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Unanswered questions loom large in Sidekick fiasco

September 29, 2018
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Microsoft and Danger remained largely silent on Monday as to both what led to a massive data loss as well as what it plans to do to try to make things right, not to mention what this will all mean for the future of the device. (CNET News.com — 13 October, 2009)
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The company says it is aware of a problem related to guest account log-ins that “occurs only in extremely rare cases,” and it does not yet have a fix for it. (CNET News.com — 13 October, 2009)
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Amid a massive failure that led to data loss for owners of the the gadgets, the wireless carrier stops selling new devices online and at its stores. (CNET News.com — 13 October, 2009)
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Two features added to the productivity suite, multiple-file uploading and folder sharing, bring functionality found in other Google products. (CNET News.com — 13 October, 2009)
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The wireless carrier says “recent efforts indicate the prospects of recovering some lost content may now be possible.” Those who suffer permanent data loss will get $100. (CNET News.com — 13 October, 2009)
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Just in time for Halloween, a brilliant psychic is holding a Tweance. On October 30, you will be able to tweet your favorite dead stars. And they may just tweet back. (CNET News.com — 13 October, 2009)
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Sidekick data outage leads TMobile to halt sales of the device. Also: Vanished Facebook accounts still missing. And “The Social Network” is coming soon to a big screen near you. (CNET News.com — 13 October, 2009)
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Although Microsoft inherited Danger’s service, this week’s massive failure could call into question the broader reliability of depending on keeping data in Redmond’s cloud. (CNET News.com — 11 October, 2009)
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In a letter to customers, the software maker said that it thinks only a minority of customers will end up losing any data. (CNET News.com — 15 October, 2009)
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The Sidekick outage shows that management hasn’t caught up with the cloud, not that network storage is unreliable. (CNET News.com — 13 October, 2009)
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SanDisk X4 flash memory chips allow consumers to store more data on tiny Secure Digital flash cards. (CNET News.com — 13 October, 2009)
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Harriet Pearson discusses data protection legislation, the need for a balanced view regarding data breach notification, and why Asian regulators should not “photocopy” European law books. (CNET News.com — 13 October, 2009)
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A server meltdown over the weekend wiped out the master copies of personal data — including address books, calendars, to-do lists and photos — accumulated by users of T-Mobile’s formerly popular Sidekick smartphone . (Washington Post — 13 October, 2009)
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