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FRIDAY - JANUARY 13, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 195

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Wireless Messaging Newsletter
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Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers  Minilec Service, Inc.
Advanced RF Communications   
Advantra International   Multitone Electronics
Aquis Communications, Inc.   Northeast Paging
Ayrewave Corporation   NotePage Inc.
Bay Star Communications
CONTEL Costa Rica   Ira Wiesenfeld
CPR Technology  Preferred Wireless
Daniels Electronics   Prism Paging
Daviscomms USA   Product Support Services
EMMA—European Mobile Messaging Association   Ron Mercer
eRF Wireless   Selective Communications
Global Fax Network Services   Sun Telecom International
GTES LLC   Texas Association of Paging Services
Hark Systems   UCOM Paging
Heartland Communications   Unication USA
HMCE, Inc.  USA Mobility, Systems Application Division
InfoRad, Inc.   Zetron Inc.


IPod boom spawns accessory spinoffs


Posted on Thu, Jan. 12, 2006
By John Boudreau
Mercury News
Call it the iPod wealth creation machine.

When Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs opened up this year's Macworld by announcing an expectations-busting quarter of $5.7 billion in sales and 14 million iPods sold, it wasn't just investors and company executives who were giving each other high fives—the iPod ecosystem cheered on as well.

The iPod accessory world is now a multibillion-dollar industry, said Richard Doherty of the Envisioneering Group. He estimates $1 billion worth of accessories were sold during the recent holiday quarter alone, on everything from iPod protectors to speakers to car accessories.

"It's the iPod economy,'' Doherty said. "And Steve Jobs is the Alan Greenspan of that iPod economy.''

On Wednesday, investors showed their love for the Cupertino company as Apple Computer shares jumped $3.04 to close at another all-time high of $83.90. In a note to investors, American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu called Apple a company with "arguably the industry's most powerful and complete'' set of products, including hardware, software and services.

In the Macworld exhibition hall at San Francisco's Moscone Center, where about 20 percent of the 330 vendors are selling iPod-related products, there was equal delight.

While Jobs used the 22nd Macworld Conference & Expo's opening Tuesday to turn the spotlight to the company's line of Macintosh computers—with the introduction of the new Intel-based iMac and MacBook Pro laptop—art deco slip covers and high-end iPod earphones that sell for more than the music players were not far from the stage.

The company sports a symbiotic relationship with accessory-makers. Apple receives a licensing fee and royalties from companies whose products access the iPod port. And even if the company does not receive direct payments, the more businesses that build creative accessories, the more desirable the iPods become.

At this point, there seems to be no end to the iPod-related business plans. Chrysler just announced that it was providing iPod-friendly gear as an option in most of its 2006 models (At Macworld, there are autos decked out with iPod equipment.) Levi Strauss said it will sell jeans—called Levi's RedWire DLX Jeans—with a docking cradle for the music device in a pocket.

Gavin Downey, Berlin's director of product management for mobile devices, said iPod accessories account for a "sizable'' slice of sales for the consumer electronics company. The company makes an array of iPod add-ons, including an FM transmitter and its "Kick-Stand'' case for the video iPod player that allows people to watch shows without holding the device.

"We go to all the announcements,'' Downey said of Apple's famed product events. "We get as many people at those events as possible.''

The digital music player has, indirectly, provided a business model for individual entrepreneurs, as well.

Gary Bart launched his iPod accessory company, XtremeMac, after reading the first Apple news release announcing the launch of its digital music player. He quit his job at a Florida data storage company, quickly designed an iPod slip cover and set up a tiny booth at Macworld in January 2001.

"We had people lined up four-across, 30-deep,'' Bart recalled.

He has since expanded his product line from an array of slip covers, including ones decorated with professional sports logos, to a connection kit that allows people to play their iPod audio and video on home televisions. XtremeMac also is selling a high-end earphone designed by Marty Garcia, who consults with rock groups such as U2.

Bart, whose products are offered in Apple's retail stores, expects his growing company to employ 140 people later this year.

A year ago, Joe Davis didn't even own an iPod.

Then he bought an iPod shuffle. The Santa Clara machinist decided to make a durable—yet incredibly lightweight—case for it out of sturdy aluminum. The fact he could drive a car over the cases without causing any damage to them impressed friends and strangers. Now Davis manufactures and sells colorful iPod cases full time, and has even hired a small staff to assist him. He figures he sells about 2,000 a month.

