Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

FCC Plans to Fine AT&T $100 Million Over Capping of Unlimited Plans

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine AT&T Inc. $100 million for allegedly deceiving consumers about unlimited wireless data plans, the agency said Wednesday.

The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it plans to fine AT&T Inc. $100 million for allegedly deceiving consumers about unlimited wireless data plans.

The FCC alleges AT&T sold consumers data plans advertised as unlimited, then capped data speeds for those customers after they used 5 gigabytes of data within a billing cycle.

Those capped speeds, the agency says, were more than 20 times slower than the normal network speeds advertised by AT&T, and impaired consumers’ ability to access the Internet or use applications for the rest of their billing cycle.

FCC senior officials said on a conference call that AT&T stopped offering unlimited data plans in 2010 but allowed millions of customers that already had unlimited plans to keep them.

Source: FCC Plans to Fine AT&T $100 Million Over Capping of Unlimited Plans

Marriott Fined $600,000 for Jamming Guests’ Wi-Fi

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

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Marriott International will pay a $600,000 fine for jamming conference attendees’ own Wi-Fi networks at its Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, forcing them to pay hefty prices to use the hotel’s own connection.

Frequent travelers often carry personal Wi-Fi hotspots — tiny devices that can connect to the Internet via cell phone towers. For $50 a month, they can connect to the Internet on the move, often avoiding hefty fees charged by hotels, airports and conference facilities. Some people upgrade their wireless data plans to make their smartphones into hotspots.

Last year, a conference attendee at the Opryland hotel in Nashville, Tennessee — which is managed by Marriott — found that the hotel was jamming devices in its ballrooms and complained to the Federal Communications Commission. In the complaint, the guest noted that the same thing happened previously at another Gaylord property. The block didn’t affect Wi-Fi access in guest rooms.

While jamming personal Wi-Fi connections, Marriott was charging conference organizers and exhibitors between $250 and $1,000, per access point, to use the Gaylord’s Wi-Fi connection. The FCC declined to release the initial guest complaint except if requested under the Freedom of Information Act, a process that can often take weeks.

Marriott agreed to the fine and has instructed its hotels not to use the jamming technology in the way it was used at Opryland, according to the FCC. But the company on Friday defended the blocking of guests’ own Wi-Fi networks in the interest of network security. The company said it is legal to use FCC-approved technology to protect its Wi-Fi service against “rogue wireless hotspots that can cause degraded service, insidious cyber-attacks and identity theft,” adding that hospitals and universities employee similar jamming practices.

At the four Gaylord hotels in the U.S., Marriott today monitors for hotspots causing interference but does not automatically block such connections, said Harvey Kellman, a lawyer for the hotel company. Only a handful of Marriott’s 4,000 other hotels worldwide currently screen for hotspot interference.

Chicago Catholic School Teacher Stabbed to Death by Hooker

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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Alisha M. Walker, 20, of Akron, Ohio, who has a history of prostitution and battery, is accused of stabbing to death 61-year-old Alan Filan in his Orland Park, Ill. home on Saturday, Jan. 18. She is being held without bail in Allen County Jail in Indiana on a first-degree murder warrant until a hearing on Feb. 10.

According to the NY Daily News, Walker waived extradition back to Illinois on Monday and will at some point be returned to Cook County for arraignment on the charge of first-degree murder, the Cook County clerk said.

Filan was found dead on his kitchen floor by police around 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, after they were called when the teacher failed to show up for work. The Cook County medical examiner’s office said he had been stabbed multiple times.

“Walker confessed to being at the home of the victim on Jan. 18 after Filan contacted her via the Internet site Backpage,” said Orland Park police. “Walker and Filan argued over money, a struggle ensued, which resulted in Walker stabbing Filan multiple times.”

“Alisha told me she had to [stab Filan]” said Sherri Chatman, mother of the accused. “[T]here was nothing else she could do. The only way I see my baby doing that is if she was in danger, in harm. It was either him or her. I think she freaked out.”

Vin Diesel Records Himself Dancing to Katy Perry & Beyonce

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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It’s one of the Internet’s best-kept secrets: Vin Diesel has one of the best Facebook pages of all time. He regularly posts a bewildering mixture of selfies, movie promo shots and personal family photos — all of which garner millions of likes and thousands of comments — to his 63 million Facebook fans. Yes, you read that number right: Vin Diesel has the 15th most popular page on Facebook. That means he has more fans than Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Family Guy, Taylor Swift and a host of other big names.

