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  • Justice Department Sued for Records on FBI Training of Best Buy Geek Squad Spies

    06/01/2017 9:53:54 AM PDT · by bamahead · 24 replies
    The Wrap ^ | May 31, 2017 | Susan Seager
    The Justice Department was sued Wednesday by a privacy group seeking information on the FBI recruitment of Best Buy employees to search consumer computers for child pornography during repairs — a practice that came to light in court documents in a recent case in Santa Ana, California. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Trump administration’s Justice Department, demanding access to records about any FBI training and payment to Geek Squad workers to search customer computers without a court warrant. At issue isn’t the criminality of child pornography or efforts to stop the...
  • FBI Used Best Buy's Geek Squad To Increase Secret Public Surveillance

    03/10/2017 1:27:05 PM PST · by detective · 26 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | , March 8, 2017 | R. Scott Moxley
    Recently unsealed records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy's Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained company technicians on law-enforcement operational tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated to a customer's request for repairs. To sidestep the U.S. Constitution's prohibition against warrantless invasions of private property, federal prosecutors and FBI officials have argued that Geek Squad employees accidentally find and report, for example, potential child pornography on customers' computers without any prodding by the government. Assistant...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton's emails packed with America's secrets were stored by company

    06/30/2016 4:33:37 PM PDT · by orchestra · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/30/2016 | Louise Boyle
    (Full title): EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton's emails packed with America's secrets were stored by company 'wide open to hackers' and run by 'morons' whistleblowers reveal Hillary Clinton's secret 'homebrew' server has dogged her presidential campaign and led to an FBI probe into her handling of classified material Questions have been raised over whether the secrets could have been hacked by foreign spies because server lacked official protection Now Daily Mail Online investigation reveals how firm which stored her backed up emails was dogged by security lapses Datto Inc, of Norwalk, CT, was paid to 'mirror' the server by 'mom-and-pop' IT firm...
  • Who Boycotts Wal-Mart? Social-justice warriors too enlightened to let their poor neighbors..

    11/30/2014 8:40:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | November 30, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Columbia County, Ark. — There’s no sign of it here in Magnolia, Ark., but the boycott season is upon us, and graduates of Princeton and Bryn Mawr are demanding “justice” from Wal-Mart, which is not in the justice business but in the groceries, clothes, and car-batteries business. It is easy to scoff, but I am ready to start taking the social-justice warriors’ insipid rhetoric seriously — as soon as two things happen: First, I want to hear from the Wal-Mart-protesting riffraff a definition of “justice” that is something that does not boil down to “I Get What I Want, Irrespective...
  • Gov.’s top aide charged personal purchases to state (NM Martinez)

    04/25/2014 8:21:30 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 20 replies
    From a necktie to heartburn medication, from personal cellphone bills to new tires, Gov. Susana Martinez’s chief of staff used his government-issued credit card to make thousands of dollars in personal purchases in violation of state policy and procedures. Keith Gardner has reimbursed the state nearly $5,000 since August 2012 for more than 40 card purchases at Walmart, Best Buy, Target and more. And after a Journal inquiry, he has paid $241 in interest required under state policy and procedures when an employee uses a government credit card for personal purchases. Using a state government credit card for any purpose...
  • Best Buy cutting 2,000 managers

    02/27/2014 6:34:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The New York Post ^ | February 26, 2014 | James Covert
    Best Buy has a major cost-cutting operation in the works, and the code word is “pink slip.” The nation’s biggest electronics chain — which saw sales fall 2.6 percent during the Christmas selling season because of a price war with Amazon — has begun laying off thousands of midlevel managers nationwide as it girds for even more competition, The Post has learned. After slashing hundreds of jobs at Best Buy’s Minneapolis HQ last year and closing unprofitable stores, CEO Hubert Joly is now swinging the ax across the retailer’s 1,056 US big-box stores and regional offices, according to insiders briefed...
  • Retail Apocalypse? Major Chains Closing Hundreds Of Stores

