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The Telecom Digest for February 2, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 29 : "text" Format
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BlackBerry, Rebuilt, Lives to Fight Another Day (Monty Solomon)
Your employer may share your salary, and Equifax might sell that data (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:10:28 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: BlackBerry, Rebuilt, Lives to Fight Another Day Message-ID: <p06240831cd317d2b9bb9@[]> BlackBerry, Rebuilt, Lives to Fight Another Day By DAVID POGUE January 30, 2013 I'm sorry. I was wrong. This apology is for the bespectacled student at my talk in Cleveland, and the lady in the red dress in Florida, and anyone else who's recently asked me about the future of the BlackBerry. I told all of them the same thing: that it's doomed. That wasn't an outrageous opinion. Once dominant, the BlackBerry has slipped to a single-digit percentage of the smartphone market. The company's stock has crashed almost 90 percent from its 2008 peak. In the last two years, the BlackBerry's maker, Research in Motion, released a disastrous tablet, laid off thousands of employees and fired its C.E.O.'s. The whole operation seemed to be one gnat-sneeze away from total collapse. The company - which changed its name on Wednesday to simply BlackBerry - kept saying that it had a miraculous new BlackBerry in the wings with a new operating system called BlackBerry 10. But it was delayed and delayed and delayed. Nobody believed anything the company said anymore. Besides - even if there were some great phone, what prayer did BlackBerry have of catching up to the iPhone and Android phones now? Even Microsoft, with its slick, quick Windows Phone, hasn't managed that trick. Well, BlackBerry's Hail Mary pass, its bet-the-farm phone, is finally here. It's the BlackBerry Z10, and guess what? It's lovely, fast and efficient, bristling with fresh, useful ideas. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/31/technology/the-blackberry-refreshed-lives-to-fight-another-day.html -or- http://tinyurl.com/9wp6nwc
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:48:06 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Your employer may share your salary, and Equifax might sell that data Message-ID: <p06240801cd30f8b89071@[]> EXCLUSIVE: Your employer may share your salary, and Equifax might sell that data The Equifax credit reporting agency, with the aid of thousands of human resource departments around the country, has assembled what may be the most powerful and thorough private database of Americans' personal information ever created, containing 190 million employment and salary records covering more than one-third of U.S. adults. Some of the information in the little-known database, created through an Equifax-owned company called The Work Number, is sold to debt collectors, financial service companies and other entities. ... http://redtape.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/30/16762661-exclusive-your-employer-may-share-your-salary-and-equifax-might-sell-that-data?lite -or- http://goo.gl/MY6b3 Equifax Sells Private Information To Debt Collectors In 'Biggest Privacy Breach In Our Time': Report http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30/equifax-sells-private-information_n_2584518.html -or- http://goo.gl/4cjK3 ***** Moderator's Note ***** My household income has never been a secret: it has been available for over thirty years, to anyone with access to the Registry of Motor Vehicles database, a Zipcode directory, and some rudimentary statistical training. I guess these reports have some value to those who think there's a difference between knowing my income bracket within about $5,000, or in knowing my income to the exact penny, but mostly, I think these sorts of stories are put out on slow news days in order to hype the stats for a particular paper or web page. What I'd really like to see is a database that shows the incomes of every consultant, lobbyist, lawyer, and political advisor who deals with the local, state, and national governments of my country. THAT information would make me a better-prepared citizen when I go to the polls. Bill Horne Moderator
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