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The Telecom Digest for December 20, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 324 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: Voice mail auto delete (Ken Wheatley)
Good news for a change: Falcone's Lightsquared running out of cash (Thad Floryan)
Dear Congress, It's no longer OK to not know how the Internet works (Bill Horne)
AT&T Ends $39 Billion Bid for T-Mobile (Monty Solomon)
U.S. Backs Apple In Patent Ruling That Hits Google (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:24:30 +0000 From: Ken Wheatley <ken@birchanger.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Voice mail auto delete Message-ID: <4eef8f6e$0$16501$a8266bb1@newsreader.readnews.com> On 2011-12-18 22:36:02 +0000, David Clayton said: > On Sun, 18 Dec 2011 13:24:08 -0600, Robert Bonomi wrote: > >> In article <XgLG3B.A.8nF.Nwh7OB@telecom>, David Clayton >> <dcstarbox-usenet@yahoo.com.au> wrote: >>> >>> Now it is claimed that the voice mail messages would be deleted >>> automatically and therefore the "hackers" were not responsible for the >>> message deletions, but my understanding is that only played messages >>> would be auto-deleted, not the unheard ones, but this could also vary >>> with each network. >> >> It definitely varies by voice-mail service. >> >> On (at least) large-scale VM systems, e.g. 'Octel', there are >> configuration options to auto-delete messages -- 'heard' or 'un-heard' -- >> after a specified number of days; unless the message has specifically >> been marked as 'saved'. >> >> There is a 'system default' value, plus over-rides by 'class of service', >> and individual account. >> >> Small corporate VM systems may behave significantly differently. > > That's what I would have thought, in the case I outlined it would have > been a major UK telco so I assume that they would have a reasonable policy > of retaining all unheard messages (which was implied by the statements of > not being able to leave a new VM when it was full), but more than likely > would auto-discard listened to messages (which was also implied by the > ability to leave new VMs after the mailbox was "hacked"). > > I wonder if any UK readers of the CDT have any more info on this? I used to work for Unisys some time ago, and played with their large-scale messaging platforms. As others have said, these things are configurable, so an operator can set them up how they like. In fact there may be more than one configuration as there may be several voicemail products or classes of service running on the platform. Normally messages become candidates for deletion when read. That may not mean they're deleted at once, but may wait for a batch process to take place. Unread messages are kept until read, deleted by the user or until a certain time limit is reached. You obviously wouldn't keep them for ever. Finally, there are message that have been listened to but then saved by the user. These, too, have a shelf life.
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:49:10 -0800 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Good news for a change: Falcone's Lightsquared running out of cash Message-ID: <4EF005B6.5030705@thadlabs.com> On http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/19/us-falcone-wireless-idUSTRE7BI1U320111219 The upstart wireless company that is being bankrolled by Philip Falcone's $5 billion Harbinger Capital Partners hedge fund could run out of money during the second quarter of 2012, according to the company's financial statement. LightSquared, which registered a $427 million net loss during the first nine months of this year, may not be able to "continue as a going concern" unless it can raise additional capital and financing, the statement reviewed by Reuters said. "There is a need to raise substantial capital beyond the beginning of the second quarter of 2012 in order to have sufficient liquidity," the company's statement said. It's been no secret in the telecom world that LightSquared is in need of cash, but the financial statement paints a fairly bleak outlook for the Reston, Virginia-based company. A failure of LightSquared would be another jolt to investors in Falcone's hedge fund, which has committed more than $3 billion in equity and loan commitments to the company. Falcone gained fame after making billions in 2007 by shorting subprime mortgages. A spokesman for LightSquared said the company "has cash through the next several quarters." A person familiar with LightSquared said the company does not need any additional money until the Federal Communication Commission rules on a company plan for dealing with potential interference issues with global positioning systems. It is not clear when the FCC will rule. A Harbinger's spokesman was not immediately available for comment. In July, Falcone's hedge fund loaned about $184 million to LightSquared in return for warrants that can be converted into 2.9 million shares of LightSquared stock, according to the financial statement. New York-based Harbinger already is LightSquared's largest equity holder - owning all but a small sliver of the company. Falcone's big bet on wireless has always been a risky one given that the telecom space is one with a history of failure and usually requires significant