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The Telecom Digest for October 15, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 239 : "text" Format
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The $15,000,000,000,000,000 phone bill (Monty Solomon)
Hands-on: Four Mac apps to transfer voicemail, other files from your iPhone (Monty Solomon)
Personal info for 300K exposed in FLA college hack; already 50 identity theft cases (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 13:13:19 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: The $15,000,000,000,000,000 phone bill Message-ID: <p06240850cca014367367@[]> The $15,000,000,000,000,000 phone bill By David Lazarus October 12, 2012 It's not exactly a news flash that phone companies frequently screw up people's bills. Sky-high charges in the thousands of dollars have become routine. But imagine how Solenne San Jose felt when she received a bill recently for nearly $15 quadrillion. Yep. Quadrillion. As in about $15,000,000,000,000,000. ... http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-hefty-phone-bill-20121012,0,778429.story
Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 16:23:56 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Hands-on: Four Mac apps to transfer voicemail, other files from your iPhone Message-ID: <p06240866cca0cf965e51@[]> Hands-on: Four Mac apps to transfer voicemail, other files from your iPhone Need those files that iTunes won't give you? Desktop apps to the rescue. by Jacqui Cheng Oct 11 2012 Ars Technica "How can I transfer voicemail files from my iPhone to my computer?" It's a question I'm asked fairly often by Ars readers through e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter-at least two or three times every month. It's also a question I was forced to ask myself recently. I had a number of voicemails on my iPhone that needed to be transferred off and forwarded to the appropriate legal entities. And, equally frustrating, I had older, less-tech-savvy family members facing this problem. It's not as if I could tell them to jailbreak their devices and dig through filesystems. But as many of my Twitter followers pointed out, there are plenty of software packages that allow users to easily transfer their voicemail files-as well as text messages, photos, music, and other data-from an iOS device to a computer. No jailbreak hanky panky required. I took a look at the four most popular applications that were recommended to me. One is Mac-only, and three are available for both OS X and Windows (though I did all of my tinkering on a Mac). All four offer free demos for download from their respective websites, though all these demos limit functionality to an extent until you pay full price. These apps work with all iOS devices ever created, including iPod touches, iPads, and iPhones. So which are the best for people who want to retrieve those files from their iOS devices? Here's what I found: ... http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/10/hands-on-four-mac-apps-to-transfer-voicemail-other-files-from-your-iphone/
Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 22:26:00 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Personal info for 300K exposed in FLA college hack; already 50 identity theft cases Message-ID: <p0624086dcca1247c444c@[]> Personal info for 300K exposed in FLA college hack; already 50 identity theft cases SSNs and more lifted from a server. Students, alumni, and employees affected. by Sean Gallagher Oct 11 2012 Ars Technica Personal information for as many as 300,000 people at Northwest Florida State College has been exposed by a data breach that lasted for at least four months. Victims run the gamut of people on campus, including students, prospective students, and current and retired employees. The breach has already lead to at least 50 cases of identity theft, resulting in loans and credit cards being issued in the names of school employees. ... http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/10/personal-info-for-300k-exposed-in-fla-college-hack-already-50-identity-theft-cases/
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