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Nicholas Merrill is tired of waiting for Congress to protect Americans' privacy online So he plans to force the matter by changing the way telecommunication companies do business So he plans to change the way telecommunication companies do business.

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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)

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America’s third-place carrier doesn’t get that many high-five opportunities, but somewhere Sprint executives are bruising their palms after announcing the EVO 4G, the first phone in America to run on a next-generation wireless network. (continued)

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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)

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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.

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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.

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