Wednesday reading wrap-up

Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data – Mike Allen – – For a man with no air conditioning and paranoid enough to avoid having Internet access, one would think Osama Bin Laden would have avoided keeping data in a computer.  Then again, keeping written records is even harder to destroy.

Eshoo introduces bill to promote broadband deployment – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley – US House Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) has put forth a bill that would require states to lay conduit pipes for future broadband deployment when they build roads.

Sony reports 2nd security breach by hackers – Post Tech – The Washington Post – What’s another 24.6 million customer data compromised when they already had 77 million?  Maybe they’ll offer more 30 day free trials of Sony’s PlayStation Plus service?

T-Mobile USA: AT&T/Qualcomm Deal Highlights Need for SpectrumT-Mobile argues that AT&T spending $2 billion on 6 MHz of spectrum from Qualcomm highlights the industry’s desperation for more spectrum.

LTE Insufficient from the Start, Boingo IPO PropitiousTom Evslin makes some uninformed remarks about the merits of Wi-Fi over LTE.  Richard Bennett’s response in the first comment quickly debunked Evslin’s assertions.  Evslin has made similarly ridiculous claims that unlicensed 4 watt ERP White Space devices can offer 30 mile coverage when that isn’t even possible at much higher power levels with licensed LTE.

Second Hearing in Works for AT&T, T-Mobile Deal – Tech Daily DoseThe House Judiciary Committee will examine the AT&T – T-Mobile merger deal once again later this month.

Wireless carriers scale down scope of mobile payment system – Yahoo! NewsThe biggest US wireless carriers have scaled down their mobile payment plans to use a “mobile wallet” that would use existing Visa and MasterCard or cards.

Rare Earth Prices Soar as Efforts to Increase Supplies Falter – NYTimes.comSeems like gasoline isn’t the only commodity going up in these days.  The higher demand for electronic goods is squeezing rare earth supplies and increasing prices.  This is raising the cost of hybrid cars which require large and expensive batteries.

FCC Tells Us Their Neutrality Rules Prevent Pay-Per App – But ISPs Will Simply Argue They’re Pricing Creatively… | DSLReports.comSome people are up in arms about MetroPCS offering a cheaper limited Internet service that doesn’t allow full Internet access such as YouTube video streaming on their smartphones, but is this really such a big deal?  MetroPCS could effectively limit YouTube access by explicitly stating a usage cap but they chose implicit limits so they could describe their product as “unlimited”.  The large wireless carriers have already begun moving from using the word “unlimited” to describe their data plans because it is becoming impractical.  The wireless industry is trending away from walled gardens for mobile Internet services while specialized devices like the Amazon Kindle embrace the walled garden Internet model.  Consumers are free to choose which service plan they prefer or anything in between or all of the above.