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The Telecom Digest for June 9, 2012
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Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 13:43:22 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: What Pogue Actually Bought Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> What Pogue Actually Bought David Pogue JUNE 7, 2012 I get plenty of reader e-mail, and if I had to graph the question categories, "What should I buy?" would be the tallest bar by far. If you could hold your finger down on that bar to explode it into sub-bars, "What do you own?" would be a pretty tall one. Imagine, in other words, if your job let you test and try every single brand of camera, tablet, phone, laptop and GPS, which would you buy for you and your own family? That's why, every couple of years, I write the following post: What Pogue Actually Bought. Hope it's useful to somebody. ... http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/07/what-pogue-actually-bought/
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 10:12:19 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Police: mobile software hack defeating anti-theft measure Message-ID: <email@example.com> Police: mobile software hack defeating anti-theft measure A Ukrainian group has a worldwide network of resellers to reset IMEI numbers. by Cyrus Farivar June 8 2012 For over a year now, a French law has provided a means for law enforcement to block stolen phones and prevent them from being used. French mobile phone users are encouraged to record their IMEI number online with authorities as a precautionary measure. Once a phone is reported stolen to the police, operators are required to transmit the unique IMEI number on each phone to a European bank in Dublin, Ireland. Then, this bank is supposed to block usage of that phone, rendering it unusable. The French newspaper Le Monde (Google Translate) reports that mobile theft in France has dropped 20 percent between April 2011 and April 2012, suggesting that this measure has been somewhat effective. However, the Paris police department has now announced that it has discovered the use of software called Z3X, which has apparently been found in 50 mobile phone shops in eastern Paris. Z3X is a Ukrainian-made tool that offers what appears to be a specific way to reset IMEI numbers on various specific phones, including models of Samsung, LG, NEC and other phones. The group has listed resellers scattered across the United States, Europe, Russia, Ukraine and Libya. ... http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/06/police-mobile-software-hack-defeating-anti-theft-measure/
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 10:48:28 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: LinkedIn app under scrutiny for transferring iOS calendar entries Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> LinkedIn app under scrutiny for transferring iOS calendar entries http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/06/06/linkedin_app_under_scrutiny_for_transferring_ios_calendar_entries.html LinkedOut - A LinkedIn Privacy Issue http://blog.skycure.com/2012/06/linkedout-linkedin-privacy-issue.html#!/2012/06/linkedout-linkedin-privacy-issue.html LinkedIn's Leaky Mobile App Has Access to Your Meeting Notes http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/linkedins-leaky-mobile-app-has-access-to-your-meeting-notes/ More about our mobile calendar feature http://blog.linkedin.com/2012/06/06/mobile-calendar-feature/
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 10:42:23 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Ad Networks Bypass iPhone Privacy Rules Message-ID: <email@example.com> Ad Networks Bypass iPhone Privacy Rules By JOEL SCHECTMAN And JESSICA E. VASCELLARO June 5, 2012 Mobile ad networks are using new techniques to target iPhone users by circumventing Apple Inc.'s earlier efforts to protect user privacy. Apple last summer said it would stop allowing app makers to use a unique identifier embedded in iPhones and iPads to track users as they move from app to app, which is an important way for advertisers to position their ads for appropriate audiences. To avoid the limits of Apple's rules, ad networks that serve advertisements within mobile apps have started using new identifiers that collect information like location and preferences as the user moves across apps. One of the tracking systems is based on a unique identifier located in the iPhone's wireless networking hardware-a system known as Open Device Identification Number, or ODIN. The other prominent tracking alternative, called OpenUDID, uses the device's built-in copy-and-paste function. These networks claim they will lose millions of dollars a week in revenue unless they can gather personal data from users to better target them. Privacy advocates argue these new techniques could allow marketers to identify individuals and violate unsuspecting users' privacy. ... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303552104577440492478901490.html
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 04:16:00 +0000 (UTC) From: "Adam H. Kerman" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Haverhill teen to serve year in jail for fatal texting crash; judge calls for people to keep eyes on road Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Haverhill teen to serve year in jail for fatal texting crash; judge >calls for people to keep eyes on road >By Brian R. Ballou and John R. Ellement, Globe Staff >6/6/2012 >HAVERHILL - Saying he was sending a message of deterrence to >Massachusetts drivers, District Court Judge Stephen Abany today >imposed maximum sentences on Haverhill teen Aaron Deveau for causing >a fatal crash by texting while driving. [Moderator snip] Wow. He'll serve a year at the county jail for taking a human life. So that's what deterrence smells like.
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