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+ - Finnish co-inventor of SMS texting dies->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC News reports that Matti Makkonen, one of the "grand old man of mobile industry" who helped launch the worldwide sensation of texting, has died at the age of 63 after an illness.

Although planning to retire later in 2015 from the board of Finnet Telecoms, Makkonen constantly remained fascinated with communications technologies, from the Nokia 2010 mobile phone to 3G connections.

He lived just enough to witness the last remnants of former finnish mobile industry giant Nokia disappear, as Redmond announced its intent last month to convert all Nokia stores into Microsoft-branded Authorised Reseller and Service Centres, offering Xbox game consoles alongside the Nokia-drived Lumia range of smartphones.

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+ - Developer Exposes Indian Telco's Net Neutrality Violation, Gets Threatened

Submitted by knightsirius
knightsirius writes: Indian broadband and cellular operator Airtel was discovered to be injecting third-party JavaScript files into web pages delivered over their wireless networks. A developer was viewing the source of his own blog and noticed the additional script when viewed on a Airtel connection. He traced the file back to Flash Networks, an Israel-based company, which specializes in "network monetization" and posted the source on GitHub. Since then, he has received a cease-and-desist from Flash Networks and the code on GitHub has been removed following a DMCA takedown notice.

Readers may remember Airtel from its previous dubious record with network neutrality.

+ - Airtel & Vodafone India hide MITM javascript injection on 3G users-> 1 1

Submitted by SlashDotterOne
SlashDotterOne writes: Airtel & Vodafone — 2 major Indian mobile networks were found to be injecting Javascript into all http webpages accessed through their 3G and WiFi dongle connections. Indian techie Thej posted it on twitter and GitHub, but had to take it down following a DMCA takedown at Github and a legal notice sent to him. Of course the scripts are archived if you want to see what is does. Look for 223.224.131.144/scripts/Anchor.js(Airtel) or 1.2.3.4/bmi-int-js/bmi.js(Vodafone) to check if you are being served infected pages. Covered by The Wire, Reddit
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+ - No, you can't use Wi-Fi to power your phone. Do the math!->

Submitted by richi
richi writes: Did you see the headlines squawking about how Wi-Fi will charge your smartphone in the future?

Bunkum, I say. Each time the story gets repeated, it loses a little more veracity. So I aimed my Computerworld curation cannon at this.

Researchers have improved the ability to capture power from radio waves. By tweaking some standard Wi-Fi hardware, they've increased the amount of power that can be leeched from unused transmissions. It could help power IoT sensors.

But wait — don't believe everything you read on the interwebs, kids. Predictably, some science-illiterate journalists and bloggers are saying it can actually charge your smartphone. Sadly, the researchers only achieved power levels of a few microWatts — that's about 100,000 times too small to run your phone, let alone charge it.

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+ - Vodafone admits warentless wiretaping->

Submitted by Charliemopps
Charliemopps writes: According to Vodafone 29 governments have installed equipment that collects data on its customers without a warrant. This includes metadata, location, data, and voice. This is a rather long, and very interesting report. Vodafone is the first telecommunications company to voluntarily release this kind of information.
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+ - Parents Mobilize Against States' Student Data Mining

Submitted by theodp
theodp writes: To paraphrase Paul Simon, the government would like to know a little bit about your children for their files. But Politico reports that parents have mobilized into an unexpected political force to fight the data mining of their children, catapulting student privacy to prominence in statehouses. Having already torpedoed the $100 million Bill Gates-funded inBloom database project, which could have made it easier for schools to share confidential student records with private companies, the amateur activists are now rallying against another perceived threat: huge state databases being built to track children for more than two decades, from as early as infancy through the start of their careers. "The Education Department," writes Stephanie Simon, "lists hundreds of questions that it urges states to answer about each child in the public school system: Did she make friends easily as a toddler? Was he disciplined for fighting as a teen? Did he take geometry? Does she suffer from mental illness? Did he go to college? Did he graduate? How much does he earn?" Leonie Haimson, a NY mother who is organizing a national Parent Coalition for Student Privacy says, "Every parent I’ve talked to has been horrified. We just don’t want our kids tracked from cradle to grave." For their part, ed tech entrepreneurs and school reformers are both bewildered by and anxious about the backlash — and struggling to craft a response, having assumed parents would support their vision: to mine vast quantities of data for insights into what’s working, and what’s not, for individual students and for the education system as a whole. "People took for granted that parents would understand [the benefits], that it was self-evident," said Michael Horn, a co-founder an education think tank.

