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Australia

Submission + - Bank puts 1b transaction records behind analytics site (itnews.com.au)

schliz writes: Australia's UBank has put a billion real-world transaction records behind a website that allows users to compare their spending habits with others of the same gender, in the same age/income range, neighborhood and living situation. The 'PeopleLikeU' tool surfaces favorite shops and restaurants surprisingly accurately — because it's based on real customers' transactions, it lists places like good takeout joints that wouldn't normally come to mind when you think of a favorite place to eat. The bank says all data was 'deidentified' and it consulted with privacy authorities.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - AT&T Cell Towers Interfering with Police Radios (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "AT&T has disabled GSM 850MHz service on 16 towers in Oakland, CA while it investigates reports that the cell phone towers were interfering with the city's emergency communications system. After police and firefighters complained of poor coverage, 'the city's and AT&T Wireless' engineering teams conducted joint testing and validation of the RF conditions taking place at one of their tower locations on East Ninth Street,' the city said in a statement. 'Both teams concluded that the AT&T 850MHz GSM cell site was causing significant interference to the City of Oakland's P25 System.'"

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