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iRobot receives FDA approval for physician avatar RP-VITA | Gizmag.com

iRobot receives FDA approval for physician avatar RP-VITA | Gizmag.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

iRobot has announced that its RP-VITA autonomous remote presence robot, co-developed by InTouch Health, has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in hospitals.

 

RP-VITA was developed as part of a suite of remote presence medical robots by iRobot and InTouch Health. The robot provides the usual telemedicine remote presence functions, such as an audio/visual connection between the patient and the doctor in a form factor that suggests something of actual presence. It also enables smooth communication with hospital staff and access to medical chart information.

 

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Former RIAA VP Named 2nd In Command Of Copyright Office | Techdirt

Former RIAA VP Named 2nd In Command Of Copyright Office | Techdirt | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

We've talked in the past about how unfortunate it is that the US Copyright Office seems almost entirely beholden to the legacy copyright players, rather than to the stated purpose of copyright law. That is, instead of looking at how copyright can lead to the maximum benefit for the public ("promoting the progress of science") it seems to focus on what will make the big legacy players -- the RIAA and MPAA -- happy. Part of this, of course, is the somewhat continuous revolving door between industry and the Copyright Office. Just a few months ago we wrote about how the Copyright Office's General Counsel, David Carson, had jumped ship to go join the IFPI (the international version of the RIAA).

Last night the news came out that the US Copyright Office had now named Karyn Temple Claggett as the Associate Register of Copyright and Director of Policy & International Affairs. While Temple Claggett has actually been at the Copyright Office for a little while as Senior Counsel for Policy and International Affairs, not too long ago she was a hotshot litigator for... the RIAA. In fact, an old bio of hers, from when she was at the RIAA (as VP, Litigation and Legal Affairs), notes that she was instrumental in their ever-present legal campaign against pretty much any innovative technology that comes along:

 

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WOW! Prices Up $8/Month As Operator Adds Broadcast TV ‘Surcharge’ | Stop the Cap!

WOW! Prices Up $8/Month As Operator Adds Broadcast TV ‘Surcharge’ | Stop the Cap! | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

WOW!, formerly WideOpenWest, is informing many of its customers it is raising rates $8-9 a month — $5 for bundled customers and a new $3-4 a month “Broadcast TV Surcharge” the company claims covers the increasing amount of fees charged by local broadcasters in return for permission to carry their signals on the cable system. The amount of the surcharge varies depending on costs in a particular market.

 

The excuse for the increase: increased programming costs.

 

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ICANN Boss: We're Not Ready To Launch These Half-Baked New gTLDs, So Let's Launch Them | Techdirt

ICANN Boss: We're Not Ready To Launch These Half-Baked New gTLDs, So Let's Launch Them | Techdirt | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

We've talked about the fact that the whole "generic top level domain" (gTLD) process was hopelessly corrupt, as it was more or less driven by those who sought to profit from the system -- folks who ran (or hoped to run) domain registration offerings. And, the entire thing seemed based around getting a ridiculous amount of money to launch these new TLDs and then run around convincing companies they need to pay up for new domains before someone else snaps them up.

However, now it's looking like it isn't just the idea that's a disaster, but the execution as well. Domain Incite's Kevin Murphy reports that ICANN's own CEO (who only joined recently), Fadi Chehade, has flat out admitted that they're nowhere close to ready, but things are going to launch anyway. David Mitnick has pulled out some of the key quotes that should be fairly scary, considering they're coming from ICANN's own CEO:

 

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Spin the Revolving Door: Tribune Hires FCC Chairman's Right-Hand Man | Huff Post Blog

Spin the Revolving Door: Tribune Hires FCC Chairman's Right-Hand Man | Huff Post Blog | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A lot of things don't work at the Federal Communications Commission. Consumer complaints disappear for years into seemingly bottomless file drawers. The wonky proceedings are hard to decipher if you're not a telecom lawyer. Even the website is clunky.

 

But at least one thing at the FCC always runs at full speed: the revolving door.

