Mumbai man's open wireless network used to send bomb claim: An American expatriate, Kenneth Haywood, left his Wi-Fi network open in Mumbai, and police allege it was used to send email claiming responsibility for a bomb blast that killed 42 people. The Guardian reports that Haywood says his email account was also hacked. Police say that someone would need to be within two floors of the 15th-floor apartment Haywood and others occupy, but they may be disregarding high-gain antennas. Haywood's installer demanded he not change his network password.
iPhone tethering application up, down, up, down: The NetShare connection-sharing application from NullRiver has made a couple of appearances on Apple's App Store, the only authorized place from which owners of iPod touch and iPhone devices can purchase software for uncracked equipment. NetShare appears to violate the terms of service for AT&T, although this wouldn't be the case with all carriers worldwide, by bridging 2.5G and 3G network traffic via the Wi-Fi connection on the iPhone. A laptop or desktop needs special configuration to connect to the iPhone, but various reports show it works fine. AT&T offers tethering with other smartphones - but not the iPhone - for typically about $20 more per month, comparable to a national hotspot aggregated subscription.
Speaking of AT&T, they like WiMax as a wire alternative: AT&T is bullish on WiMax, but the fixed kind used to replace wires in places they have no cable.