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May 12, 2015

Verizon Buying AOL for $4.4 Billion

It’s the way of all things: AOL, which owns several web-based media outlets including TechCrunch, Engadget, and Huffington Post, among others, is being acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion in cash. The upshot here is that AOL will live on as a Verizon subsidiary, and it gives Verizon a new avenue to provide video content to its customers.

“Verizon’s acquisition further drives its LTE wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy,” the company explained in its statement Tuesday. It continued:

“AOL’s key assets [...]

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April 16, 2015

Netflix CFO: Service Will Be Cheaper in High-Piracy Countries

In the category of “Something You Have to Say to Investors but Probably Don’t Want the Whole World Knowing,” we have a new entry by Netflix CFO David Wells. It’s titled, “Netflix Will Be Cheaper in Countries That Pirate More.”

BGR is reporting that Wells did, indeed, state in a Netflix earnings call this past week that the service’s subscription price will drop in high-piracy locales. And it isn’t that the strategy’s not sound — there are people in other countries that [...]

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February 10, 2015

Samsung Revises Smart TV Privacy Policy

The other day, news hit that Samsung’s Smart TV line might be listening to your conversations to make its voice command functions work. People started getting upset over the wording of the device line’s privacy policy, which said that some of what you say might get beamed over to “third parties,” which, in reality, were just apps that could beam whatever content you asked for to the screen in front of you. It doesn’t matter that Samsung had no intention on listening in on your conversations via your television – the company has changed [...]

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February 4, 2015

FCC Chair: Internet Should Be a Utility

Echoing the sentiments of President Barack Obama from late last year, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler explained his plan for dealing with the Net Neutrality question: the Internet ought to be run like a utility – mostly.

Back in November, the president said that he thinks that the FCC should invoke Title II of the Telecommunications Act, and that’s basically what Wheeler has proposed in an op-ed published by Wired today.

“Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed [...]

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January 28, 2015

Comcast Changes Customer’s Name to Something That Starts With an ‘A’… and it isn’t ‘Ashley’

Comcast: the gift that keeps on giving to tech bloggers and stockholders, but unfortunately, not its customers. The latest entry in the Comcast Blunder File comes from The Consumerist, and it is exceptionally bad.

A Comcast customer — one who recently asked to have TV removed from her package — found that her name was later changed on her account. Was it a mistake? Eh, probably not. Because the name in place of her own was not Amelia, or Angela, or Allie.

It was “Asshole.”

The customer in question can [...]

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January 28, 2015

Google Fiber Coming to Four New Metro Areas

Yesterday, Google officially confirmed that it was bringing its high-speed, low-cost fiber-optic network to four more US metros in the coming months, which will span 18 new cities total: Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, and Atlanta. What, no love for Minneapolis?

The news comes via a post on the Official Google Blog, in which the company makes the announcement of its expansion plans. The first step is going to be planning and engineering, and then the actual installation will kick off in a few months:

“Bringing Google [...]

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January 26, 2015

Is Google Fiber Coming to North Carolina Soon?

Google Fiber is one of the most sought-after hook-ups in the country. The search giant’s fiber optic program offers great Internet speed at not terribly high prices, providing a solid alternative to the frequently evil ISPs that most cities have to deal with. A new report indicates that the company may be bringing Fiber to a new state in the union: North Carolina.

According to a post on ZDNet today, Google has events scheduled to take place in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina on January 28, while they’ll be coming to another [...]

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January 19, 2015

USA Hacked North Korea Four Years Ago


So how did the United States know that North Korea was responsible for hacking Sony Pictures Entertainment last year? Well, it seems that’s because the United States had actually hacked North Korea first, back in 2010, and left monitoring software that our government’s cyber-spies could track back to the nation.

The New York Times reports that the NSA, in cooperation with South Korea and other allies of the United States, hacked its way into “Chinese networks that connect North Korea to the outside world,” and [...]

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January 17, 2015

NY Governor Cuomo Announces Broadband Initiative All New Yorkers Should Be Proud Of

I love calling myself a native New Yorker, but today, I’m even more proud to have that distinction. Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $1 billion plan to improve access to high-speed Internet across New York state. The state will utilize $500 million in “capital funds from bank settlements to incentivize the private sector to expand high-speed broadband access in underserved and unserved areas.” In the words of the governor’s office, “This represents the largest and boldest state investment in [...]

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December 5, 2014

Outbrain Releases Amplify API for Smarter Content Marketing

One of the rising trends in blogs and websites has been the idea of content marketing – you know, when articles or posts appear that say “sponsored content.” It’s a new version of “advertorial,” when articles are served up to readers with the dual purpose of providing something interesting to read while serving brand interests. What’s interesting about content marketing is that the folks who make those pieces are getting better at providing content that’s actually worth reading, and the people at content marketing firm Outbrain have [...]

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