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  • iPhone users are disappointed with the iOS 7.1 software update...

    03/15/2014 10:19:49 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 53 replies
    Mail Online ^ | March 15th 2014 | Alexandra Klausner
    Full Title: iPhone users are disappointed with the iOS 7.1 software update that's draining their batteries, erasing their contacts, and flipping their keyboards With every new I-phone software update comes the potential for problems and the iOS 7.1 released on Monday is no exception. Customer's say it's killing their phone batteries among other pesky glitches. The iOS7.1 is the first major update to Apple's newest operating systems for iPhones and iPads and the apple community is lamenting poor battery charges, disappearing contacts, bad Bluetooth connections, keyboards oriented the wrong way, and the list goes on, reports the Huffington Post.
  • Behind the Preplanned Oscar Selfie: Samsung's Ad Strategy

    03/04/2014 12:30:20 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 3/3/14 | Suzanne Vranica
    [Samsung] spent an estimated $20 million on ads to run during breaks in the Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday night. But Samsung may have got more promotional mileage from Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres during the show itself. Ms. DeGeneres toyed with a white Samsung phone during the broadcast, including when she handed a Galaxy Note 3 to actor Bradley Cooper so he could take a "selfie" photo of himself and other stars including Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Lawrence surrounding the host. While the stunt felt spontaneous, it wasn't entirely unplanned. As part of its sponsorship and...
  • TV Is Dying, And Here Are The Stats That Prove It

    11/24/2013 1:13:05 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 147 replies
    Business Insider ^ | NOV. 24, 2013 | Jim Edwards
    The TV business is having its worst year ever. Audience ratings have collapsed: Aside from a brief respite during the Olympics, there has been only negative ratings growth on broadcast and cable TV since September 2011, according to Citi Research. Media stock analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson recently noted, "The pay-TV industry has reported its worst 12-month stretch ever." All the major TV providers lost a collective 113,000 subscribers in Q3 2013. That doesn't sound like a huge deal — but it includes internet subscribers, too. Broadband internet was supposed to benefit from the end of cable TV, but...
  • A CEO who resisted NSA spying is out of prison. And he feels ‘vindicated’ by Snowden leaks.

    10/01/2013 7:02:23 AM PDT · by shego · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/30/13 | Andrea Peterson
    Just one major telecommunications company refused to participate in a legally dubious NSA surveillance program in 2001. A few years later, its CEO was indicted by federal prosecutors. He was convicted, served four and a half years of his sentence and was released this month. Prosecutors claim Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio was guilty of insider trading, and that his prosecution had nothing to do with his refusal to allow spying on his customers without the permission of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. But to this day, Nacchio insists that his prosecution was retaliation for refusing to break the law on...
  • APPLE CRUSHES EXPECTATIONS, SELLS 9 MILLION IPHONES OVER THE OPENING WEEKEND

    09/23/2013 8:03:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/23/2013 | Jay Yarow
    Apple announced that it sold over 9 million iPhones during the opening weekend of sales. This is much better than analysts expected. Analysts were forecasting 5 million at the low end, and 7.75 million at the high end. The stock is up ~6% on the news. Last year Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5s during the opening weekend, so this is a huge increase. The new iPhone drew huge, enthusiastic crowds and long lines when it was released last Friday, despite the fact that there were no external changes to the device. Part of the reason there were big lines...
  • FCC approves SoftBank's acquisition of Sprint

    07/08/2013 11:07:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | 6th July 2013 | By Rik Myslewski in San Francisco,
    Sprint also now free to move forward on Clearwire share snap-up The $21.6bn acquisition of Sprint by Japan's SoftBank is now a go: as expected from rumors earlier this week, the FCC has ruled unanimously to approve it. "Today is a good day for all Americans who use mobile broadband services," acting FCC chairwoman Mignon Clyburn said in a statement accompanying the lengthy ruling. "After thorough review, the Commission has found that the proposed Softbank-Sprint-Clearwire transactions would serve the public interest." Clyburn expressed her opinion that the merger would be "likely" to speed mobile broadband roll-out, enhance competition and innovation,...
  • AT&T to force Obama alerts for iPhones with no way to opt out

