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Verizon backs off on plans to throttle unlimited data users

cnet.com — The company said it has made its decision after "ongoing dialogue" about its network optimization plan. Verizon Wireless customers with a grandfathered unlimited data plan can breath a sigh of relief.
Oct 01, 2014

RT @CNETNews: Verizon backs off on plans to throttle unlimited data users cnet.co/YOMZga

Oct 01, 2014

RT @RogerWCheng: Verizon backs off on plans to throttle unlimited data users cnet.co/1mRVP81 via @CNET

Oct 01, 2014

RT @RogerWCheng: Verizon backs off on plans to throttle unlimited data users cnet.co/1mRVP81 via @CNET

Oct 01, 2014

Verizon backs off on plans to throttle unlimited data users cnet.co/1mRVP81 via @CNET

Facebook apologizes to gay community, alters identity policy

cnet.com — The world's largest social network says it will create a "fix" for people caught up in the company's "real name policy." Facebook is working on a way to verify the identities of people who prefer to go by pseudonyms rather than their birth names following pressure from gay rights activists.
Oct 01, 2014

RT @techledes: Facebook apologizes to gay community, alters identity policy cnet.co/1mRI8pw via @CNET

Oct 01, 2014

RT @techledes: Facebook apologizes to gay community, alters identity policy cnet.co/1mRI8pw via @CNET

Oct 01, 2014

Facebook apologizes to gay community, alters identity policy cnet.co/1mRI8pw via @CNET

Oct 01, 2014

Facebook apologized to gay community over its instance users only have legal (“real”) names on profiles, will fix cnet.co/1xCI5BW

Oct 01, 2014

Facebook apologizes to gay community, alters identity policy cnet.co/1mRI8pw via @CNET @iansherr

Is this why Microsoft named it Windows 10?

cnet.com — Seemingly everyone on the Net has a theory as to why Microsoft skipped the name "Windows 9" and jumped to 10. Here's one explanation that actually makes sense. There are quite a few theories floating around out there as to why Microsoft decided to name the latest version of its flagship operating system Windows 10, skipping over Windows 9.
Oct 01, 2014

Yep, old old code may be why Microsoft jumped from Windows 8 to Windows 10. ow.ly/Cbq0Z

DirecTV secures NFL Sunday Ticket deal vital to AT&T merger

cnet.com — The deal also expands the partnership to include Sunday Ticket live on mobile devices, likely to be a key promoted feature for AT&T. DirecTV and the National Football League will remain BFFs. The satellite TV company and the NFL said on Wednesday that DirecTV would continue to be the exclusive provider of Sunday Ticket, which provides its customers with access to all out-of-market NFL games on Sunday.
Oct 01, 2014

DirecTV isn't in AT&T-merger endzone yet, but it just gained hella lot of yardage: Secures NFL Sunday Ticket renewal cnet.co/1nNctXb

Oct 01, 2014

DirecTV secures NFL Sunday Ticket deal vital to AT&T merger cnet.co/1pr8Hh6 via @CNET

Chromecast challenger Matchstick beats Kickstarter goal

cnet.com — The streaming-media dongle reaches its $100,000 funding goal in just one day. But how will it do against similar devices from Google, Roku and others? Google's Chromecast, an HDMI dongle that streams video and music to your television, is in for a fight now that the Matchstick has reached its funding goal.
Oct 01, 2014

Matchstick beats its Kickstarter goal--in one day-- and gives Google's Chromecast a run for its money. cnet.co/1mRAbkn via @CNET

Oct 01, 2014

That didn't take long: Upstart Chromecast competitor Matchstick hits its funding goal after 1 day cnet.com/news/chromecas…

Internet of Things gets a hand from ARM's new operating system

cnet.com — The UK-based chip designer's new operating system is among several efforts, including the work of standards groups and a new wireless protocol, designed to speed the adoption of the Internet of Things. Desktops have Linux. Mobile devices have Android. The Internet of Things has...mbed?
Oct 01, 2014

Internet of Things gets a hand from ARM's new operating system cnet.co/1pqEr5P via @CNET

Oct 01, 2014

Internet of Things gets a hand from ARM's new operating system cnet.co/1pqEr5P via @CNET

