Shelly Palmer Radio Report – December 30, 2010

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A German research group was able to force popular basic cell phones to shut down, put them in reboot cycles and remove them from their networks completely using malicious text messages. The problem is not a simple one to fix and will require manufacturers to make changes in the way these phones are made. In other news, Sears and K-Mart will now be offering streaming video rentals and purchases of movies and TV shows the day they are released on DVD and Blu-ray. Despite having no subscription cost and same day availability, this service will have a tough time competing with Netflix, Amazon and the iTunes store. And finally, several office buildings in St. Cloud, Minnesota are installing ceiling fixtures that feature LVX data transmission technology. The lights send data to computers by flickering faster than the human eye can see. So not only will these lights save on electric bills, they will also help relieve data network congestion. Smart Lights!

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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