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Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Through a unanimous consent agreement, the US Senate has passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. Should this bill be approved by both Senate and House in its final form, it would once again make it legal for mobile phone owners to have their devices unlocked after their contract with a carrier has expired.

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Cellphone-jamming motorist fined by FCC

Cellphone-jamming motorist fined by FCC

There are two types of drivers: those who use their cell phones while behind the wheel, and those who stare squint-eyed at them from a distance while experiencing various levels of distaste. Jason R Humphreys apparently fell into the latter group. On a daily basis for two years, Humphreys of Florida would fire up a cell phone jammer while commuting to and from work, neutralizing the phones of other nearby drivers and thereby ensuring that, temptation or not, nary a text message or phone call would be made while on the go.

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MetaPhone Stanford University crowdsourced project shows NSA’s three-hop reach

MetaPhone Stanford University crowdsourced project shows NSA’s three-hop reach

The NSA, through means by which the average citizen cannot tread, has been collecting vast amounts of phone metadata that is intended to help locate and track terrorists and related activity. Though not always keeping up to standard, what the NSA does is not illegal and has been the subject of intense criticism across the globe. In response, Stanford University launched a crowdsourced project to prove the extent of information that can be revealed through the collection of metadata, and using this information has posted a lengthy write up on the three-hops procedure.

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