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Listen to Lucy

Cheer up, this is a golden age for office workers

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cheer up, this is a golden age for office workers

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On The Media

The Blackberry Defense

Friday, December 16, 2011

Earlier this week it was revealed that James Murdoch received an email in 2008 that suggests Murdoch knew about the scope of the News Corp phone hacking scandal long before he has claimed. But, even though Murdoch replied to the email, he claims he didn't read far enough down the chain to grasp the gravity of the situation. Brooke spoke with author William Powers about the Blackberry defense. 

Aeroc - R+B=?

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Senate Approves Pipeline Safety Bill, London Bus Stops All Have Real-Time Info, and Did The BlackBerry Outage Lower Traffic Crashes?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Top stories on TN:

The US DOT handed out nearly $1 billion in transit grants. (Link)

Rep. Mica on FAA shutdown: been there, done that, don't want to do it again. (Link)

Orbitz was fined for deceptive ad practices. (Link)

(photo by Graeme Lawton via Flickr)

Last week's BlackBerry outage might be linked to a drop in traffic crashes. (Streetsblog)

The Senate approved a pipeline safety bill after a hold was dropped. (Los Angeles Times)

Could the Tappan Zee Bridge be High Lined? Probably not, but fun to imagine. (NY Times)

Electric cars are so popular with business travelers that Hertz is adding more to its fleet. (Marketplace)

How will Seattle replace its aging bridges? Not through a proposed $60 hike in car fees. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Real-time info is now available for every London bus stop. (Transit Wire)

A proposal to provide free transit service for San Francisco’s youth has some serious roadblocks -- namely a $13.2 million price tag and Clipper card incompatibility. (San Francisco Examiner)

NYC tries to coordinate street construction work via website. (NY Observer)

One plug to rule them all: automakers sign on to a single charging protocol. (Autopia)

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Listen to Lucy

BlackBerry blackout left me happily unlinked

Monday, October 17, 2011

BlackBerry blackout left me happily unlinked

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The Takeaway

BlackBerry Service Disruption Continues for Third Day

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

For the third day, millions of BlackBerry users around the world have been unable to use messaging and browsing services. Users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India lost access to their devices' most essential service. American users, who had initially been sparred from the outage, have also reported service issues. All this bad news for BlackBerry's manufacturer, Canadian firm Research in Motion, comes on top of the blockbuster success of Apple's new iPhone 4S, which was released on Friday. The BBC's Rory Clellan Jones has the latest on the story.

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Transportation Nation

BlackBerry Will Remove Apps That Help Drunk Drivers Evade Police

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This in from Senator Frank Lautenberg's Office:

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Harry Reid (D-NV), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and Tom Udall (D-NM) announced that, in response to their request, Research In Motion (RIM), manufacturer of Blackberry smartphones, will remove from their online store applications that help drunk drivers evade police.  Yesterday the senators sent a letter to smartphone companies, including RIM, asking them to remove the dangerous applications or alter them to remove the DUI/DWI checkpoint functionality.

The applications pinpoint police enforcement zones through user-submitted information that connects to GPS data, providing drivers with the ability to evade DUI checkpoints, speed traps, and red light cameras. The applications are free to download from application stores.   The senators lauded RIM’s decision and renewed their call for other smartphone manufactures to follow suit.

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The Takeaway

Is the Blackberry Too Secure for Government Intervention?

Friday, August 06, 2010

Saudi Arabia was supposed to cut off Blackberry service today, but so far there hasn't been a major interruption to service. The governments of the U.A.E and Saudi Arabia are pressuring the company that owns Blackberry to give up proprietary information. Meanwhile, the U.S. state department is also getting involved. The BBC's Middle East business correspondent, Ben Thompson reports from Dubai.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Blackberry, Pricing Partridges, Sports Gifts

Thursday, December 24, 2009

  • Tech Takeout: New York Times tech reporter Nick Bilton explains the implications of Blackberry manufacturer Research In Motion having had a second major email and internet outage in recent weeks.
  • Financial Takeout: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us about a price index that for more than two decades has been charting  just how much all of those items listed in The Twelve Days of Christmas would cost.
  • Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses gifts for sports lovers and the possibility of redemption for disgraced quarterback Michael Vick.

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