32 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981
The Telecom Digest for November 23, 2013
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Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:54:54 -0500 From: danny burstein <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Introducing 844 Toll Free Numbers Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.firstname.lastname@example.org> Somehow this snuck up on me. I didn't realize these were about to get launched. - And I've also got to ask why there's still such a huge demand for "tollfree" numbers. More and more people, and pretty much all businesses by now, have calling plans that are no longer distance sensitive. There's a bit of a cachet and "branding" issue, for example "800-USA-Rail", and a fair number of places don't want to be associated with Lower Cupcake, SD, but I'd have thought that's all been pretty much exhausted by now. Anyway, here's a note that my "800 vendor" just sent me. (I considered redacting their name, but figured people here can deal with it...) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:33:19 +0000 From: "kall8.com" <email@example.com> Subject: Introducing 844 Toll Free Numbers Dear Valued Customer, Announcing a rare opportunity to get a premium toll-free number! On December 7th, the new 844 toll-free number prefix will launch providing a small window of opportunity to acquire the perfect vanity number. There will be a large amount of competition for these numbers and each service provider will have strict limits on the amount of numbers they are able to reserve. We want to provide you with the opportunity to reserve the perfect number for your business. The 844 toll-free exchange is brand new so there are many possibilities! Find the perfect keyword for your business such as 844-GET-A-JOB, 844-MORTGAGE, and 844-BUY-CARS. * Choose a number that is easy to remember such as 844-444-4444, 844-400-4000, and 844-414-1414. Thank you, Kall8 Customer Service ***** Moderator's Note ***** Toll-free numbers are more popular than ever, not only because long distance rates have fallen, which makes calls cheaper no matter who pays for them, but mostly because 800 calls provide ANI info to the called party, bypassing any caller id blocking. Those numbers are a VERY valuable commodity, not only because cell calls are not subject to cold calling, but also because a cellular number is an invaluable cross-reference that stays with a buyer across multiple companies. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:55:00 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Review: Apple's Retina iPad mini is the small tablet we wanted a year ago Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Review: Apple's Retina iPad mini is the small tablet we wanted a year ago Great screen and drastically better performance both come at a price. by Andrew Cunningham Nov 16 2013 Ars Technica You needed to know two things about the first iPad mini. The first thing is that it was, well, mini-it was a 7.9-inch tablet from a company whose CEO once said that users would have to sandpaper their fingers down to comfortably use anything smaller than a full-size iPad. The second was that it didn't include Apple's so-called Retina display, the high-density screen that by then had become standard-issue in iPhones and iPads. How quickly we got used to those high-resolution screens! The first Retina iPad came out in March of 2012, and in our review of the first mini, we already had trouble going back to a non-Retina display. With this year's iPad mini, Apple addressed our complaints, bestowing upon the tablet a Retina display and removing the single largest roadblock to iPad mini ownership. How does the new Retina iPad mini stack up compared to excellent, cheap Android tablets like the 2013 Nexus 7? And where does it stand next to Apple's other thin-and-light tablet, the newly svelte iPad Air? ... http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/11/review-apples-retina-ipad-mini-is-the-small-tablet-we-wanted-a-year-ago/
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:55:00 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Supreme Court declines to stop Verizon metadata handover to NSA Message-ID: <email@example.com> Supreme Court declines to stop Verizon metadata handover to NSA Writ of mandamus petition filed by privacy advocacy group after Snowden leaks. by Cyrus Farivar Nov 18 2013 Ars Technica On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear a writ of mandamus petition brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) challenging the legitimacy of Verizon's wholesale handover of metadata to the NSA. The court gave no explanation. ... http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/11/supreme-court-declines-to-stop-verizon-metadata-handover-to-nsa/
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:55:00 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Yahoo will encrypt between data centers, use SSL for all sites Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Yahoo will encrypt between data centers, use SSL for all sites CEO Marissa Mayer promises Yahoo will be locked down by March 2014. by Sean Gallagher Nov 18 2013 Ars Technica In the wake of revelations about the National Security Agency's monitoring of traffic on the private international fiber links connecting the data centers of Google and Yahoo, Google stepped up its efforts to encrypt internal server traffic and block such monitoring. Now, Yahoo has announced its own plans to encrypt all information that travels between data centers by early next year. ... http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/11/yahoo-will-encrypt-between-data-centers-use-ssl-for-all-sites/ http://yahoo.tumblr.com/post/67373852814/our-commitment-to-protecting-your-information
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