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The Telecom Digest for May 29, 2014
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Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 22:07:45 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: ISPs sent 1.3M copyright infringement notices to US customers last year Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> ISPs sent 1.3M copyright infringement notices to US customers last year RIAA chief concedes that the copyright infringement battle has not been won. by David Kravets May 28 2014 Ars Technica http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/isps-sent-1-3m-copyright-infringement-notices-to-us-customers-last-year/
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 22:06:22 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: "TrueCrypt is not secure," official SourceForge page abruptly warns Message-ID: <email@example.com> "TrueCrypt is not secure," official SourceForge page abruptly warns Support for decade-old crypto program pulled, touching off Internet firestorm. by Dan Goodin May 28 2014 Ars Technica One of the official webpages for the widely used TrueCrypt encryption program says that development has abruptly ended and warns users of the decade-old tool that it isn't safe to use. "WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues," text in red at the top of TrueCrypt page on SourceForge states. The page continues: "This page exists only to help migrate existing data encrypted by TrueCrypt. The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. Windows 8/7/Vista and later offer integrated support for encrypted disks and virtual disk images. Such integrated support is also available on other platforms (click here for more information). You should migrate any data encrypted by TrueCrypt to encrypted disks or virtual disk images supported on your platform." The advisory, which Ars couldn't immediately confirm was authentic, touched off a tsunami of comments on Twitter and other social media sites. For more than a decade, the open source and freely available TrueCrypt has been the program of choice of many security-minded people for encrypting sensitive files and even entire hard drives. Last year, amid revelations that the NSA can decode large swaths of the Internet's encrypted data, supporters ponied up large sums of money to audit TrueCrypt. Results from phase one of the audit released last month revealed no evidence of any backdoors. Additional audits were pending. ... http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/05/truecrypt-is-not-secure-official-sourceforge-page-abruptly-warns/
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 22:02:20 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Apple now makes Android and Windows Phone apps Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Apple now makes Android and Windows Phone apps By Josh Lowensohn May 28, 2014 One peculiarity in Apple's purchase of Beats for $3 billion, announced earlier today: Beats still makes apps for Android and Windows Phone, two of Apple's rival platforms.The deal between the companies has yet to close, but that immediately left a very serious question about the future of the service anywhere besides Apple devices. Now Apple says Beats Music will live on, at least for now. In an interview with the Financial Times, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that apps on both platforms would remain, saying "It's all about the music." The move is a marked change for Apple, which has a long history of shutting down the services of companies it's purchased - often sooner if they're available to rivals - and now Beats may prove to be a rare exception. The subscription version of Beats will live on as a high-end to the company's free iTunes Radio service, and Apple will also continue to sell the Beats hardware, including speakers and headphones in its stores. ... http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/28/5759014/apple-now-makes-android-and-windows-phone-apps
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 09:51:49 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Bell System Technical Journal online Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:05:01 AM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote: > For those who don't have it yet, here's the link to the online copies of > the Bell System Technical Journal. > > http://www3.alcatel-lucent.com/bstj/ > There is also an archive of the Western Union Technical Journal. While the research was not as sophisticated as Bell Labs, they had a variety of interesting projects over the years, including pioneer efforts in data and microwave communications. http://massis.lcs.mit.edu/telecom-archives/archives/technical/western-union-tech-review/
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 01:35:50 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Hackers use 'Find My iPhone' to lockout, ransom Mac and iOS device owners in Australia Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Hackers use 'Find My iPhone' to lockout, ransom Mac and iOS device owners in Australia By AppleInsider Staff Monday, May 26, 2014 Owners of Macs and iOS devices in Australia woke up on Tuesday to find their machines locked by Find My iPhone, with the nefarious hackers responsible demanding payment via PayPal before they return control. ... http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/05/27/hackers-break-into-lock-macs-and-ios-devices-for-ransom-in-australia
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 22:10:14 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Anonymous apps tell the unvarnished truth Message-ID: <email@example.com> Anonymous apps tell the unvarnished truth By Hiawatha Bray | GLOBE STAFF MAY 28, 2014 I mock my wife's fondness for celebrity news shows like Access Hollywood. Who cares about the doings of movie stars? But when I pick up my smartphone, it's her turn to jeer. Lately I've been staring at the screen for 15 minutes at a time, reading of the careers and romances and financial woes of total strangers and unidentified friends. I'm dialed into a different kind of gossip show, served up by Whisper and Secret, two free online services where people reveal everything but their names. Here the conversations are bawdy, tear-stained, hilarious - and incognito. Soldiers gripe about Afghanistan, wives snipe at their husbands, children fret about their aging parents. Beneath a curtain of anonymity, millions of Whisper and Secret users boldly say the unsayable, while millions of others look on with astonished, shame-faced delight. The experience may not be altogether noble, but it's certainly addictive. Whisper's been around since 2012, and the company claims more than 3 billion page views per month. The service is utterly anonymous - Whisper itself doesn't know who's using it. When you sign up, you get a user name and a four-digit PIN number for identification purposes. Whisper also links the unique digital ID of your phone to your account. But you're never asked for a name or e-mail address. ... http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/05/28/anonymous-apps-tell-unvarnished-truth/qS7958tNysfSWx5g9BqsJP/story.html
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