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HP Recalls Notebooks, Workstations Over Lithium Battery Fire Risk

Hewlett-Packard (HP) said it is voluntarily recalling certain notebook computers and mobile workstation computers containing lithium-ion batteries that can potentially overheat posing a risk of fire, burn injuries, and property damage. HP is urging customers to check their devices to see if they are affected by the recall. The recall covers the battery only and not the entire device. According to the company, the affected computers and batteries were manufactured December 2015 and December 2017. HP says the some of the lithium batteries were sold as accessories or provided as replacements through HP or an authorized HP service provider. Many ... Read More

Texas businessman accused of defrauding federal school program settles whistleblower lawsuit

A Texas businessman who supplied digital equipment and services to the Houston Independent School District (HISD) with funds provided by the federal government, has agreed to pay $400,000 for defrauding the Federal Communications Commission’s E-rate program, a successful program that helps connect every U.S. library and school to the Internet. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Larry Lehmann of Giddings, Texas, functioned as the CEO and managing partner of Acclaim Professional Services, which partnered with other companies to provide E-rate funded equipment and services to HISD from 2004 through 2006. Created by Congress in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the ... Read More

BP lost laptop containing personal info of 13,000 oil-spill claimants

Talk about adding insult to injury. First BP spilled a record amount of oil in the Gulf of Mexico and now it looks as though the oil giant may have spilled the private information of thousands of people harmed by the disaster. According to a number of news sources around the globe, BP has lost a laptop containing sensitive information of about 13,000 individuals who filed claims for oil-spill related damages. BP acknowledged the missing computer and verified that a database on it contained the names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, and financial information of the ... Read More