drag2share: Report: Verizon, Vodafone and BT gave UK government unlimited access to undersea network cables

source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/02/report-verizon-vodaphone-and-bt-gave-uk-government-access/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget

PRISM isn’t just for US agencies — last month it was revealed that the UK’s Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) has been using the program to collect emails, photos and video content from an assortment of internet providers. Now, a German newspaper claims to know what companies collaborated with the security agency. According to The Gaurdian, Süddeutsche identified Verizon, Vodafone, Global Crossing, Level 3, BT, Interoute and Viatel as firms that participated in Tempora, a program that gave the GCHQ widespread access to the undersea fiber optic cables. The operation was all quite hush-hush, with documents referring to participating outfits by obscure code names: “Dacron” for Verizon, for instance, and “Little” for Level 3.

Par! liament has already dismissed the agency’s snooping as legal, but documents seen by The Guardian suggest that some telecoms may have illegally given the GCHQ access to other companies’ cables without permission.

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 news No Comments

Half Of These Companies’ Twitter Followers Are Bots

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/busted-half-of-these-companies-twitter-followers-are-bots-2012-6

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Up to 46 percent of Twitter followers of companies with active profiles could be generated by robots, or bots, a study by Marco Camisani Calzolari, a corporate communication and digital languages professor in Milan, showed on Friday.

The academic analyzed feeds of 39 international and Italian brands, including @DellOutlet, @BlackBerry, @CocaCola, @IKEAITALIA and @VodafoneIT, trying to distinguish fake followers from real ones based on their behavior.

“The number of followers is no longer a valid indicator of the popularity of a Twitter user, and can no longer by analyzed separately from qualitative information,” Calzolari said.

Calzolari said companies could not be blamed necessarily for the presence of fake followers because they often delegate their PR activities on social networks to third parties.

“In some cases, the web agency or media centre executives have chosen to take short cuts in order to demonstrate to companies, who are oblivious, that their activities have been successful by generating lots of new users,” he said.

A sample of 10,000 followers was analyzed for each company. A software used a random algorithm to extract a sample selection of followers and two classed of parameters established whether the user’s behaviors is most likely to be human or carried out by a bot.

A user who logged into Twitter through different clients, a profile containing a name, an image or a physical address, or which uses punctuation in posts was associated among other things with characteristics that are probably human.

Vodafone Italia said it never evaluated its social media activities by simply counting the number of its fans but instead it had chosen metrics that give value to interaction.

About 39 percent of @VodafoneIT followers are probably bots, according to the study.

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Monday, June 11th, 2012 news No Comments

Twenty-four telecom operators unite to form Wholesale Applications Community

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/15/twenty-four-telecom-operators-unite-to-form-wholesale-applicatio/

Big doings over in Barcelona today. Twenty-four telecom operators, with the support of the GSMA and three major hardware manufacturers, have formally announced they will come together to form the Wholesale Applications Community. Essentially, the goal of the alliance will be to create a viable, cohesive and open industry platform for mobile app developers. Members of the Community will include AT&T, China Mobile, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, TeliaSonera, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and Vodafone among others, and they’ll be supported in their endeavors by LG, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. The total customers of the group is about 3 billion, giving WAC (our name) some considerable — albeit theoretical for the moment — power. The group plans to work on coming up with a standard for working across platforms over the next twelve months. WAC’s website just went live a bit ago — there’s a link to it below — and the full press release is after the break.

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Monday, February 15th, 2010 digital No Comments

Viral videos are cool and all, but most of them don’t drive sales.

Samsung LED Sheep – how do I even buy an LED from Samsung, if I wanted one?

T-Mobile Dance – not sure exactly what it means or how it is related to cell phone service, but it SURE was cool!

Cadbury Eyebrows – cool, and forwardable video. but what does Cadbury make again? So I can go buy some of whatever they make?  😉

etc. etc.  you get the point…

the only videos (below) that actually have anything to do with the product are Filet-O-fish, condom bunnies doing their thing, and Denny’s banana on pancakes.


Last Week Brand Campaign Agency Current Week Views* % Change in Views** Watch the Spot
1 1 Samsung Extreme Sheep LED Art The Viral Factory 2,866,364 +39% Samsung: Extreme Sheep LED Art
2 2 T-Mobile T-Mobile Dance Saatchi & Saatchi, MediaCom 876,946 -15% T-Mobile: Dance
3 4 Cadbury Eyebrow Dance Fallon 636,418 +27% Cadbury: Eyebrow Dance
4 New Geico It’s the Gecko/ Numa Numa The Martin Agency, Horizon Media 442,653 New Geico: It's the Gecko/Numa Numa
5 5 McDonald’s Talking Filet-O-Fish Arnold 378,488 -2% McDonald's: Talking Filet-O-Fish
6 9 E-Trade E-Trade Baby Grey, New York 323,100 +17% E-Trade: Baby
7 New Ray-Ban Never Hide Cutwater 304,970 New Ray-Ban: Never Hide
8 8 Durex Get It On Fitzgerald & Co., SuperFad 235,290 -18% Durex: Kama Balloon Animal Sutra
9 Back on chart Denny’s Nannerpuss Goodby, Silverstein & Partners 178,359 -3% Denny's: Nannerpuss
10 6 Vodafone Lewis Hamilton and the RC Office Grand Prix Outsider 171,123 -49% Vodafone: Lewis Hamilton and the RC Office Grand Prix

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