    02/11/2014 10:49:47 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 101 replies
    http://newswatch.us ^ | February 11 2014 | D. Jennings
    Hundreds of stores across the nation are closing as some of America’s most famous retailers struggle to stay in business. The country is facing what CNBC has labeled a tsunami of store closings and blogger Michael Snyder has called a retail apocalypse. JC Penney, which lost $586 million in three months in 2013, is planning to close 33 stores in 19 states and lay off 2,000 people. JC Penney’s stock has lost 84 percent of its value since February 2012. Sears has decided to shut down its flagship store in Downtown Chicago, and it has closed 300 stores in the...
  • Man arrested, cuffed after using Legal 2.00 Dollar bills at Best Buy [Incident dates to 2005]

    11/22/2013 5:12:06 PM PST · by NYFreeper · 151 replies
    Conservative Read ^ | Conservative Read
    A man trying to pay a fee using $2 bills was arrested, handcuffed and taken to jail after clerks at a Best Buy store questioned the currency’s legitimacy and called police.
  • Best Buy 'Deserves to Die' (Says Slate)

    09/20/2013 8:29:59 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 86 replies
    Newser ^ | 09/20/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – Best Buy is back from the brink. Profits are up, costs are down, and the share price has tripled since December. That's the good news. "The bad news," writes Matthew Yglesias at Slate, "is that the store is awful and deserves to die." Yglesias and a colleague visited stores in different cities (Washington, DC, and NYC, respectively), and concluded that "Best Buy still basically sucks." The selection isn't great, and almost everything costs more than it would on Amazon. But what about customer service? Could having human experts justify the markups? Nope. If anything, Best Buy's reps...
  • Man tries to kill girl in Best Buy bathroom

    08/27/2013 1:50:43 AM PDT · by Okimi2200 · 48 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Monday, August 26, 2013, | Doyle Murphy
    A Florida man tried to kill a 9-year-old girl in a Best Buy bathroom, jamming a plastic bag over her head and stuffing her face in a toilet before employees intervened, authorities said. Another customer heard the girl screaming and crying inside the women’s restroom at the Jacksonville store and notified store staff. An employee looked under the stall and discovered a horrific scene. James Tadros, 29, had kicked and beaten the girl bloody and was forcing her head inside the toilet, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
  • Woman Says Computer Tech Uploaded Her Nude Pictures to Web, Files Lawsuit

    08/14/2013 11:42:46 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 51 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 08/14/2013 | By Michael Allen,
    University of Alabama student Nicole March claims that a member of Best Buy's Geek Squad posted her nude photos on the web after fixing her computer. March has filed a lawsuit against Best Buy, claiming that she is "devastated and humiliated" by the incident. Her lawyers claim the pictures were taken for an art project at school, where she was studying the human form. According to March's lawsuit, she took her computer to a Best Buy store in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to fix the hard drive in August 2011. March also works at the same Best Buy. However, in May...
  • Man arrested after making Best Buy customers 'uncomfortable,' deputies say

    06/17/2013 4:29:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | June 17, 2013 | Brett Clarkson
    Jean Makihotch made customers of a Wellington Best Buy store "uncomfortable," according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrest report. The 24-year-old man sat on the floor and took pictures of store employees at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday, according to the report. After his foray into photography, Makihotch then tried to wheel a cart loaded with $685 worth of items out of the store, at 1040 South State Road 7 without paying, deputies said.
  • Microsoft to open 600 Windows Stores inside Best Buy and Future Shop location this summer

    06/15/2013 10:32:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    The Next Web ^ | 06/15/2013
    Microsoft today announced a strategic partnership with Best Buy and Future Shop. The company plans to build Windows Stores in 500 Best Buy locations across the US and more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop locations in Canada, launching from late June through September. The naming choice of Windows Stores is confusing; first of all, the Windows Store is Microsoft’s app store, and secondly these locations will essentially be Microsoft Stores given that they are to feature a range of products and accessories, including Windows tablets and PCs and Windows Phones, but also Microsoft Office, Xbox, “and more.” Microsoft...
  • George Soros: Media Mogul (Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism)