    06/17/2013 8:17:56 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 74 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | June 17, 2013 | Janeen Capizola
    Not only is Big Brother President Obama watching you, he’s going to start messaging you if you own an iPhone with AT&T service. AT&T subscribers with an iPhone 4S or 5 using iOS 6.1 or higher are going to start getting presidential alerts on matters of “national importance” whether you want them or not. As part of AT&T’s new Wireless Emergency Alerts, once a user updates their operating system, AMBER and Emergency alerts are automatically sent to the phone. However . . .
  • VERIZON'S PRIVACY POLICY

    06/11/2013 12:10:40 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 14 replies
    Verizon Wireless ^ | 06/11/2013 | ealgeone
    FYI....Verizon's Privacy Policy regarding information shared outside of the Verizon Family of Companies.
  • Verizon’s Top Secret Deal With Pentagon Was Made Public in Regular, Annual Filing With SEC.

    06/10/2013 1:13:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    NY Sun ^ | 6/10/13 | Ira Stoll
    Verizon, the phone company whose disclosure of customer data to the federal government is at the center of the furor over cooperation by technology companies with top-secret national security programs, has offered a precise, clear, but little-noticed public explanation of why it did what it did. The Verizon explanation is not in the vague and cryptic memo the company issued last week after the Guardian exposed its program. It came, instead, in the company’s annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, included in Verizon’s annual report to shareholders.
  • Samsung loses $12 billion in market value as analysts slash Galaxy S4 sales forecasts

    06/09/2013 4:54:37 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 40 replies
    National Post ^ | JUNE 7, 2013
    Samsung Electronics Co lost $12 billion in market value on Friday, hit by brokerage downgrades that have underscored concerns about slowing sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. The shares fell 6.2%, the most in more than nine months in Seoul after analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut profit estimates. Orders for the S4 smartphone, which went on sale last month, are slowing on weak demand in Europe that may impact profit margins, analysts led by JJ Park said in a report dated yesterday, citing supply chain checks. JPMorgan cut its share- price estimate for Samsung by 9.5% to...
  • Motorola announces Texas facility making first US-assembled smartphones, creating 2,000 jobs

    05/30/2013 9:41:03 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 37 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas — Cellphone pioneer Motorola announced Wednesday that it’s opening a Texas manufacturing facility that will create 2,000 jobs and produce its new flagship device, Moto X, the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. The company has already begun hiring for the Fort Worth plant. The site was most recently unoccupied but was once used by fellow phone manufacturer Nokia, meaning it was designed to produce mobile devices, said Will Moss, a spokesman for Motorola Mobility, which is owned by Google. “It was a great facility in an ideal location,” said Moss, who said it will be an...
  • Mexican Senate commissions approve telecoms reform bill

    04/22/2013 10:44:43 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 18, 2013
    Four Senate commissions on Thursday approved a major overhaul of Mexico's telecommunications sector that aims to loosen tycoon Carlos Slim's hold on the phone market and end broadcaster Televisa's dominance of the airwaves. The bill aims to stir up competition in the industry by allowing more foreign investment, and by giving regulators the power to force dominant players in the market to sell assets. The full Senate is due to vote on the bill Friday. The reform defines dominant players as those controlling more than half of their respective markets. If declared dominant, companies will not automatically be forced to...
  • Boston Marathon explosions force officials to shut down cell phone service

    04/15/2013 2:19:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 4/15/13
    A law enforcement official says cellphone service has been shut down in the Boston area to prevent any potential remote detonations of explosives.
  • Happy Birthday: The Mobile Phone Turns 40

    04/03/2013 12:47:22 PM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 14 replies
    Dailytech.com ^ | 4/3/2013 | Jason Mick
    Much has changed, but cell phone inventor Motorola's legacy lives on at new parent Google It was a spring day much like this one when Martin Cooper used his Motorola DynaTAC cell phone prototype to place a call in downtown Manhattan. The year was 1973 and it was the third day of April. The call lasted about 20 minutes and much like today's users, Mr. Cooper suffered a familiar problem -- a drained battery. I. The First Phone Call -- 40 Years Ago Today Mr. Cooper recalls, "The first cell phone model weighed over one kilo and you could only...
  • T-Mobile Eliminates Contracts

