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The Telecom Digest for May 17, 2011
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Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 17:25:12 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Web Porn Was Error, Sears Says Message-ID: <email@example.com> Web Porn Was Error, Sears Says By MIGUEL BUSTILLO MAY 12, 2011 Sears Holdings Corp. has apologized to customers after a religious group discovered that pornographic movies could be purchased by minors and others through the Sears.com website. The family-oriented department-store chain said the videos violated its standards for online merchandise and are no longer being offered for sale. The gaffe underscores the challenges traditional retail chains face as they try to expand online selections to counter the rise of Amazon.com Inc. Sears Holdings, the parent of Sears and Kmart stores, lets other companies sell products through its website in exchange for a slice of the proceeds. That strategy accounts for roughly a third of Amazon's revenue, and store chains including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Best Buy Co. are also attempting to replicate it. Sears attributed the sale of the sexually explicit DVDs to a mistake by a vendor partner whom it declined to name. ... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704681904576317512297885604.html
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 17:05:57 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Why MIT matters Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Why MIT matters By Bill Gates May 15, 2011 When MIT was founded 150 years ago, it adopted a novel approach for the world of higher learning. It combined theoretical knowledge with hands-on learning and emphasized research and teaching equally. It was exactly what the United States needed to help ignite the country's Industrial Revolution. Today, MIT remains unrivaled when it comes to the basic and applied research needed to address the complex challenges of this century. It is on the forefront of advancements in areas such as energy, climate change, disease, and poverty alleviation. At 150 years old, it shows no signs of slowing down. I was lucky enough to take a few courses at MIT when I was studying next door at Harvard. And over the past three decades, I've visited MIT many times and have always been impressed with the caliber of its students, professors, and academic leaders. It's remarkable to think that 76 current and former MIT members are Nobel Prize recipients. Many other MIT faculty and graduates have distinguished themselves in their fields. In the late 19th century, Ellen Swallow Richards, the first woman to graduate from MIT, pioneered water-quality testing in the United States. A.D. Little, a member of the class of 1885, discovered important uses for cellulose acetate and went on to establish the country's first management consulting firm. Pierre S. du Pont, who earned a chemistry degree at MIT in 1890, played a key role in the growth of his family's chemical company and the US automotive industry. ... http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/specials/mit150/Gates/
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 17:05:57 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: MIT 150 Message-ID: <email@example.com> MIT 150 150 fascinating, fun, important, interesting, lifesaving, life-altering, bizarre and bold ways that MIT has made a difference Globe Staff Writers Sam Allis, Hiawatha Bray, Scott Helman, And Carolyn Johnson, And Globe Contributors Scott Kirsner, Karen Weintraub, And Michael Blanding / May 15, 2011 Some were invented at MIT. Others were simply inspired by time spent at MIT. But all of them (well, maybe not #150) have had a profound impact, in one way or another, on society, culture, politics, economics, transportation, health, science, and, oh yes, technology. In the 150 years since the Commonwealth approved a charter by William Barton Rogers to incorporate the "Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston Society of Natural History" (the Civil War delayed its first classes until 1865), MIT has established itself as the place where great ideas are born. ... http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/specials/mit150/mitlist/ MIT 150: The Top 50 http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/specials/mit150/galleries/top_50/
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 17:25:12 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: ESPN Balks at Sprint's New Text Fee Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> ESPN Balks at Sprint's New Text Fee By Colin Gibbs May 11, 2011 Sprint has quietly raised its messaging rates for companies that distribute texts, leading ESPN and other content providers to stop delivering free messages to the carrier's subscribers. Beginning April 1, Sprint began charging an additional toll of one-half of one cent to companies that distribute texts on behalf of organizations for every message sent through its network. While the charge may seem minimal, it could dramatically change the economics for news outlets, retailers, banks and countless others who send texts as a free customer service rather than a way to generate revenue directly. ... http://gigaom.com/mobile/espn-balks-at-sprints-new-text-fee/
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 17:27:45 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Debit-Card Heist Lasted Months Message-ID: <email@example.com> Debit-Card Heist Lasted Months By ANN ZIMMERMAN MAY 14, 2011 Thieves tampered with debit-card processing equipment at Michaels arts-and-crafts stores as early as Feb. 8, nearly three months before customers who had used their bank cards at the chain first reported that their bank accounts had been looted, the retailer said. WSJ's Ann Zimmerman reports Michaels arts and crafts stores are warning customers across the country that their credit card information may have been obtained by hackers. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam) The company began removing the compromised equipment, which it found at 80 stores in 20 states, on May 6. It says that fewer than 100 customers have reported fraudulent transactions. Michaels Stores is installing tamper-proof card-processing equipment. Above, a customer shopped Wednesday at a Santa Clarita, Calif., Michaels. Earlier in the week, Michaels Stores Inc. of Irving, Texas, reported that crooks had subverted its equipment and collected customers' debit-card data, including personal identification numbers. The gang created duplicate cards and, using the stolen PINs, withdrew cash from victims' bank accounts, in some cases more than once. The company said that it uncovered almost 90 improperly altered debit-card processing devices. The U.S. Secret Service is investigating the incident. ... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703730804576321611292388544.html
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 17:29:34 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Sony Hits Restart on Game Network Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sony Hits Restart on Game Network By IAN SHERR And JURO OSAWA MAY 15, 2011 Sony Corp. moved to restart its PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment videogame services outside Asia, following a hacking attack that compromised personal information for more than 100 million user accounts last month. The Japanese company late Saturday said it would begin a phased restoration of its PlayStation Network in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and the Mideast following the release of a mandatory software upgrade for all PlayStation 3 videogame consoles. The network's operation will be limited at first, the company said, offering Internet-based game play, movie rentals and music services through Sony, and restored support for online video streaming through companies such as Netflix Inc. The PlayStation Store, which allows users to purchase games and additional content, is one service that won't be available at the outset. U.S. customers were able to access most of the phased-in features Sunday morning. Full service is expected to be restored by the end of the month, the company said. Sony will wait to restart the PlayStation Network in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. The company didn't give a precise timetable for restoring service in Asia but said it aims to have the region fully operational also by the end of the month. ... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703730804576323934034309052.html
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