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New York City
Executive Editor — CNET
As seen in:  CNET, Wall Street Journal
Covers:  business technology, mobile payments, mobile operating systems, apple iphone, wireless carriers, mobile, apps, smartphones, wireless chips, tablets
Doesn't Cover: enterprise, pcs, pc chips, storage

Executive editor for CNET News; hardcore USC Trojan and Lakers fan; perpetually sleepy; curator of annoying PR.

Roger Cheng's Biography

I'm the executive editor at CNET in charge of East Coast coverage and breaking news. I also cover mobile, which remains an area of intense interest to me. Before CNET, I spent nearly ten years covering tech at the Dow Jones Newswires and Wall Street Journal. When I'm not staring at a computer screen or hounding sources, I'm rooting for my beloved USC Trojans and LA Lakers ...

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Ex-BlackBerry CEO Heins: 'I have no regrets' (Q&A) — A year after exiting BlackBerry, Thorsten Heins weighs in on his time at the smartphone maker and dishes on his current phone. BlackBerry's comeback tour last year ended in disappointment. At the wheel of that bus was Thorsten Heins, who kicked off a massive multicountry launch of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone, hired Alicia Keys as "creative director" and paid big bucks for a spot during the 2013 Super Bowl.

Apple said to be embedding Beats music service into iOS — Having the subscription music service preloaded onto devices, as the Financial Times says is planned, gives Apple a leg up over competitors such as Spotify. Apple plans to load the subscription music service it obtained from its acquisition of Beats into the iOS operating system powering iPhones and iPads as soon as early next year, according to the Financial Times (subscription required).

AT&T's latest promotion: Get 15GB of data for price of 10GB — The limited offer begins on Tuesday, netting AT&T users 15 gigabytes of data for $100. AT&T is the latest wireless carrier to provide more bang for the buck when it comes to data. Starting Tuesday, the Dallas telecommunications provider will offer 15 gigabytes of shared data for $100, the price it previously charged for 10 GB of data.

FCC Chairman: Basic connectivity is now inadequate connectivity — Chairman Tom Wheeler makes his case for higher-speed Internet access to schools in proposing a plan to increase the monthly fee in phone bills by 16 cents to cover new investment. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is on a mission to hook up schools with faster Internet.

FCC seeks more info on AT&T's plan to 'pause' fiber roll out — AT&T still needs FCC approval for its $48.5 billion deal to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV. AT&T' CEO Randall Stephenson's intent to go into " pause mode" with the company's plans to deploy high-speed fiber-optic lines throughout the country has piqued the Federal Communications Commission's curiosity.

Sprint extends leasing program to new iPads — Do you want a base model connected iPad Air 2? It'll cost you $20 a month for 24 months. Sprint is putting a few more eggs in the leasing basket. The company on Thursday said it would expand its "iPhone for Life" leasing program to its iPads, giving its customers an affordable way to purchase one of Apple's newest tablets.

T-Mobile CFO: We're not in an all-out price war — The executive applauds Sprint's efforts to mount a comeback, but says his customers are mostly coming from AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Contrary to popular belief, T-Mobile isn't looking to drag down pricing in the wireless business. That's according to T-Mobile Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter, who made his case for growth and the company's financial well-being at an investor conference on Thursday.

Sprint CEO teases big promotional push: 'You ain't seen nothing yet' — Marcelo Claure says he's on a mission to make it clear that Sprint stands for the best value in wireless. While Marcelo Claure knew things were bad at Sprint, he was shocked to find out just how grim things were when he took over as CEO in August.

AT&T CEO: Net neutrality uncertainty puts a pause in investing — Randall Stephenson, speaking at an investor conference, weighs in on President Obama's position on Net neutrality and its plans to buy Mexican carrier Iusacell. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson warned that he would hold off on many of its capital investment plans if the uncertainty over how the government would regulation the Internet persists.

Verizon Wireless will hand out freebies on November 26 — Verizon is calling the day before Thanksgiving "Connection Day," and has a slate of gifts prepared for all wireless consumers -- not just Verizon customers. Verizon Wireless is in a giving mood this holiday season. The company is preparing a bundle of freebies to be handed out on November 26 -- the day before Thanksgiving -- in what it is calling "Connection Day."
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Nov 23, 2014

Lounging in the sun. I'm a little jealous. @ Old Fisherman's Wharf

Nov 23, 2014

@Jamesco I'd have loved to drive this in a convertible.

Nov 23, 2014

The Pebble Beach golf course lives up to the hype. It's a shame I'm terrible at golf.

Nov 23, 2014

Checking out the 17-mile drive in Monterey Bay. What a view!

Nov 22, 2014

Caught the sun before it went down today, on the central coast right off of the 1 highway.

Nov 22, 2014

Former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins and I reminisce about his time running the embattled smartphone maker.…

Nov 21, 2014

The good thing about being in LA: I can easily watch Laker games. The bad part: Actually watching the games.

Nov 20, 2014

Looking for an online streaming stick for your TV? Amazon's got a hot bargain, says @dkatzmaier via @CNET

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