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Tuesday Evening Links
by Revcb 06:57PM Tuesday Sep 20 2011
Cox High Speed Internet Rated Fastest In U.S. By PCMag.com [thestreet.com]
Verizon to launch LTE service in 21 more cities Oct. 20 [computerworld.com]
OnStar Begins Spying On Customers’ GPS Location For Profit (Even After You Cancel Service) [zdziarski.com]
AT&T’s new LTE network is faster than Verizon’s... for now [chron.com]
Cellular South may rebrand itself under 'Personalized Wireless' banner [fiercewireless.com]
Gap Widens Between the Wireless Haves and Have-Nots [businesswire.com]
Can cloud computing spur ubiquitous broadband? [gigaom.com]
How can Quality of Experience (QoE) improve broadband providers? [broadband-finder.co.uk]
HSPA/LTE accounts for 20.6% of all PC broadband connections in Europe [totaltele.com]
Houston Builds Mesh Network for Public Safety [cable360.net]
New York City Creates New Wireless Data Network [tmcnet.com]
Comcast's $9.99 Internet for low-income families goes nationwide [arstechnica.com]
More Canadians ditching land lines for wireless [ctv.ca]
With Bada OS, Samsung could be eyeing Smart TVs [cnet.com]
AT&T may have to settle for weaker T-Mobile tie-up [reuters.com]
AT&T may honor T-Mobile contracts for good [cnet.com]
Broadband under the sea: Where do those cables go? [gigaom.com]
Microsoft teams up with Bill Clinton to fight 'digital exclusion' [neowin.net]
Netflix Stock Erases 12 Months Of Massive Growth, Crashes Through 52 Week Low [techcrunch.com]
Android bug lets attackers install malware without warning [theregister.co.uk]

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FFH5
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re:OnStar Begins Spying On Customers GPS Location For Profit

The author of the article goes out of his way to turn everything OnStar related off in his car so that he can't be tracked. But I bet he still carries a phone with him that supplies the exact same info to his cellphone company.
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Vchat20
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Re: re:OnStar Begins Spying On Customers GPS Location For Profit

I honestly can't understand the thinking involved from people like this. Really, unless you are a really high profile person (which I doubt MANY of said people are), it's purely paranoia because no one is going to care to focus on you specifically. There's TONS of Onstar vehicles out there on the road. It would be a statistical lottery to be lucky enough to be singled out and tracked down.
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jjoshua
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Re: re:OnStar Begins Spying On Customers GPS Location For Profit

Onstar has no business selling your personal data and not sharing the profits with you or otherwise giving you the ability to opt-out.

You are paying them to provide a service. They should be required to have your specific permission to use your data for anything other than for providing the service.

powerhog
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Twitter and Facebook disagree.
cramer
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You assume there will be a person involved in the process. Machines are already mailing people tickets... electronic parking meters, red-light cameras, speed cameras, etc. The latest talk has been about using toll transponders to measure speed and mail people tickets. (that's infinitely more accurate than GPS logs, but being the .gov, they will still manage to royally screw it up.)
cramer
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Not exactly. No cellphone is reporting GPS data to the cell network in (anything near) real-time. While there have been various scandals involving smartphones recording GPS info, it isn't sent to the cell provider. (and there's no evidence it was being sent to apple or google either.)

And for the record, cellphone in-car GPS tends to be rather inaccurate. Plus, GPS does not record speed; it only records apparent location at any given point, and the clock isn't accurate either.

FFH5
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RE:Netflix Stock Erases 12 Months Of Massive Growth

Stock is dropping like a stone and here is what Wall St analysts are saying:
»news.yahoo.com/analysts-review-n···772.html

"Netflix's recent price changes, followed by the separation and rebranding of the DVD business, have increased (subscriber turnover) and damaged the brand value..."

"The friction of using both services could cause more to downgrade or even cancel their service."

"Our concerns ... remain in place and we believe (subscribers) will continue to seek out a less-expensive option in general and especially within an economic environment where fixed costs are being cut by household budgets."

"We also have a problem with (Netflix's) decision to enter the videogame rental business. ... The beauty of filmed entertainment, as we see it, is that it is a long-lived asset exploitable in multiple windows." The same cannot be said for video games, which find obsolescence very quickly."


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Jason Levine
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Re: RE:Netflix Stock Erases 12 Months Of Massive Growth

Netflix is also stopping reporting of churn saying that it "is a less relevant and reliable measure of business performance, and does not accurately reflect consumer acceptance of our service." (Source: »www.businessinsider.com/netflix-···YXmzjriB )

So apparently people leaving your service in droves isn't a reliable metric. To be fair, they'll report net additions, but this can be misleading. Suppose 100 people join a service and 99 people leave. That's different than if only 1 person joins and nobody leaves. In the former you have a problem keeping people on your service (long term viability concerns). In the latter, you might have a problem advertising your service to people (marketing concerns).
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jjoshua
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Re: RE:Netflix Stock Erases 12 Months Of Massive Growth

IMHO, Netflix is positioning itself to sell off the DVD rental business.

They probably see the writing on the wall and want to cash out while they are on top.

Jason Levine
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Re: RE:Netflix Stock Erases 12 Months Of Massive Growth

The problem is that they were able to use the streaming as leverage against the content providers before. As much as the content providers hate Netflix's DVD rentals, they couldn't stop it. Netflix could buy DVDs and rent them the day of release if they so desired.

What the content owners did then was cut deals with Netflix. In exchange for 30 day waiting periods, Netflix would get better DVD prices and more streaming content. They had both a carrot (money) and stick (DVD rentals) for negotiations.

Without DVD rentals, Netflix only has a carrot (money) and many content owners want to see Netflix streaming become a wasteland of garbage content. I know many people think of it as that already, but the content owners would love for it to keep getting worse until it goes away entirely. This split makes that likely.
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said by FFH5:

Stock is dropping like a stone and here is what Wall St analysts are saying:
»news.yahoo.com/analysts-review-n···772.html

"Netflix's recent price changes, followed by the separation and rebranding of the DVD business, have increased (subscriber turnover) and damaged the brand value..."

"The friction of using both services could cause more to downgrade or even cancel their service."

"Our concerns ... remain in place and we believe (subscribers) will continue to seek out a less-expensive option in general and especially within an economic environment where fixed costs are being cut by household budgets."

"We also have a problem with (Netflix's) decision to enter the videogame rental business. ... The beauty of filmed entertainment, as we see it, is that it is a long-lived asset exploitable in multiple windows." The same cannot be said for video games, which find obsolescence very quickly."

All those guys are morons who couldn't run a lemonade stand. Yeah renting 8 DVDs a month for $2 is REAL fucking profitable. Maybe Netflix should go back to that.

KrK
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Re: RE:Netflix Stock Erases 12 Months Of Massive Growth

BTW I never heard of this $2 a month 8 disc plan you keep referring to.

KrK
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That's what happens when you screw up and show no signs of stopping your screwup anytime soon.
The Dv8or
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Re:Cox High Speed Internet Rated Fastest In U.S. By PCMag.co

Im sure FiOS got screwed in this by being lumped in with the DSL and old dialup customers.
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Great...

With Bada OS, Samsung could be eyeing Smart TVs [cnet.com]

"Did you record the new episode of House last night? I was going to watch it, but my TV crashed and wouldn't reboot for some reason. I had to unplug it for about 15 minutes, plug it back in, wait for it to reboot, re-configure all the settings etc., and by then the show was over."