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02/26/2006 House Widens Black Market Phone Data Probe

The congressional hearings probing data brokers that sell personal phone records have concluded, but the lawmakers' investigation continues.

As part of its latest update on the probe, House Energy and Commerce Committee investigators identified 22 more Web sites selling unauthorized personal phone data, including cell phone roaming records, the date and time of the calls, and their origin and destination.

The panel sent letters to the legal representatives of the sites demanding that the companies provide information about how the sites are obtaining the data.


02/26/2006 RIM Patent War On Fire

Patent holding company NTP Inc. said on Thursday that BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. had mischaracterized the validity of its patents, technology that is contested in a lawsuit which could shut down the BlackBerry e-mail service in the United States.

With a U.S. court set to consider NTP's request for an injunction on Friday, NTP said RIM's assertions that patents have been invalidated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are "flatly wrong".


02/26/2006 Ericsson Files Patent Suit

Mobile network gear giant Ericsson has filed suit against mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics, alleging patent infringement.

"We have filed a lawsuit against Samsung for patent infringement in the U.S., U.K., Germany and the Netherlands," Ericsson spokeswoman Ase Lindskog said Friday.

"The reason is that we have had extensive negotiations with Samsung over a renewal of licenses because their agreement with us expired on Dec. 31 last year," she added. "They are using mobile phone patents which no longer have licenses."


02/26/2006 Cell Phones To Not Contain Toxins

California would require manufacturers to phase out the use of hazardous materials in making cell phones, iPods and other electronic devices under a bill introduced by a state lawmaker.

The bill unveiled on Thursday by Assembly Member Lori Saldana, a Democrat from San Diego, would apply to any electronic or battery-operated device. The bill, which was introduced on Wednesday, would require manufacturers to stop using the substances in devices sold in California by 2008.


02/20/2006 Internet Telephony Going Mobile

Internet telephony over mobile phones took centre stage at the 3GSM World Congress mobile phone conference in Barcelona last week, with two announcements signalling that the mobile phone industry is waking up to the potentially disruptive technology coming its way.

"Internet voice is going mobile," said Jorma Ollila, Nokia chief executive, on Monday as the world's biggest maker of mobile handsets unveiled its first mass- market model capable of supporting voice-over-internet protocol.


02/18/2006 Cellular Service to Offer MySpace Phones

The social networking site MySpace, hugely successful among teenagers and twenty-somethings, is about to become more ubiquitous with the launch of a cellular service that will let users read and post to the site for free.

The service and two accompanying phones will be launched in a few months by Helio LLC, a joint venture of Internet service provider Earthlink Inc. and South Korean carrier SK Telecom Co.


02/17/2006 Homeland Security Spells Out Coming Online Threats

The top Internet threats for 2006 will include more attacks through instant messages and cell phones, as well as a boost in identity hacks against online brokerage accounts, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance predicted Wednesday.

By joining forces, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) hope to give consumers time to put additional protection in place on their PCs.

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02/14/2006 Increase Functionality for a Minor Expense

Communications Facilities, Inc. (CFI), a Streamline Solution's customer, uses Zetron Sentrimax to monitor alarm points at a variety of communication sites, including federal agencies and wireless towers. The alarm conditions indicate a range of items from power failures to temperature alerts.

Streamline Solutions, LLC. was able to optimize CFI's communications and increase response times by installing PageGate with the GetSerial Interface. The added functionality of PageGate means that designated Communications Facilities, Inc. staff receive detailed text messages about each alarm condition.

Increase Functionality for Minor Expense


02/13/2006 Motorola Wallet

Motorola is rolling out new software that will allow cell phones to effectively double as credit cards.

Motorola's ``M-Wallet'' technology will allow people to make purchases with their mobile phones, as relevant credit and debit card information will be embedded in the devices.

M-Wallet users will also be able to manage financial accounts on their mobile phones.


02/09/2006 Super Thin Phone

Motorola today announced a slider phone that's a mere 14.8mm thick. Called simply the Z - for no other reason than it's the last letter of the alphabet, Moto bosses said - the handset sports a 2.2in display, a 1.3-megapixel digital camera, an MP3 player and the company's now standard cut-metal keypad


02/08/2006 Realtors and Technology

I know NotePage, Inc. has a lot of realtors who are customers. I thought they might find this story about using RSS to Sell Homes.

Daily more and more realtors are turning to RSS as a tool to market homes for sale. The growing RSS phenomenon in the realty market makes perfect sense. Unlike email RSS feeds have a 100% delivery rate. In addition the costs involved in creating and managing an RSS feed are insignificant when compared to the print advertising Realtors spend on each week. Imagine the amount spent each week to promote various properties in circulars and weekly newspapers, compared to the costs associated with updating and managing an RSS feed.

Realtors Use RSS to Sell Homes


02/07/2006 Use Phones to Track Employees

Advances in mobile phone tracking technology are turning British firms into cyber sleuths as they keep a virtual eye on their staff, vehicles and stock.

In the past few years, companies that offer tracking services have seen an explosion in interest from businesses keen to take advantage of technological developments in the name of operational efficiency.

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02/06/2006 Text Messaging to become recruiting tool for US army

According to an article in the NY Times, the army has plans to attract teenagers to enlist with video games, Web sites and helicopter simulators as well as appeals via text messaging, possibly with a new Army slogan.


02/06/2006 Google Has Right to Log the Text of Messages Sent Using their Send to SMS Feature

According to Search Engine Watch:

Nathan over at InsideGoogle mentions a post by Devin Reams who points to a portion of the Google Firefox Send to Phone FAQ: FAQ that says, "we [Google] might also log the text of the message you send, in order to investigate and correct technical problems with the service."


02/06/2006 Welcome or Not, Cell Phones set for NY Underground

One of life's ironic oases of solitude -- the peace people find amid the roar of a New York City subway -- could soon be gone.

As New York plans to make cell phones work in subway stations, experts say Americans eventually could be connected everywhere, underground or in the air.

"It's technically feasible, both for airplanes and subways," said James Katz, director of the Center for Mobile Communication Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. "It's the social aspect that's really the most intractable."


02/01/2006 Phones and MP3s Merge

Cingular Wireless, the No. 1 U.S. mobile provider, has started offering its customers the Slvr, an ultra-thin phone from Motorola Inc. loaded with the popular iTunes music-playing software from Apple Computer Inc. , the companies said on Tuesday.




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