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Volume 28 : Issue 218 : "text" Format

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  Re: Iowa 911 call center becomes first to accept texts       
  Re: Is Google Voice a Threat to AT&T?
  Meet "the world's most annoying Web site"
  Professor Main Target of Assault on Twitter

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We must fight spam for the same reason we fight crime: not because we are naive enough to believe that we will ever stamp it out, but because we do not want the kind of world that results when no one stands against crime. Geoffrey Welsh =========================== See the bottom of this issue for subscription and archive details and the name of our lawyer, and other stuff of interest. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 08 Aug 2009 16:59:31 +1000 From: David Clayton <> To: Subject: Re: Iowa 911 call center becomes first to accept texts Message-ID: <> On Fri, 07 Aug 2009 22:03:48 -0400, Robert Neville wrote: > T <> wrote: > >>The British series "The IT Crowd" did a funny episode on emailing >>emergency services. First, they'd changed the landline number to a long, >>cryptic string. > > Oh come on - it wasn't cryptic at all! > > 0118 999 881 999 119 7253 > > Sticks in your mind as soon as you've heard it once... And just wait until you get the IVR prompts..... ;-) -- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have. ------------------------------ Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 02:09:34 -0400 From: T <> To: Subject: Re: Is Google Voice a Threat to AT&T? Message-ID: <> In article <>, says... > I've been tossing this around in my brain the past few days. I > recently met an Apple fan who refuses to buy an iPhone because he > won't do business with AT&T. Me, I'm more interested in the handheld > itself. I don't care who is handling the calls and data. I don't own > an iPhone, but I recently got an iPod Touch. Now that I'm using the > App Store and following the ongoing tale of Apple versus AT&T versus > the consumer, I have some thoughts on this. > > A suggestion. Since the Touch has WiFi built in all you need is the Fring app and a microphone that plugs into the Touch. Voila, anywhere there's WiFi you can call using Skype. ------------------------------ Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 18:03:21 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <> To: Subject: Meet "the world's most annoying Web site" Message-ID: <p0624080dc6a3a633c672@[]> Meet "the world's most annoying Web site" Posted by Maha Atal, contributor August 7, 2009 10:23 AM Social-networking site has become a target of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the bane of a multitude of customers. "There's a thin line between clever and stupid," went the faux maxim from Spinal Tap, yet it seems to apply pretty well to Web startups. One of the most notoriously over-the-line is the social-networking site, which New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he plans to sue for false advertising, deceptive business, and identity theft. What makes the case timely is that many of's practices, like mass emails and data mining, have become commonplace among social media sites. But Tagged's aggressive combination of these digital promotions set it apart from its competitors, Cuomo charges. According to the attorney general's press release, "Consumers who visited Tagged were tricked into providing the company with access to their personal email contacts, which the company then used to send millions of promotional emails." He added: "This very virulent form of spam is the online equivalent of breaking into a home, stealing address books and sending phony mail to all of an individual's personal contacts." ... ------------------------------ Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 17:51:40 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <> To: Subject: Professor Main Target of Assault on Twitter Message-ID: <p0624080bc6a3a3631d86@[]> Professor Main Target of Assault on Twitter By JENNA WORTHAM and ANDREW E. KRAMER August 8, 2009 The cyberattacks Thursday and Friday on Twitter and other popular Web services disrupted the lives of hundreds of millions of Internet users, but the principal target appeared to be one man: a 34-year-old economics professor from the republic of Georgia. During the assault - the latest eruption in a yearlong skirmish between nationalistic hackers in Russia and Georgia - unidentified attackers sent millions of spam e-mail messages and bombarded Twitter, Facebook and other services with junk messages. The blitz was an attempt to block the professor's Web pages, where he was revisiting the events leading up to the brief territorial war between Russia and Georgia that began a year ago. The attacks were "the equivalent of bombing a TV station because you don't like one of the newscasters," Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer of the Internet security firm F-Secure, said in a blog post. "The amount of collateral damage is huge. Millions of users of Twitter, LiveJournal and Facebook have been experiencing problems because of this attack." The blogger, a refugee from the Abkhazia region, a territory on the Black Sea disputed between Russia and Georgia, writes under the name Cyxymu, but identified himself only by the name Giorgi in a telephone interview. Giorgi, who said he taught at Sukhumi State University, first noticed Thursday afternoon that LiveJournal, a popular blogging platform, was not working for him. "I decided to go to Facebook," he said. "And Facebook didn't work. Then I went to Twitter, and Twitter didn't work. 'How strange,' I thought, 'What a coincidence they all don't work at once.' " Security experts say that it is nearly impossible to determine who exactly is behind the attack, which disrupted access to Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal and some Google sites on Thursday and continued to affect many Twitter users into Friday evening. ... ------------------------------ TELECOM Digest is an electronic journal devoted mostly to telecom- munications topics. It is circulated anywhere there is email, in addition to Usenet, where it appears as the moderated newsgroup 'comp.dcom.telecom'. TELECOM Digest is a not-for-profit, mostly non-commercial educational service offered to the Internet by Patrick Townson. All the contents of the Digest are compilation-copyrighted. You may reprint articles in some other media on an occasional basis, but please attribute my work and that of the original author. The Telecom Digest is currently being moderated by Bill Horne while Pat Townson recovers from a stroke. 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