 

The latest FCC official to get a job in the industry he used to regulate is Edward Lazarus, Chairman Julius Genachowski's former chief of staff. The Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday that Lazarus is the new general counsel of Tribune Co.

 

Now it just so happens that Tribune Co. -- which emerged from bankruptcy at the end of 2012 -- is at the center of a major dispute at the FCC over whether the agency will trash longstanding rules on how much media one company can own in a single market.

 

Tribune Co., which owns 12 daily newspapers and 23 TV stations, has long pushed the agency to remove any limits on media ownership.

 

The company operates both the major daily paper and broadcast outlets in Chicago and Los Angeles under waivers from the FCC, but those waivers won't automatically carry over if the properties are sold.

 

Numerous reports also indicate that Tribune would like to get out of the newspaper business altogether.

 

But the potential buyer with the deepest pockets -- News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch -- is prohibited from buying the flagship Chicago paper or the Los Angeles Times under current FCC rules because he already owns TV stations in those markets.

 

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Sidera Expands its Chicago-area Network to the Region’s Largest Data Center Park in Elk Grove, IL | Sidera

Sidera Expands its Chicago-area Network to the Region’s Largest Data Center Park in Elk Grove, IL | Sidera | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Sidera Networks, the leading provider of tailored, high-capacity communications services to large enterprise, carrier and data center customers, announces the extension of its network to the area’s largest data center park in Elk Grove, IL. Sidera will offer dark fiber and lit services from 100MB to 100GB on this newly constructed route between Chicago and three different data centers located in Elk Grove Village.

 

The Chicago-metro market serves as a major financial and content hub centrally located between the East and West coasts of the United States. Data centers in Aurora, Wood Dale, and Elk Grove serve large enterprises, financial institutions and media organizations that require high-capacity bandwidth, ultra-low latency and diverse connectivity. Sidera’s newly expanded network route traverses north from Chicago to deliver dedicated fiber to three data centers located within a one-mile radius in Elk Grove. In addition, Sidera will soon connect Elk Grove, IL to Aurora, IL to complete a ring from Chicago to Elk Grove, down to Aurora and back to Chicago.

 

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Community Access & Public Libraries | Public Libraries and the Internet

Community Access & Public Libraries | Public Libraries and the Internet | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Public libraries are a key social institution in many American communities. They provide access to and assistance with diverse informational and recreational resources. Today especially, libraries play and will continue to play a vital role as community access points for computers, the Internet, and Internet-enabled services. These publicly accessible services are especially critical in an environment where a significant percentage of Internet users do not have access to the Internet at home, school, or work. The 2011-2012 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study found that:

 

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Kansas City will host Google Fiber how-to session | Kansas City Business Journal

The gigabit envious are set to ascend upon Kansas City in the spring during a civic Internet conference with advice from Google Fiber and others on how to deploy high-speed connectivity in a community.

 

The Fiber to the Home Council Americas will run the two-day conference, called “From Gigabit Envy to Gigabit Deployed,” beginning May 29 at the Westin Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center.

 

Last week, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) executives said that they want to deploy the company’s ultra-fast Internet network in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., before focusing on expansion.

 

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Newegg's 'Screw Patent Trolls!' Strategy Leads To Victory | Techdirt

Newegg's 'Screw Patent Trolls!' Strategy Leads To Victory | Techdirt | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

During CES, there was a panel discussion on patent trolling, and panelist Lee Cheng, Newegg's top lawyer, made some strong statements about how the company had made the decision that it will never give in to patent trolls, because if it does, more will just come knocking. That strategy may be costly upfront, but it also may have just saved the public from paying a massive online shopping tax.

 

Joe Mullin, once again, has the fantastic story concerning Newegg's big victory over Soverain Software, who claimed that its patents (5,715,314, 5,909,492 and 7,272,639) covered basically any online shopping cart. As we noted back in 2010, Soverain was a pure patent troll which purchased the patents that had originally come from Open Market, and was suing everyone (with a ton of companies settling).

However, Newegg chose to fight it, and despite losing at the district court level (in East Texas, of course), the Appeals Court has invalidated all three patents. Incredibly, the East Texas court had refused to let Newegg make the argument that the patents were not valid.

