Who You Callin', Portland?

multnomah county cell connections

This is interesting: A map of cell phone calls and text messages, county-to-county, compiled by researchers at M.I.T. and I.B.M. using data from AT&T.The maps offer some clue about migration patterns and social networks, as well as yet another way to kill 10 minutes on the internet today.It turns out that Brooklynites make a lot of calls to Multnomah County—more than Austinites, but not so many ...   More
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 COREY PEIN

Cops vs. Your Cell Phone: An Oregon Case Featured in The Atlantic


The Atlantic has an interesting story online today about what latitude cops should have to search your cell phone if you're arrested.The story centers on a case currently being considered by the Oregon Supreme Court. In State vs. Nix, Albany cops in 2007 mined James Nix's cell phone for data without a warrant after arresting him on suspicion of dealing meth.Public defender Bronson James is arguing ...   More
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Cell Phone Labeling Bill Dies in Oregon Legislature

Oregon bill requiring warning labels on cell phones is no more


Two months ago we wrote about a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would require warning labels on all new cell phones sold in the state. For those worried their smart phone’s shining newness might one day be sullied by an ugly warning label, fear not. That measure, Senate Bill 679, is dead. The bill, which would have required labels on cell phones and their packaging warning consumers of the ...   More
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by

Dialing For Dollars

Growth of prepaid cell phones shorts Oregon’s 911 system. Is a sales tax the answer?

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Prepaid mobile phones could threaten your safety. No, not because prepaid phones are often the communications tool   More
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

New Bill Would Require Health Warning Labels on Cell Phones


Thought warning labels were just for cigarettes? Think again. A bill introduced by state Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland) would require warning labels for all new cell phones and cell phone packaging sold in Oregon. Shields filed the bill on behalf of a constituent, David Morrison, over concerns about possible links connecting mobile phone radiation to brain cancer and other health problems. Morrison, ...   More
Monday, February 7, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Willamette Geek: Wal-Mart’s Wireless – Not for power users? Not so Fast.

At first glance, it would be easy for a hardcore smartphone junkie to dismiss Wal-Mart's announcement Monday of its Family Mobile service. While the basic communication price is attractive enough, ($45 a month, no contract, for unlimited talk and text versus $90 at ATT and Verizon), Wal-Mart's data rates are a whopping $40 for 1 gigabyte. Verizon offers an unlimited data plan for $30, while AT&T ...   More
Thursday, September 16, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

By The Numbers: Oregon's New Cell Phone Law

Starting this Friday, Jan. 1, Oregon is joining the hands-free movement that makes it a traffic violation to hold your cell phone while driving. That means no more text messaging, updating your Facebook status from your iPhone, or dialing your BFF from behind the wheel. (Exceptions to Oregon's hands-free law include drivers who are summoning medical or emergency help, who are “farming ...   More
Monday, December 28, 2009 Leah Dimatteo


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