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    Last week, an item came across our news desk which started the little hamster in my brain a-runnin’. Congresswoman Jackie Speier wants to close the “burner phone loophole” and require cheap, prepaid phones to be registered at the point of sale, which is sure to upset Hollywood scriptwriters throughout the entire city. Essentially, these low-cost, pre-paid cell phones would no longer be anonymous devices to be thrown casually into the trash after mocking local law enforcement. Rather they’d be a CSI: Cyber dream come true as they would all have a name, and presumably Social ...

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    More users than ever are concerned with their mobile privacy these days, taking steps to secure their data like encrypting phone storage, running VPNs, and being mindful about what kind of personal data they voluntarily share with the companies behind apps and services. All that may be well and good, but at the end of the day you're still carrying around what's essentially a mobile tracking device registered in your name – pretty much the worst nightmare of any privacy-minded folk. The desire to separate your phone service from your identity has led to the proliferation of so-called ...

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    Back when I started getting involved in cellphones I was a Nokia guy... so was everyone. VoiceStream gave me the option to pick up any one of several phones -- all of which were made by Nokia. They could all make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, and if you were really lucky you could even play Snake! At the time the phones were between $50 and $150 (on contract). Jump ahead to today and we've all but given up on the candy bar phone -- and the affordable prices that came along with them. Today we're surrounded by smartphones, but until recently they were all several ...

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