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T-Mobile Slapped With FTC Lawsuit for Phony Charges

Some T-Mobile customers have paid extra fees for text-based services they didn’t agree to include in their cellphone charges, and now the Federal Trade Commission is on the mobile giant’s case with an inquiry and a lawsuit.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



Postgrad Elites Control Political Debates

Trying to sort out the status of Obamacare can be tricky thanks to our dysfunctional leadership class; Republican state Sen. Marty Golden wants to teach Brooklyn’s women “the art of feminine presence”; meanwhile, a group of Mormons quits the church in a mass ceremony in Utah. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Flickr / Lord Jim (CC-BY)

Federal Agency Wants to Ban Texting, Talking While Driving

You there, with the surreptitious driving-while-texting action and also you, with the hands-free gadgetry on your head—take heed. The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent agency that traffics in such matters, wants you both to hang it up.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / NontrivialMatt

Justice Dept. Hangs Up on AT&T Deal for T-Mobile

The U.S. Justice Department sued Wednesday to prevent AT&T’s hoped-for merger with T-Mobile, a $39 billion deal that would create the largest telephone carrier in the country with almost 130 million subscribers. (more)

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Dana Spiegel

Glenn Greenwald on the Growing Surveillance State

Days after two British men were sentenced to four years in prison for using Facebook to incite disorder that never materialized, Glenn Greenwald writes fluently and concisely about the efforts of governments to maintain power and order by controlling the flow of information and communication online.

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Andrionni Ribo (Northern California, USA)

Hackers Take Aim at San Francisco Transit

The hacker group Anonymous threatened to target the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit website after officials cut the system’s underground cellphone service to prevent a protest last week. (more)

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE


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Flickr / Gastev

Cellphones Might Cause Cancer, Maybe

If you’re feeling confused about this issue, you’re not alone: Conflicting reports have been released, but now a group of experts from the World Health Organization is claiming that cellphones, under certain heavy-use circumstances, may cause cancer in humans. (more)

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



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No Warrant Necessary for Cell Phone Searches in California

The California Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police officers in the Golden State don’t need a warrant to be able to peruse the cell phones of those under arrest—a decision that may have troubling implications and may eventually involve the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE


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Flickr / Extra Ketchup

Multitasking Our Way to Distraction

What do we stand to gain from all our gadgetry in this, our wired (not to mention wireless) era? Improved manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination? The ability to soundly defeat pixelated alien hordes via video games?

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / Gastev

Cell Phones, Cancer and You

Here’s some good news for all of us who are tragically glued to our mobile phones: According to a new study, there may be reason to doubt the alarming cell-phones-cause-cancer theory, but it should be noted that this study was funded in part by the mobile industry.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE



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When Life Gives You Corn, Make Corn-Based Cell Phones

Samsung and Sprint are coming out with a new cell phone for the green crowd. The “Reclaim” is made from recycled materials and corn-based plastic and comes in eco-friendly packaging complete with soy-based ink. It’s enough to make one long for the day when all electronics are manufactured sustainably and iPhones grow on trees.

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE


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phonedog.com

Texting and Driving Spell Trouble on the Road

Despite any illusions some of us may still harbor about our manual dexterity and multitasking prowess behind the wheel, a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has found that text messaging and driving really don’t mix. Surprise.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Conflict Cell Phones

You’ve heard of conflict diamonds, but did you know there might be blood on your cell phone? This PSA brings a little-known aspect of the conflict in Eastern Congo to light and offers a suggestion on how global consumers can help.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 READ MORE


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.everythingcuba.com

U.S. Opening More Commerce Channels With Cuba

The Obama administration is relaxing some of the restrictions on travel to and business with Cuba, launching a new initiative that will allow American telecom companies to set up cell phone and other services on the island nation.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009 READ MORE


Azizabad mourners
AP photo / Fraidoon Pooyaa

Footage of Slain Afghan Civilians Revives Inquiry Into U.S. Raid

Cell-phone footage shot by a doctor in a makeshift morgue in Azizabad, Afghanistan, showing rows of dead Afghan civilians, including several children, has led to a renewed inquiry into an American-led airstrike that occurred on Aug. 22. American officials had previously insisted that only seven civilians had been killed in the attack, but they’re now having to face the possibility that the actual figure could be as high as 90.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


Baghdad calling
independent.co.uk

Snapshots of Life and Death in Baghdad

Three bodies lie beside a Baghdad street on a blindingly hot day. The one on the right is dressed in a white shirt and bright green trousers, his hands tied behind his back. Two others on the left lie shoeless, both dressed in check shirts, dumped—how easily we use that word of Baghdad’s corpses—on a yard of dirt and bags of garbage. They, too, of course, are now garbage.

Posted on Jul 3, 2008 READ MORE


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tastyblogsnack.com

Step Away From the Blackberry

There’s a new kind of addiction out there, to which many of us are currently vulnerable, and from which some of us may be suffering right this moment: According to one Dr. Jerald Block, writing in the American Journal of Psychiatry, excessive e-mailing and text messaging could be a form of mental illness.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


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itpsites.com

The FBI, Wiretapping and You

Not to be deterred by new developments in digital technology, the FBI laid the groundwork for its current DCSNet (Digital Collection System Network) wiretapping system during the Clinton years, allowing agents to just point ‘n’ click their way into the nation’s land lines, cell phones and Internet telephony networks. 

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


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emctech.com.au

No Cancer Risk From Cell Phones

Researchers from the Danish Institute of Cancer Epidemiology have found that cell phone use does not increase the risk of cancer.  The study looked at more than 420,000 cell users, some 56,000 of whom had used a mobile phone for more than 10 years. (h/t: Engadget Mobile)

Posted on Dec 16, 2006 READ MORE


Companies Will Track You Via Cellphone

Fresh off the controversy over companies selling your private phone records to third parties, UK companies will now track a user based on a cellphone signal. And a BBC reporter learns that it’s ridiculously easy to evade the companies’ abuse safeguards.

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


All Your Phone Call Records are for Sale, Cheap

Anyone can buy a list of your incoming and outgoing calls, cellphone or hard-line, for $110. Congress knows, shrugs | more

Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


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