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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The primary function of mobile carriers, and the reason we pay them oodles of money each month, is to provide wireless coverage for our cell phones. You expect your carrier to make sure your cell phone can make calls, send text messages, surf websites like The Huffington Post, and whatever else you do that requires a mobile connection.

It seems like a simple transaction, for both parties. However, only one side really has to hold up its end of the bargain, thanks to a sneaky provision buried in the fine print of those terms and conditions you probably aren't reading. When you sign a two-year contract with any of the four largest carriers in the United States -- Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile -- you're saying it's okay if your carrier doesn't actually provide any service, and that even if your cell phone cannot connect to the network where you need it most, you will still pay the agreed-upon amount each month and stay in your contract.
Erased Hard Drives? Fraudulent Discounts? Ex-Apple Store Workers Make Shocking Allegations
World's Biggest PC Maker Suffers Massive Loss, Worst In Company History
State's Landmark Bill Would Ban Employers From Seeking Facebook Passwords
Windows 8 Haters Rear Their Heads
Staggering Number Of Americans Without High-Speed Internet
Mark Goulston, M.D.: Now That Facebook Has Lost Face, Can It Get It Back?
If you, Facebook, are fortunate to have your community give you a second chance, be transparent about your mission and values. People might be disappointed, but at least they'll see that you are telling the truth.
Jonathan Spalter: Time for an 'All of the Above' Spectrum Strategy
The FCC predicts that demand for wireless connectivity could surpass existing capacity as early as next year, with massive deficits soon to follow, resulting in unreliable service and higher connectivity costs.
Chris Castle: What's Missing From the Google Transparency Filing?
Could Google pay millions to organizations that promote its agenda but never have to reveal those payments to satisfy their disclosure obligations under Judge Alsup's order?
John Long: Teaching Life Lessons to Your Life-like Robot
So here is your reading list to get you up to speed so that you can be a better -- dare we say -- parent to the new intelligent machine that you will soon welcome into your life.
Steve Blank: When Microsoft Threatened to Sue Us Over the Letter 'E'
Dear Bill Gates: While I understand Microsoft's proprietary interests, I did not realize that one of the 26 letters in the English language was now the trademarked property.

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