 

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Seniors Learn to Use Tablets in Georgia — TechSoup Local Impact | BlueHairTech.org

Seniors Learn to Use Tablets in Georgia — TechSoup Local Impact | BlueHairTech.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

s back to school just for kids? Apparently not.

 

The BlueHair Technology Group in Johns Creek, Georgia (northeast of Atlanta), is educating senior citizens to use new technologies like tablet computers and Facebook so they can keep in touch.

 

BlueHair Technology Group is featured on TechSoup’s new Local Impact Map. The nonprofit provides laptops, tablet computers, training, and other technology resources to elderly people.

 

They take donations of gently used IT equipment and distribute them to seniors who want to keep connected with family and friends. They also use TechSoup’s donation program to obtain the software they need to create outreach and curriculum materials.

 

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Free Press Hammers AT&T On Copper Network Shutdown - Insists Company is Gutting All Meaningful Oversight | DSLReports.com

Free Press Hammers AT&T On Copper Network Shutdown - Insists Company is Gutting All Meaningful Oversight | DSLReports.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Both AT&T and Verizon are currently hanging up on tens of millions of DSL and copper POTS customers they don't want to upgrade, letting them either flee to cable competitors, or to their pricier and heavily capped LTE services. To achieve this dream however, the companies have to entirely dismantle the regulations overseeing most of these networks -- networks built with the help of tens-of-billions in taxpayer dollars and several generations of massive tax breaks (quite often with few results to show for them).

 

AT&T has recently been making this plan very clear to anybody that looks, and consumer advocacy group Free Press isn't impressed. The group notes that while AT&T insists they simply want to see PSTN regulations modernized for an all IP age, they're really just trying to gut all government oversight of the company, an AT&T pastime.

"Make no mistake: AT&T doesn’t want a discussion about a reasonable regulatory framework. Rather, AT&T is asking the FCC to end all oversight of our nation's communications markets," insists Free Press Research Director S. Derek Turner.

"The company is trying to exploit an FCC-created legal loophole: AT&T previously convinced the Commission that the mere use of IP places a service outside the laws governing two-way communications networks. Thus the otherwise unremarkable progression of telecom technology from circuit to packet switching will now, under the FCC's current framework, result in total deregulation," said Turner.

 

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FL: Tampa Electric Co., Trilliant join on smart grid communications project | Electric Light & Power

Tampa Electric Co. chose Trilliant to lay the ground work for a smart network that will help deliver the benefits of a smarter energy grid to nearly 676,000 homes and businesses in Tampa Electric's territory in West Central Florida.

 

Tampa Electric will deploy Trilliant's SecureMesh Wide-Area Network (WAN), a broadband mesh networking system built for advanced distribution applications.

 

The SecureMesh WAN is part of the Trilliant Communications Platform, a combination of networking technologies engineered to work together, and purpose built for smart grid.

 

The Trilliant Platform provides unmatched flexibility in deployment: rather than forcing a utility to start with a full smart meter roll-out, the Trilliant Communications Platform allows utilities like Tampa Electric to immediately benefit from a smarter grid through economical deployment of broadband networks for advanced distribution automation, and to deploy other smart grid applications in the future.

 

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Canada: Ontario invites industry to help build $1.95 billion in smart grid infrastructure | Electric Light & Power

The Ontario Clean Technology Alliance is inviting global industry participants at DistribuTECH — the utility industry's leading smart grid event — to invest in research and development and advanced manufacturing to help build out the electricity system of Canada's largest, most populous province.

 

The Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) estimated that starting in 2012 an average investment of about $390 million per year, or $1.95 billion in total over five years, is needed to enable the connection of distributed generation, such as wind and solar, in a more intelligent, cost-effective way.

 

Over the past year, the Province of Ontario has taken a very active role in funding smart grid research and development projects that spur industry activity. These include the $2.8 million Durham Smart Grid Demonstration Project, a $1 million, Cisco-backed new Smart Grid Research Chair at the University of Waterloo, and the grand opening of a $40 million Grid IQ Global Innovation Centre by General Electric (GE) (supported by $7.9 million from the province).

