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Wireless AMBER Alert program shutting down at end of year

Wireless AMBER Alert program shutting down at end of year

The coalition of groups and government agencies that brought us Wireless AMBER Alerts announced today that the program will be ending at the end of the year. AMBER Alerts, as most you already know, aim to alert the public to recent abductions in an effort to get kidnapped children home safely as quickly as possible. Never fear though, as Wireless AMBER Alerts aren't going away, they're just being rolled into a new program called Wireless Emergency Alerts, which was launched earlier this year.

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Police tell Congress they want carriers keeping SMS logs for two years

Police tell Congress they want carriers keeping SMS logs for two years

Law enforcement representatives from both the state and local level have submitted a proposal to the US Congress that would require mobile carriers in the US to keep SMS logs for all users for at least two years, just in case they're eventually needed for future criminal investigations. The law enforcement reps say that the lack of a current requirement "can hinder law enforcement investigations."

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Text messaging on decline for first time ever

Text messaging on decline for first time ever

Ever since SMS was first conceived, it has become an unstoppable force that has been taking over voice calling as the number one way to communicate with someone over mobile devices. However, for the first time ever, text messaging volume in the US has declined according to a new research report from Chetan Sharma Consulting.

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Swiss sheep text shepherds when wolves are near

Swiss sheep text shepherds when wolves are near

In many parts of the world raising and selling sheep is big business. The challenge for shepherds overseeing a flock is protecting them from predators. Apparently, Switzerland is having a big problem with hungry wolves attacking flocks. To help prevent shepherds from losing their sheep to wolves; a new high-tech collar is being developed.

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Social messaging apps cost mobile companies $14 billion

Social messaging apps cost mobile companies $14 billion

If you used Google Talk, Facebook Chat, imo, or any other data-based social messaging platform on your phone, congratulations. You helps reduce the pockets of mobile providers by nearly $14 billion. That's the number that analytics group Ovum came up with, saying the rise of instant messaging apps is killing what is one of the highest margin line items on any cell phone bill. And it isn't just text messaging. New apps that allow users to place calls without using any plan minutes are also on the rise.

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Text message use declining in some countries

Text message use declining in some countries

Everywhere you go in most parts of the US, you will run across hoards of people that are texting no matter where they are. According to an analyst from M.I.G. Research, Tero Kuittinen, the number of text messages being sent is actually in decline on some parts of the world. Kuittinen cites Finnish Mobile network Sonera and the number of text messages sent on Christmas Eve as proof.

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