From the WP:

He traveled by four-wheeler and on horseback. He lived in caves and on secluded mountain ranches, surrounded by his bodyguards and logistics men who kept his meth-dealing cartel dominant for years in the western state of Michoacan. When authorities finally caught up last week with Servando Gómez Martínez, a.k.a. “La Tuta,” the top surviving leader of the Knights Templar cartel and the country’s most-wanted fugitive, they got him with chocolate cake.

That was the dessert that his girlfriend, María Antonieta Luna Ávalos, delivered to his hideout in the colonial town of Morelia on Feb. 6, which happened to be his 49th birthday. When authorities observed that errand, coupled with some shoddy spycraft by his handpicked messenger, a federal police team was able to capture him in the pre-dawn hours of Friday without a shot fired.

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To find Gómez, authorities discovered the farm outside Apatzingan last year and then learned of a messenger who passed notes between him and his men. Gómez didn’t use a cellphone, but the messenger was more careless, and his phone calls were tracked, Galindo said. “The messenger didn’t have much experience,” he said. Using the phone was the “most serious error he committed.”

Last month, after the birthday cake delivery, authorities suspected that Gómez was hiding in Morelia, the state capital, but it took a few weeks to confirm his presence at the house and plan the takedown. He was arrested while leaving the house about 3:30 a.m. Friday ..........

Tuesday
Mar032015

MORNING MEMOS: Orange County, "Will the Sheriff Have to Come After Larry Agran in Great Park Case?"; Sacramento, "Feeling flat at California Capitol, soda tax wars go local"; Oakland, "Oakland minimum wage law now in effect" ....

***Various items this morning from across the spectrum of politics and/or public policy....

* Oakland Tribune:  "Oakland mininmum wage law now in effect"

* Voice of OC:  "Will the Sheriff Have to Come After Larry Agran in Great Park Case?"

 

* Sacramento Bee:  "Feeling flat at California Capitol, soda tax wars go local"

Tuesday
Mar032015

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (West Hollywood): West Hollywood City Council, controversy, council deputies: "West Hollywood councilman admits he had sex with man he hired as deputy" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "West Hollywood councilman admits he had sex with man he hired as deputy" - From the LAT:

Yes, West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran had sex with the man he later hired as his council deputy, he said Monday. But after that intimacy the first night they met, it never happened again, Duran said; they became good friends, and he hired Ian Owens because he was well qualified for the job.

Duran and Owens have been part of the controversy swirling around West Hollywood City Council’s deputies -- highly paid full-time council aides. There have been accusations of electronic bugging, emailing personal conversations, illegally soliciting campaign contributions -- and the statement by Owens’ attorney that Duran hired Owens after meeting him on Grindr, a smartphone dating app for gay and bisexual men.

The City Council on Monday night could take steps to reform or eliminate its controversial deputy system. The city has been embarrassed in recent weeks by the string of allegations regarding the deputies ......................