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A rag-tag group of privacy advocates, internet activists, journalists and organizations have banded together and have written an open letter to Skype, calling on the communications giant to "publicly document Skype’s security and privacy practices."

The letter, which is addressed to Skype Division President Tony Bates, Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, says that the members of the group who authored it rely on Skype to communicate under circumstances where privacy and security are imperative and that it would be doing them a great service to know just what they can expect.

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Sprint customers have taken to the streets, er, the internet, and created an online petition to show that they want some new Windows phones.  The move comes after Sprint Vice President of Product Realization David Owens expressed his lack of enthusiasm for WP7.  Owens said that the HTC Arrive, Sprint's only WP7 device, sold poorly because Microsoft has done a poor job of promoting their mobile OS.  While this may have been true early on, Sprint certainly made no effort on their part either.  In fact, they went so far as to make the Arrive the poster child for their trade-in program.

The online petition explains the frustration that Sprint users feel as they see other carriers, most-notably AT&T, getting some fantastic devices, like the HTC Titan II and Nokia's Lumia 900 (Ace).  This is counter to what David Owens described, citing customer complaints and returns based on unpleasant user experiences. Sprint's own website shows, however, shows very high marks in customer reviews and was also in the top ten most highly-rated phones on Amazon.

The petition is still young, and thusly, has few signatures.  We're not sure if it will light a fire under the third-largest carrier in the U.S., but but stranger things have happened.  Verizon recently canned a plan to hike up their fees because of a huge public outcry that began on the internet.  Of course, that would have affected most, if not all, Verizon users, whereas this is only a fraction of Sprint's customer base.  But that doesn't mean people shouldn't try.  If you feel strongly about Sprit's reluctance to adopt more Windows phones, hit up the source link below and let it be known.

Source: SignOn; Thanks, Cris, for the tip!

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