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Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 16:39:43 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: The war for mobile messaging is on Message-ID: <email@example.com> The war for mobile messaging is on Start-up mobile messaging apps have surged, displacing traditional SMS texts. Silicon Valley titans such as Google and Facebook want in on the action. May 11, 2013|By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO - WhatsApp is one of Silicon Valley's most buzzed-about companies, yet it actively avoids the spotlight, operating out of a small office in Mountain View, Calif., with no sign on the building entrance or on the office door. Unlike most start-ups eager for media attention, WhatsApp Inc. says it doesn't want or need it. Its popular mobile messaging app has spread so quickly by word of mouth that in just four years it has amassed hundreds of millions of users who collectively send as many as 18 billion messages a day. WhatsApp belongs to a new generation of messaging services that are revolutionizing 20-year-old text messaging technology and escalating the mobile messaging wars. ... http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/11/business/la-fi-mobile-messaging-20130512
Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 21:53:19 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Aurelius Files Suit to Block Clearwire-Sprint Deal Message-ID: <20130513015318.GA23360@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Aurelius Files Suit to Block Clearwire-Sprint Deal By Nathalie Tadena Hedge fund Aurelius Capital Management LP has filed a lawsuit against Clearwire Corp. (CLWR) and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), claiming the terms of the companies' proposed $2.2 billion merger are unfair to Clearwire's minority shareholders. Aurelius alleges Clearwire's board and Sprint violated their fiduciary duties to the wireless- broadband provider's minority shareholders and called the proposed tie-up a "coercive freeze-out merger." http://www.advfn.com/nyse/StockNews.asp?stocknews=VZ&article=57345750 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 22:39:41 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Verizon FiOS battery failures surprising Pennsylvania Customers Message-ID: <20130513023941.GA30696@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Verizon Fios Battery Failures Surprising North Hills Customers Customers are responsible for the cost of new, back-up batteries By Larissa Dudkiewicz Verizon's motto says they "can save you a bundle." But more and more customers with Verizon FIOS service say they are experiencing trouble with the batteries in their control boxes, and having to buy replacements, according to KDKA-TV. Verizon customer Bob Gaertner of Ross Township told KDKA he noticed the replace battery light on his FIOS control box [flashing], which meant his backup battery was dead. Lee Gierczynski of Verizon says the backup battery is crucial because it provides up to 8-hours of backup power to voice service in case there is a commercial power outage, KDKA reports. But when Gaertner called Verizon to get a replacement battery, KDKA says he was told his warranty was just for one year and that he was solely responsible for the battery. Verizon FIOS is available to about 450,000 households in western Pennsylvania. http://moon.patch.com/articles/verizon-fios-battery-failures-surprising-north-hills-customers-b0ebd842 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 22:46:33 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: ISPs fight for subscribers in piracy lawsuit Message-ID: <20130513024633.GA31749@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Reported by Mike E on Monday, May 13 2013 1:00 am ISPs Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner, and Cox are fighting to protect user privacy after being requested to release the identities of just over 1000 users in a piracy lawsuit. Among many concerns, the ISPs claim that some they are asking for are innocent, and it would be unjust for them to have to pay for anything. Piracy has been a touchy subject for a long time now, and it has only escalated since the introduction of BitTorrent. There have been many lawsuits on individuals who have been found downloading music or movies, and it.s here that the issue of privacy has become prominent. The companies who are initiating the lawsuits require the identities of the users before they begin charging them, and they usually try to acquire them from the ISPs. Well, now ISPs Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner, and Cox are fighting for user privacy by appealing a district court decision that is asking that they reveal just over 1000 identities. http://vr-zone.com/articles/isps-fight-for-innocent-subscribers-in-large-piracy-lawsuit/20099.html#ixzz2T8XRmcxy -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email to write to me directly)
Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 22:05:07 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: The press realizes the FiOS party is over Message-ID: <20130513020506.GA25976@telecom.csail.mit.edu> We've been covering Verizon's decision to suspend FiOS deployment in many neighborhoods for much of the last month, discussing how cities like Alexandria, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland are more than a little annoyed that they won't be getting upgraded from last-generation DSL. The company is continuing builds in cities that have signed franchise agreements, but ... http://www.jagonline.org/2010/04/05/the-press-realizes-the-fios-party-is-over/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 22:42:55 -0400 From: T <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: In Hours, Thieves Took $45 Million in A.T.M. Scheme Message-ID: <MPG.firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org says... > > On 5/10/2013 1:21 AM, Monty Solomon wrote: > > > > In Hours, Thieves Took $45 Million in A.T.M. Scheme > > > > By MARC SANTORA > > May 9, 2013 > ... > > The operation included sophisticated computer experts operating in the > > shadowy world of Internet hacking, manipulating financial information > > with the stroke of a few keys, as well as common street criminals, who > > used that information to loot the automated teller machines. > > What this article didn't say is that this theft was greatly aided by > easily duplicated mag strip cards. Once the "sophisticated computer > experts" had the compromised account numbers, it was really easy for the > street thieves to create cards with this stolen account information on > the mag stripe. > > If we were all using smart cards, it would be much harder (impossible?) > to create duplicate cards. > > Maybe now the banks in the US will get serious about switching to smart > cards. > > -Gary We'll never see chip based cards in widespread use in the United States. They'd have to replace the ENTIRE infrastructure that developed around mag-stripe. I once saw a cost estimate to do just that and it was billions of dollars. And when it comes to security - the dollar wins.
Date: 13 May 2013 03:25:18 -0000 From: "John Levine" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: In Hours, Thieves Took $45 Million in A.T.M. Scheme Message-ID: <email@example.com> >We'll never see chip based cards in widespread use in the United States. >They'd have to replace the ENTIRE infrastructure Master Card, Visa, and American Express have published their transition schedule. In October 2015, most merchants will become liable for fraudulent transactions if they don't have an EMV (chip card) terminal. A few kinds of terminals, notably gas pumps, have until 2017. http://www.emv-connection.com/emv-migration-driven-by-payment-brand-milestones/ R's, John
Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 22:33:16 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Will the data boom pay dividends? Message-ID: <20130513023315.GA29815@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Will the Data Boom Pay Dividends? Consumer demand for digital broadband is growing quickly. When will investors cash in on the boom? By RICHARD SATRAN For investors who want certainty in their portfolio - and that includes virtually everyone - there is growing interest in the companies best positioned to cash in on the boom in social media and mobile computing: diversified media companies like AT&T and Verizon that offer broadband in all forms. Still, the perils of investing in technology have never been better-illustrated than by Apple's slide over the past six months. High-tech products, even those with transformative properties, have a life cycle like the iPhone's apparent march toward middle age. http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/mutual-funds/articles/2013/04/24/will-the-data-boom-pay-dividends -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
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