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A composite image from the mugshots.com website shows a photo removal application along with suspects' mugshots. (www.mugshots.com)

California Bill Would Ban ‘Extortion’ By Mugshot Websites Seeking Payment To Remove Suspect Photos

A bill that would ban profit making off mugshots is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. There are at least 80 Internet companies that post mugshots and then offer to remove them for a price.

08/05/2014

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A group of activists have submitted about 50,000 signatures in an effort to force a referendum on a marijuana dispensary ban in Los Angeles to take effect next week. A minimum of 27,425 valid signatures from registered voters is needed to let voters decide on the issue in March, and until the number can be verified, the ban will not be enforced. . The ban would not prevent patients or cooperatives of two or three people to grow their own in small amounts. Californians voted to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996, clashing with federal drug laws. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

‘Yelp For Weed’ Website Gets Higher Profile After First Pot Ad In New York Times

Leafly is sometimes referred to as the Yelp for weed and – like the restaurant and service review site – the portal gives users filters to help find product that best suits their needs.

08/04/2014

Potato Salad (credit: Chow.com)

Ohio Man’s Potato Salad Kickstarter Campaign Grows Over $50,000

Zack “Danger” Brown crowdfunded over $50K just to make potato salad…

07/08/2014

Harry Potter Photo Gallery

Harry Potter Returns In New J.K. Rowling Story

The boy wizard is all grown up in a new story posted on Rowling’s Pottermore website…

07/08/2014

Reservationhop.com homepage shows a 'claimed' reservation at Nopa.

Website Selling Reservations At Hot SF Restaurants Sets Off A Storm Of Mad Tweets, eMails

ReservationHop.com invites you to sell your reservation, and for $5-12 you can buy someone else’s. Similar websites already exist in New York City.

07/05/2014

Google's search engine. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Google Bans Ads From Sex Themed Websites On AdWords Service

The search giant previously had restrictions on such content being advertised on the AdWords service, but not a full ban.

07/03/2014

Oakland police say launched a new website with information on prostitution arrests. (Oakland Police Department)

Oakland Police Launch Website To Shame Pimps, Inform Public

Individuals who have been arrested in Oakland for prostitution-related offenses and been charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office will now be featured on the Oakland Police Department’s website.

07/01/2014

Screenshot of MyRedBook.com after being shut down by the FBI on June 25, 2014. (CBS)

Alleged MyRedBook Sex Website Operator Re-Arrested After Missing Court Date

Eric “Red” Omuro, 53, is now in the custody of the FBI after he failed to show up in the courtroom of U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins at 9:30 a.m. to identify an attorney and enter a plea, according to FBI spokesman Peter Lee.

06/27/2014

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Dating Website Plans To Fly NY Women To Bay Area For Dates With SF Men

The Dating Ring, a matchmaking service which organizes informal gatherings for singles in the two cities, has launched a fundraising campaign to fly the women from NYC to SFO.

03/05/2014

Covered California home page (Covered California)

Covered California Enrollment Portal Taken Offline Due To Software Issues

The enrollment portal has been temporarily taken offline because of software malfunctions that were affecting the consumer experience. Covered California decided to close the enrollment portion of the website early Wednesday afternoon.

02/20/2014

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