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The Telecom Digest for February 3, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 34 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
The Apple Bug That Let Us Spy on a Total Stranger's iPhone (Monty Solomon)
A picture is worth a thousand words (Bill Horne)
Tiff over LightSquared reveals odd partnership (Bill Horne)

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Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 21:06:29 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: The Apple Bug That Let Us Spy on a Total Stranger's iPhone Message-ID: <6bTe7B.A.DOC.vWpKPB@telecom> The Apple Bug That Let Us Spy on a Total Stranger's iPhone BY SAM BIDDLE FEB 1, 2012 Every single iMessage to and from this man's iPhone - his friends call him Wiz - has been sent to us by accident. We know about his job, sex life, and address. Apple, you might want to fix this. The story is simple: a friend's son had some trouble with his iPhone 4. Being an awesome mom, our friend took it into the Apple Store when her kid was at school. School. Not college or grad school, but I'm-under-18 school. When she got it back, her kid's phone was in perfect working order - but it had also become a portal into another man's private life. No matter how many times we've reset the phone and entered our friend's information, every incoming and outgoing iMessage meant for Wiz shows up on her child's phone. His phone had become her son's phone - and there was an iMessage bevy of stuff you wouldn't want your child to see. The problem of iMessages winding up on the wrong screens isn't new - we mentioned it back in December. At the time, the worry was that iPhone thieves could pry into your private communications. But that's not what's going on here - this is like a wiretap we didn't ask for - and Wiz has no idea I'm looped in on the whole thing. He texts throughout the day like usual, oblivious to the snooping. Now we see just how big of a deal this obscure "bug" is: Your entire personal life could be flung open, and you'd never know. Take our word for it - we've gotten to know Wiz pretty well. ... http://gizmodo.com/5880593/the-apple-bug-that-let-us-spy-on-a-total-strangers-iphone
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2012 21:20:08 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: A picture is worth a thousand words Message-ID: <jgfg8p$c2c$1@dont-email.me> Rule number one: never get a cartoonist mad at you. Rule number two: never get a friend of a cartoonist mad at you. Please look at this link: http://xkcd.com/verizon/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2012 21:08:35 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Tiff over LightSquared reveals odd partnership Message-ID: <jgffj3$8t1$1@dont-email.me> by Stephen Lawson Computerworld Tiff over LightSquared reveals odd partnership Harbinger's Falcone, who started the carrier, took advice from a software executive but kept his distance IDG News Service - LightSquared founder Philip Falcone's response to ethics allegations by a U.S. senator sheds some light on a strange chapter in the carrier's ongoing bid to build a controversial cellular data network. In a Jan. 23 letter, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa accused Falcone of hinting he could help out the senator in return for his softening an investigation of LightSquared's dealings with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As part of his allegation, Grassley said a software executive had contacted his office and all but offered to build a data center in Iowa if Grassley left LightSquared alone. Rest at: http://goo.gl/mhvX9 -or- http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9223943/Tiff_over_LightSquared_reveals_odd_partnership Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
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