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+ - New FCC chairman presses carriers to unlock cell phones->

Submitted by tad001
tad001 (147243) writes "The FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler sent a letter to the CTIA urging carriers to unlock handsets once customer contracts are fulfilled. Unlocking cell phones became illegal earlier this year when the Library of Congress opted not to renew an exemption in the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, an exemption it granted in 2006 and 2010."
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+ - BlackBerry Accepts $4.7bn Acquisition Offer

Submitted by tad001
tad001 (147243) writes "Following BlackBerry’s loss of up to $995 million in its fiscal Q2 and plans to fire 4,500 employees, financial services firm and existing shareholder Fairfax – who owns around ten per cent of shares – has bought the fellow Canadian company for $4.7 billion — See more at: c2meworld"

+ - When Geeks make ice cream->

Submitted by tad001
tad001 (147243) writes "Instead of having dozens of vats of frozen premade flavors, one San Francisco ice cream parlor whips up your order while you wait. See the special machine and technique that turns the ingredients from liquid to an ice cream scoop in about a minute. Can you say liquid nitrogen? What I want to know is where do I sign to get a franchise. . . ."
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+ - Moscow Subway to Spy on Phone Sim Cards

Submitted by tad001
tad001 (147243) writes "The head of police for Moscow's subway system has said stations will soon be equipped with devices that can read the data on the mobile telephones of passengers. Moscow said it was illegal to track a person without permission from the authorities, but that there was no law against tracking the property of a company, such as a SIM card. (Now I need a tin foil hat for my sim card to!)

Read more here and here

So, how do you protect the data on your phones, credit cards or anything else with smart chips in them??"

+ - Treasury says debt stuck at $16,699,396,000,000.00 - for 70 straight days!

Submitted by RoccamOccam
RoccamOccam (953524) writes "As reported by, according to the Daily Treasury Statement for July 26, which the U.S. Treasury released this afternoon, the U.S. federal debt has been stuck at exactly $16,699,396,000,000.00 for 70 straight days.

That is approximately $25 million below the legal limit of $16,699,421,095,673.60 that Congress has imposed on the debt."

+ - Project Chess made it easier for the government to spy on Skype users.

Submitted by tad001
tad001 (147243) writes "Predating the Microsoft acquisition, Skype was letting Big Brother listen in. The Washington Post reported earlier this month that the NSA has a 'User’s Guide for PRISM Skype Collection' that outlines how it can eavesdrop on any combination of Skype 'audio, video, chat, and file transfers.' as reported here in the Daily Mail. Also here in the New York Times. Does anyone believe that there is a place the the government has not data mined yet?"

+ - 'Secretbook' Lets You Encode Hidden Messages in Your Facebook Pics

Submitted by tad001
tad001 (147243) writes "There is a story up on Wired about encoding messages into your Facebook pics. We know about the practice of concealing messages inside computer files (steganography) but hiding things in Facebook pictures is hard because they compress the image.

For now only Chrome users can a have a browser extension (released this week by 21-year-old Oxford University computer science student and former Google intern Owen-Campbell Moore) that will work."

+ - Hidden 'radio' buttons discovered in Apple's iOS 6.1->

Submitted by tad001
tad001 (147243) writes "C|NET is reporting 'Discovered last night within a freshly jailbroken iPad: a set of buttons and code references for "radio," a feature found in iTunes on Macs and PCs, but not on the iPad or iPhone.' ... 'The buttons hint at Apple's much-rumored radio service, a product that will let people stream music much like they do on the popular Pandora service, but with deep ties to Apple's iTunes library.' ... 'The discovery follows a high-profile jailbreak of iOS 6.1, the updated system software Apple released just last week. A team of developers came up with a tool that gives users deep system-level access to do things like install applications from third-party app stores, change the look and feel of iOS, and add new software features.'"
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+ - U.N. plotting takeover of Internet?-> 1

Submitted by tad001
tad001 (147243) writes "Next month, the 12th World Conference on International Telecommunications, or WCIT-12, will be held in Dubai. At the meeting, the 193 member countries of the U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union, or ITU, will consider renegotiating a fairly obscure treaty known as the International Telecommunication Regulations, or ITRs.

The 24-year-old agreement delineates much of the ITU’s rule-making authority over telecommunications.

The hope of several countries is that they can expand the ITU’s jurisdiction to the Internet, replacing the current governing system with one that is controlled by a U.N. bureaucracy."

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+ - How easy it is to set up untraceable companies->

Submitted by vbraga
vbraga (228124) writes "The Economist shows how easy it is to set up an untreaceable company in OECD countries. From the article: "Posing as consultants, the authors asked 3,700 incorporation agents in 182 countries to form companies for them. Overall, 48% of the agents who replied failed to ask for proper identification; almost half of these did not want any documents at all. ". Additional discussion at hackernews."
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+ - Most cost-effective code versioning setup for local programming management 1

Submitted by courcoul
courcoul (801052) writes "Under a new presidency and with the directive to switch over to FOSS and/or local development as much as possible, we would like to take control of our current and growing code base. Ancient RCS, SCCS. CVS. SVN. Some other letter soup?

I would like to ask the great Slashdot Collective for their thoughts, tips and recommendations on setting up such a source code management infrastructure AND getting the coders to accept and use it."

Federal grants are offered for... research into the recreation potential of interplanetary space travel for the culturally disadvantaged.