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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

 
Serval = Free Mobile / Cell Phone calls, for the World!
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

“Communications should not just be for the geographically, financially otherwise fortunate — for it is the unfortunate who need it most. ”
Communicate anywhere, any time … without infrastructure, without mobile towers, without satellites, without wifi hotspots, and without carriers. Use existing off-the-shelf mobile cell phone handsets. Use your existing mobile phone number wherever you go, and never pay roaming charges again.

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Big Cable unplugs Cali's draft net neutrality protections yet AGAIN
Friday, 22 June 2018 07:40

The lobbying might of Big Cable was on show again this week when a critical net neutrality bill in the California legislature was gutted to remove its most important features.

Net neutrality advocates and the lead sponsor of the legislation were left fuming when the chair of the Assembly's communications committee in Sacramento, Democrat Miguel Santiago, pushed through a vote that significantly amended bill SB 822 .

Unusually, the vote was called before the committee had even opened its hearing into the legislation. The bill passed the California Senate largely intact, despite an earlier effort to kill off its main

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Cisco passes around antidotes to noxious NX-OS code execution bugs
Thursday, 21 June 2018 11:44

Get your ticket to the Cisco catwalk, sysadmins, and watch Switchzilla strut 24 FXOS and NX-OS software security advisories.

Five advisories in the June 2018 Cisco FXOS and NX-OS Software Security Advisory Collection are dressed in a luscious, Critical-rated red, while the remaining 19 merely hit the High.

Four of the critical bugs can affect the same list of products: the Firepower 4100 Series Next-Generation Firewalls, Firepower 9300 Security Appliance, MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches, Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders, Nexus 3000 Series Switches, Nexus 3500 Platform Switches, Nexus 5500 Platform Switches, Nexus 5600 Platform Switches, Nexus 6000 Series Switches,

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Priceless: The cost to BT for bothering you with spam? 1.5 UK pence per email
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 21:21

Brit telco BT has been ordered to pay £77,000 for sending almost 5 million nuisance emails – equivalent to about 1.5p a mail.

The telco sent out the spam mails, which were promoting three charity initiatives, between December 2015 and November 2016.

However, one customer who received an email complained that they had opted out of direct marketing messages, and passed the issue up to the UK's data protection watchdog.

After an investigation, the Information Commissioner's Office ruled that the firm had broken the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) that govern direct marketing.

BT had argued that, although emails

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Cisco snags potential customer-sniffing biz for an undisclosed sum
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 01:51

Cisco is to slurp up cloudy indoor location services biz July Systems to add to its Wi-Fi platform and boost customer experience capabilities.

July Systems, founded in 2001, offers services to track people's locations within buildings through Wi-Fi.

The idea is to allow companies to identify customers when they enter a space, sending more targeted communications for – as the biz would have it – a better customer experience.

Customers of the firm, which offers behavioural insights and instant customer activation, include Westfield shopping centres, the Intercontinental Hotels Group and a number of sports teams.

For Cisco, the acquisition is

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