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US, Mexico Teaming Up to Fight Cross-Border Mobile Device Trafficking

The Federal Communications Commission and its Mexican counterpart plan to announce an initiative on Tuesday aiming to cut down on theft and trafficking of mobile devices.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, along with Mexico’s Olavarria Tapia, will announce the project at a Washington, D.C., event. The move follows a U.S. effort announced in April to create a shared industry database to help prevent use of stolen devices.

In a statement, the FCC said that mobile theft is on the rise and noted there are reports that some devices stolen in the U.S. are being resold in Mexico and Latin America.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work