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[News] [Rival] Microsoft is Trying to Manage Public Looting Funds

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft is Trying to Manage Public Looting Funds
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 01:16:55 +0100
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BNY Mellon and Microsoft Corp. Launch New Solution to State and Local Governments for Managing Stimulus Funds

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| BNY Mellon today announced it has executed an agreement with 
| Microsoft Corp. to bring to market a solution for project fund 
| administration, tracking and reporting to aid state and local 
| governments with their requirements related to the American 
| Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).


BNY Mellon, Microsoft Offer Stimulus Reporting Software


Microsoft co-founder sells wireless licenses to AT&T

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| Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has made a deal with AT&T to 
| sell the carrier several licenses for wireless spectrum in the 
| Pacific Northwest, according to Bloomberg. The deal was exposed 
| in government documents, although the agreed price has not been 
| disclosed by either party.


That's like giving the government more control.


AT&T Quits Free Usenet Access July 15th

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| Caves to demands that it âprotect its customers from child pornographyâ even
| though discontinuing free service will do little to fight the problem since
| pedophiles will simply switch to third party premium Usenet services.


The Case of AT&Tâs Incredible Shrinking Broadband Tiers

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| Time Warner Cable may have backed off its plans to meter broadband for now,
| but AT&T still has tiered broadband trials going on in Reno, Nev., and in
| Beaumont, Texas. And judging from one consumerâs experience with the trial,
| AT&T doesnât inform users of the caps until after theyâve ordered service.


AT&T lobbies European Parliament to destroy net neutrality

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| AT&T is speading some amendments to the Telecom Package in the European
| Parliament in order to destroy net neutrality, in order to be able to sell
| different kind of services at different prices.


AT&T patent perpetrator tries to censor a blogger about their "pursuit of more

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| AT&T patent perpetrator tries to censor a blogger about their "pursuit of
| more patents". The blogger has published a picture of an advertisement poster
| paid by "AT&T Intellectual Property" sponsoring the Democratic National
| Convention in Denver last week.


AT&T Makes the Case for Patent Reform

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| Think the current patent process is corrupt, too open to abusive
| patent-seeking and unduly influenced by corrupt rent-seeking special
| interests? Well, AT&T is here to disabuse you of that notion...



AT&T admits it censored other bands

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| It looks like Pearl Jam isn't the only band that has had its politically
| charged comments bleeped from concerts streamed from AT&T's Blue Room Web
| site.
| [...]
| AT&T quickly apologized for the incident and blamed the company that handles
| the Webcasting for performances on Blue Room.


AT&T slams Google over open-access wireless proposal

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| AT&T has asked Capitol Hill not to enable an open nationwide wireless
| spectrum, claiming that Google's lobbying of such a network is a bid by the
| search giant to obtain broadband airwaves at bargain-basement prices.


AT&T IPTV now coming to your PC

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| AT&T announced Thursday that its U-verse Internet Protocol television
| service will now allow subscribers to watch live programming on their PCs.
| [...]
| Access to the new OnTheGo service is limited to computers running the
| Windows XP operating system with Microsoft's Internet Explorer or
| Mozilla's Firefox browser.


AT&T Resumes Rollout for Cable TV

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| But because the software, provided largely by Microsoft Corp., has never
| been deployed on such a large scale, assorted glitches have forced AT&T to
| repeatedly delay and scale back the service rollout even though the
| required network upgrade remains on pace.


Microsoft blamed for AT&T TV hiccups

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| Microsoft has a spotty history on the gogglebox. In 1997 it
| spent about $425m to purchase WebTV Networks but failed to
| make the much-hyped phenomenon a success.


How AT&T chewed up, and spat out Net Neutrality

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| In an interview with Business Week in October 2005, Whitacre said
| he thought taking over BellSouth would be rejected by the FCC.
| He also made another memorable comment that began the process
| which culminated in the FCC's approval in December.


Customers can sue AT&T, after all

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| A federal court in San Francisco has decided that AT&T's wireless contract
| is "unconscionable".


