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Submission + - US Govt tracks travel abroad - even hotel bed size (alternet.org) 1

mytrip writes: "The Bush Administration has been collecting detailed records on the travel habits of Americans headed overseas and the luggage they bring with them, whether they fly, drive or take cruises abroad.

The Bush Administration has been collecting detailed records on the travel habits of Americans headed overseas, whether you fly, drive or take cruises abroad — not simply your method of transit but the personal items you carry with you and the people you stay with, according to documents and statements obtained by the Washington Post.

According to the Post, "The DHS database generally includes 'passenger name record' (PNR) information, as well as notes taken during secondary screenings of travelers. PNR data — often provided to airlines and other companies when reservations are made — routinely include names, addresses and credit-card information, as well as telephone and e-mail contact details, itineraries, hotel and rental car reservations, and even the type of bed requested in a hotel.""

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Submission + - OpenMoko Faces Challenges

mpitcavage writes: Looks like OpenMoko will include bluetooth, but challenges are straining the timeline. here's the highlights of the announcment:

Originally, bluetooth was in our product spec, however, this was left out. But after all the incredible demand, post-November, we felt it had to be done....We had a string of bad luck...One thousand little Murphy's seems to be what we have running around teasing this project...Do we delay again, wait for the hardware and software to be ready, or do we just open up now..."
...btw they open up now.

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