Read more: Vin Diesel Dances to Katy Perry and Beyonce in Facebook Video

Who Do We Blame For Our Children Dressing Like This

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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I don’t blame the hood rat who dressed her son with his pants sagging and his drawers exposed, I blame hip hop and its poisonous influence on our culture. This photo of a toddler dressed in urban gear and holding a stack of cash big enough to choke a horse is making the rounds on the Internet. Influential rappers like Jay Z and Lil Wayne encourage our young men to continue dressing like slobs. Is it any wonder that the white community considers us to be a race of Thugs?

Google Buys Nest Labs For $3.2 billion

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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Nest Labs makes Internet-connected thermostats and smoke detectors.

It was founded by Tony Fadell, the guy most responsible for the iPod after Steve Jobs.

It’s incredible to think that he’s going to be working for Google considering Apple and Google are bitter enemies.

Fadell founded Nest two years ago. There were reports that he was looking at raising a fresh round of funding. Looks like he decided to sell instead. Nest had raised $230 million in funding to date. Google Ventures was one of its biggest backers.

Nest’s beautifully designed thermostat sells for $250. It can be controlled remotely through a smartphone. It also learns your behavior and adjusts the temperature automatically over time.

FBI Can Access Laptop Cameras Without People Knowing

Monday, December 9th, 2013

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According to The Washington Post, the FBI’s hunt for a terrorist suspect known as “Mo” has lead them to creating software which allows them to hack into people’s computers and even use the devices’ webcams to spy on them. The suspected terrorist, Mo, has sent multiple pictures of himself wearing an Iranian military uniform, and has also sent numerous threats against locations including American universities and airports as his intended targets.

The repeated threats made to the FBI via emails and Internet chat methods prompted the FBI’s “network investigative techniques” unit to create software that can access an individual’s computer and gain access to personal emails and other files. It even goes so far as to take control of their webcam and snap pictures or record computer users without their knowledge. The use of this invasive strategy has been cast aside by courts who argue that it is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment; however, no one can know if the FBI has used it against them.

The suspected terrorist Mo, has yet to be found.

Alabama All Male Cheerleading Team

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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If you don’t already know about the Prancing Elites, Alabama’s all-male and absolutely fierce cheerleading squad, then your day is about to get a whole lot better. These boys are awesome. Like, if you want to spend exactly one minute smiling beyond belief, they will do that for you. Hailing from Mobile, Ala., the Prancing Elites are winning the Internet and stealing hearts left and right with their passion for dance and matching outfits. It’s really only a matter of time before Beyoncé recruits them for her next video. Dance on, boys.

How Counterfeit Money Is Now Made Easier And Faster Thanks To Soap, Glue, Office Printers And How To Guides

Monday, January 7th, 2013

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Recent arrests show government high-tech safeguards against counterfeit money are increasingly proving no match for crooks cashing in with basic household items such as soap, glue and office printers.

Take Heath Kellogg, a self-taught graphic artist known as ‘The Printer,’ who was arrested outside of Atlanta, Georgia with his father and four other men in November. Authorities said the crew cranked out more than a million dollars in counterfeit bills using just office printers and glue.

That same month, a Rhode Island man was arrested after he allegedly learned how to use a chemical soap to rub off the ink on $5 bills, turning them into counterfeit $100 bills — that particular skill set was simply plucked from a how-to guide off the the Internet.

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FBI denies that one of its agent’s computers was hacked in Apple case

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is disputing a computer hacker group’s claim that it stole personal identification data on millions of Apple device owners from an FBI agent’s laptop.

The FBI says it never asked for and never possessed the database that the group, which calls itself AntiSec, is posting on a website.

The group released a link to a database of more than 1 million Apple device identification numbers.

Federal officials are warning that computer users should be careful when clicking on such links because they may sometimes contain malware that can infect computers.

AntiSec is a hacker group affiliated with Anonymous, a collection of Internet-savvy activists who have struck out against governments, officials or corporations over a variety of political grievances.

Apple did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

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