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  • T-Mobile down: Nationwide outage knocks out calls, texts for T-Mobile customers

    06/15/2020 6:42:37 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 45 replies
    CNET ^ | June 15, 2020 | Eli Blumenthal
    If your T-Mobile service was having issues on Monday, you were not alone. The third-largest wireless carrier is seemingly having widespread issues around the country impacting the ability to make calls and text. It is unclear what caused the issue or when it will be resolved. Users across the country took to Twitter to note the outage, with T-Mobile rising to the top spot on the site's US Trending Topics as of 9:00 p.m. ET.
  • FCC Threatens to Bar 3 Chinese State-Controlled Telecom Firms From Operating in US......

    04/24/2020 4:17:57 PM PDT · by caww · 16 replies
    theepochtimes ^ | 4/24/2020 | BY CATHY HE
    The agency on April 24 issued “show cause orders” to China Telecom Americas, China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks Corp, and its wholly-owned subsidiary ComNet (USA) LLC, directing them to explain why the FCC shouldn’t start the process of revoking their authorizations to operate in the country. ...the order reflects “deep concern” among federal agencies about “these companies’ vulnerability to the exploitation, influence, and control of the Chinese Communist Party, given that they are subsidiaries of Chinese state-owned entities,” Pai said. “No matter their cries to the contrary, these firms are beholden to the Chinese Communist Party, and their operation in...
  • Revealed: Saudis Suspected of Phone Spying Campaign in US

    03/29/2020 2:07:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/29 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    Exclusive: Whistleblower’s data suggests millions of tracking requests sent over four-month periodSaudi Arabia appears to be exploiting weaknesses in the global mobile telecoms network to track its citizens as they travel around the US, according to a whistleblower who has shown the Guardian millions of alleged secret tracking requests. Data revealed by the whistleblower, who is seeking to expose vulnerabilities in a global messaging system called SS7, appears to suggest a systematic spying campaign by the kingdom, according to experts. The data suggests that millions of secret tracking requests emanated from Saudi Arabia over a four-month period beginning in November...
  • Is China Hiding COVID-19 Death Toll? 21 Million Cell Phones Disappeared, Why?

    21 million cell phone accounts in China were cancelled after coronavirusSince the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus which emerged in China's Wuhan, the pandemic has killed 15,374 people globally and infected 351,731 individuals. Recently the death toll in Italy surpassed the initial epicentre of the outbreak in China, where officially 3,153 people have died due to the COVID-19. But recently Beijing authorities announced on March 19 that more than 21 million cell phone accounts were cancelled while in past three months 840,000 landlines were closed in China, which gives an idea that probably these closed numbers belonged to the people who...
  • Judge approves T-Mobile's $26 billion merger with Sprint

    02/11/2020 7:23:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 11, 2020 / 9:52 AM | Don Jacobson
    Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A federal judge on Tuesday approved a bid by T-Mobile to merge with competitor Sprint in a combination of the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers. Judge Victor Marrero of U.S. District Court in Manhattan ruled against 13 state attorneys general who sought to block the $26 billion deal as potentially harmful to consumers. They sued in June 2019, even before the merger was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. The companies argued their merger was needed to compete against the biggest wireless carriers, AT&T and Verizon, and to complete...
  • The Department of Justice Files Actions to Stop Telecom Carriers Who Facilitated Hundreds of Millions of Fraudulent Robocalls to American Consumers

    01/28/2020 10:52:10 PM PST · by ransomnote · 17 replies
    doj.gov ^ | January 28, 2020 | doj
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, January 28, 2020   First of its Kind Enforcement Action by the Justice Department The Department of Justice filed civil actions for temporary restraining orders today in two landmark cases against five companies and three individuals allegedly responsible for carrying hundreds of millions of fraudulent robocalls to American consumers, the Department of Justice announced.  The Department of Justice alleges that the companies were warned numerous times that they were carrying fraudulent robocalls — including government- and business-imposter calls — and yet continued to carry those calls and facilitate...
  • 7 MINUTES ON THE DANGERS OF 5G FROM THE GUY INSTALLING IT!

