Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Dec 2011 22:29 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption So, this has been causing a bit of a major dungstorm - and rightly so. As it turns out, many carriers are installing a piece of non-removable privacy-invading spyware on their smartphones called CarrierIQ. It doesn't matter whether you have a webOS, Android, BlackBerry or iOS device - carriers install it on all of them. Luckily though, it would appear it really depends on your carrier - smartphones in The Netherlands, for instance, are not infested with CarrierIQ. Update: As John Gruber rightfully points out, ever so verbosely, the headline here isn't particularly well-chosen. The article makes all this clear, but the headline doesn't. It's my birthday today, so my head wasn't totally in it - my apologies! Update II: Just got a statement from an HP spokesperson: "HP does not install nor authorize its partners to embed Carrier IQ on its webOS devices."
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RE[2]: US-only
by 3rdalbum on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 07:52 UTC in reply to "RE: US-only"
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"It seems to be US-only.

I'm living in Japan and it's on my au HTC Evo WiMAX ...

Sorry to tell you this, but since the end of the war Japan has almost been a colony of the United States. Okay, so Carrier IQ is only present in countries that use NTSC TVs ;)

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RE[3]: US-only
by zima on Thu 8th Dec 2011 21:27 in reply to "RE[2]: US-only"
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Though Japan did break away with digital TV, spearheaded their own standard ...which, curiously, also became the dominating one in Latin America (something about giving the finger for, more or less, a century of - figurative - interference?); and who knows about Africa (Chinese standard might also get some footing there, with PRC involvement in the region)

Though, really, ISDB was probably the best choice out of big three standards... (ATSC the worst; it seems Brazil did actual studies to asses them, reviewed later by each standard body)

So maybe times are changin', and we have mostly just remnants of the old days via installed base and such. The adoption of NTSC successor is essentially limited to immediate US neighbours ( ) and South Korea (so they would seem more of a colony for some reason, I guess ;p )

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