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Carrier IQ: Blame operators, not us

Carrier IQ: Blame operators, not us

Carrier IQ has come out fighting amid the ongoing controversy around alleged cellphone tracking and covert customer data collection, claiming information gathered from users amounts to little more than crash logs. While security researchers originally claimed Carrier IQ was gathering text messages as well as location data, in fact "the content of the SMS is never stored and never transmitted" company marketing VP Andrew Coward told the Register. Instead, it's claimed only certain keypresses are tracked to spot errors in a carrier's network. Responsibility for what data is collected and stored rather than passing straight through Carrier IQ's systems - and indeed loading the Carrier IQ software onto the phone you might be using - lies with your operator.

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Malls tracking shoppers using mobile phones

Malls tracking shoppers using mobile phones

Big brother just got a bit larger in a couple malls in the US. Two malls operated by Forest City Commercial Management have installed systems from a company called Footpath Technology that will track where a shopper is and the path they take through the mall. The two malls are Promenade Temecula in Southern California and Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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Nokia World 2011 Wrap-up

Nokia World 2011 Wrap-up

Nokia World 2011 has come and gone, a pivotal event for the cellphone giant and one which, while not answering every question we had about the company's Windows Phone future, at least demonstrated that it's taking its evolution very seriously. Vincent has already shared his opinion of the show from a US perspective, highlighting the wins and near-misses Nokia made in convincing a North American audience it has legs; now it's time for our customary Nokia World wrap-up.

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Nokia World 2011: The US Perspective

Nokia World 2011: The US Perspective

This week was a big one in mobile, plus I lost my virginity. Nokia World 2011 took place in London, my first time at the show, with the company revealing the Windows Phone handsets its bet the farm on. We've covered the event in previous years here on SlashGear, but for the first time it felt like there was some relevance in what Nokia was doing to the US market. I've left the UK, and the show, with plenty of unanswered questions and mixed opinions about Nokia - and Windows Phone - moving forward.

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Nokia’s Elop unveils Asha: Phones for the next Billion

Nokia’s Elop unveils Asha: Phones for the next Billion

"Earlier this year we realized the need to shift our strategy so we could deliver even better experiences." So Stephen Elop kicked off the Nokia World 2011 keynote, the CEO painting a picture of the company as a reliable old friend who was very much in need of a makeover. "Generally people like Nokia, we're durable, we're trustworthy, we're reliable" Elop explained. "We comb our hair neatly, we always pick you up after work when we said we would. But we wanted more … and that wouldn't happen without change."

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Nokia Q3 report: Sales still slide but hope for Nokia World

Nokia Q3 report: Sales still slide but hope for Nokia World

Nokia has announced its Q3 2011 financial results, and as expected it's been another dreary quarter with smartphone sales down 38-percent compared to 2010 and operating profit down 60-percent. According to Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, the company will be "bringing the [Windows Phone] experience to consumers in select countries later this quarter," while Q3's few successes were down, in no small part, to dual-SIM phone sales in developing markets.

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