    06/30/2019 11:57:20 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 50 replies
    Unknown ^ | 6/30/2019 | anon
    You really,REALLY need to see this one! https://www.brighteon.com/6054046839001
  • Huawei says revenue will be $30 billion less in next 2 years due to US ban

    06/17/2019 1:55:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 06/17/2019 | Katherine Lam
    Huawei Opens a New Window. founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei estimates the tech company’s revenue will be $30 billion less than forecast over the next two years due to the U.S. government’s ban and ongoing trade dispute with China Opens a New Window. . "We never thought that the U.S.'s determination to attack Huawei would be so strong, so firm," Ren said Monday during a panel discussion at company headquarters in Shenzhen. “…We cannot get components supply, cannot participate in many international organizations, cannot work closely with many universities, cannot use anything with U.S. components, and cannot even establish connection...
  • Huawei unwanted: Asian shops shun phone trade-ins on Google suspension worries

    05/24/2019 10:14:58 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/23/2019 | Fathin Ungku and Neil Jerome Morales
    Mobile phone retailers in some Asian countries are refusing to accept Huawei devices for trade-ins, as more consumers look to offload their device on worries Google suspending business with the Chinese firm will disrupt services. Google has said it will comply with an order by U.S. President Donald Trump to stop supplying Huawei, meaning current owners of Huawei phones face being cut off from updates of the Android operating system from late August. New phones will lose access to popular apps such as YouTube and Chrome.
  • Judge Strikes Down Secretive Surveillance Law

    03/18/2013 2:28:37 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 15, 2013 | Jennifer Valentino-DeVries
    A federal judge this week struck down a controversial set of laws allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to seek people's records without a court's approval, saying the strict secrecy orders demanded by the laws are not constitutional. Judge Susan Illston, of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, said the laws, which underlie a tool known as a "national security letter," violate the First Amendment and the separation of powers principles. In her order, Judge Illston ordered the government to stop issuing national security letters or enforcing their gag orders, although she said enforcement of her judgment...
  • It's More Than Faster Phones: The Life-Changing Potential of 5G Technology

    09/19/2018 9:07:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    RCM ^ | 09/19/2018 | Gary Shapiro
    In 1969, it was space travel. Today, the world’s most tech-savvy nations are in a race for 5G – networks that operate 100 times more quickly than today’s cellular networks. So what’s behind this competition to achieve 5G? First, buffering and lag will be a thing of the past, reducing the download time of a two-hour movie – which now requires six minutes – to only 3.6 seconds. But the impacts of 5G are more far-reaching than faster download speeds on our mobile devices. 5G allows for the lighting-speed transmission of massive amounts of data, making the potential applications of...
  • What Is South Korea's Secret Weapon?

    05/31/2018 9:32:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 31, 2018 | Peter Pham
    Buying the best quality and most up to date smartphone can be a hard choice. But why? Because there are really only two options: Apple’s iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy. The renowned Samsung Group (KRX: 005930) is Korea’s largest ‘chaebol’ (conglomerate). To people outside Korea, Samsung is purely a technology company. However this family-controlled business operates in a wide spectrum of fields, from engineering to chemicals. The diagram below illustrates the complexity of the Samsung Empire....
  • Paul Manafort’s Ties to Russian Oligarch Made Headlines 11 Months Ago – AP Breaks Same Story Today

    03/23/2017 4:12:22 AM PDT · by davikkm · 15 replies
    Back on April 26, 2016, liberal reporter Michael Isikoff reported on Trump’s chief campaign aide Paul Manafort connections to a billionaire Russian oligarch. This was a week after Donald Trump sealed the Republican nomination in the 2016 primary. Paul Manafort was questioned by officials in the Cayman Islands about his ties to billionaire Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate. Manafort was questioned by officials from the Cayman Islands in connection with a $26.2 million investment by Deripaska. Yahoo reported: A lawyer for Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s chief campaign aide, acknowledged Tuesday evening that the longtime GOP operative has...
  • How to stop robocalls from flooding your iPhone