    03/26/2013 7:22:36 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 65 replies
    Newser ^ | 03/26/2013 | By Matt Cantor
    T-Mobile is ditching a once-inescapable part of wireless life: the contract. The company had been offering contract-free plans as an option alongside two-year contracts, CNET reports; now, according to the T-Mobile website, contract plans are a thing of the past. An example of a new plan: For $50 a month, you get unlimited talk, texting, and web, plus 500MB of high-speed data. Unlimited high-speed data will run you $70 a month. But that's not the full picture: You've also got to pay for your phone without the subsidies normally associated with contract plans, which knock pricey phones (new models can...
  • Smartphone hacking comes of age, hitting US victims

    03/21/2013 8:21:21 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 8 replies
    Nbc News ^ | Mar. 21, 2013 | Bob Sullivan
    Devastating cellphone hacks that hijack your most personal gadget and rob you of privacy and money have long been forecast. But even as smartphone users in Asia are beginning to suffer exploding bills and emptied bank accounts at the hands of hackers, U.S. users largely remain safe and blissfully unaware of the gathering threat. Criminals have been probing the systems that protect U.S. smartphone users for years, searching for the right combination of programming tricks and social engineering that would allow them to sneak onto users' phones. They took a year-old mobile virus named NotCompatible, which allows hackers to take...
  • Conservative geeks want a wired GOP

    03/12/2013 11:49:47 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | February 28, 2013 | Steve Friess
    Silicon Valley and the GOP — together at last? That may seem like a peculiar proposition given all the public soul-searching and dirge-singing since Election Day over the digital failure of Republicans in modern campaigning. But a blast of cheerful California sunshine may be starting to light the way in the form of an underground gang of young, conservative hackers in the Valley assembling via a communal Google Document to brainstorm about what they can do to save the party from the clutches of tech-phobic leaders. “There’s this myth that there aren’t any Republicans out here who are willing to...
  • 911 calls are still coming from cellphone of Katie Couric's late husband

    02/15/2013 6:15:58 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 25 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | February 15, 2013 | Katy St. Clair
    Someone notify Shirley MacLaine, because Katie Couric’s dead husband appears to be making 911 calls from his old phone. According to the New York Daily News, every Tuesday at 2 a.m. the late Jay Monahan’s phone line dials 911, then Couric gets an emergency call back saying help is on the way. She has notified the police and they are looking into it. Apparently there is a prank called “spoofing,” where someone uses a device to hack into a phone remotely. Or, Monahan’s disembodied spirit is trying to order a pizza, but is too drunk to hit the right speed-dial...
  • BlackBerry 10 arrives Feb 5th in Canada, tomorrow in the UK, US carriers revealed (New OS)

    01/30/2013 10:06:01 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    engadget ^ | Jan 30th, 2013 at 11:23 AM | James Trew
    If you like what you've seen so far from RIM BlackBerry's big launch event today, then you might want to know when you can get it? Those in the US might have hoped the rumors weren't true, but indeed, you will have to wait until March before you can get your hands on BlackBerry 10. Though when it does land, customers of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint (only Q10 confirmed) and T-Mobile (Z10 confirmed) will all be able to get onboard. BlackBerry's giving its home turf a little bit of a head start with a February 5th release date and Bell,...
  • 'Unlocking' your cellphone will be illegal starting Saturday

    01/25/2013 8:16:08 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 27 replies
    NSN NEWS ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | MSN Staff
    Users will not be able to alter their cellphones to access different networks starting Saturday. But advocacy groups are questioning the law. Starting Jan. 26, buying and unlocking a phone will no longer be legal in the United States. The term "unlocking" a phone means to remove the security feature that prevents the phone being used on a different network. Once a phone is unlocked, it can work on more than one carrier's network. Unlocking phones is useful for those traveling internationally because it allows phones to work on different networks.
  • BlackBerry parent Research in Motion loses subscribers for first time

    12/20/2012 7:10:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Andrea Chang
    For the first time, struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion saw a decline in its subscriber base, reporting that the number of customers declined to 79 million in its fiscal third quarter. Three months ago, the Canadian company had 80 million subscribers. Revenue for the third quarter was $2.7 billion, down 47% from $5.2 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. The company posted a loss of $9 million, or 2 cents a share, compared with a profit of $265 million, or 51 cents a share, a year earlier.
  • Nextel to cut 20% of jobs at Virginia headquarters

