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Date: Sun, 13 May 2012 00:18:55 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Facebook Shares More About How It Uses Your Data Message-ID: <email@example.com> Facebook Shares More About How It Uses Your Data By SOMINI SENGUPTA MAY 11, 2012 How does Facebook use all the words, pictures and clicks of its 901 million users? A group of European college students first raised that question last year. The Irish Data Protection Office, which regulates all of Facebook's European data policies, took it up. On Friday, Facebook shared a bit more. "We're adding more examples and detailed explanations to help you understand our policies," Facebook's new chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, a veteran privacy lawyer in Washington, wrote, in a blog post. Facebook users can give feedback and talk to Ms. Egan on Monday in a video chat. The new explanations, available by clicking on the Help tab on the bottom of the Facebook home page, include one on how cookies work on the site and what information application developers receive when you download an app on the Facebook platform. The explanations also inform users about who can see what kinds of posts on their timelines. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/11/facebook-shares-more-about-how-it-uses-your-data/
Date: Sun, 13 May 2012 00:18:55 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: European Parliament Approves Lower Roaming Charges Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> European Parliament Approves Lower Roaming Charges By KEVIN J. O'BRIEN May 10, 2012 BERLIN - European lawmakers on Thursday approved a plan to extend and lower the Continent's limits on mobile phone roaming charges paid by consumers for another five years, and added the first controls on mobile Internet use. In addition to the caps, the legislation adopted by the European Parliament will allow E.U. residents to buy roaming services from a carrier besides their regular operator beginning in 2014, an attempt to create competition in the market that will lower prices and supplant the need for price controls. The Parliament voted 578 to 10, with 10 abstentions, for the politically popular measure. The European Council of Ministers, which acts as the legislative upper house, has already agreed to adopt the same proposal at its next meeting in June. The new lower price caps will take effect on July 1. Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner for telecommunications, said the reductions in retail price caps, especially the limit on data roaming, could save some European families EU300, or $390, during a one-week summer vacation outside their home countries. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/11/technology/european-parliament-approves-lower-roaming-charges.html
Date: Sun, 13 May 2012 00:18:55 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Facebook Is Killing Text Messaging, Report Says Message-ID: <email@example.com> Facebook Is Killing Text Messaging, Report Says By BRIAN X. CHEN MAY 11, 2012 Apple's iMessage, the free, Internet-based text-messaging service, isn't the only thing AT&T's chief executive should lose sleep over. Facebook is also eating into text-messaging revenues for carriers, according to a report. Strand Consult, a telecommunications consulting firm, released a research note on Friday saying that based on measured minutes of use, smartphone users were spending more time on Facebook and thus probably sending more messages with its service than they are text messages. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/11/facebook-killing-sms/
Date: Sun, 13 May 2012 00:18:55 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Facebook Says, Lower Your Expectations About Mobile Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Facebook Says, Lower Your Expectations About Mobile By NICK BILTON MAY 9, 2012 Here an ad, there an ad, everywhere an ad ad. Except on Facebook's mobile app, that is. Facebook amended its public offering prospectus on Wednesday to note that it is showing fewer ads per user on the site because of its lack of mobile advertising. It is the sixth amendment to the document since Facebook filed for an initial public offering in February. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/facebook-amends-its-s-1-filing-to-lower-mobile-expectations/
Date: Sun, 13 May 2012 00:18:55 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: The Push to Make Cab Rides Smarter Message-ID: <email@example.com> The Push to Make Cab Rides Smarter By JOSHUA BRUSTEIN May 11, 2012 When it comes to technology, 2007 was the last big year for taxis. That year, New York City began requiring that cabs be fitted with devices so that customers could pay with credit cards and with GPS devices so that they could track their progress on touch screens in the back. (Cabbies went on strike twice before the gadgets were finally installed.) Also that year, Apple introduced the iPhone, although the cab connection was not immediately apparent. It became clear, though, as developers created a number of taxi-related products. Report a Taxi allows riders to complain about bad drivers directly to the Taxi and Limousine Commission (or praise good ones) with an iPhone app. The ratio is about four complaints for every compliment, the company says. (Riders can also complain to Facebook or Twitter.) Another app, Cab Sense, used the data being collected by in-cab computers to put together a map showing which corners are best for hailing a ride, although it has not updated its data since 2010. The most ambitious projects are smartphone apps that book and pay for cars directly. Uber, which began operating in New York last year, has become a darling of the technology industry for an app that allows a rider to call for a car and charge it directly to an online account. It has spurred a number of competitors. Taxi Magic , which operates a similar service in 35 cities, introduced a new app last week called Sedan Magic, bringing it to New York for the first time. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/nyregion/taxi-rides-are-getting-smarter-by-the-app.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** As an Engineer at Verizon, I flew into LaGuardia on a regular basis. The company had a trip marshall at the airport who would direct employees to whichever transports were available, matching passenges to destinations. Sometimes, we'd be put into cabs, sometimes limos. The cab drivers always complained that the "Tattlers" their bosses put on the cars deprived them of the chance to use their experience to find the fastest route. I used to make jokes about how I always wanted to see Grant's tomb, but I had to stop because most of them took offense. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sun, 13 May 2012 00:18:55 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: When You Text Till You Drop Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> When You Text Till You Drop By BRYAN BURROUGH May 12, 2012 I DON'T know about you, but I've always found the debate about what our mobile devices are doing to us - to our behaviors, our manners, our minds - at least as interesting as reports about what we're doing with these devices. What about that gent who was talking loudly into his Android phone on the Metro-North train this morning? Was he really that obnoxious before we all went wireless - or did the device somehow change him? And what about all those young people who spend hours upon hours texting and sexting and Facebooking? What kinds of adults will they become? Is the casual anonymity of Internet discussion turning us into boors? What did we once do with all the hours we now spend obsessively checking e-mail and texts? Smoke? Larry D. Rosen, a California psychologist, is less concerned with techno-boorishness than with the very real possibility that all these new personal gadgets may be making some of us mentally ill - especially those who are prone to narcissism, for example, or to depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. In "iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us" (Palgrave Macmillan), Dr. Rosen surveys the existing research, throws in a bit of his own and suggests ways that users of new technologies can avoid behavioral pitfalls. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/business/in-idisorder-a-look-at-mobile-device-addiction-review.html
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