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The Telecom Digest for December 10, 2012
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Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2012 14:54:59 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: U.S. patent office declares 'the Steve Jobs patent' entirely invalid on non-final basis Message-ID: <email@example.com> U.S. patent office declares 'the Steve Jobs patent' entirely invalid on non-final basis DECEMBER 7, 2012 For the second time in less than two months, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a first Office action tentatively declaring a key Apple multitouch patent invalid. ... http://www.fosspatents.com/2012/12/us-patent-office-declares-steve-jobs.html
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2012 01:03:29 -0500 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: The State of Smartphones in 2012: Part I of our Ultimate Guide Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Thu, 6 Dec 2012 23:47:03 -0500, Monty Solomon wrote: > The State of Smartphones in 2012: Part I of our Ultimate Guide > > We review the landscape and name the best in multiple categories. And > it's just the beginning. > > by Andrew Cunningham > Dec 3 2012 > Ars Technica > > The last six months or so has seen a veritable storm of high-end > smartphones. ... > > ... > > > http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/12/the-state-of-the-smartphone/ > Omitted, seemingly, as not sufficiently "high-end": Sony's unlocked dual-SIM quad-band GSM Xperia tipo dual, Model XTST21DS[color], : : http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666493231 : , offered briefly at a Black Friday sale price of around $150 postpaid, and high-end enough for me :-) (it's going to replace a venerable RAZR V3). Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2012 09:48:36 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: The Illusion Of Online Security Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> The Illusion Of Online Security http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-12-05/illusion-online-security The Diane Rehm Show December 5, 2012 The age of passwords is over. That's the claim made in this month's "Wired" magazine. Most of us trust that a string of letters, numbers and characters is enough to protect our bank accounts, email and credit cards. But hackers are breaking into computer systems and hosts of user names and passwords on the Web with increasing regularity. And because so much of our personal information is stored in the cloud, hackers can trick customer service agents into resetting passwords. Some Internet companies say the trade-offs -- convenience and privacy -- are necessary to protect our data. Privacy advocates say that price is too high. Diane and her guests discuss the illusion of online security and whether you can make your accounts harder to crack. Guests Simon Davies founder of Privacy International. Cecilia Kang technology reporter for the Washington Post. Kevin Mitnick information security expert and former hacker. http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-12-05/illusion-online-security
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2012 09:48:36 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Privacy Rights And Government Access To Electronic Messages Message-ID: <email@example.com> Privacy Rights And Government Access To Electronic Messages http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-11-29/privacy-rights-and-government-access-electronic-messages The Diane Rehm Show November 29, 2012 The Senate considers a bill to allow federal agencies to access electronic messages. Balancing privacy rights and public safety. Guests David Cole law professor at Georgetown University Law Center and author of "The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable." His previous books include "Less Safe, Less Free" and "Terrorism and the Constitution." Scott Fredericksen managing partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP and former federal prosecutor and Independent Counsel. Michelle Quinn technology correspondent for Politico. http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-11-29/privacy-rights-and-government-access-electronic-messages
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2012 13:44:12 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Verizon seeks customers to spam with mobile marketing forever Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Verizon seeks customers to spam with mobile marketing forever Participants are handsomely rewarded with a coupon. Hey, where are you going? by Casey Johnston Dec 5 2012 Ars Technica Verizon is starting to contact customers this week about allowing the telecom to sell their data-including location, browsing information, and mobile app usage-to third-party marketers in exchange for coupons. The company promises one coupon up front, with the potential for e-mails, texts, snail mail, or mobile ads with more offers based on the data collected. The program is called Verizon Selects and is Verizon's attempt to bridge the gap between how marketers reach mobile users and what mobile users (supposedly) want to see from marketers. Verizon says it will analyze the information listed above along with "customer demographic and interest data" to "create specific insights." ... http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/12/verizon-seeks-customers-to-spam-with-mobile-marketing-forever/ -or- http://goo.gl/sT6kz
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