    11/08/2012 12:58:39 PM PST · by Arthurio · 18 replies
    telecompaper ^ | 11-7-12
    Nextel to cut 20% of jobs at Virginia headquarters Wednesday 7 November 2012 | 11:09 CET | News NII Holdings, which operates mobile services under the Nextel brand in Latin America, announced that it is taking actions to realign certain resources and roles between its headquarters and market units in order to create a stronger and more agile organization, and to facilitate future growth. As part of this strategy, the company is reassigning select positions located at its headquarters to its operations in Latin America and eliminating certain positions at its corporate headquarters in Virginia (US). In total, the company...
  • Softbank in $20B deal to buy almost 3/4 of Sprint (Sprint to become foreign owned)

    10/15/2012 3:42:05 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/15/2012 | ap
    Softbank reaches $20B deal to buy Sprint Nextel Japanese mobile carrier would get 70 percent of Sprint if agreement goes through; Sprint would be tougher rival of Verizon, AT&T Updated 5:10 a.m. ET TOKYO Tokyo-based mobile phone company Softbank Corp. has reached a deal to acquire 70 percent of U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Nextel for $20.1 billion in the largest-ever foreign acquisition by a Japanese company. The deal, announced Monday at a joint news conference in Tokyo by Softbank President Masayoshi Son and Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse, was given a green light by the boards of both companies. It...
  • Carlos Slim, world’s richest man, gets richer supplying ‘Obamaphones’ to poor

    10/11/2012 3:53:19 PM PDT · by Snuph · 3 replies
    My Fox DC ^ | Oct 11, 2012
    Mexican telecom mogul who holds the title of world's richest man, and one of President Obama's top donors are both getting even richer from the U.S. government program that supplies so-called "Obamaphones" to the poor. Carlos Slim, who has an estimated net worth of $70 billion, owns a controlling stake in TracFone, which makes $10 per phone for each device it provides to poor Americans. The company, whose president and CEO is Frederick "F.J." Pollak, also makes money from extra minutes and data plans it sells to subscribers who get phones and service through the government's Lifeline program. The program,...
  • iPhone assembler Foxconn closes factory after brawl involving 2,000

    09/24/2012 5:32:54 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 28 replies
    Financial Post ^ | September 24, 2012 | Clare Jim
    TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, which assembles Apple’s iPhones and makes components for top global electronics companies, closed a plant in China on Monday after about 2,000 workers were involved in a brawl at a company dormitory. It was not clear how long the shutdown would last at the plant, which employs about 79,000 people in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan, while police and company officials investigate the cause of the disturbance. Foxconn said the trouble started with a personal row that blew up into a brawl. But some people posting messages on a Twitter-like site said factory...
  • Whites falling behind in smartphone usage, Nielsen study shows

    09/23/2012 5:48:51 PM PDT · by spodefly · 102 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 23, 2012 | By CHRISTINE PARKER
    After all the hoopla, the Apple’s iPhone debut on Friday more than lived up to expectations, with analysts estimating as many as 10 million sales by tomorrow and more than 130 million by the end of the year.. But there is a surprising quirk in the numbers. More than half of American mobile subscribers — 55.5 percent — are now owners of smartphones of all types, but for white people, the numbers make up just 45 percent, the lowest of any ethnic group, new findings from Nielsen show. Sixty-six percent of Asians, 56 percent of Hispanics and 55 percent of...
  • T-Mobile to Contribute $25,000 to Same-Sex Marriage Referendum Campaign

    08/20/2012 4:30:43 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 24 replies
    Bellvue Patch ^ | Aug 20 2012 | Venice Buhain
    Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA will support Washington's Referendum 74, which would affirm the legislatively backed same sex marriage law. Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA will support Washington's Referendum 74, the company announced Monday. The referendum, which would affirm the legislatively backed law that legalizes same-sex marriage, will be on the ballot in November. The company will contribute $25,000 to Washington United for Marriage, the group campaigning to pass the referendum, according to company officials.
  • Verizon-SpectrumCo Approval Means More Competition, Lower Prices

    08/20/2012 2:44:11 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-08-16 | Kelly William Cobb
    [Last week,] a deal between Verizon and a consortium of cable companies to free more spectrum for mobile broadband gained significant traction with the Department of Justice (DOJ) conditionally signing off on the deal and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcing a vote of approval will come in short order. The agreement is an innovative move without much precedent. Verizon will purchase a significant chuck of spectrum from SpectrumCo, a group of cable companies including Comcast and Time Warner Cable, that covers 80 percent of Americans and is ideal for 4G mobile broadband. Moving forward, those cable companies can purchase...
  • Google to slash Motorola unit [Obama supporters may kill up to 4,000 spouses!]

