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Two Felons Could Force the Supreme Court to Protect Privacy in the Digital Age

The last thing we would expect from the Roberts court is a robust defense of civil liberties, but judging from the tenor of Tuesday’s oral argument, we could be in for some surprises.

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All of America’s Wireless Carriers Suck, but T-Mobile Is the Fastest

According to OpenSignal, a company that tracks cellphone data speeds, mobile phone service in the United States is universally lousy compared with the rest of the world.

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Jumping Through Cellphone Hoops

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Ukrainian Protests Persist Despite ‘Orwellian’ Surveillance, Violence

Clashes between the Ukrainian government and demonstrators continued Friday, despite President Viktor Yanukovych offering to give a little ground. The government’s creative use of text messaging earlier in the week, not to mention violence, had something to do with the ongoing calls for regime change.

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Coming Soon: You Have a Right to Unlock Your Phone for Free

After more than 114,000 people signed a White House petition, the administration is moving to make phone and tablet unlocking a legal right.

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How to Opt Out of AT&T’s Sale of Your Personal Information

Last week, AT&T quietly updated its privacy policy to include details about how it will begin to sell customers’ personal data to the highest bidder.

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Video Allegedly Shows Police Beating David Silva to Death

After allegedly beating 33-year-old David Sal Silva to death last week, Kern County, Calif., officers reportedly confiscated cellphones from multiple witnesses containing videos of the incident. One piece of footage they apparently weren’t able to take away, however, is a grainy black and white surveillance video that shows parts of the encounter.

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Watch: Newt Gingrich ‘Really Puzzled’ About Smartphones

“Here at Gingrich Productions, we’ve spent weeks figuring out what do you call this,” a completely serious Gingrich says holding up a smartphone. Now he’s asking for your help to name something that already has a name.

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T-Mobile to ‘Stop the Bullshit’

Not minding his corporate manners, the CEO of the nation’s fourth-largest carrier announced that his company plans to take much better care of its customers than any of its rivals.

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Your Phone, the Snitch

Devices that intercept calls and text messages and dig into data stored on your mobile phone are being marketed to police departments across the United States “as being perfect for covert operations in public order situations.” Or, as the ACLU’s Privacy SOS blog puts it: protests.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 READ MORE



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What Your Cellphone Tells the Police Behind Your Back

It turns out you’ve been carrying a snitch around in your pocket. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., announced Monday that the nation’s wireless providers complied with 1.3 million requests in 2011 for private data, including location and text messages.

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The Deadly Business of Climbing Cell Towers

Corporate giants have outsourced the dangerous work of building and maintaining communications towers to tiny subcontracting companies. Over the last nine years, nearly 100 workers have died, 50 of them on cell sites.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Cellphone Tracking Has a Friend Down at Headquarters

You already knew it was happening, but The New York Times points to internal documents to confirm that police departments across the country are using cellphone-tracking technology aggressively in all kinds of investigations, often without a court order or judicial oversight.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE



American Media, Stay Away From Me

American news media outlets such as Time and Newsweek are keeping the U.S. in the dark about world issues; a Silicon Valley startup has dreamed up a ship for international techies to avoid immigration problems; and Wi-Fi and cellphones are making us sick—or are they? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Warning Cell Phone Makers Keep Hidden

Today on the list: Cell phone companies conceal a health warning, Michelangelo’s David the way it was meant to be seen, and Hollywood doesn’t care about poor people—or old people.

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‘Invisible Things That Might Kill You (but Probably Won’t)’ Edition

Look out for those TSA body scanners and cell phones, take a minute to ponder the oddest book titles of the year (including “Bacon: A Love Story”) and read all about the political collapse of the left, right here on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE



What Can the FCC Do for You?

The Federal Communications Commission has a long and disappointing history of generally failing to regulate ever-larger media and telecommunications companies, except, during fits of prudishness, in the area of so-called indecency. But the latest incarnation of the FCC is proving to be more of a consumer advocate than its predecessors. (continued)

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE



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Thanks to Sprint, the Cops May Have a GPS Fix on You

Most mobile phones have tiny GPS chips that do things like give directions or route your call to the right city when you dial 911. It turns out that law enforcement can ask phone companies for GPS info that reveals exactly where a phone owner is, and, according to a disturbing piece of audio making the rounds, the cops asked Sprint-Nextell for the locations of customers 8 million times in one year. (continued and video)

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Can You Hear Me Now?: Terrorist Edition

In a reactionary move against technology and the beasts who wield it, the NYPD has announced it wants to jam cell phone frequencies in case of a terrorist attack, citing Mumbai as an example of how mobile phones allowed attackers in that Indian city to micromanage their assault in real time.

Posted on Jan 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Calling All Cubans: Cell Phones, Gays OK!

Be it through changes in cell phone restrictions or proposed legislation recognizing same-sex unions and transgender rights, Cuba’s political future is looking up for many of its citizens.

Posted on Mar 28, 2008 READ MORE


Cell Phones Set to Dial For Dollars

PayPal will now allow users to buy goods and exchange money using their cell phones.
Sweet! It’s been getting far too hard to blow money on impulse items in recent years.

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Finally, Brokers Get Sued for Selling Private Phone Records

Illinois becomes the first state to bring suit against companies that sell logs of private phone calls. | story

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