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Verizon in talks with content providers for online video service

By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) – Verizon Communications is in talks with content providers to deliver web-based TV services to mobile platforms, chief executive Lowell McAdam, said at an investor conference on Tuesday. A day earlier, Dish Network Corp and Walt Disney Co announced a landmark deal that will…

Obama hopes to hook up 20 million school kids with high speed Internet

President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a new government partnership with the private sector worth nearly three billion dollars to hook up an extra 20 million school kids to high speed Internet. “In a country where we expect free Wifi with our coffee we should definitely demand it in our…

‘Net neutrality’ debate may decide future of Netflix

Debate is back on in Washington on US regulations on “net neutrality” which bar Internet broadband providers from blocking or discriminating against services or content. A court case for which arguments were held this month brought by Verizon, one of the largest Internet service providers, challenges the “Open Internet” rule…

Phone companies earn big profits as Uncle Sam’s wiretapping merchants

American phone carriers have found a lucrative new market in selling the government the ability to wiretap their customers, according to CBS News. AT&T and Verizon are the two carriers making the most off this scheme, CBS notes, but others are getting in on the action as well. Verizon is…

Federal appeals court to hear oral arguments in net neutrality case next month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday set September 9 as the date for oral arguments in the so-called net neutrality case that could be seminal for federal regulation of Internet traffic. The highly anticipated hearings, originally expected to take place this past spring, will pit…

Activists ‘commit more data breaches than cybercriminals’

Activists such as “Anonymous” who hack into government and corporate computer networks and then release files to embarrass those organisations were responsible for more than half of all known data thefts last year, according to a new survey.That’s a big change from recent years when the motivation behind most cyberattacks…

Verizon gives up on $2 payment fee after customers rage

WASHINGTON — Leading US wireless carrier Verizon Wireless backed down Friday on instituting a $2 charge for people paying their bills by credit card after a sweeping popular backlash over the plan. The reversal just one day after announcing the fee came also after the industry regulator, the Federal Communications…

Verizon 4G network crashes again

SAN FRANCISCO — A high-speed smartphone data service freshly rolled out by Verizon crashed anew on Wednesday as the US telecom titan continued to work out issues with its new-generation network. Verizon Wireless 4G LTE data service disruption spread across the United States and lasted several hours but subscribers remained…

Verizon blocks Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus: report

(Reuters) – Wireless service provider Verizon Wireless will not include Google Inc’s payments app Google Wallet on its latest smartphone Galaxy Nexus this month, the Wall Street Journal said. Galaxy Nexus is a smartphone developed by Google and Samsung Electronics Co based on the internet search giant’s Android software. Google Wallet lets people use phones to make payments, redeem digital coupons…

Time to bring back the term “feudalism”

Sarah Jaffe has an amazing piece at Feministe about the turn that class warfare has taken in recent years. Aggravated today by a New York Times story in which striking Verizon workers were forced to argue that their wages weren’t, in fact, “too high”–seeing them make the very valid point…

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