    08/14/2012 4:46:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 8/14/12 | Brian Womack
    Google will cut about 4,000 jobs at its Motorola Mobility Holdings unit, or 20 percent of the staff at the company, which it bought for about $12.5 billion.
  • Firm that paid Obama adviser in business with warlord-tied official

    08/11/2012 9:59:33 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/11/2012 | By Richard Cohen
    A South African company in the spotlight for paying $100,000 in speaking fees to White House adviser David Plouffe is also in business with a Liberian official under U.N. sanctions for his ties to convicted war criminal and former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. That's among the latest details to emerge on the connections involving MTN Group, a subsidiary of which paid President Obama's former campaign manager for engagements in late 2010, shortly before he joined the White House. The ties to Liberia's bloody Taylor era center on Benoni Urey, who was commissioner of maritime affairs in Liberia during Taylor's reign....
  • Nokia's Bad Call on Smartphones

    07/20/2012 8:18:42 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 18, 2012 | ANTON TROIANOVSKI and SVEN GRUNDBERG
    More than seven years before Apple Inc. AAPL -1.63% rolled out the iPhone, the Nokia team showed a phone with a color touch screen set above a single button. The device was shown locating a restaurant, playing a racing game and ordering lipstick. In the late 1990s, Nokia secretly developed another alluring product: a tablet computer with a wireless connection and touch screen—all features today of the hot-selling Apple iPad. Former Nokia designer Frank Nuovo says the company had prototypes that anticipated the iPhone. "Oh my God," Mr. Nuovo says as he clicks through his old slides. "We had it...
  • Payphones become WiFi hotspots

    07/13/2012 11:04:16 AM PDT · by null and void · 7 replies
    EDN ^ | July 13, 2012 | Suzanne Deffree
    Clark Kent  may have to find another place to change into his Superman getup because phone booths are about to get used again. Payphones in major cities like New York have become less and less a public resource as mobile communications continue to grow. This New Yorker can’t remember the last time she used a payphone terminal, other than to duck out of the rain. Looking to once again make these kiosks valuable, the Big Apple’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) this week made available the city’s first payphones-turned-Wi-Fi hotspots. The pilot program began on Wednesday and...
  • Prospects Dim for BlackBerry Maker

    05/29/2012 7:39:13 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 29, 2012 | CHIP CUMMINS
    Research In Motion Ltd. RIMM +2.09% warned its business is deteriorating and will likely lose money for the second straight quarter, underscoring the uphill battle to turn around its flagging BlackBerry smartphone business. The dire outlook comes as RIM scrambles to cut costs ahead of the rollout of its next BlackBerry expected this year. RIM is depending on this phone and a new mobile operating system to rescue the business, yet it still hasn't provided a date for the debut. Analysts have been marking down their earnings estimate for the quarter for weeks, but most had still figured RIM would...
  • Verizon fumbles on “kill unlimited data plans” damage control

    05/17/2012 11:24:22 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 21 replies
    Yahoo! Tech ^ | May 17, 2012 | By Tecca | Today in Tech
    Yesterday, at the J.P. Morgan 40th Annual Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, Verizon EVP and CFO Frank Shammo mentioned that his company would be forcing customers away from their grandfathered unlimited data plans. The decision is purely financial: "A lot of our 3G base is unlimited. As they start to migrate into 4G, they will have to come off of unlimited and go into the data share plan. And that is beneficial for us for many reasons, obviously. So as you pick what tier you want to be and we think that there will be some price up in those...
  • Steve Wozniak Says Windows Phone Is More Beautiful Than iPhone Or Android

    04/28/2012 6:02:50 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 48 replies
    Businessinsider ^ | April 28, 2012 | Steve Kovach
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is known for playing around with all kinds of mobile tech, even if it competes with iOS devices. Wozniak recently bought Nokia's new Lumia 900 Windows Phone, and shared some of his thoughts on Microsoft's Mobile platform in a podcast interview with The Report. (The Verge first picked up the interview). Overall, Wozniak says he prefers the look and feel of Windows Phone apps over Android and iPhone apps. He also likes Windows Phone better overall than Android. We had similar feelings towards Windows Phone apps when we reviewed the Lumia 900. Many apps such as...
  • How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work