Apple Computer stocks his products at the company's Cupertino campus store, though most are sold through his Web site ( Prices range from $29.95 for an iKeychain iPod shuffle holder to $250 for a gold-plated cover.

Unlike most electronic devices, iPods can become deeply personal as people load them with their favorite music, photos and now video. More than one customer has told him, "I was afraid to leave my home with my nano'' for fear of damaging it, he said.

Jason Entner said iPods inspired him to create a line of boom-box purses, beach bags and courier pouches made of vinyl and canvas with built-in speakers. His Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company, Lifepod (, is growing quickly, he said.

"There is biotechnology and information technology,'' Entner said. "Now there is fashion technology.''

Source: The Mercury News


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Your phone records are for sale

January 5, 2006

BY FRANK MAIN Crime Reporter

The Chicago Police Department is warning officers their cell phone records are available to anyone—for a price. Dozens of online services are selling lists of cell phone calls, raising security concerns among law enforcement and privacy experts.

Criminals can use such records to expose a government informant who regularly calls a law enforcement official.

Suspicious spouses can see if their husband or wife is calling a certain someone a bit too often.

And employers can check whether a worker is regularly calling a psychologist—or a competing company.

Some online services might be skirting the law to obtain these phone lists, according to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has called for legislation to criminalize phone record theft and use.

In some cases, telephone company insiders secretly sell customers' phone-call lists to online brokers, despite strict telephone company rules against such deals, according to Schumer.

And some online brokers have used deception to get the lists from the phone companies, he said.

"Though this problem is all too common, federal law is too narrow to include this type of crime," Schumer said last year in a prepared statement.

The Chicago Police Department is looking into the sale of phone records, a source said.

Late last month, the department sent a warning to officers about, which sells lists of calls made on cell phones and land lines.

"Officers should be aware of this information when giving out their personal cell phone numbers to the general public," the bulletin said. "Undercover officers should also be aware of this information if they occasionally call personal numbers such as home or the office, from their [undercover] ones."

Test got FBI's calls in 3 hours

To test the service, the FBI paid $160 to buy the records for an agent's cell phone and received the list within three hours, the police bulletin said.

Representatives of Data Find Solutions Inc., the Tennessee-based operator of, could not be reached for comment.

Frank Bochte, a spokesman for the FBI in Chicago, said he was aware of the Web site.

"Not only in Chicago, but nationwide, the FBI notified its field offices of this potential threat to the security of our agents, and especially our undercover agents," Bochte said. "We need to educate our personnel about the dangers posed by individuals using this site and others like it. We are stressing that they should be careful in their cellular use."

How well do the services work? The Chicago Sun-Times paid $110 to to purchase a one-month record of calls for this reporter's company cell phone. It was as simple as e-mailing the telephone number to the service along with a credit card number. The request was made Friday after the service was closed for the New Year's holiday.

'Most powerful investigative tool'

On Tuesday, when it reopened, e-mailed a list of 78 telephone numbers this reporter called on his cell phone between Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. The list included calls to law enforcement sources, story subjects and other Sun-Times reporters and editors.

Ernie Rizzo, a Chicago private investigator, said he uses a similar cell phone record service to conduct research for his clients. On Friday, for instance, Rizzo said he ordered the cell phone records of a suburban police chief whose wife suspects he is cheating on her.

"I would say the most powerful investigative tool right now is cell records," Rizzo said. "I use it a couple times a week. A few hundred bucks a week is well worth the money."

Only financial info protected?

In July, the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission seeking an end to the sale of telephone records.

"We're very concerned about Locatecell," said Chris Jay Hoofnagle, senior counsel for the center. "This is the company that sold the phone records of a Canadian official to a reporter 'no questions asked.' "

Schumer has called for legislation to criminalize the "stealing and selling" of cell phone logs. He also urged the Federal Trade Commission to set up a unit to stop it.

He said a common method for obtaining cell phone records is "pretexting," involving a data broker pretending to be a phone's owner and duping the phone company into providing the information.

"Pretexting for financial data is illegal, but it does not include phone records," Schumer said. "We already have protections for our financial information. We ought to have it for the very personal information that can be gleaned from telephone records."

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Feds to send spammer to slammer

West Bloomfield resident faces at least 2 years in prison for sending millions of junk e-mails.

Thursday, January 12, 2006
David Shepardson / The Detroit News

DETROIT—A West Bloomfield man, the lead defendant in the nation's first anti-spam prosecution brought under a 2004 law, has reached a plea deal that will result in at least two years in prison.

Daniel J. Lin is expected to plead guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to three felony counts, including two charges of fraud in connection with electronic mail, according to a court filing and his Detroit attorney, Juan Mateo.

Lin was charged with three other West Bloomfield men in April 2004 with sending millions of illegal spam e-mails. Prosecutors said they illegally used well-known company and government computers—including Ford Motor Co., Amoco, Unisys, the U.S. Army Information Center and the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts—to send junk e-mail that appeared to be legitimate.

Spam, the pesky junk e-mail that floods computer users' inboxes, still costs consumers and businesses billions of dollars to try to eliminate, in addition to lost productivity.

Terry Berg, first assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit, filed court papers Tuesday disclosing that the government had filed three criminal charges against Lin on Tuesday "for plea purposes." The other three men remain under investigation.

Berg and the court confirmed Wednesday a plea date is set for Tuesday. Lin faced up to 5 years on each of the spam counts and up to 10 years on an unrelated gun charge. Under terms of the plea agreement reached with federal prosecutors, Lin faces between two years and 57 months in prison. He also is expected to plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm stemming from a previous undisclosed felony in Oakland County.

"This case took a tremendous amount of work to resolve but I believe Mr. Lin is satisfied with the resolution," Mateo said Wednesday. "The reality is he's looking at going to prison."

Federal prosecutors charged the four men in 2004 following an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The case got widespread notice as the first to be brought nationally by the Justice Department under the CAN-SPAM act, which prohibits deceptive spam e-mails.

President Bush signed the CAN-SPAM Act in December 2003, after getting bipartisan support in Congress, nearly 10 years after two lawyers in Arizona sent the first mass unsolicited commercial e-mail. The law took effect Jan. 1, 2004.

The act established requirements for those who send commercial e-mail, spells out penalties for spammers and companies whose products are advertised in spam if they violate the law, and gives consumers the right to ask e-mailers to stop spamming them.

The act bans false or misleading header information; prohibits deceptive subject lines; requires that e-mail give recipients an opt-out method and requires that commercial e-mail be identified as an advertisement.

Lin, Chris Chung, Mark M. Sadek and James J. Lin were charged with sending millions of spam e-mail messages to sell phony diet aids and illegally imported erectile dysfunction medicine.

The complaint was dismissed in June 2004 as officials said they needed more time to build the case. Federal agents combed through thousands of computer records worldwide, including Canada and Germany, to make the case.

The men allegedly sent spam to more than 1 million people. In one instance, the men sought to send more than 5 million spam e-mail messages that were blocked by a German company.

The Federal Trade Commission had received more than 10,000 complaints regarding spam sent by the Avatar companies, which sent e-mail using "proxy computers" —computers owned by other companies that hide the true source of the bulk e-mails. The owners of those computers don't know their equipment was being used.

Spam accounts for 70 percent of all Internet traffic, the FTC said in a report released last month. An earlier report said spam costs companies about $20 billion a year in lost productivity and computer costs.

But spam has declined—AOL says its members received 75 percent less spam in 2004 than in 2003—and most computer users say they get fewer spam today than they did in 2003.

Consumers Union says consumers spent $2.6 billion over the last two years on anti-spam efforts, while businesses reportedly spent $1 billion in 2004, the FTC said.

More than 30 cases have been brought under the CAN-SPAM act by state and federal law enforcement, along with 20 enforcement actions by the FTC.

In March 2005, the FTC settled civil charges against Lin and the three men, along with their company, Phoenix Avatar LLC. The defendants agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty. The FTC has the authority to bring civil charges for illegal spam use.

Daniel Lin was separately indicted in October 2004 with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The plea deal will allow Lin to resolve that case as well by pleading guilty to one count of being a felon in possession.

Lin has stayed out of trouble since he was charged and sought to get on with his life, Mateo said. He was married Nov. 23 in West Bloomfield; Judge O'Meara gave Lin permission to travel to Hawaii for his honeymoon.

According to government records, the four West Bloomfield men had generated more than $100,000, selling more than 100 orders weekly for at least five months. The weight-loss aids included a $59-a-month herbal weight-loss patch that officials say didn't work.

They were accused of selling the products to people around the world and mailing them from the Birmingham post office in Oakland County.

One of the men's shell companies listed its business address as a Detroit restaurant and two nightclubs.

During the April 2004 federal raid of the home of the Lin brothers and Chung in West Bloomfield, federal agents seized more than a dozen computers, hard drives and modems and thousands of pages of records. They also seized a half-dozen guns, boxes of ammunition and a "how-to" book on white-collar crime during their search of the home on Ten Hill Drive in West Bloomfield, according to court documents.

Through a spam e-mail sent to the FTC, the agency made a test purchase from Avatar and got a "premium diet patch" Jan. 15 that bore a return address of a U.S. post office box in West Bloomfield.

A federal grand jury issued subpoenas to AOL that showed most of the AOL e-mail addresses the men used to send spam were phony.

The name "spam" comes from a Monty Python's Flying Circus skit, in which Spam—the canned meat—appears in every dish served in a restaurant.

Source: The Detroit News


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How to Explain Podcasting to a Flashing 12

—By Rob @ podCast411

February 19th 2005 (Updated Feb 20, 2005)

If you listen to our podcast, by now you know what a “Flashing 12” is. If not I will quickly explain—A “Flashing 12” is a person with no technical inclinations—the name comes from the fact that when you walk into their house their VCR is Flashing12:00, because they can not figure out how to program it. My Mom, My Wife, Heck all of my Family with the exception of my Cousin Kris are Flashing 12’s.

Now if you are like me you have been struggling with a way to explain what Podcasting is to the Flashing 12’s in your life. A common Geek speak explanation is to compare it to TiVo. The problem is Flashing 12’s don’t understand TiVo. Point in Case when I asked my Mom what she knew about TiVo she said “I know he was one of the Jackson 5.” So quickly I knew this was the wrong path. I also knew that trying to explain it as “Time-Shifted Radio” was going to go about 4 feet (1.2192 Meters) further above her head than TiVo went. And forget about mentioning aggregators—I am sure she would have thought they were something that lived in the swamps of Florida.

Here is how I was finally able to explain “What is a Podcast?” to the Flashing 12’s in my life.

First—Tell them that Podcasts are basically Radio Shows on the Internet (Like Howard Stern or Rush Limbaugh or Dr. Ruth), but what makes them special is how the Shows are delivered to the user.

Explain to them that Podcasts are like Magazine Subscriptions. With a magazine subscription you register for a magazine (podcast) and then every so often the publisher (podcaster) will send one to your house (Granted with podcasts the aggregator goes out and fetches it—But you are talking to a Flashing 12—So stop trying to confuse them with Geek Speak). Now after the Magazine is delivered, it sits in your Mailbox (aggregator) until someone removes the Mail and puts it on the Kitchen Table (iTunes). You then decide when you want to read that magazine (Daily Source Code) or some other magazine (podcast411) or you can just throw it away because it no longer interests you (Yeast Radio). You can also cancel any subscription at any time.

Now there are a couple of key differences between Podcasts and Magazines you need to point out.

With Podcasts, You only receive those you have subscribed to. There are no unwanted L.L. Bean or Victoria (XXX) Secrets Magazines cluttering up your mailbox. Actually that is one of the great points of Podcasting (so Far) it is Spam Free—oops I mean Junk Mail free.

And Talking about Free—Podcasts are Free—Yup they don’t cost a dime or even any Frequent Flyer Miles. Of course at that point my mom asked “Well then how does anyone make any money at it?” Oh from the mouth of Babes – Well that subject is for a whole other “How To..”

Now once they understand how you get them—Then gently remind them that Podcasts are Audio programs—just like on the Radio.

At this point even the most pathetic Flashing 12 should be able to connect the dots. If not let me know and we will try together to bring enlightenment to the truly ungifted.

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Podcasting is a term coined in 2004 when the use of RSS syndication technologies became popular for distributing audio content for listening on mobile devices and personal computers.
A podcast is a web feed of audio or video files placed on the Internet for anyone to subscribe to. Podcasters' websites also may offer direct download of their files, but the subscription feed of automatically delivered new content is what distinguishes a podcast from a simple download or real-time streaming. . .

While the name was primarily associated with audio subscriptions in 2004, the RSS enclosure syndication technique had been used with video files since 2001, before portable video players were widely available, with or without the syllable "pod" in their names. (In fact, any file with a URL, including still images and text—can be delivered as an enclosure.)

Use of "podcast" to describe both audio and video feeds seemed natural to some users, while others preferred to reserve the word for audio and coin new terms for video subscriptions. Other "pod-" derived neologisms include "podcasters" for individuals or organizations offering feeds, and "podcatchers" for special RSS aggregators with the ability to transfer the files to media player software or hardware.

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