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Hijacking Cellphones Isn’t Nearly As Hard as It Should Be

Hacking into cellphones, or staging a hostile takeover, doesn’t require a lot of fancy tricks or even that many steps, according to two experts who sounded the alarm Wednesday at a security conference in Las Vegas.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE


Government Urges Free Wi-Fi Service

Not surprisingly, the idea is being met with resistance by the $178 billion wireless industry, which is actively lobbying policymakers against the proposal.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE

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What We Have Here Is a Failure to Compensate

At a time of record unemployment, American companies are increasingly exploiting the low-cost labor of 2.3 million Americans behind bars. This means fewer jobs available for free citizens, which leads to more unemployment, which produces more crime ... (more)

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE

Kevin Martin

FCC Cashes In on Spectrum Auction

After two months and 261 rounds of bidding, the FCC announced Tuesday that it has raised a total of $19.6 billion from the sale of the U.S. wireless spectrum. The revenue, slated to fund “public safety and digital television transition initiatives,” is nearly double what Congress had previously estimated for the publicly owned spectrum.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008 READ MORE


BlackBerry Addicts Get the Night Sweats

There’s a reason why it’s nicknamed CrackBerry.  North American BlackBerry users were dismayed Tuesday night by an overnight shutdown of the company’s wireless e-mail service that left them bereft of their fix—and forced them to communicate in passé ways.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE

Report: NSA Sought Phone Records Before 9/11

The NSA asked AT&T to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, allege lawyers filing a lawsuit on behalf of telephone company customers.
This is huge because, according to a lawyer on the case, “The Bush Administration asserted this became necessary after 9/11…. This undermines that assertion.’‘

Posted on Jul 2, 2006 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.

Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE

Google’s Wi-Fi Plan Stirs Big Brother Concerns

The company’s free wireless service in San Francisco would allow Google to monitor all its users’ whereabouts—ostensibly to serve up location-specific advertising.
The feeling you just got? That would be the hairs on the back on your neck rising.

Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE

new york subway
Mary Altaffer / AP

Cellphones to Disrupt Final Sanctuary: Subways

Rejoice! With bids coming in to wire New York’s subway stations, you’ll never have to miss a fascinating discussion about someone’s dinner plans, or their stomachache, or whatever else they choose to spew on their captive audiences. | story

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE

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