 

"The Durham Smart Grid Demonstration Project is possible thanks to $2.8 million from Ontario's Smart Grid Fund," said Rob Nolan, 2013 Chair of the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance and Manager, Investment Attraction for the Regional Municipality of Durham. "The Project is a collaboration of several partners, among them, the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), and Siemens Canada. Its objective is to build a utilities control centre to improve dispatching, monitoring, asset assessment, load modeling and other system requirements for participating power utilities."

 

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UK university center aims to turn your LED lights into broadband with Li-Fi | GigaOM Tech News

UK university center aims to turn your LED lights into broadband with Li-Fi | GigaOM Tech News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The University of Strathclyde in the UK has created a research center aimed at turning the constant flicker of LED lights into a way to transmit internet communications using visible light, as opposed to radio waves (Wi-Fi, cellular) or via cables.

 

Dubbed, the Intelligent Lighting Centre (ILC), the consortium is made up of researchers from several UK universities, and is backed with £4.6 million (US $7.28M) by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Together the consortium aims to conduct research on a smaller LED than other groups around the world that are also investigating this technology.

 

First, a bit on what they call Li-Fi from the university release (or you can go catch a TED talk on the topic):

 

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Even as the iPad grows, Apple loses ground | GigaOM Tech News

Even as the iPad grows, Apple loses ground | GigaOM Tech News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

IDC’s quarterly report about tablet market share was published Thursday, and its findings show Apple is still the biggest tablet maker in the world, as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. But when compared to previous quarters and to its competition, its growth is slipping. And that partly explains why, despite Apple selling the most iPads ever in its history, investors are worried that Apple isn’t long going to be able to hold off the likes of Samsung and Asus.

 

Here’s IDC’s Quarterly Worldwide Tablet Tracker study for tablets shipped between October and December 2012:

 

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Power and the Internet | Schneier on Security Blog

Power and the Internet | Schneier on Security Blog | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

All disruptive technologies upset traditional power balances, and the Internet is no exception. The standard story is that it empowers the powerless, but that's only half the story. The Internet empowers everyone. Powerful institutions might be slow to make use of that new power, but since they are powerful, they can use it more effectively. Governments and corporations have woken up to the fact that not only can they use the Internet, they can control it for their interests. Unless we start deliberately debating the future we want to live in, and information technology in enabling that world, we will end up with an Internet that benefits existing power structures and not society in general.

 

We've all lived through the Internet's disruptive history. Entire industries, like travel agencies and video rental stores, disappeared. Traditional publishing -- books, newspapers, encyclopedias, music -- lost power, while Amazon and others gained. Advertising-based companies like Google and Facebook gained a lot of power. Microsoft lost power (as hard as that is to believe).

 

The Internet changed political power as well. Some governments lost power as citizens organized online. Political movements became easier, helping to topple governments. The Obama campaign made revolutionary use of the Internet, both in 2008 and 2012.

 

And the Internet changed social power, as we collected hundreds of "friends" on Facebook, tweeted our way to fame, and found communities for the most obscure hobbies and interests. And some crimes became easier: impersonation fraud became identity theft, copyright violation became file sharing, and accessing censored materials -- political, sexual, cultural -- became trivially easy.

 

Now powerful interests are looking to deliberately steer this influence to their advantage. Some corporations are creating Internet environments that maximize their profitability: Facebook and Google, among many others. Some industries are lobbying for laws that make their particular business models more profitable: telecom carriers want to be able to discriminate between different types of Internet traffic, entertainment companies want to crack down on file sharing, advertisers want unfettered access to data about our habits and preferences.

 

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WiMAX Forum: 2013's goals target smart grids, backhaul | FierceBroadbandWireless

WiMAX Forum: 2013's goals target smart grids, backhaul | FierceBroadbandWireless | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The WiMAX Forum is working on the next generation of WiMAX technology, continuing its push into vertical business models and eyeing creation of a framework that would enable WiMAX's use for wireless carrier Ethernet services.

