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Verizon Launches MiFi Hotspot Without Subscription

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| When we first heard about the MiFi last December, Novatel pointed out that 
| the router is actually a tiny Linux PC, capable of running its own software. 
| The router could check e-mail and store messages on a memory card without a 
| PC, in theory. But Verizon's version looks like it's just a Wi-Fi router - 
| for now, at least.    



The Verizon Hub Widget Phone Just Got a Lot More Exciting

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| I'm reviewing the somewhat anachronistic Verizon Hub connected phone. Now
| that I've seen its future—an open platform built on Linux with sleek hardware
| from this decade, like capacitive touchscreens—it's way more exciting.


Verizon Launches 'Hub' VOIP Phone

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| Verizon Wireless launched a VOIP-based, Linux-powered home phone on Friday,
| the Verizon Hub. The Hub plugs into a home broadband line and acts as a
| family calendar, limited Web browser, messaging center, digital picture frame
| and, of course, a phone.


Verizon VoIP phone doubles as DPF

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| Verizon Wireless announced a VoIP touchscreen phone that incorporates a
| digital picture frame (DPF) capability and can send navigation instructions
| to Verizon mobile phones. According to one report, the Verizon Hub (pictured)
| is based on OpenPeak's OpenFrame phone, which is said to run Linux.


Verizon CEO doesn't know about open source

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| I just got out of a Q&A session with Verizon Communications CEO Denny Strigl
| and being an open source guy I asked Strigl about open source. Specifically I
| asked what role does open source play at Verizon now, especially in light of
| the recent SFLC lawsuit against Verizon on GPL infringement.
| Strigl looked at me with a blank face and asked me to repeat my question. He
| was completely clueless.
| He then asked one of his PR people to answer, and they too were clueless.


Verizon offers details of Usenet deletion: alt.* groups, others gone

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| Cuomo claimed that his office found child porn on 88 newsgroups--out of
| roughly 100,000 newsgroups that exist. In a press release, he took credit for
| the companies' blunderbuss-style newsgroup removal by saying: "We are
| attacking this problem by working with Internet service providers...I commend
| the companies that have stepped up today to embrace a new standard of
| responsibility, which should serve as a model for the entire industry."
| [...]
| What this means in practice is that, thanks to the New York state attorney
| general, Verizon customers will lose out on innocent discussions. Verizon is
| retaining only eight newsgroup hierarchies, even though over 1,000
| hierarchies exist.


Verizon Wireless, seven others join Linux phone org

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| Verizon Wireless has chosen Linux as its mobile phone "platform of choice,"
| it said. Starting with feature phones in 2009, followed by iPhone
| competitors, Verizon will offer Linux phones compliant with specifications
| from the Linux Mobile Foundation (LiMo), an industry group it joined today,
| along with seven other companies.


Update: Verizon, Mozilla join mobile Linux group

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| Verizon Wireless is throwing its support behind mobile Linux, becoming the
| first U.S. operator to join the LiMo Foundation, a group developing mobile
| Linux technology



Palamida Exec Chides Verizon For Not Responding On GPL Suit

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| "I'm a little surprised by it, to tell you the truth," Tolliver said in a
| recent interview. Palamida is a supplier of risk management software for
| managing an enterprise's software assets. Its auditing system scans code and
| identifies its origins, from open source projects or other known sources.  
| "Usually these issues can be resolved before pretty promptly," he added. But
| Verizon had no response to the center when it sent a letter notifying Verizon
| of a violation, and it's had no response since the center filed a suit Dec. 7
| in federal District Court for the Southern District of New York.    


Member review of Verizon FIOS

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| For the broadband installation, one thing I really didn’t want was to have
| Verizon install a bunch of junk software on my computer. So when it was time
| to set up the connection I offered the tech a linux laptop. He said, “Linux,
| what’s that?” I said, let's try it anyway. The normal procedure is to connect
| your computer, go to a special website and download a bunch of software, then
| set up your account username and password and agree to a terms of service. Of
| course, going to the special website we get the message, “your operating
| system is not supported”. I asked the tech to call his support, who laughed
| when he heard the word linux, but then relented and gave us an extra special
| website with login and password where we could set everything up without
| downloading software. Yay! The TV and phone setup were completely
| straightforward.          


Verizon Embraces Google's Android

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| In yet another sudden shift, Verizon Wireless plans to support Google's
| (GOOG) new software platform for cell phones and other mobile devices.


Verizon to support the Linux desktop, but only if your rich...

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| Verizon has been supporting the linux desktop for Red Hat for
| various applications for a while now. It wasn't until recently
| that with the help of some unpaid employees that they got it
| working for Ubuntu.


Verizon Business Expands OS Support for Enterprises

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| "Windows is our most deployed system, but Linux is our fastest-growing
| one..."
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| He also said that AIX and UX also have strong cross-platform
| compatibility with systems like Linux, and are well designed to
| handle applications requiring huge memory and scalability.


Verizon takes over Microsoft TV code

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| Unhappy over the memory footprint of applications and delays in rolling
| them out, Verizon has ditched some of Microsoft's television software and
| has chosen instead to write its own.


Verizon sues FCC over open-access auction

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| Media reform group Free Press, a supporter of the open-access rules, accused
| Verizon Wireless of sending "lawyers, FUD and money" in an attempt to
| overturn the FCC's decision.  


Google vs. Verizon: The 'open access' saga continues

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| First with Net neutrality and now with so-called "open access" rules for
| forthcoming wireless networks, there seems to be no end to the discord
| between Google and Verizon.  


BusyBox Developers, SFLC Sue Verizon for GPL Infringement

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| The same two principal developers already successfully sued Monsoon Media,
| and they have litigation pending against Xterasys Corporation and High-Gain
| Antennas, LLC. Here is the press release from the Software Freedom Law Center
| on the Verizon suit, followed by the complaint as text.  


Verizon Being Sued for GPL Infringement

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| According to the SFLC, Verizon can be added to the list of companies
| infringing on the GPL. They filed a lawsuit in New York yesterday (pdf)
| alleging that the company is handing out routers using the GPL'd
| software 'BusyBox' without accompanying source code.    


Verizon: Open access should cut costs

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| Verizon Communications Inc.'s plan to open its wireless network to any
| devices, not just Verizon cell phones, is partly motivated by a desire to cut
| costs, the company's chief operating officer said Wednesday.  


Thin clients in, PCs out at Verizon Wireless

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| Sun's Sun Ray is unique among thin clients, many of which still use
| some kind of embedded Windows or Linux operating system, even though
| the applications are shifted to servers.
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| With about 5,000 Sun Ray terminals installed at three Western call
| centers, and a fourth in progress, Verizon has seen a 60% to 70%
| drop in desktop problems and a 30% decline in electrical use at
| each center.

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