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The Telecom Digest for Sep 4, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 149 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
AnandTech founder retiring from tech publishing (Monty Solomon)
Apple confirms celebrities' accounts breached in "highly targeted" attack (Monty Solomon)
FCC Spanks T-Mobile for $819,000 (Neal McLain)
Isis, the Industry Group, Is Changing Its Name (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:00:05 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: AnandTech founder retiring from tech publishing Message-ID: <p06240803d02ceb3c08f8@[]> The Road Ahead by Anand Lal Shimpi August 30, 2014 AnandTech Both of my parents were teachers, and for as long as I can remember they both encouraged me to do something in life that would help others. I figured being a doctor would be the most obvious way to do that, but growing up around a pair of teachers must've rubbed off on me. My venue wouldn't be the classroom but rather the Internet. On April 26, 1997, armed with very little actual knowledge, I began to share what I had with the world on a little Geocities site named Anand's Hardware Tech Page. Most of what I knew was wrong or poorly understood, but I was 14 years old at the time. Little did I know that I had nearly two decades ahead of me to fill in the blanks. I liked the idea of sharing knowledge online and the thought of building a resource where everyone who was interested in tech could find something helpful. That's the short story of how I started AnandTech. There's a lot more to it involving an upgrade to the AMD K6, a PC consulting business I ran for 2 years prior and an appreciation for writing that I didn't know I had - but that's the gist. I'm 32 now. The only things that've been more of a constant in my life than AnandTech are my parents. I've spent over half of my life learning about, testing, analyzing and covering technology. And I have to say, I've enjoyed every minute of it. But after 17.5 years of digging, testing, analyzing and writing about the most interesting stuff in tech, it's time for a change. This will be the last thing I write on AnandTech as I am officially retiring from the tech publishing world. ... http://anandtech.com/show/8456/the-road-ahead
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:05:48 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Apple confirms celebrities' accounts breached in "highly targeted" attack Message-ID: <p06240805d02cec9c5b8b@[]> Apple confirms celebrities' accounts breached in "highly targeted" attack Cupertino blames users' passwords and security questions. by Sean Gallagher Sept 2 2014 Ars Technica An Apple spokesperson has issued a statement on the company's investigation of the hacking of female celebrities' cloud accounts and the theft of photos from their accounts. And Apple is, in essence, blaming the victims. Or at least, "We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities," the statement reads. "When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source. Our customers' privacy and security are of utmost importance to us." Initial reports from security sources suggested that an exploit of a weakness in Apple's "Find My iPhone" API that allowed a brute force password attack. Apple has discounted those reports, and it blames the success of the attacker on what amounts to social engineering of the accounts-by trying to use personal data to guess passwords or answers to security questions for the accounts in question. ... http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/09/apple-confirms-celebrities-accounts-breached-in-highly-targeted-attack/ -or- http://goo.gl/U4Zfjj
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 17:57:14 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain@annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: FCC Spanks T-Mobile for $819,000 Message-ID: <ccaeb1b2-3a82-4439-861a-b76b4454b83a@googlegroups.com> By Peter Tannenwald, CommLawBlog, September 3, 2014 Hearing aid compatibility shortfall draws big fine. More than two years ago we reported that the FCC had proposed to fine T-Mobile a whopping $819,000 for violations of hearing aid compatibility (HAC) requirements. (Under those requirements both vmanufacturers and mobile carriers must offer a broad range of handsets that (a) don't cause interference to hearing aids and (b) do work with the telecoil add-ons that many hearing aid wearers use.) As is customary, T-Mobile was given a chance to respond to the proposed fine, which it did (in May, 2012), arguing not that it hadn't violated the rules, but rather that the fine was "unduly punitive" and should be sliced in half. The FCC was not convinced. We know this because the Commission has now finalized the fine, leaving it at $819,000 - no reduction for effort, good behavior, or anything else. Continued: http://www.commlawblog.com/2014/09/articles/enforcement-activities-fines-f/fcc-spanks-tmobile-for-819000/ -or- http://tinyurl.com/q23fjx9 Neal McLain
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 19:51:50 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Isis, the Industry Group, Is Changing Its Name Message-ID: <C1B0E9BC-3BD1-442A-A532-35CFABD8CD0E@roscom.com> Isis, the Industry Group, Is Changing Its Name Several wireless companies formed Isis in 2010 to encourage the development of wireless payment technology. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/isis-the-industry-group-is-changing-its-name/ -or- http://goo.gl/mBheV1

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