Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:46:31 -0400
From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net>
Subject: Government rests its case in lawsuit to block AT&T, Time
by Hadas Gold and Tom Kludt
Government attorneys rested their case on Tuesday in their lawsuit to
block AT&T's $85 billion purchase of Time Warner as the two company's
top executives prepare to testify.
AT&T had already started calling witnesses last week due to a
scheduling issues with the government's final witness, RCN Chief
Executive Jim Holanda. On Wednesday, both Time Warner CEO Jeffrey
Bewkes and John Stankey, AT&T's Senior Executive Vice President in
charge of the Time Warner merger integration planning, will take the
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Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:18:41 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: GDPR and the End of the Internet's Grand Bargain
GDPR and the End of the Internet's Grand Bargain
In May the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation goes into
effect, two years after passage by the European Parliament. This radical new
privacy law, which covers any business that processes information about EU
residents, will dramatically affect the way data is collected, stored, and
used, including for U.S. companies doing business abroad.
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:49:58 -0400
From: Barry Margolin <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Flip phone remains popular
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
HAncock4 <email@example.com> wrote:
> An article in the Phhiladelphia Inquirer describes how the
> old style flip phone has its followers. "Users applaud their
> simplicity, durability, and low-tech appeal."
> for full article please see:
> I have one and like it because it serves my needs and is inexpensive.
> But admittedly, all of my friends and family are addicted to their
> smart-phones. GPS, photography, texting, and internet access are
> favorite uses. A flip phone can do a few of those things, but
> it's cumbersome.
Me, too. Since I'm a techie, most people are very surprised that I'm a
cellphone luddite. I make very few calls on it, so I have a
pay-as-you-go plan that costs me about $120/year -- I think most
people with smartphones are essentially forced to buy plays that cost
them that much every month or two. It has a web browser, but I've
never been able to do anything useful with it.
I have a tablet (Kindle Fire HDX) that I use for mobile apps, the
biggest problem is that it's limited to places with WiFi. But that's
most places these days, as long as you're not in the boondocks.
> Personally, when I use a computer, I like the traditional desktop
> model--a fullsized keyboard and screen. When I use the telephone,
> I talk on it, and like the high sound quality and reliability of a
> traditional landline.
I just don't talk on the phone very much! I call my Mom once a week,
most incoming calls I get are junk calls. I do most communication via
email, and I don't generally need to do that when I'm not at home
(there's an email app on the tablet, I almost never use it).
My computer is a laptop, but at home I connect it to a large monitor
and fullsize keyboard and use it like a traditional desktop
computer. But I can still take it with me when I go on trips, giving
me the best of both worlds.
> How long traditional landlines remain available remains to be
> seen, as Verizon and AT&T seem to be hellbent to discontinue
> service. How long a flip phone will still be functional likewise
> is questionable, as many new everyday functions now require using
> a smart-phone. For instance, to get a taxi (Uber), I believe
> one needs a smart phone. To travel on public transit, one needs
> a smart-phone to keep up with delays and schedule changes.
> Traditional highway maps are harder to find, and GPS is needed.
I discovered a few months ago that Lyft's app is available for my
tablet. It uses the Location Services, which is based on WiFi hotspot
locations, and you can also enter your location by hand if necessary,
so the lack of GPS isn't a problem. Since most airports have WiFi, I
can use it there.
Barry Margolin, firstname.lastname@example.org
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End of telecom Digest Wed, 18 Apr 2018