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Networking

+ - It is Jan time for Virgin Mobile To Start Throttli->

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wesborgmandvm
wesborgmandvm writes "Virgin Mobile cuts smart phone users to 1/2 the data they give Broadband2Go users.

March 23rd, the company is going to cut off smartphone customers once they consume more than 2.5 GB data within a billing cycle, meaning once a user exceeds the 2.5 GB data cap, his/her Internet speed will throttled down to 256Kbps for the rest of the billing period. http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/01/19/virgin-mobile-to-start-throttling-data-in-march/

About this time last year Virgin Mobile announced plans to start throttling the Broadband2Go to 5GB in a month.
http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/11/01/13/2234259/virgin-mobile-to-start-throttling-broadband2go"

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Google

+ - Verizon Remotely Infiltrating User Phones->

Submitted by
wesborgmandvm
wesborgmandvm writes "Verizon has violated its license agreement to operate over a valuable chunk of public airwaves known as the C-Block. According to Free Press and Public Knowledge, Verizon has asked Google to block third-party applications on Android phones that allow “tethering,” or using a smartphone to connect to the Internet on another device such as a laptop.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58420.html#ixzz1RQDZilxQ

http://www.freepress.net/files/FreePress_CBlock_Complaint.pdf

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizon-Plays-Dumb-About-Blocking-Android-Tethering-Apps-114797



Don't RTFA / take action totally uninformed: http://act2.freepress.net/sign/verizon_blocking/?akid=2602.8866068.JnE-kM&rd=1&t=2"

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Government

+ - Obama's Networks Will Be Neutral?->

Submitted by
wesborgmandvm
wesborgmandvm writes "Buried deep in President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package is a line that should bring a smile to your face.

It says that billions of dollars must be spent to connect Americans to Internet services that meet "nondiscrimination and network interconnection obligations."

What does that mean? It means that we have won a key battle in our fight for Net Neutrality. The government must now demand that this money — your money — is spent the right way: on projects that abide by Net Neutrality principles.

But get this: Just as Washington is deciding to spend your tax dollars to connect millions of people to an open Internet, high-priced phone and cable company lobbyists are swooping in to change the rules, scrap the Net Neutrality requirements and stamp out consumer choice.

http://savetheinternet.com/=act

The agencies in charge of spending your money on broadband are convening public meetings to hear ideas from ordinary people. But the first meeting, held last week in Washington, was "packed to the rafters" with industry lobbyists. They created such noise at the event that public voices are in danger of being drowned out."

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Microsoft

+ - Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT)

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Why is it so hard to find the Windows Experience Index number on new hardware. I am in the market for a new laptop; while I will wipe of windows as soon as I buy it I would like to use the MS's Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) rankings so I can compare apples to apples on different chips and graphics card configurations. I can't find any online sellers that list the Windows Experience Index next to the other specs on new hardware. Are the manufacturers resisting MS's Windows System Assessment Tool because it makes their hardware brand a commodity that can easily be replaced by another manufacturer's brand."

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