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|03/28/2006 PayPal to offer
Paying by Text Message
PayPal, the world's largest supplier of online payment
services, is preparing to offer a service for consumers
to make purchases or money transfers using simple
text messaging via mobile telephones, the company
The service, known as PayPal Mobile, will be launched
in the next couple of weeks in the United States,
Canada and Britain, a spokeswoman said. Other markets
worldwide will follow.
|03/27/2006 Cell Phones
Police and prosecutors claim a cellphone placed
a New York City bar bouncer near the body of a 24-year-old
college student who was bound, raped, killed and dumped
in a remote area.
Members of the New York City Police Department
said early on that a cellphone call placed Darryl
Littlejohn near the undeveloped land where Imette
St. Guillen's body was found – before police had
|03/20/2006 Text Messaging
Mobile phone subscribers in Belarus received an
anonymous text message alleging that plotters were
preparing bloodshed after Sunday's election and warning
them to keep away.
"On the evening of the 19th on Oktyabrskaya Square,
provocateurs are preparing bloodshed. Look after your
life and health," the message read.
The message followed a warning by President Alexander
Lukashenko that he would not tolerate unrest after
Sunday's presidential vote, which opponents say has
|03/19/2006 Fandango calls
on Cingular for ticket deal
Movie ticket provider Fandango is set to expand its
service further into the mobile space Thursday by
adding Cingular, the nation's largest wireless carrier,
to its roster of cellular partners.
Developed in conjunction with Crisp Wireless, users
of Fandango can access it at mobile.fandango.com,
from Google's toolbar or by text message and instantly
receive showtimes and ticket availability for nearby
theaters and other movie information. Cingular customers
can also dial *V to access showtimes and ticketing
using voice commands as part of Cingular's Voice Info
|03/17/2006 SoftBank to
Internet services company Softbank said Friday it
is acquiring British mobile phone company Vodafone's
struggling Japan unit for 1.75 trillion yen, or $15
billion, a move that will greatly boost Softbank's
foray into the cell phone business.
Maker RIM Calls For U.S. Patent Reform
Research In Motion Ltd., which recently settled a
patent-infringement lawsuit that threatened to shutdown
its popular BlackBerry email service, on Tuesday called
for a "more balanced" U.S patent system.
In an open letter on its Web site, the Canadian company
thanked customers and partners for their loyalty during
the long-running suit, in which RIM supporters expressed
concern about "a patent system in obvious need of
In the letter, Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief
executive of RIM; and Jim Balsillie, chairman and
co-chief executive of the company, questioned why
"the patent system should allow such a bizarre set
of circumstances to threaten millions of American
customers in the first place."
|03/13/2006 Cingular Uses
Cingular Wireless, the No. 1 U.S. mobile service,
is aiming to extend the increasing popularity of online
communities to cellphones with Rabble, a service aimed
at connecting like-minded young people, the companies
said on Thursday.
|03/12/2006 Razr Sales
Cingular Wireless and T-Mobile USA temporarily stopped
selling Motorola Inc.'s popular Razr phones this week
because of a defect in some of them that causes calls
Motorola said Friday the glitch affects only a limited
number of phones and it does not expect any impact
on financial results.
"Motorola continues to ship new Razr handsets in volume
to customer distribution centres and retail availability
is expected to be normal across all markets by next
week," spokeswoman Jennifer Weyrauch said.
Cingular Wireless and T-Mobile suspended Razr sales
over the previous two days as a precaution so its
customers didn't get stuck with defective phones.
|03/13/2006 ATT Challenges
With its $65 billion agreement to buy BellSouth Corp.,
AT&T Inc. faces one of the biggest challenges
in its history: integrating two stodgy telephone companies
with the nation's largest wireless company and making
good on $18 billion in promised cost savings.
Although the deal had been widely expected, the timing
was a surprise to Wall Street, coming just three months
after SBC Communications completed its purchase of
AT&T Corp. to form the "new" AT&T Inc.
|03/12/2006 Verizon Wants
U.S. telecom giant Verizon Communications has made
an informal approach to Vodafone Group Plc about buying
the latter's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless
for about $40 billion, British newspaper the Business
reported on Sunday.
"We have made our interest in acquiring Vodafone's
stake in Verizon Wireless clear," a Verizon source
told the paper. "The ball is now in Vodafone's court."
|03/10/2006 Second Phone
Data Privacy Bill Approved
Targeting both telephone data brokers and telecoms,
a House panel today approved legislation that bans
the sale, lease or rental of confidential telephone
The bill also strengthens the ability of the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) to pursue the thriving online
black-market sale of phone data.
|03/06/2006 Text messaging
Tops in Asia
Text messaging remains the most popular service for
mobile phone users in the Asia Pacific despite offers
for fancier applications such as email and gaming,
an industry research group said.
|03/06/2006 Russians To
Get Free Mobile
Russian mobile telephone users will no longer have
to pay for their incoming calls under a change to
the telecommunications law signed by President Vladimir
Putin, the Kremlin said.
|03/06/2006 Who is Reading
Your Text Messages
Have you ever hit "Send" on a text message on
your mobile phone before addressing it? Ever wondered
where all those lost SMS text messages go? If so,
you might want to speak with Stan Bubrouski, whose
cell phone has been channeling wayward text messages
from across the country for years.
Bubrouski, a computer science major at Northeastern
University in Boston, is the proud owner of 'Null@vtext.com,'
an account on the popular Verizon text messaging service
that allows Internet users to send e-mail and IM messages
directly to his cell phone as SMS text messages.
"I've been paying for it ever since," Bubrouski
|03/04/2006 Google and
Sony Ericsson announced it was linking up with Google
incorporate the company's Web search and blog features
into its mobile phones.
|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
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