 

In a note addressed to the "WiMAX Community," Mohammad Shakouri, WiMAX Forum chairman, outlined three key initiatives the group is targeting for 2013, starting with work on WiMAX Advanced.

 

In October 2012, the WiMAX Forum acknowledged that most WiMAX operators are also interested, or already investing, in other radio access technologies and announced its WiMAX Advanced network evolution roadmap beyond WiMAX Release 1 and Release 2 will accommodate harmonization and coexistence across multiple broadband wireless access technologies. In late 2012 the forum approved WiMAX Release 2.1 to focus on support for multiple radio access technologies.

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Google Decides Smartphone Market Share Is More Important Than Net Neutrality | Techdirt

Google Decides Smartphone Market Share Is More Important Than Net Neutrality | Techdirt | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

As a recent post noted, net neutrality is under threat in France, with ISPs like Free asking Google to pay extra for delivery of its traffic. According to this post on the Forbes Web site, Google has already agreed to pay the French telecoms company Orange in precisely this way. As well as damaging the whole principle of net neutrality, something that Google has been championing for many years, this would seem to be a pretty bad business decision. After all, if Orange is now getting paid to carry Google's traffic, why shouldn't every other telecom company out there also receive money for delivering Google's services?

 

It turns out that there are some very specific reasons why Google might have taken this surprising step, as Forbes explains:

 

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Criticism mounts against AT&T's TDM-to-IP migration petition with the FCC | FierceTelecom

Criticism mounts against AT&T's TDM-to-IP migration petition with the FCC | FierceTelecom | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

AT&T's (NYSE: T) effort to get the Federal Communications Commission to speed the telecom industry's transition from a hybrid TDM/IP world to all-IP is, not surprisingly, not universally loved. More comments are flowing in on the telco giant's petition to the FCC to hold TDM-to-IP migration trials, with some commenters suggesting AT&T is simply trying to avoid regulatory requirements that come with its legacy infrastructure.

 

While the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) yesterday filed comments in support of AT&T's petition, Free Press, alternative carrier group Comptel and others have filed comments criticizing the company's efforts.

 

Free Press said AT&T is trying to avoid a reasonable in-depth discussion of how regulatory requirements governing interconnection, universal service and consumer rights would be protected if the FCC were to release AT&T from requirements related to supporting a legacy TDM infrastructure. AT&T's petition calls for TDM-to-IP migration trials that would allow the carrier to have IP zones in which, among other things, TDM-related regulatory obligations would not apply.


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Longmont Soon to Connect Businesses, Residents in Colorado Community | community broadband networks

Longmont Soon to Connect Businesses, Residents in Colorado Community | community broadband networks | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Readers know we have offered extensive coverage of the publicly owned network in Longmont, Colorado. The utility will soon offer telecommunications services to businesses and residents that are physically located within 500 feet or less of its existing network. At this stage, policies and procedures for the service are being finalized by Longmont Power and Communications (LPC).

 

We talked with Vince Jordan, LPC's Telecom Manager, who told us the expansion is part of their original business plan. Local establishments are ready to sign up with LPC. Ttwenty businesses put themselves in the queue within the past month. In addition to industrial and manufacturing companies, healthcare clinics, service industries, and entrepreneurs are waiting to get hooked up. Vince tells us several companies are looking to build data centers now that they will be able to get the bandwidth they need from LPC.

 

Vince credits LPC's ability to offer great local customer service as another driving factor for the early sign-ups. LPC is developing a fiber hood campaign to determine the locations for the first set of FTTH connections. The campaign, similar to that used by other communities and more recently by Google, will look at residential areas that are located near existing fiber and conduit. Surveys and early sign ups will identify seven fiber hoods.

 

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Report: Smart Meters Are Safe for Vermont | Valley News

Report: Smart Meters Are Safe for Vermont | Valley News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Montpelier — A new state report concludes that smart meters that utilities give customers to measure power consumption and save energy emit far less potentially harmful material than considered safe by the Federal Communications Commission.

