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They’re more in a dictatorship mode where they say, ‘This is what you have to do or you don’t get the iPhone.’ Being arrogant with your partners in big markets doesn’t pay off.Vasyl Latsanych, Vice President of Marketing at Russian mobile carrier OAO Mobile TeleSystems • Offering his employers’ explanation for the iPhone’s extremely high price — which have reportedly topped $1000 at times — compared to other smartphones available in Russia. As the author also notes, the majority Russian consumers do not sign long term contracts for mobile service, removing any incentive for carriers themselves to help subsidize the high cost of some devices. Think this is the sort of thing investor’s were worried about last week when asking Apple CEO Tim Cook about entry barriers in emerging markets? source (via • follow)
Malte Spitz’s presentation, ”Your Phone Company Is Watching”, explores just how much can be extrapolated from the information collected by his cell phone carrier as a result of the EU’s Data Retention Directive. Working with ZEIT Online, Spitz used 35,830 lines of data to create a downloadable, interactive map chronicling his daily life during a six month period. “If you have access to this information, you can see what society is doing,” says Spitz, adding, “If you have access to this information you can control your society.” source
» And at least one congressman is angry: “We cannot allow privacy protections to be swept aside with the sweeping nature of these information requests, especially for innocent consumers,” said Rep. Edward Markey, who released the data Monday.