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The Telecom Digest for March 26, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 79 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
total calls/year? (David Lesher)
Re: total calls/year? (Andrew Carey)
The spirit of invention continues at Bell Labs (Joseph Singer)
Amid Privacy Concerns, Apple Has Started Rejecting Apps That Access UDIDs (Monty Solomon)
Mobile payment app aims to create loyalty (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2012 07:49:17 +0000 (UTC) From: David Lesher <wb8foz@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: total calls/year? Message-ID: <jkmilt$9jf$2@reader1.panix.com> In the 1976 Bell publication introducing the #4ESS toll switch, the prediction of 40 billion interstate calls in the year 2000 was offered. Do we have any idea what it really amounted to? -- A host is a host from coast to coast.................wb8foz@nrk.com & no one will talk to a host that's close........[v].(301) 56-LINUX Unless the host (that isn't close).........................pob 1433 is busy, hung or dead....................................20915-1433
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2012 11:17:23 -0700 From: Andrew Carey <carey@ar-ballbat.VALID-IF-THIS-IS-ELIDED.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: total calls/year? Message-ID: <FDEEF8BD-09A5-45C5-BA59-2E49C2853346@ar-ballbat.VALID-IF-THIS-IS-ELIDED.org> On Mar 25, 2012, at 0049, David Lesher wrote: > In the 1976 Bell publication introducing the #4ESS toll switch, > the prediction of 40 billion interstate calls in the year 2000 > was offered. > > Do we have any idea what it really amounted to? The FCC issued a bi-annual report, "Trends in Telephone Service", in May 2002 which lists total interstate toll calls at between 539 & 616 billion minutes and 10 minutes average per call for residential usage. I didn't see call volumes or total average minutes per call in there. I noticed the last BOC electromechanical switch was cut over in either '96 or '97 in there. Anyone familiar with the location & type? http://transition.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Reports/FCC-State_Link/IAD/trend502.pdf
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2012 19:22:01 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Singer <joeofseattle@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: The spirit of invention continues at Bell Labs Message-ID: <1332728521.7412.YahooMailClassic@web161504.mail.bf1.yahoo.com> The world-famous mother of invention, Bell Labs, was itself a child of that mother of all monopolies, Ma Bell. And though Ma Bell in its old form is long gone, the laboratory soldiers on. Martha Teichner reports: It looks like some tiny, weird work of art. But it won three physicists from Bell Labs a Nobel Prize. It's the first transistor. "This was an invention from 1947," said Edward Eckert, the archivist for Alcatel Lucent - the AT&T spinoff that operates the labs today. "Without this, a cell phone would be the size of a building. This is the beginning of the microelectronics revolution, everything getting smaller." http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57404089/the-spirit-of-invention-continues-at-bell-labs/ -or- http://goo.gl/7XLjA
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2012 11:38:05 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Amid Privacy Concerns, Apple Has Started Rejecting Apps That Access UDIDs Message-ID: <p062408e6cb94e91d5a85@[]> Amid Privacy Concerns, Apple Has Started Rejecting Apps That Access UDIDs KIM-MAI CUTLER Amid extra scrutiny from Congress around privacy issues, Apple has started rejecting apps that access UDIDs, or identification numbers that are unique to every iPhone and iPad, this week. Apple had already given developers a heads-up about the change more than six months ago when it said in some iOS documentation that it was going to deprecate UDIDs. But it looks like Apple is moving ahead of schedule with pressure from lawmakers and the media. It can take more than a year to deprecate features because developers need time to adjust and change their apps. A few weeks ago, some of the bigger mobile-social developers told me that Apple had reached out and warned them to move away from UDIDs. But this is the first time Apple has issued outright rejections for using UDIDs. ... http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/24/apple-udids/
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2012 17:00:55 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Mobile payment app aims to create loyalty Message-ID: <p062408eecb953788232f@[]> NNOVATION ECONOMY Mobile payment app aims to create loyalty March 25, 2012|By Scott Kirsner Seth Priebatsch, 23, has a big vision for his Cambridge company, SCVNGR. He wants to dominate the market for mobile payments, allowing cellphones to be used in place of cash or plastic to buy things. Already, 250 businesses around Boston allow consumers to use SCVNGR's LevelUp mobile app to pay, and Priebatsch says another 100 will come online soon. The system, deployed in eight other cities, is handling more than $1 million in transactions each month. One analyst believes the only app used by more consumers today for mobile payments is the Starbucks app. SCVNGR has had several incarnations. It started in 2008, enabling sites like museums or colleges to create text-based games that could be played on any mobile phone as players navigated a real-world environment. ... http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-25/business/31233218_1_mobile-payments-app-credit-card
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