+ - Cable companies reportedly funding fake consumer groups to attack net neutrality->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: VICE believes that the nation's cable companies are funding groups that pretend to represent consumers, but are actually just parroting their own stance to shout down the general public. For instance, the outlet has learned that Broadband for America, which describes itself as a coalition involving "independent consumer advocacy groups," and which counts senator John Sununu amongst its members, is actually funded by the NCTA — big cable's lobbyists. It's the same situation with the American Consumer Institute, another anti-net neutrality voice of the people, which just happens to receive the bulk of its funding from the CTIA, which represents the US wireless industry. Now, what was the thing our grandma told us about astroturfing? Oh right: if you have to invent spokespeople to represent the other side in the debate, you're probably not the good guys.
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+ - IPMI Protocol Vulnerabilities Have Long Shelf Life->

Submitted by msm1267
msm1267 writes: If enterprises are indeed moving services off premises and into the cloud, there are four letters those companies’ IT organizations should be aware of: IPMI.

Short for Intelligent Platform Management Interface, these tiny computers live as an embedded Linux system attached to the motherboards of big servers from vendors such as IBM, Dell and HP. IPMI is used by a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) to manage Out-of-Band communication, essentially giving admins remote control over servers and devices, including memory, networking capabilities and storage. This is particularly useful for hosting providers and cloud services providers who must manage gear and data in varied locations.

Noted researchers Dan Farmer, creator of the SATAN vulnerability scanner, and HD Moore, creator of Metasploit, have been collaborating on research into the vulnerabilities present in IPMI and BMCs and the picture keeps getting uglier. Last July, Farmer and Moore published some research on the issue based upon work Farmer was doing under a DARPA Cyber Fast Track Grant that uncovered a host of vulnerabilities, and Internet-wide scans for the IPMI protocol conducted by Moore.

Yesterday, Farmer released a paper called “Sold Down the River,” in which he chastises big hardware vendors for ignoring security vulnerabilities and poor configurations that are trivial to find and exploit.

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+ - Google CENSORS Adrian Crenshaw. Operation-Irongeek fights back... #opirongeek 2 2

Submitted by richi
richi writes: Google massively raised the ire of the infosec community yesterday. Its utterly-reliable YouTube moderators nuked the account of the infamous Irongeek (Adrian Crenshaw). It surely couldn't have been a simple false-positive mistake, right? Because Google says it already "reviewed" the "repeated or severe violations" that led to the censorship.

So, that's all right then. No evil done here. Move along.

+ - Where Have You Gone, Peter Norton?->

Submitted by harrymcc
harrymcc writes: If you used an PC in the 1980s and 1990s, the chances were very good that you used utility software which came in a box with a picture of Peter Norton on it. The Norton brand still exists, but those packaging photos of Norton himself are long gone--along with the whole classic era of utility software they represented. Over at Technologizer, I paid tribute to this one-time icon of the PC industry.
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+ - IE6 Finally Falls Below 5% Market Share

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The third quarter of 2013's browser war is now over. The latest market share numbers from Net Applications show Internet Explorer was the biggest winner last month, and that its most hated version finally fell below the 5 percent mark. IE7 was down 0.17 percentage points to 1.37 percent and IE6 slipped a huge 1.22 percentage points to 4.86 percent.

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