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The Telecom Digest for November 13, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 265 : "text" Format
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Did Skype Give a Private Company Data on Teen WikiLeaks Supporter Without a Warrant? (Monty Solomon)
20 years of GSM digital mobile phones (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2012 16:10:30 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Did Skype Give a Private Company Data on Teen WikiLeaks Supporter Without a Warrant? Message-ID: <p06240801ccc5be9cbacb@[]> Did Skype Give a Private Company Data on Teen WikiLeaks Supporter Without a Warrant? By Ryan Gallagher Nov. 9, 2012 Skype's privacy credentials took a hit in July over a refusal to comment on whether it could eavesdrop on conversations. Now the Internet chat service is facing another privacy-related backlash-after allegedly handing over user data without a warrant to a private security firm investigating pro-WikiLeaks activists. The explosive details were contained in a report by Dutch investigative journalist Brenno de Winter, published on NU.nl earlier this week. Citing an internal police file detailing an investigation called "Operation Talang," Winter wrote that PayPal was attempting to track down activists affiliated with the hacker collective Anonymous. The hackers had attacked the PayPal website following the company's controversial decision to block payments to WikiLeaks in December 2010. ... http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/11/09/skype_gave_data_on_a_teen_wikileaks_supporter_to_a_private_company_without.html -or- http://goo.gl/ENUvy
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2012 23:02:03 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: 20 years of GSM digital mobile phones Message-ID: <p06240813ccc624fbb92f@[]> 20 years of GSM digital mobile phones How far the cellphone has come since the Nokia 1011 By Caleb Cox 9 November 2012 The Register Twenty years ago today, on 9 November 1992, Nokia launched the world's first commercially available GSM digital mobile phone - the Nokia 1011 - strengthening consumer interest in the world of mobile connectivity. The candybar device - which weighed a whopping 475g and could sustain a conversation for no more than 90 minutes - also introduced text messaging, viewable on the handset's two-line display. Those that rushed off to buy one were blissfully unaware of how much their handsets would evolve over the next two decades. The notion that a phone could become the central hub of their lives would have been considered outlandish. Here then are of the of the most significant milestones reached in the digital mobile era. ... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/09/20_years_of_gsm_digital_phones/
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