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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. is "looking at all options" to fight ISIS, and "we must prepare for everything." CNN's Erin Burnett has the latest.
July 16th, 2014
09:03 PM ET

Female Yahoo exec. accused of harassing female worker

"She made the entire story up in an attempt to save her job and avoid losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unvested Yahoo stock," Yahoo senior director of engineering Maria Zhang said in a defamation lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Zhang was referring to former software engineer Nan Shi, who filed a complaint against Zhang, accusing her of sexual harassment. Shi is also suing Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30) and Zhang for emotional distress and wrongful termination.

Shi's complaint claims that Zhang "coerced" her to have "oral and digital sex" on multiple occasions. Shi said Zhang promised a "bright future" at the company in exchange for sexual favors. Shi said Zhang threatened to fire her if she refused.

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July 15th, 2014
10:14 PM ET

Listen to a Comcast rep. refuse to cancel customer's service

If you've ever tried to cancel your cable service, you know how difficult it can be to do it over the phone. There's the wheeling and dealing to get you to stay.

Ryan Block was trying to cancel his Comcast service over the weekend.

After 10 minutes of getting nowhere, he started recording his conversation with a representative.

The call lasted for 18 minutes before the service was finally canceled and the call ended. The recording went viral, and Comcast responded with a statement reading in part:

"The way in which our representative communicated with them is unacceptable and not consistent with how we train our customer service representatives. We are investigating this situation and will take quick action."

Mediaite's Joe Concha is OutFront.


Filed under: Business • News • Tech
July 10th, 2014
08:30 PM ET

Amazon illegally billing for kids' gaming purchases, FTC says

Amazon has been accused of billing kids for app purchases and making millions off their parents. According to a government lawsuit, the world's largest online retailer failed to stop children from using apps to rack up hundreds of dollars on their parents' credit cards.

Amazon accused of illegally billing for kids' gaming purchases

Amazon tells OutFront the claims are "baseless."

CNN's Richard Quest explains why the government is going after Amazon.


Filed under: Amazon • News • Tech
June 19th, 2014
10:30 PM ET

City of Tomorrow: A tour of the world's tallest tower

Is the City Of Tomorrow already here?

CNN's Erin Burnett travels to Dubai, where she shows how the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is using smart, energy-saving technology for buildings of the future.


Filed under: City of Tomorrow • News • Tech
May 30th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Company uses surveillance video to track foot traffic

(CNN) - Some residents of Oakland, California, fear their community is creating a monster.

The city calls it the Domain Awareness Center, but opponents call it a "spy machine" and a potential "tool of injustice."

Known as "the DAC," it's a proposed central surveillance facility where authorities can monitor the Port of Oakland and the city's airport to protect against potential terrorism.

But the broader issue of centralized data surveillance poses serious privacy questions for millions of people in cities around the globe.

In March, more than 100 worried Oakland residents waited past midnight to complain about it during a City Council meeting. Standing at the mic, Maya Shweiky, a self-described public school teacher and Muslim, warned lawmakers their proposal would be used to "discriminate against minorities and perpetuate racial, religious and political profiling."

While the council voted on the proposal, rowdy protesters began chanting, "No! No! No! No!"

Council members have proposed expanding the DAC to add live, 24/7 data streams from closed circuit traffic cameras, police license plate readers, gunshot detectors and other sources from all over the entire city of Oakland.

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