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Email Hack Could Keep Verizon From Buying Yahoo

Or at least Verizon may want some of its money back

(Newser) - It seems Verizon might be reconsidering its agreement to pay $4.8 billion to acquire Yahoo after the latter revealed last month that 500 million of its email accounts had been hacked, Reuters reports. Verizon had signed a deal to buy Yahoo in July, but a clause in the agreement... More »

You'll Soon Be Able to Buy a Data Plan for Your Drone

Verizon is launching the service in 2017

(Newser) - Starting next year, Verizon will be selling data plans for drones, the Wall Street Journal reports. But what seems semi-ridiculous at first glance may actually be a useful tool. In an announcement Thursday, Verizon says companies could use drones connected to its LTE wireless network to monitor things like wildfires... More »

Huffington Post Loses Its Huffington

Arianna Huffington is launching a health-related venture soon

(Newser) - The Huffington Post will soon be without its namesake. Arianna Huffington is leaving the site she founded 11 years ago, reports the Wall Street Journal . The 66-year-old says she will devote all her time to a new health venture, Thrive Global, that launches in November. (Huffington of late has become... More »

What the $4.83B Yahoo Deal Gets Verizon

A chance to stand a little taller among giants

(Newser) - In its confirmation of Verizon's purchase of Yahoo's web assets , announced Monday morning, the Wall Street Journal describes it as a "remarkable fall" for Yahoo, once valued at more than $125 billion and now plucked up for less than 4% of that—$4.83 billion in cash.... More »

Verizon to Buy Yahoo for $4.8B

An announcement is expected Monday

(Newser) - Verizon will acquire Yahoo—once valued at more than $125 billion—for $4.8 billion, a source tells the Wall Street Journal . An official announcement of the deal, which will end an auction process that began five months ago, is expected Monday. The WSJ calls the deal "a remarkable... More »

'Can You Hear Me Now' Guy Is Back—but Not for Verizon

Paul Marcarelli is now doing ads for Sprint

(Newser) - Sprint's newest ads feature a familiar face—and the company is hoping that consumers hear what he's saying loud and clear. "Hey, I'm Paul, and I used to ask, 'If you could hear me now with Verizon?' Not anymore," former pitchman Paul Marcarelli says... More »

Among Would-Be Yahoo Buyers, a Clear Front-Runner

Other contenders have been dropping out, sources say, leaving Verizon at the top

(Newser) - Monday is the deadline to submit preliminary bids to buy Yahoo, and interest hasn't been as strong as expected, sources say. Insiders tell the Wall Street Journal that Google parent company Alphabet, AT&T, Time, and Comcast are among those who have decided against putting in bids for the... More »

Will Massive Verizon Strike Impact Customers?

Company says no; workers say yes

(Newser) - As approximately 36,000 Verizon workers went on strike Wednesday, the company promised its customers would be largely unaffected, the New York Times reports. And while the striking workers are largely employed in the company's wireline division—as opposed to its much larger wireless division—the Times states "... More »

Massive Hack Hits Verizon Business Unit

Cyber thieves are trying to sell the data

(Newser) - If you're a Verizon business customer, beware: The contact information for 1.5 million Verizon Enterprise customers has been stolen, according to cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs. Sources tell KrebsOnSecurity that "a prominent member of a closely guarded underground cybercrime forum" offered all 1.5 million records for sale... More »

Netflix Has Kept a Mobile Video Secret for 5 Years

It's been throttling video for AT&T and Verizon customers

(Newser) - Notice Netflix isn't as pretty on your smartphone as on your TV? Don't blame your wireless carrier. Netflix says it caps its video streams at 600 kilobits per second—meaning videos are shown at a lower quality—on many carrier networks, including AT&T and Verizon, to prevent... More »

Couple Fighting With Verizon Over $2M Bill

Verizon blames glitch, but pair's mortgage company won't sign off on a loan

(Newser) - Nobody likes dealing with bills. Especially really big, incorrect bills. But one couple in Oregon is facing not just a comically large cell phone bill—$2 million for one month of service—but the urgent need to take care of it so that they can qualify for the mortgage on... More »

Major ISPs Cheating Us on Internet Speeds We Pay For

Nation's largest ISPs slowing down networks affecting 75% of wireline households

(Newser) - Thanks to new FCC rules put out this year to ensure net neutrality and keep all online data equal, major Internet service providers (think Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner) aren't supposed to hold our Internet speeds hostage. But that's exactly what's happening, per a study by an... More »

Verizon Buying AOL for $4.4B

Telecom giant wants smaller company's expertise in digital video

(Newser) - AOL is getting involved in another major merger, surely hoping it ends better than last time . This time it's Verizon, not Time Warner, with the telecom giant announcing plans to buy AOL for $4.4 billion, reports CNBC . For Verizon, it's all about the push for growth in... More »

Verizon Phones Raise New Privacy Fears

Company 'supercookies' can't be deleted

(Newser) - Verizon phones can apparently track you, even if you try to stop them. This month a Stanford University lawyer confirmed on his blog what cybersecurity experts have warned for a while : You can delete cookies on Verizon phones, but the company's so-called "supercookies" remain, allowing advertisers to target... More »

Netflix to Pay Comcast in Speed-Boosting Deal

Video service will have direct route to cable company's servers

(Newser) - If you're a Comcast user, a better Netflix experience may be on its way. After a year of wrangling, Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast for "direct access" to the cable provider's servers, the Wall Street Journal reports. Netflix had been using go-betweens like Cogent Communications to... More »

Netflix Seem Slower? You're Not Imagining Things

Site's bandwidth usage spurs disagreements with providers

(Newser) - If your Netflix account seems to be running slower than usual these days, that's because it very likely is slower. Traffic conflicts between the service and major broadband providers—especially Verizon FiOS—are resulting in a slowdown, Wall Street Journal reports. Netflix says its average primetime speeds for Verizon... More »

Court Strikes Big Blow to Net Neutrality

Says ISPs can discriminate against traffic

(Newser) - A federal court has rejected FCC Open Internet regulations to ensure Internet service providers can’t discriminate when it comes to web traffic. In Verizon v. FCC, the Washington, DC, court found that ISPs can legally prioritize or block some traffic, the Washington Post reports. The court did, however, rule... More »

T-Mobile: Join and We'll Pay Your Termination Fees

New users can get up to $650 in credit

(Newser) - Wireless carriers know it can be a pricey headache to switch from one provider to another—and T-Mobile is hoping to get a leg up on its competitors by covering those costs, the New York Times reports. Engadget explains the process, for which customers of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint... More »

Verizon to Publish Reports on NSA Data Requests

Move will put pressure on AT&T to do the same

(Newser) - The NSA's ability to continue its tech snooping as in the pre-Snowden days just took another hit. Verizon promises to start publishing reports on all the data requests it gets from the government and law-enforcement agencies, reports Reuters . The first online report will be out early next year. Given... More »

NSA Able to Decode Most Calls, Texts Worldwide

Washington Post unveils latest Snowden material

(Newser) - The NSA is capable of breaking the encryption used on most phone calls and text messages worldwide, the latest Edward Snowden leak shows, though it's not certain how often the agency actually does it. Under US law, the NSA can't eavesdrop on citizens' conversations without a court order.... More »

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