    01/22/2012 4:48:02 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 21, 2012 | By CHARLES DUHIGG and KEITH BRADSHER
    When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley’s top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president. But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke, President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own: what would it take to make iPhones in the United States? Mr. Jobs’s reply was unambiguous. “Those jobs aren’t coming back,” he said, according to another dinner guest.
  • New Year, New Shot to Eliminate Antiquated State Telecom Laws

    01/05/2012 9:36:33 AM PST · by 92nina · 2 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-01-05 | [Staff]
    Last year saw a slew of states review telecommunications laws designed for a bygone era. Tennessee phased out special charges for in-state long distance calls that subsidized phone companies. Florida and Kansas now allow companies subject to price regulations to better compete with new, less regulated providers. Increased competition has resulted from convergence in the industry, as providers once broken into segregated markets (e.g., cable TV, local and long distance phone, wireless, etc.) now all offer similar broadband phone and video services, or at least a pipe to get them. However, state laws have been slow to change, regulating some...
  • Verizon Wireless: Yep, that'll be $2 to pay your bill online

    12/29/2011 11:43:07 AM PST · by John W · 34 replies
    cnet.com ^ | December 29, 2011 | Marguerite Reardon
    Verizon Wireless plans to charge subscribers a new $2 fee every time they pay their wireless bills online or directly over the phone. A leaked memo from the company first reported by Engadget, showed some of the details of the new plan. And the blog Phone Scoop got confirmation from a Verizon representative on Thursday of the change. The new fee will go into effect starting January 15 and doesn't apply to customers paying their bills with an electronic check or who enroll in autopay using a credit, debit, or AT&T cards, according to the memo posted on Endgadget. Customers...
  • The Left's 'Media Reform' Astroturf Keeps its Eye on Telecom

    09/19/2011 7:29:28 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 7 replies
    Big Government ^ | September 15th | Libertychick
    In recent weeks, I have been interested in Google and in the telecommunications companies. It’s not the typical “institutional left” topic on which I usually tend to focus. At least, not on the surface. The truth is, these industries ARE about the institutional left. And if the Obama administration and the media reformists on the left get their way, the institutional left will achieve some very significant goals over the next few years in their push to see all media publicly owned. That is, unless we all start paying more attention. Before I give you the big picture, let me...
  • Verizon strike boosts unemployment aid requests (AP in spin mode)

    08/25/2011 6:36:12 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 19 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 08/25/11 | Christopher S. Rugaber
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thousands of Verizon workers on strike pushed the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits last week to its highest level in a month. But excluding the work stoppage, layoffs likely fell. That should help ease fears that the U.S. economy is on the verge of a recession. [lol] Investors appeared to overlook the report. Stock futures held most of their early gains.
  • Verizon wins injunction against striking workers after reports of vandalism...

    08/15/2011 12:12:44 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 61 replies
    Toms River News ^ | Aug 15 2011 | Toms River, NJ [srsly!]
    No vandalism. No violence. No Harassment. No Obstruction. No intimidating. No threatening. No Blocking. No Trespassing. Those were just a few of the restrictions placed on members of the local 827 IBEW bargaining unit, their dependents, minors, households and relatives in an injunction signed by NJ Superior Court Justice Mary Beth Rogers last week. Rogers also set restrictions on picketing, allowing no more than six picketers at the entrance to any Verizon owned property at any one time. Picketers were also advise that no more than two picketers may picket a private residence of a Verizon employee and must stay...
  • Verizon reports sabotage as workers continue strike

    08/09/2011 7:43:21 PM PDT · by CharlyFord · 25 replies
    Boston.com ^ | August 9, 2011 | Taryn Luna
    Verizon Communications Inc. reported a dozen cases of sabotaged cable lines and warned of delays in repairs and customer service on the second day of a strike involving about 45,000 employees. The telecommunications company said there have been 12 acts of sabotage to telephone lines and to Internet and television services in Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York since the strike began. Fiber-optic lines were intentionally cut in Tewksbury and several other municipalities on the East Coast, the company said.
  • Verizon's network faces vandalism on heels of union strike (Democrat Union goons)

