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AT&T to cough up $88M for ‘cramming’ mobile customer bills

Some 2.7 million AT&T customers will share $88 million in compensation for having had unauthorized third-party charges added to their mobile bills, the Federal Trade Commission announced this morning.

The latest shot in the federal government’s years-long battle against such abuses, these refunds will represent the most money ever recouped by victims of what is known as “mobile cramming,” according to the FTC.

From an FTC press release:

Through the FTC’s refund program, nearly 2.5 million current AT&T customers will receive a credit on their bill within the next 75 days, and more than 300,000 former customers will receive a check. The average refund amount is $31. ...

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Ixia’s GUI faster, more accurate than Gigamon’s command line or Flowmap

The IT infrastructure that powers an organizations business strategy has become increasingly more dynamic and distributed. The introduction of new technologies to increase IT agility has made it significantly more difficult to manage and secure the infrastructure using traditional tools.

That challenge has given rise to several new specialized tools that network managers have had to figure out how to integrated into their environment. The explosion of new security and management applications has something called “tool sprawl” where the number of tools has become unmanageable.

Trying to connect every tool to every network device is extremely complicated and inefficient. The desire to simplify things has created strong demand for network packet brokers (NPBs). If you’re not familiar with the technology, it sits between the network infrastructure and a tool layer and performs a number of tasks to make tools more efficient and easier to deploy.

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How to install and configure LDAP and phpLDAPadmin
If you want to dive into the realm of LDAP, learn how to have that server up and running quickly and easily.
Bluetooth 5 is out: Now will home IoT take off?

Bluetooth is aiming straight for the internet of things as the fifth version of the wireless protocol arrives with twice as much speed for low-power applications.

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which gains the most from the new Bluetooth 5 specification, can now go as fast as 2Mbps (bits per second) and typically can cover a whole house or a floor of a building, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) said Wednesday. Those features could help to make it the go-to network for smart homes and some enterprise sites.

The home IoT field is pretty open right now because most people haven’t started buying things like connected thermostats and door locks, ABI Research analyst Avi Greengart said. Bluetooth starts out with an advantage over its competition because it’s built into most smartphones and tablets, he said. Alternatives like ZigBee and Z-Wave often aren’t.

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