Tech News Today 426

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Episode 426

Tech News Today 426: The Samsung Phoneblet

Is AT&T buying Dish? Who has access to Megaupload's data? Who's BSR's anonymous Apple sources? ...and more.

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Top Stories

  • AT&T Opinion Change Signals It Wants Dish’s Spectrum, Credit Suisse Says
  • AT&T View Change Shows It Wants Dish Spectrum, Analysts Say
  • AT&T circling Dish? Carrier argues against restrictions on Dish's spectrum
    • According to a note from Credit Suisse Group AG, AT&T put in a request with the FCC for a spectrum waiver which signals the phone company is eager to buy airwaves from the satellite-TV provider.
    • There should be no “restrictions on the transfer and/or leasing” of the spectrum, AT&T wrote in comments to the Federal Communications Commission on Jan. 26.
    • AT&T also urged the agency to require a fast-track network buildout, a stipulation that could make it difficult for Dish to keep the spectrum said Stefan Anninger, a Credit Suisse analyst,
    • “AT&T wants the spectrum,” Jonathan Chaplin, a Credit Suisse analyst, said in an e-mail. “Previously AT&T was pushing for a more extensive review of the waiver request. Now they seem to be supportive of an expedited review.”
    • analysts at Credit Suisse think AT&T is appealing to the FCC in order to improve its negotiating leverage with Dish.
  • Feds give OK to deleting Megaupload user files starting Thursday
  • Megaupload Files: Deleted By Thursday?
  • MegaUpload host denies data delete ultimatum: “Don’t call us”
    • AP reported that federal prosecutors say data from users of Megaupload could be deleted as soon as Thursday.
    • A letter filed in the case Friday by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said storage companies Carpathia Hosting Inc. and Cogent Communications Group Inc. may begin deleting data Thursday.
    • The letter said the government copied some data from the servers but did not physically take them. It said that now that it has executed its search warrants, it has no right to access the data.
    • In a statement, however, Carpathia said it "does not have, and has never had, access to the content on MegaUpload servers and has no mechanism for returning any content residing on such servers to MegaUpload's customers."
    • Carpathia said the government's filing is not related to any information provided by Carpathia. "We would recommend that anyone who believes that they have content on MegaUpload servers contact MegaUpload. Please do not contact Carpathia Hosting," the company said.Cogent did not respond to requests for comment.
    • Megaupload attorney Ira Rothken told the AP that Megaupload can't keep paying its hosting providers because of frozen assets, but he's working with prosecutors to keep 50 million Megaupload users' data—from being erased.
  • BSR corrects NYT piece on Apple labor practices in open letter
    • Aron Cramer, CEO of BSR [Business for Social Responsibility], consulting firm for Apple and other big companies on corporate responsibility, posted an open letter to the NYT:
    • "My BSR colleagues and I view Apple as a company that is making a highly serious effort to ensure that labor conditions in its supply chain meet the expectations of applicable laws, the company's standards, and the expectations of consumers and other stakeholders."
    • Anonymous BSR consultant is quoted in NYT piece, but BSR says that person is not affiliated with BSR. Aron says BSR sent clarifications to NYT but only some corrections were made for final piece.
    • what BSR send to NYT: "In several places, you attribute certain opinions about Apple to an unnamed “BSR consultant,” despite the fact that this consultant is unnamed, and are not affiliated with BSR. Associating these views with BSR is a serious misrepresentation, and should be changed."

Discussion Stories

  • BlackBerry Under Siege in Europe
  • Daily Report: Businesses Look for a BlackBerry Substitute
  • BlackBerry squeezed out of Enterprise say stats
  • RIM: we topped December smartphone sales chart
    • Forrester Research found that RIM, Apple and Android phones now equally share the workplace market.
    • 27 percent of smartphone users said they had an Android phone; 26 percent, a BlackBerry; and 24 percent, an iPhone. “Android and Apple together are eating BlackBerry’s lunch,” said Frank Gillett, a Forrester analyst.
    • I.D.C. recently surveyed business managers and information technology managers at 728 businesses across seven Western European countries and found that Android was the fastest-growing mobile operating system for business customers in 2011.
    • However, Citing figures from research firm GfK, MocoNews said BlackBerry had managed to hold on to its title as the best-selling smartphone brand in the British market for the second year
    • iphone has seen the most enterprise growth in N. America, Android making bigger gains in Europe
    • New CEO Thorsten Heins says BB10 will address “consumerization of I.T.,” referring to the growing trend of businesses letting their employees choose which devices they bring to work. “When the first big security flaw even happens in one of the large enterprises, you will see this turn around. Wait for the day this happens.”
  • Rep. Markey releases draft of cellphone privacy bill
    • Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) released a draft of a cellphone privacy bill called the Mobile Device Privacy Act
    • It would require companies to disclose if they are using tracking software like Carrier IQ and what information the software collects. Consumers would have to consent to any data collection or transmission, and third parties would have to have policies in place to secure the data they collect.
    • Companies that want to transfer data to third parties would have to file applications with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

News Fuse



  • Amazon's earnings report isn't until tomorrow, but Stifel Nicolaus analyst Jordan Rohan wrote to investors last night, saying that he has revised his fourth-quarter Kindle Fire sales estimate to 6 million units. Rohan previously estimated 5M. As a comparison, Apple sold 15.43 million iPads during their Q4.
  • Wave goes read only tomorrow, Jan 31st



"Hi TNT crew,

I'd like to add something to your story on Nokia and the growth of Symbian phones in emerging markets. Writing from an emerging market country, I'd like to point out that almost all of Nokia's feature phones are now running Symbian. Couple this with the common practice here of carrying around two phones, a smartphone and a feature phone, the numbers for Symbian are not going down anytime soon for markets like East Asia. The reason for this is that a feature phone lasts for about 4 four days with normal use while a smartphone dies within the day. You would also get a data-only plan for the smartphone and a voice-only plan for the feature phone, saving money all around. At less than USD30 for a Nokia feature phone here with no contract, it is hard to beat even with cheaper Android that will last only for the day.

- Ainal Saidin"



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