sums of cash to become operational. But Falcone began raising money for LightSquared at a time the capital markets remained less than hospitable to risky ventures and the network has been plagued by concerns it could interfere with GPS for planes and the military. [...] Lack of cash is not the only problem facing LightSquared. Opposition to LightSquared's planned network roll-out continues to grow on Capitol Hill, over concern that the company's available broadcast spectrum will cause interference with global positioning systems used by the Department of Defense and the aviation industry. LightSquared says it has a plan to deal with the potential interference problems, but some of the company's critics are not convinced. On Capitol Hill, Senator Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, is using the GPS issue to press the Federal Communications Commission to release more information about its dealings with the Falcone-backed telecom. On December 9, Falcone notified investors in his hedge fund that U.S. securities regulators are considering charging him with a number of securities law violations. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission informed Falcone that he could face a civil enforcement action over an allegation his fund engaged in manipulative trading involving an unnamed debt security. Falcone, in a letter to his investors reviewed by Reuters, said none of the matters the SEC is investigating involve LightSquared. [...] { full article at the URL at the beginning of this posting }
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 22:11:25 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Dear Congress, It's no longer OK to not know how the Internet works Message-ID: <4EEFFCDD.1080006@horne.net> Here's an opinion from Joshua Kopstein at MotherBoard, concerning the Stop Online Piracy Act. ... Since its introduction, SOPA and its Senate twin PROTECT-IP have been staunchly condemned by countless engineers, technologists and lawyers intimately familiar with the inner functioning of the internet. Completely beside the fact that these bills as they currently stand would stifle free speech and potentially cripple legitimate businesses by giving corporations extrajudicial censorial powers, they have found an even more insidious threat: The method of DNS filtering proposed to block supposed infringing sites opens up enormous security holes that threaten the stability of the internet itself. http://motherboard.vice.com/2011/12/16/dear-congress-it-s-no-longer-ok-to-not-know-how-the-internet-works 1. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/12/internet-inventors-warn-against-sopa-and-pipa -- Bill Horne 339-364-8487
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 21:34:37 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: AT&T Ends $39 Billion Bid for T-Mobile Message-ID: <p06240865cb15a49496a2@[]> AT&T Ends $39 Billion Bid for T-Mobile By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED DECEMBER 19, 2011 AT&T on Monday ended its effort to buy T-Mobile USA, acknowledging that it could not overcome stiff opposition by the Obama administration to form the nation's biggest cellphone service provider. The decision to scrap the $39 billion takeover - which would have been the biggest deal of the year - is a major setback for AT&T, which had pinned its hopes for growth on the acquisition. The company wanted T-Mobile's cellular airwaves, or spectrum, to relieve its congested network and offer faster service for data-hungry devices like the iPhone. And the deal's end leaves T-Mobile, the weakest of the four national operators, with an uncertain future. ... http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/12/19/att-withdraws-39-bid-for-t-mobile/
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 21:31:35 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: U.S. Backs Apple In Patent Ruling That Hits Google Message-ID: <p06240862cb15a3d4699e@[]> U.S. Backs Apple In Patent Ruling That Hits Google By NICK WINGFIELD December 19, 2011 A federal agency ruled on Monday that a set of important features commonly found in smartphones are protected by an Apple patent, a decision that could force changes in how Google's Android phones function. The ruling, by the United States International Trade Commission, is one of the most significant so far in a growing array of closely watched patent battles being waged around the globe by nearly all of the major players in the mobile industry. These fights reflect the heated competition among the companies, especially as Android phones gain market share. At the heart of the disputes are the kind of small but convenient features that would cause many people to complain if they were not in their smartphones. For example, the case decided Monday involves the technology that lets you tap your finger once on the touch screen to call a phone number that is written inside an e-mail or text message. It also involves the technology that allows you to schedule a calendar appointment, again with a single tap of the finger, for a date mentioned in an e-mail. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/technology/apple-wins-partial-victory-on-patent-claim-over-android-features.html
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