    08/09/2017 9:29:14 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 74 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | August 7, 2017
    An unfamiliar number appears on your cellphone. It’s from your area code, so you answer it, thinking it might be important,” Christopher Mele writes for The New York Times. “There is an unnatural pause after you say hello, and what follows is a recording telling you how you can reduce your credit card interest rates or electric bill or prescription drug costs or any of a number of other sales pitches. Another day, another irritating robocall. If it feels as if your cellphone has increasingly been flooded with them, you’re right.” “In a Robocall Strike Force Report in October, the...
  • Since The iPhone Launched, Apple Has Made As Much As Microsoft and Alphabets Combined

    08/06/2017 11:54:53 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Cumulative profits since introduction of iPhone
  • In 10-years Your IPhone Won't Be A Phone Anymore

    06/25/2017 6:56:33 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 113 replies
    wsj ^ | June 25, 2017 | Christopher Mims
    It's 2027, and you're walking down the street, confident you'll arrive at your destination even though you don't know where it is. You may not even remember why your device is telling you to go there. There's a voice in your ear giving you turn-by-turn directions and, in between, prepping you for this meeting. Oh, right, you're supposed to be interviewing a dog whisperer for your pet-psychiatry business. You arrive at the coffee shop, look around quizzically, and a woman you don’t recognize approaches. A display only you can see highlights her face and prints her name next to it...
  • US Legal Expert in Telecom: The Impact of Recent FCC Regulatory Changes in Business Data Services

    06/05/2017 7:17:45 PM PDT · by Dan Baker · 6 replies
    Top Operator Journal ^ | May 2017 | Dan Baker Interview with Andrew Lipman
    Summary My interview with one of the top US telecom legal experts discussing the impact of 2017 FCC regulatory changes in the area of Business Data Services (BDS), or telecom services mostly for businesses or inter-carrier traffic. I recently interview Andrew Lipman, Senior Partner and head of the telecom and media group at Morgan Lewis, an international law firm of 2,000 lawyers and about 30 offices across the US, Europe, and Asia. Andy has been practicing telecom law for over 35 years and his telecom practice, which is global in nature, is one of the largest telecom legal practices in...
  • Foxconn says in preliminary discussions to expand U.S. operations

    12/07/2016 11:59:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | December 7, 2016 | Reuters
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, said on Wednesday that it was in preliminary discussions to expand its operations in the United States. "While the scope of the potential investment has not been determined, we will announce the details of any plans following the completion of direct discussions between our leadership and the relevant U.S. officials," it said in a statement. On Tuesday, Masayoshi Son of Japan's SoftBank Group Corp <9984.T> said he would invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 new jobs, a move U.S. President-elect...
  • SoftBank's Son said to plan meeting with Trump in New York (Raising a $100B investment fund)

    12/06/2016 12:09:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    SoftBank Group Corp founder and chief executive officer Masayoshi Son is planning to meet with President-elect Donald Trump in New York on Tuesday, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said. Mr Son, 59, has no specific agenda but wants to meet Mr Trump as an investor in the US, including in wireless operator Sprint Corp, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. Shares in SoftBank rose on the news, climbing 2.5 per cent to 6,975 yen in Tokyo, their highest since Aug. 31. The Japanese billionaire is in the process of...
  • 'We don't need the FCC': A Trump advisor's proposal to dissolve America's telecom watchdog

    11/24/2016 2:46:48 AM PST · by markomalley · 214 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/24/16 | Brian Fung
    A top advisor to Donald Trump on tech policy matters proposed all but abolishing the nation's telecom regulator last month, foreshadowing possible moves by the president-elect to sharply reduce the Federal Communications Commission's role as a consumer protection watchdog. In an Oct. 21 blog post, Mark Jamison, who on Monday was named one of two members of Trump's tech policy transition team, laid out his ideal vision for the government's role in telecommunications, concluding there is little need for the agency to exist. "Most of the original motivations for having an FCC have gone away," Jamison wrote. "Telecommunications network providers...