Tag Archive 'AT&T'

Who can you trust with your data? Twitter, yes. Apple, AT&T and Verizon, not so much.

You may not be aware of this, but: We are officially in the middle of Privacy Awareness Week, according to the FTC. To mark it, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published its annual “Who Has Your Back?” report, which details how major Internet companies share data with the government. Seeking a company that will stand up […]

Oh noooooo! AT&T snaps up T-Mobile.

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. I’m not talking about Michael Corleone and the Mafia. It’s worse than the Mafia. I’m talking about AT&T. Literally just yesterday I had the following conversation: She: We’re running out of minutes. T-Mobile has a pretty good deal going now but that means […]

The 10 dumbest tech moves of 2010

It’s been quite a year. And in what has become a tradition here in Cringeville, it’s time to honor the most malicious, obnoxious, offensive, or nonsensical behavior in technology. This year’s winners include captains of industry, titans of technology, sultans of sweat, and a number of other people desperately in need of a clue. Among […]

AT&T’s iPad iSpill: Get over it.

Getting a chance to bash AT&T twice in two weeks is like getting to hit a pinata filled with $100 bills. Hand me the stick and stand back, boys. Last week I wrote about AT&T’s parsimonious data plan (all-you-can-eat is dead, Jim) and its chowder-headed attempt to silence an angry customer who sent CEO Randall […]

Net Neutrality meets Nut Neutrality

Have you heard the news? Passing Net Neutrality rules will result in the loss of 340,000 jobs in the broadband industry and up to 1.5 million jobs overall by 2020. And if you don’t believe it, I have a fancy-schmancy report that says as much right here. Per IDG News’ Grant Gross: If the FCC […]

Wikileaks: Yet another ‘enemy of the state’

I just received an email from Wikileaks editor Julian Assange that’s pretty wild. It accuses the US government of deliberately trying to take the whistle-blower site down two years ago. As proof, Wikileaks has posted a 32-page classified document [PDF] from the Department of Defense Intelligence Analysis program, dated March 2008, which details "the counterintelligence […]

Google’s Nexus: One phone isn’t gonna change anything

So earlier this week Google did indeed unveil the Nexus One “superphone,” and yet life is strangely similar to how it was on Monday. I did not attend yesterday’s highly anticipated press event, but based on the live blog coverage (as well as the live blog coverage of the live blog coverage) it appears to […]

The Google phone — God’s gift to handsets?

Would you buy a gPhone? That’s the question I posed earlier last week, as rumors, news, and speculation about a new Google-branded “Nexus One” handset washed over the Webosphere. I got some interesting answers. Reader A. S. says he loves his Apple iPhone 3GS, but would still happily buy the Nexus One. First of all, […]

Is AT&T able to take a choke?

My post last week about how AT&T treats its customers like losers got quite a rise out of readers. It even provoked a response from AT&T itself. Per company spokeshuman Seth Bloom, that “You’re a loser” text underneath the image on their online sweepstakes was a “regrettable mistake” and has been changed. (I checked, and […]

AT&T: Losers only need apply

On the heels of AT&T’s disastrous attempts to fight back against Verizon’s clever “there’s a map for that” ad campaign (Luke Wilson? Is that all you got?) comes more bad news for those who’ve hitched their smart phones to Ma Bell’s wagon. In a speech to a tech conference this week, AT&T suit Ralph de […]

Hey AT&T: The map is the least of your problems

The Verizon and AT&T dustup is turning out to be far more entertaining than any tired old Microsoft vs. Apple campaign. After a series of scorching “there’s a map for that” TV ads by Verizon mocking its competitor’s spotty 3G coverage, AT&T ran to a federal judge crying “Daddy daddy daddy, that mean old man […]

When pranksters rule the InterWebs

When a multibillion-dollar telecom giant and the Internet’s most notorious pranksters square off, who will win? Cringe handicaps the battle between AT&T and 4chan.

If Google can fail, what chance do the rest of us have?

When the mighty fall, the peons get crushed. Google’s massive outages raise two questions: Has it gotten too big, and are we too dependent on it?

Uncle Spy Wants You

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) Last week the House of Representatives passed a "compromise" amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, though it sounds like the only things that have been compromised are our Constitutional rights. Now the Senate is poised to do the same. Unfortunately, the FISA Amendments […]