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I've found the culprit! I went to Settings > Call > Internet call settings and deleted the SIP account I had once created and forgot. The phone kept reaching the SIP server (probably to check for incoming calls). I had to install a packet sniffer on the phone (tPacketCapture) to see where the requests where going and realize I had configured a SIP account.
Depending on what apps you have installed, apps like facebook, twitter, google+ and others will download data in the background to keep current when you open the app. With ICS, you can disable background data usage for specific apps: (click to enlarge) this is visible in the system settings -> data usage. you should then see a list of apps that are using ...
@David Silva Smith : You are saying that I should answer my own question? Okay, looking at the comments there is actually more technical information in my question than in any of the answers. :-) The (currently) final answer seems to be that Google doesn't allow us more insight and no way to influence the backed up data. This is inacceptable but how can ...
The list of applications with backups as well as how much space each backup uses is on your Google Account Dashboard under "Android Devices". Unfortunately, there isn't, I believe, any way to control it other than turning it on or off entirely.
On my HTC Wildfire (Buzz) running Android 4.0.4 I find the corresponding option in Settings→Data Usage, when I hit the "Menu" button. This brings up A sub-menu with 4 checkboxes: Data-Roaming, Background Data, Show WiFi, Linear Scale. Tapping the "Background data" option I am informed: background data only can be limited if you defined an overall ...
I don't know what Avast is doing there (I do not use any AntiVirus app, as I see no benefit from it). But as to the second part of your question: You should not really need to explicitly close an app, as Android normally does a good job taking care itself. For details, please see the Process LifeCycle description as described on the Android developers page ...
Touch the notification and it will go away. Of course, this will re-enable background data. The thing here is, it's meant to be annoying. Many of your apps use background data in order to sync themselves or receive updates, notifications or whatever from the network, and without it, they can't do that. If apps do background data correctly then this can ...
If your device is rooted you can use LBE Privacy Guard to allow/deny network access based on a per-app setting (and much more). Since I couldn't find the version I use (and shown in the screenshots) on the market minutes ago I think there's a new version of it available. But I didn't get an update via Android Market on my phone.
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