Eastern Seaboard at Night
NASA – An Expedition 30 crew member aboard the International Space Station took this nighttime photograph of much of the Atlantic coast of the United States. Large metropolitan areas and other easily recognizable sites from the Virginia/Maryland/Washington, D.C. area are visible in the image that spans almost to Rhode Island. Boston is just out of frame at right. Long Island and the New York City area are visible in the lower right quadrant. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are near the center. Parts of two Russian vehicles parked at the orbital outpost are seen in left foreground.
This image was taken on Feb. 6, 2012.
Posted in Science, SPACE WATCH, Technology, Transportation
Tagged Boston, Expedition 30, International Space Station, Long Island, NASA, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Rhode Island, Space
Reuters/CNBC – Finance leaders from the Group of 20, meeting in Mexico City this weekend (Feb 25, 2012), are trying to build up massive international resources by the end of April to convince financial markets they can prevent the euro-zone‘s deep problems from inflicting more damage on a still-fragile world recovery.
The plan is to merge Europe‘s temporary and permanent bailout funds, the European Financial Stability Fund and the European Stability Mechanism , to create one 750 billion-euro ($1 trillion) fund. Increased IMF [cnbc explains] resources would back that up. more> http://is.gd/FQNiDw
- Germany’s Crisis Role in Focus After G-20 Rebuffs Call for Help, Alan Crawford, Businessweek
- Euro Zone Decision on Bailout Funds’ Size Likely to be Delayed (ibtimes.com)
- Euro-zone deal on firewall awaits Germany (calgaryherald.com)
- Saturday Crisis Update: G20 Wants to Push European Bailout Fund to $2 Trillion (zerohedge.com)
- G-20 Meeting Focuses On Euro Stabilization Fund (mysanantonio.com)
- Eurozone Official: ‘I Would Not Bet On A Positive Outcome’ By Bailout Deadline (huffingtonpost.com)
- G20 moves to line up huge rescue deal for April, Dave Graham and Tetsushi Kajimoto, Reuters
- Geithner, Schaeuble Spar Over Crisis as G-20 Hits IMF Impasse, Alan Crawford and Rainer Buergin, Businessweek
- Finance ministers split on Europe’s debt payment, New York Times/SFGate
- US urges quick, aggressive action, strong euro firewall, AFP/Google
- Timothy Geithner: Europe must put in place ‘stronger and more credible firewall’, Richard Blackden, Telegraph
- G-20 Meeting Focuses on Euro Firewall Fund, Elisabeth Malkin and Annie Lowrey, NYTimes.com
- European Crisis Realities, Paul Krugman, NYTimes.com
Posted in Banking, Economy
Tagged Capital, Deficit, European Stability Mechanism, Eurozone, Financial crisis, G-20 major economies, Germany, International Monetary Fund, Mexico City, Super regions
By Timothy B. Lee – The spectrum under dispute was acquired in an auction by a coalition of cable companies led by Comcast and Time Warner in 2006. But the cable firms have apparently decided they don’t want to be in the wireless business after all. In December, Verizon Wireless announced plans to buy the spectrum, which is in the AWS band, for $3.6 billion.
T-Mobile argues that the current formula does not take into account the fact that the lower-frequency spectrum that Verizon disproportionately holds is more useful than higher-frequency spectrum that T-Mobile itself owns. T-Mobile advocates that the FCC weight spectrum holdings by their market value, rather than treating every megahertz as equally valuable. more> http://is.gd/TNoEe6
Posted in Broadband, FCC, Net, telecom
Tagged Broadband, Cable, Comcast, FCC, Internet, T-Mobile, Time Warner, Verizon, Verizon Communications, Wireless
By Josh Lowensohn – A man who became dissatisfied with AT&T throttling data speeds on his iPhone has won a case against the carrier in small claims court.
The Associated Press reports that iPhone owner Matt Spaccarelli, who filed a complaint against AT&T after it began slowing down his data speeds, was awarded $850 earlier today.
Spaccarelli made the claim that AT&T purposely slowed down data speeds, despite the fact that he was subscribed to an “unlimited data” plan. This slowdown came after he had used 1.5GB to 2GB of data inside of one billing cycle, he told the court. more> http://is.gd/MYE3rw
- iPhone user successfully sues AT&T over 3G throttling, Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider
- Unlimited data customer challenges AT&T’s throttling in court . . . and wins, Dwight Silverman, seattlepi.com
- California iPhone user wins $850 small claims case against AT&T in data throttling, Greg Risling and Peter Svenson, NewsOK.com
- AT&T unfairly cut iPhone user’s speed, judge rules, SFGate
- SoCal judge awards $850 to iPhone user who says AT&T slows his data speeds on unlimited plan, Associated Press/Washington Post
- AT&T Customer Wins $850 in Data-Throttling Case, Brian X. Chen, NYTimes.com
- AT&T Ordered to Pay Damages to iPhone User for Throttling Bandwidth, JD Journal
- Judge awards $850 to iPhone user in AT&T throttling case (dvorak.org)
- Throttled iPhone user awarded $850 in case against AT&T (intomobile.com)
- A Guy Sued AT&T For Throttling His Data Plan And Won $850 (T) (businessinsider.com)
- iPhone Data Plan Follies (hiltmon.com)
- If AT&T throttles you, are you entitled to $850? (9to5mac.com)
- iPhone user wins $850 in AT&T throttling case (msnbc.msn.com)
- California iPhone user wins $850 small claims case against AT&T in data throttling – NewsOK.com (rjmarmol.com)
- Judge Awards $850 To iPhone User Over Throttled Data Usage (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- iPhone User Wins Throttling Suit Against AT&T (webpronews.com)
Posted in Broadband, Net, telecom
Tagged 4G, AT&T, Broadband, Class action, Internet, iPhone, Matt Spaccarelli, Small claims court, T-Mobile USA, Wireless