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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
|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
Mobile network gear giant Ericsson has filed suit
against mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics, alleging
"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
|02/20/2006 Internet Telephony
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
|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
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
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.
|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
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
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
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
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.
|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
|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
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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