Windows 10 is here, so let's take a look at 30 years of Windows

cnet.com — Windows 10 has arrived, so come with us on a 30-year trip through time to see how Bill Gates' baby took over the world. After 30 years, Windows has turned 10.
Oct 01, 2014

A look at 30 years of Microsoft's Windows. And yes, it was kind of ugly in the beginning. Maybe not 'kind of.' cnet.co/1pqvmdq

Oct 01, 2014

Windows 10 is here, so take a look at 30 years of Microsoft's world-straddling software cnet.co/1pqvmdq pic.twitter.com/ZGfVQTSXD8

'Ghost Gunner' lets people make untraceable, homemade guns

cnet.com — Defense Distributed's newest project is a PC-connected milling machine that aims to streamline the process of self-assembling AR-15 semi-automatic rifles. What is a "ghost gun?" It's any type of firearm that is self-assembled and untraceable. It's one of gun control advocates and lawmakers biggest fears.
Oct 01, 2014

3D printed gun pioneer Cody Wilson unveils #GhostGunner, which lets people make untraceable AR-15 lower receivers cnet.co/1prhoI5

Verizon TV without FiOS? It's coming and will have Viacom shows

cnet.com — The top US carrier pins down rights for content from the parent of MTV and Comedy Central, after its CEO said the company plans to launch a wireless TV service next year. Verizon's plans for a wireless television service separate from its FiOS offerings took a significant step closer to reality Wednesday as it secured the rights to Viacom content for it.
Oct 01, 2014

Verizon TV, no FiOS? After buying Intel's unlaunched over-the-top biz, Verizon lands Viacom content for wireless TV cnet.co/1sNHz2I

Chill-inducing 'Interstellar' trailer pulls your heart into space

cnet.com — Get ready, world. The next great sci-fi epic could be coming soon as "Interstellar" releases a trailer that teases a world of space wonders and a desperate attempt to save humanity. It's the end of the world as we know it. Dust storms are choking the planet.

ZyXel PLA4231 500 Mbps Powerline Wireless N Extender

cnet.com — If you want to extend your Wi-Fi network to the far end of a large home, the best way is to run a network cable there and connect it to another access point (or Wi-Fi router).

Spending on mergers, acquisitions approaches year 2000's boom levels

cnet.com — A record third quarter sees 2014 on track to hit almost $500 billion in M&A spending, says a research firm, not far from 2000's nearly $600 billion. Mergers and acquisitions in the tech sector are booming, with 2014 on track to be the biggest year since 2000, when the market peaked before plunging, says tech research and advisory company 451 Research.
Oct 01, 2014

"Mergers and acquisitions in the tech sector are booming, with 2014 on track to be the biggest year since 2000.” cnet.com/news/spending-…

Oct 01, 2014

RT @techledes: Spending on tech mergers, acquisitions approaches year 2000's boom levels. cnet.co/1ppon4q via @CNET

Oct 01, 2014

Spending on tech mergers, acquisitions approaches year 2000's boom levels. cnet.co/1ppon4q via @CNET

Oct 01, 2014

Spending on mergers and acquisitions approaches year 2000's boom levels cnet.co/1qU9CG8

Man arrested, accused of shooting down neighbor's drone

cnet.com — A New Jersey man is apparently uncomfortable with a neighbor's drone buzzing overhead. So, he allegedly takes action. If the mere idea of a drone flying over his property makes Kanye West mad, then please imagine what it might do to an ordinary, less controlled mortal.
Oct 01, 2014

'Man arrested, accused of shooting down neighbor's drone - CNET' is.gd/OMhimV Me: The 1st of many such shootings to come.

Oct 01, 2014

RT @CNET: New Jersey man arrested for allegedly shooting down his neighbor's drone cnet.co/ZrWUJz

Verizon gets in on the double data action with own promotion

cnet.com — Verizon follows Sprint and AT&T's own offer to increase the amount of data available on an existing family plan. Verizon Wireless isn't going to be left out of the double data game.
Oct 01, 2014

Right on the heels of Sprint: Verizon gets in on the double data action with own promotion cnet.co/1pqy56E via @CNET