 

Some environmental groups have raised concerns about the long-term health effects of being exposed to the radio frequency radiation emitted by the meters. And the group Vermonters for a Clean Environment doesn’t trust the study’s findings.

 

The highest level of exposure the study found in its tests was 3.9 percent of the FCC’s top exposure limit, said the Department of Public Service, which hired the company that prepared the report. The study found that other commonly used devices, including cordless phones, cellphones and microwave ovens, all emit higher levels of radio frequency.

 

“It is concluded that any potential exposure to the investigated smart meters will comply with the FCC exposure rules by a wide margin,” said the report, which was released yesterday.

 

The conclusions of the report were based on results of lab testing and field measurements from smart meters being used by Green Mountain Power and the Burlington Electric Department.

 

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iPhone Users Rack Up the Highest Carrier Bills | AllThingsD.com

iPhone Users Rack Up the Highest Carrier Bills | AllThingsD.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The iPhone may command a higher carrier subsidy than its typical Android rival. It may eat into operators’ profit margins when sales volumes spike after the debut of a new model. But it also generates more in carrier fees than any other smartphone.

 

According to new data shared with AllThingsD by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), the average monthly carrier bill of the typical iPhone user is the highest in the smartphone market. iPhone owners spend more on wireless fees than owners of any other handset, be they Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone.

 

Almost 60 percent of the iPhone users CIRP polled during October-December 2012 spent more than $100 per month on their wireless plan, with 10 percent spending $200 or more. Just 6 percent spent $50 or less; for Android users in that category, the percentage was double. And only 53 percent of Android users fell into the “over $100 per month” category, with 7 percent landing in the “over $200 per month” category.

 

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Internet criminals: so reliably dumb at hiding their tracks | Ars Technica

Internet criminals: so reliably dumb at hiding their tracks | Ars Technica | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

It's a good thing for the rest of us that so few criminals are truly "masterminds"—and thus end up so easy to find. Case in point: the FBI's arrest, announced today, of an alleged sextortionist named Karen "Gary" Kazaryan in California.

 

First, let's be clear on the charges. According to the FBI, the 27-year-old spent huge amounts of time breaking in to e-mail and social networking accounts—usually Facebook—and then scouring them for sexually provocative photos. If found, the photos were then used to approach the account holders and blackmail them into making further displays, usually over Skype, to the watching hacker. If they didn't comply, the original photos might be posted to their Facebook page.

 

Here, for instance, is how FBI Special Agent Tanith Rogers describes a November 20, 2010 encounter between the hacker, who had obtained a topless photo of a woman in a hot tub from one victim's Facebook account, and two sisters:

 

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US consumers still don’t know what smart grids are – Pike Research | The Green IT Review

US consumers still don’t know what smart grids are – Pike Research | The Green IT Review | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

According to a new survey from Pike Research, even though smart grids are being rolled out across the US - with more than 53 million smart meters deployed by the end of 2013 - 30% of US consumers are still unfamiliar with smart grids and 24% are unfamiliar with smart meters.

 

The findings are from a report - “Smart Grid Consumer Survey” – which details findings from a web-based survey of 1,001 consumers in the US. Other findings include:

 

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Utah tele-mental health bill wins committee approval | The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah tele-mental health bill wins committee approval | The Salt Lake Tribune | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A bill that would allow mental health and substance abuse providers to treat patients remotely via videoconferencing, the Internet or other technologies cleared its first legislative hurdle on Tuesday.

 

Tele-mental health is already happening in Utah, said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ronda Menlove, R-Garland. But it isn’t expressly allowed under the law.

 

"This is an example of technology getting ahead of the law," said Menlove.

 

HB56 would give state regulators the authority to stop rogue, unlicensed behavioral health providers from remotely marketing their services to unwitting patients.

 

It promises to bring more behavioral health services to rural Utah where there aren’t as many therapists, said Menlove. And it would also allow people moving to Utah to continue their therapy with their out-of-state therapist for 45 days, without the therapist needing to get a Utah license.

 

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