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A Danville middle school teacher pleaded not guilty in a Martinez courtroom Tuesday to charges of possessing more than 600 videos and images of child pornography.
Mitchell Wolf, 58, entered the not guilty plea to a charge of aggravated child pornography possession.
Dressed in a suit and tie, Wolf appeared in court out of custody Tuesday and quickly left the courtroom with his attorney after the brief hearing.
Wolf was arrested at his Danville home on Aug. 22 after members of the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant there.
He was taken to county jail in Martinez and later released on bail.
The Danville resident has taught math at Diablo Vista Middle School for 12 years, according to the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
Police said they are looking into the possibility of local victims and are asking anyone with information about the case to call Danville police Sgt. Jason Haynes at (925) 314-3700 or email him at email@example.com.Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:34:09 -0700
Netflix is giving its Internet video subscribers a more discreet way to recommend movies and TV shows to their Facebook friends after realizing most people don't want to share their viewing habits with large audiences.
Until now, Netflix subscribers linking the service to their Facebook accounts automatically disclosed everything they were watching with a potentially wide-reaching range of people. The company believes the open-ended approach discouraged most Netflix subscribers from connecting their accounts with their Facebook profiles.
The automatic disclosures will end Tuesday as Netflix Inc. embraces a new system that empowers subscribers to select which friends will receive their video recommendations. A menu of friends culled from Facebook will appear after Netflix subscribers finish watching a video if they have turned on the sharing feature.
The move reflects Facebook's evolution into a service where people have allowed passing acquaintances into their networks, along with close friends and family.
"There are a lot of people on Facebook that you don't really know that well," said Cameron Johnson, Netflix's director of product development.
Netflix believes people will share their viewing experiences if they are given more control over who sees what they've been watching. The Los Gatos, California, company, in turn, hopes the recommendations will deepen subscriber loyalty and attract new customers.
"If you are really moved by a piece of content and you know someone in your life that would like it, you are going to want them to watch it too, so you can talk about it and get excited about it together," Johnson said.
Netflix began offering the Facebook sharing option to subscribers outside the U.S. in 2011. U.S. subscribers got that option 18 months ago.
The Facebook recommendations are limited to subscribers of Netflix' video-streaming service, which costs $8 or $9 per month in the U.S. The streaming service has 50 million subscribers worldwide. There are no plans to extend the Facebook recommendations to the DVD-by-mail service, which is steadily shrinking. Netflix ended June with 6.3 million DVD subscribers, less than half the number it had three years ago.
The recommendations made under the new sharing system will appear in a few ways.
If both people are Netflix subscribers who have connected to Facebook, the recommendation will appear as a marquee attraction at the top of the recipient's Netflix page. The Facebook profile picture of the person touting the video also will appear alongside the recommendation.
A subscriber's recommendation will be sent as a Facebook message if the recipient isn't a Netflix subscriber or hasn't connected a Netflix account to Facebook.
The recommendations will no longer appear on the customers' Facebook profile page or the news feeds that their friends see.
To make it possible for its U.S. subscribers to share what they're watching, Netflix had to persuade lawmakers last year to revise a 1988 law that banned the disclosure of video rental records without a customer's written consent.Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:38:16 -0700
Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach.
The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it is looking into "unusual activity" and working with both banks and law enforcement.
"Protecting our customers' information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers," said Paula Drake, a spokeswoman at Home Depot, declining to elaborate. She said the retailer would notify customers immediately if it confirms a breach.
Shares of Home Depot Inc. fell $1.88, or 2 percent, to close at $91.15.
Many retailers have had security walls broken in recent months, including Target, grocery store chain Supervalu, P.F. Chang's and the thrift store operations of Goodwill. The rash of breaches has rattled shoppers' confidence in the security of their personal data and pushed retailers, banks and card companies to increase security by speeding the adoption of microchips into U.S. credit and debit cards.
Supports say chip cards are safer because, unlike magnetic strip cards that transfer a credit card number when they are swiped at a point-of-sale terminal, chip cards use a one-time code that moves between the chip and the retailer's register. The result is a transfer of data that is useless to anyone except the parties involved. Chip cards are also nearly impossible to copy, experts say.
The possible data breach at Home Depot was first reported by Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security, a website that focuses on cybersecurity. Krebs said multiple banks reported "evidence that Home Depot stores may be the source of a massive new batch of stolen credit and debit cards."
Krebs said that the party responsible for the Home Depot breach may be the same group of Russian and Ukrainian hackers suspected in the Target breach late last year. Krebs broke the news of Target's breach.
Target Corp., based in Minneapolis, is still trying to get beyond its massive breach that occurred late last year and hurt sales, profits and its reputation with customers. It has been overhauling its security department and systems and is accelerating its $100 million plan to roll out chip-based credit card technology in all of its nearly 1,800 stores.
New payment terminals will appear in stores by this month, six months ahead of schedule. In April, the retailer announced it teamed up with MasterCard to issue branded Target payment cards equipped with chip technology by early in 2015.
In its data breach, 40 million credit and debit card accounts were compromised and hackers stole personal information from as many as 70 million customers.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, is sending customers who have a store credit card a chip-enabled MasterCard, while its Sam's Club division introduced a chip-enabled MasterCard in June. The company has chip-enabled check-out terminals in 4,600 stores, and terminals in the remaining U.S stores will be activated before the end of the year.
In a separate statement Tuesday, Goodwill said its customers' credit and debit card numbers had been stolen at more than 300 stores in 19 states and Washington, D.C. rom February 2013 through Aug. 14. Goodwill blamed the security lapse on an unidentified contractor's payment processing system. Reports about fraud linked to shoppers' cards have been "very limited," Goodwill said.
The company had said in July that it was investigating the breach.Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:15:38 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories