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Microsoft employee charged with stealing over $500,000 from company

April 13th, 2011

Charges have been filed by federal prosecutors in Seattle against a Microsoft employee accused of wire fraud. Robert D. Curry was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with stealing $515,000 from Microsoft using a series of wire transfers sent from Microsoft to Curry’s bank account. According to Curry, the transfers were payments for services rendered but prosecutors contend …

Crime ring uses stolen credit cards in $1 million Apple Store shopping spree

February 2nd, 2011

Apple once again finds itself the target of criminal activity, though this time the scheme is slightly more elaborate than a small-time smash and grab job. According to court documents filed in the state of New York, dozens of suspects have been charged in association with using thousands of stolen credit card numbers to purchase products …

The international heist: carriers, consumers, and global smartphone data

February 1st, 2011

While the debate over domestic data limits — 2GB versus 5GB versus truly unlimited — continues, another, more controversial smartphone bandwidth topic is slowly coming to a boil: international data. For those of you who frequently venture out of the confines of these United States, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t yet made your …

Lawsuit claims AT&T iPhone, iPad billing is ‘like a rigged gas pump’

February 1st, 2011

A complaint has been filed in a federal court in California alleging that AT&T regularly and purposely overcharges iPhone and iPad customers on capped data plans by inflating the amount of data they download to their devices. The complainant, Patrick Hendricks, says that AT&T adds “phantom traffic” to its invoices in order to overcharge users. “AT&T’s …

Pro-WikiLeaks Amazon, Visa website hackers arrested

January 27th, 2011

An unaffiliated group of pro-WikiLeaks hackers calling itself “Anoymous” finds itself short a few member this evening as multiple alleged culprits were arrested on Thursday in the U.K. The BBC reports that five men were arrested in a series of raids, and they are being held in various locations across England. Allegations against the men …

U.S. to charge hackers who stole iPad user data

January 18th, 2011

Authorities said on Tuesday that charges will soon be filed against two suspects allegedly involved with the theft of sensitive personal data from AT&T’s servers last summer. The suspects have both been arrested. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman will hold a press conference in New Jersey along with the FBI to …

T-Mobile sees the light, withdraws paper billing fee

September 11th, 2009

Early last month we reported on a policy change at T-Mobile that we weren’t exactly happy with. In a nutshell, T-Mobile decided it would force its subscribers to enroll in paperless billing lest they wish to pay an additional fee for hard copies each month. While the move was somewhat admirable on an environmental level, …

T-Mobile raises overage rates; cancel your contract sans-ETF

September 1st, 2009

They say when the cell phone gods close a door, they open a window. Such is the case this morning for T-Mobile subscribers who aren’t enjoying their time with the carrier. As of today, T-Mobile is raising its overage rates to 45¢ per minute on individual plans under $59.99 and family plans under $89.99, and …