IPhone Unlock Delayed After AT&T's 'Friendly Advice'

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| Fear of litigation has led to an indefinite delay in the planned Saturday
| release of software to unlock Apple Inc.'s iPhone.
| John McLaughlin, founder of Uniquephones, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland,
| said Saturday that he received a phone call about 3 a.m. Saturday local time
| from a man claiming to be from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, an international law
| firm, calling on behalf of AT&T. The firm has worked with Apple in the past.
| The man informed McLaughlin that if he posted the unlock code, he could be
| sued for copyright infringement and for dissemination of Apple's intellectual
| property (IP).


iPhone Freed From AT&T, Twice

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| The company will be selling licenses to the hack, minimum quantity 500, at a
| price not yet announced. These hacks are much bigger news for those outside
| America. Expect to see an industry spring up to meet European (and Asian?)
| demand for freed iPhones.


AT&T Welcomes Programmers for All Phones Except the iPhone

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| Iâm still trying to understand why Apple would go to such extremes to keep
| people from writing programs that run on the iPhone.


AT&T takes another step towards filtered network with investment in Vobile

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| AT&T announced earlier this year that was planning to introduce content
| filtering of some sort for all video passing across its network. Exactly what
| AT&T was thinking remained unclear: would the company truly attempt to
| reassemble the fragments of peer-to-peer transmissions, then extract video
| from all sorts of different codecs, then attempt to match it-in real time-to
| some database of copyrighted works? Would such a thing even be possible?


ey, AT&T, What's the Value of a Closed Network Again?

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| Closed networks, its proponents maintain, offer a trade-off. Individuals or
| outside developers can't make any changes or improvements to it. But since
| the network and its applications are controlled at a single source,
| individuals are supposed to get an easier experience in which they don't have
| to think about the network, just what they're doing on it. Trust the network.


When Networks Collide: AT&T suddenly doesn't like Apple so much.

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| What I believe is troubling the relationship between AT&T and Apple is the
| upcoming auction for 700-MHz wireless spectrum and AT&T's discovery that --
| as I have predicted for weeks -- Apple will be joining Google in bidding.
| AT&T thought its five-year "exclusive" iPhone agreement with Apple would have
| precluded such a bid, but that just shows how poorly Randall Stephenson
| understood Steve Jobs. Steve always hurts his friends to see how much they
| really love him, so AT&T probably should have expected this kind of corporate
| body blow.


AT&T Fires Back at Verizon in the Open Source War

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| Nevertheless, open source advocates have something to be pleased aboutâ
| namely, that the big wireless companies are starting to take this issue
| seriously.


How to Jump on the Open Access Bandwagon By Doing Absolutely Nothing

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| Earlier this morning, the interweb was aflutter with various reports that
| AT&T had, in the words of a USA Today article, "flung open its network" to
| any and all devices. Problem was, this revelation was based solely on the
| aforementioned article, and the assumption many had (and still seem to have)
| was that AT&T had in fact changed its network policy in some way. As many
| have noticed, nothing in fact has changed, other than the fact that AT&T got
| a healthy dose of positive press out of the misrepresentation.


Should AT&T police the Internet?

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| A decade after the government said that AT&T and other service providers
| don't have to police their networks for pirated content, the
| telecommunications giant is voluntarily looking for ways to play traffic cop.


AT&T and Other I.S.P.'s May Be Getting Ready to Filter

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| For the last 15 years, Internet service providers have acted - to use
| an old cliche - as wide-open information super-highways, letting data
| flow uninterrupted and unimpeded between users and the Internet.
| But I.S.P.'s may be about to embrace a new metaphor: traffic cop.
| At a small panel discussion about digital piracy at NBC's booth on the
| Consumer Electronics Show floor, representatives from NBC, Microsoft,
| several digital filtering companies and the telecom giant AT&T said
| discussed whether the time was right to start filtering for
| copyrighted content at the network level.

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