Ridley-Thomas sends Yoo cease-and-desist letter over attack website

The race to represent parts of South L.A. and Koreatown on the Los Angeles City Council is turning acrimonious following the launch of an attack website and accusations of cybersquatting.



Mark Ridley-Thomas wearing a suit and tie: L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas sent a cease-and-desist letter to Grace Yoo, his rival in the race for City Council District 10, over a new attack website launched by Yoo. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)


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L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas sent a cease-and-desist letter to Grace Yoo, his rival in the race for City Council District 10, over a new attack website launched by Yoo. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Grace Yoo, a candidate for the Council District 10 seat, last week launched MarkRidleyThomas.com, which criticizes Yoo’s rival in the race, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The site includes news coverage of the supervisor, including a Times story about a probe involving his son and donations to USC. The site also attacks the supervisor for not ruling out a potential run for mayor in 2022.

Ridley-Thomas’s team responded by sending Yoo a cease-and-desist letter that accuses her of “cybserquatting” and defaming him with the website.

“You have intentionally prevented our client from registering a website domain name in his own personal name,” wrote Stephen J. Kaufman, attorney for Ridley-Thomas, in an Oct. 9 letter.

“And, by illegally setting up this website, you have confused and lured unsuspecting members of the public who were seeking to access online information from our client to your own fraudulent website in order to assault them with false and defamatory statements about Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.”

Ridley-Thomas and Yoo were the top vote-getters in the March election, pushing them into a November runoff for the 10th District, which stretches from Koreatown to the Crenshaw Corridor and takes in such neighborhoods as West Adams and Mid-City.

The race is turning out to be an insider vs. outside face-off, with Ridley-Thomas highlighting his decades-long experience in political office and Yoo casting herself as a

US Air Force sends software updates to one of its oldest aircraft midair

WASHINGTON — For the first time, the U.S. Air Force updated the software code on one of its aircraft while it was in flight, the service announced Oct. 7.

And there’s a surprise twist: The aircraft involved wasn’t the “flying computer” F-35, the mysterious B-21 bomber still under development, or any of the Air Force’s newest and most high-tech jets. Instead, the service tested the technology aboard the U-2 spy plane, one of the oldest and most iconic aircraft in the Air Force’s inventory.

On Sept. 22, the U-2 Federal Laboratory successfully updated the software of a U-2 from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which was engaged in a training flight near Beale Air Force Base, California, the Air Force said in a news release.

To push the software code from the developer on the ground to the U-2 in flight, the Air Force used Kubernetes, a containerized system that allows users to automate the deployment and management of software applications. The technology was originally created by Google and is currently maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

For the demonstration, the U-2 lab employed Kubernetes to “run advanced machine-learning algorithms” to the four flight-certified computers onboard the U-2, modifying the software without negatively affecting the aircraft’s flight or mission systems, the service said.

“The successful combination of the U-2′s legacy computer system with the modern Kubernetes software was a critical milestone for the development of software containerization on existing Air Force weapon systems,” said Nicolas Chaillan, the Air Force’s chief software officer.

During a Sept. 15 interview with C4ISRNET, Chaillan hinted that the service would soon be able to update the software of flying aircraft, calling the capability a “gamechanger” and describing the challenges involved with ensuring the aircraft could be updated without posing a safety risk.

“We need to

GameStop, Microsoft partnership sends games retailer’s shares up 44%

  • GameStop shares rose 44% on Thursday after it announced a multiyear partnership with Microsoft.
  • GameStop will begin selling an “Xbox All Access” bundle stores, with an Xbox console and two-year digital subscription at no upfront cost.
  • It will roll out the use of Microsoft Dynamics 365, Teams, and Surface devices in its stores and offices, it said.
  • GameStop will also upgrade its e-commerce site as part of the partnership.
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GameStop on Thursday announced a multiyear partnership with Microsoft to upgrade its stores and offer a new Xbox console package for no up-front cost — sending its shares rocketing by 44%.

As part of the partnership, the world’s biggest video games retailer said it would offer buyers an “Xbox All Access” bundle, for zero upfront cost, that includes an Xbox console and a two-year digital subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft’s “Netflix of gaming” subscription service.

Microsoft did not name a specific Xbox console that would be part of the bundle in a statement, but said that it was “excited about continuing and evolving [the] relationship for the launch of the Xbox Series” consoles, due November 10. 

GameStop will also upgrade its e-commerce site as part of the agreement.

It will integrate Microsoft’s cloud software and hardware into its stores to create what it calls the “ultimate gaming destination” for gamers. GameStop has more than 5,000 stores in 10 countries. It didn’t say how many of these stores would be upgraded.

GameStop will use Dynamics 365, Microsoft’s suite of cloud-based business applications, to standardize its back-end and in-store operations including finance, inventory, e-commerce, retail, and point of sale. 

Staff would be able to access insights spanning both e-commerce and in-store sales data, Microsoft said. This includes customer purchasing history, real-time data on product