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AT&T Sued Over ‘Inflated’ iPad, iPhone Data Charges

Posted on February 1st, 2011 at 21:05 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


A California man has filed suit against AT&T for what he says are inflated data charges for Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

AT&T’s billing system for data is like a "rigged gas pump," according to Patrick Hendricks, who filed the suit. Hendricks is an iPhone user with a $15 per month 200MB data plan. He claims that late last year, AT&T charged him for 259 data transactions totaling 223MB, but "many of these charges were for phantom data transactions" that never happened, according to court documents.

A two-month review by an independent consulting firm hired by Hendricks’s lawyers found that AT&T consistently overcharges its customers for data by 7 to 14 percent, according to the lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday in California district court.

This proves that "AT&T’s bill systematically overstate the amount of data used on each data transaction involving an iPhone or iPad account," the suit said.

AT&T did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hendricks accused AT&T of consistently overbilling on legitimate data usage as well as billing for phantom usage. He said that the consulting firm purchased an iPhone from the AT&T store, turned off push notifications, location services, closed all apps, and did not enable e-mail but was still charged for 35 data transactions over a 10-day period for a total of 2,292KB of usage.

Right in the week that Verizon starts shipping iPhones.. hmmm…

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Rumsfeld to receive ‘Defender of the Constitution Award’ at CPAC

Posted on February 1st, 2011 at 16:53 by Paul Jay in category: News


Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will be honored with the “Defender of the Constitution Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual event attended by numerous conservative activists, journalists, and politicians.

WorldNetDaily columnist Brad O’Leary and American Conservative Union chairman David A. Keene will present the former Defense secretary with the award on Feb 10, according to the conference’s schedule of events (.pdf).

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  1. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

  2. No it’s not an article from The Onion.

  3. My irony meter just blew up!

  4. Conservatives are lucky that hypocrisy doesn’t warrant capital punishment.

Researchers Track Mouse Movements and Hesitations

Posted on February 1st, 2011 at 8:14 by John Sinteur in category: Google, Microsoft, Privacy


“Researchers from the University of Washington and Microsoft Research have found that cursor movements and cursor hovers can detect the relevance of a search result and whether a user may abandon the search. They use an efficient algorithm written in Javascript to silently record movements and clicks on Bing and find that computing relevance using movements + clicks works better than just clicks (the current state-of-the-art). They explain some of this due to cursor and gaze being closely aligned on the web, and especially so on search result pages. Is this the future of innovation in search ranking — Google and Bing tracking your every twitch and pause?”

…Just in time for Web use to go mobile and touch-based.

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Posted on February 1st, 2011 at 8:11 by Paul Jay in category: Cartoon

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Posted on February 1st, 2011 at 8:08 by Paul Jay in category: News

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