    08/09/2011 5:47:03 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Fierce Telecom ^ | 8/9/11 | Sean Buckley
    Just as 45,000 of Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) wireline union workers go on strike, the ILEC reported that it had to fix at least 12 issues in four of its Northeast states since Saturday and after the strike began on Sunday night. Among the incidents were two instances of fiber cuts in the Bronx, Pomona, Farmingdale and Gilderland in New York, and stolen electronics in Cedar Grove, N.J. affected a local police department. "These acts of sabotage are reprehensible," said Verizon Chief Security Officer Mike Mason. "In addition to inconveniencing our customers, these deliberate disruptions of our network have affected hospitals,...
  • Verizon reports cases of sabotage, warns of delays in customer service

    08/08/2011 5:50:46 PM PDT · by massmike · 18 replies
    boston.com ^ | 08/08/2011 | Taryn Luna
    Verizon Communications Inc. reported a dozen cases of sabotaged cable lines and warned of delays in repairs and customer service on the second day of a strike involving 45,000 employees. The telecommunications company said there have been 12 acts of sabotage to telephone lines, Internet and television services in Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and New York since the strike began. Fiber-optic lines were intentionally cut in Tewksbury and several other cities on the East Coast, the company said. Stolen equipment in Cedar Grove, N.J. affected service to a local police department and a heat system was tampered with at a...
  • Computers Down since 3:00 PM in East Coast Verizon Stores and Offices

    08/03/2011 5:14:26 PM PDT · by randita · 32 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 8/3/11 | Self
    Went to the Verizon store in eastern PA today around 3:00. Couldn't do business because computers were down. Went home and called back about 7:45. Computers are still down and the salesperson said they were down across the entire East Coast. He hasn't been told why.
  • FCC temporarily halts review of AT&T merger with T-Mobile

    07/21/2011 6:24:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7/21/11 | Cecilia Kang
    The Federal Communications Commission has stopped its 180-day review “shot clock” for AT&T’s proposed merger with T-Mobile, saying it needs more time to evaluate new information AT&T promises to deliver to the commission later this month.
  • Android Extends Lead in Mobile

    06/06/2011 1:16:46 PM PDT · by F1reEng1neRed · 23 replies
    Engadget ^ | Jun 6th 2011 4:29AM | Joe Pollicino
    The latest ComScore results from the last quarter are in, and the US mobile device wars were hotter than ever as 13% more people reported owning a smartphone. Google conquered most users' territory with Android climbing just over five percent (now totaling 36.4%) and still claiming first for mobile software platforms. Apple's iOS destroyer took second place (at 26%) partially due to RIM's S.S. BlackBerry OS sinking about five percent (now 25.7%) to claim third, while Microsoft and HP / Palm rounded out the bunch struggling to stay in the fight with even lower single-digit scores. In the OEM region...
  • Twitter chief picked as Obama telecom advisor

    05/28/2011 4:38:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/28/11 | AFP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – US President Barack Obama named Twitter's chief and a high-ranking Microsoft executive among a handful of technology veterans to be appointed as telecommunications security advisors. "I am proud to appoint such impressive men and women to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this administration," Obama said in a White House press release available online Friday. "I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead," he continued in reference to those he picked to join his National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. The list...
  • The Royal Collection launches 'Royal App' of weddings past (dresses, jewels, cakes, flowers)

    04/12/2011 5:06:53 AM PDT · by Liz · 17 replies
    royalcollection.org.uk ^ | Circa April 2011
    The Royal Collection has announced the launch of the first official ‘Royal App’ about royal weddings of the past, in the run-up to the forthcoming marriage of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton. The Royal Weddings app tells the story of seven royal weddings, from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840, to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in 2005. Royal Collection Apps are the latest way that the Royal Household is engaging with new media and follows the successful launch of the British Monarchy’s presence on Facebook and Flickr last year,...
  • Android Is Destroying Everyone, Especially RIM -- iPhone Dead In Water

    04/02/2011 5:13:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/02/2011 | Henry Blodget
    Google's Android OS has gained an astonishing 7 points of market share in the US smartphone market in the past three months, Comscore says. RIM's market share over the same period collapsed, dropping almost 5 points. Apple's share increased slightly, but is dead in the water and has now fallen way behind Android. Android now has a third of the US market (33%). RIM's share has plummeted to 29%. Apple is holding at 25%. In the "also ran" category, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 did nothing to stop its decline, which fell from 9% to 7.7%. And Palm, which is barely...