    08/19/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | August 15, 2011 | Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg
    On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists. The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list...
  • Samsung to Install "Experience Shops" in 1,400 Best Buy Locations

    04/04/2013 12:06:20 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Maximumpc.com ^ | Posted 04/04/2013 at 9:55am | b | Paul Lilly
    Move over Apple and make room for Samsung. In what could be a win-win-lose situation for Samsung, Best Buy, and Apple, the Korean electronics maker announced today that it will open up Samsung Experience Shops in 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores across the U.S. These shops within a shop will allow customers to explore, purchase, activate, and receive service on a wide range of Samsung mobile products and accessories.Samsung says it will stock its shops with a full range of mobile products, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, connected cameras, and accessories, all available in a single location...
  • For Four Retailers, Do or Die

    12/27/2012 8:46:58 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 118 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 27, 2012 | ANN ZIMMERMAN And DANA MATTIOLI
    While 2013 will be a tough year for retailers due to the tepid economic recovery, a few in particular face a critical 12 months. Their experiences highlight the challenges facing store chains, from increasingly cautious consumers to fierce online competition. These unlucky retailers are going into the New Year with extra woes: slipping sales, questionable strategies and tight finances—which is why they are the ones to watch, and not in a good way. Best Buy Co. BBY -1.22% has been plagued by the retail phenomenon called "showrooming," where shoppers examine products in its stores but buy online through rivals. A...
  • CVS drops sponsorship of business-backed conservative group ALEC (Also John Deere)

    07/12/2012 6:53:08 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 29 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | July 10, 2012 | Philip Marcelo
    July 10, 2012 12:21 pm By Philip Marcelo WOONSOCKET, R.I. -- Drugstore giant CVS Caremark is among the latest corporate sponsors dropping their support of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a business-backed national conservative group. CVS Caremark joined John Deere, MillerCoors, HP and Best Buy in deciding not to fund ALEC, according to ColorOfChange.org, an organization opposed to the stricter voter-identification laws ALEC advocates for. ColorOfChange issued a news release Tuesday with this comment from Larry Burton, CVS Caremark senior vice-president for government affairs: "Over the last few weeks, we have closely followed the issues surrounding the American...
  • Best Buy to Layoff 2,400 Employees

    07/06/2012 1:43:13 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 43 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7-6-12 | Reuters
    Best Buy plans to lay off 1,800 store employees and 600 Geek Squad workers, according to a source at the company. The 2,400 cuts represent 1.4 percent of the company's 167,000 workforce and come on top of jobs associated with store closings the company announced previously.
  • Best Buy, CAIR and Boycotts

    06/07/2012 4:13:33 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 16 replies
    http://www.americanthinker.com ^ | June 7, 2012 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    With Father's Day just over a week away, it is important to publicize the ongoing situation with Best Buy and CAIR. Best Buy was founded by Richard Schulze in 1966 and the first store opened in St. Paul, Minnesota. Listed in 2008 as a Fortune 500 Company, Best Buy declares this to investors and employees. Our formula is simple: we're a growth company focused on better solving the unmet needs of our customers-and we rely on our employees to solve those puzzles. Thanks for stopping. Although it seems a bit truncated as a mission statement, clearly the focus is on...
  • Ex-Marine's 'Best Buy-cott' gathers steam over radical Muslim ties

    05/10/2012 11:46:16 PM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/11/2012 | Rusty Weiss
    In April the Minnesota branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced that retail giant Best Buy had become a “Platinum Sponsor” for its fifth anniversary banquet. And former U.S. Marine James Canning decided to do something about it.In a YouTube video, the Iraq and Beirut veteran demonstrated his frustration with “one of his favorite stores” by cutting his Best Buy “Reward Zone” card in half.“Because of this support Best Buy has been giving the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR, I can no longer conduct business with Best Buy.”<snip>“When you’ve got a company that supports an organization that supports terrorism,” Canning...