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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/20/14: Xbox One remote, Facebook buys WhatsApp

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/20/14: Xbox One remote, Facebook buys WhatsApp

This morning one of the stories you’ll see trampled by bits of information like Facebook’s buy of WhatsApp and the new Xbox One remote is the fact that the FCC isn’t giving up on Net Neutrality. The solidification of the idea that all web traffic should be created equally - that’s what’s being fought over. The FCC is writing up some ground rules right now that you really, really should be aware of.

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Kim Dotcom’s Me.ga domain killed before new site could launch

Kim Dotcom’s Me.ga domain killed before new site could launch

Kim Dotcom is still fighting a legal battle in New Zealand against the United States over alleged copyright infringement and piracy. Dotcom's website MegaUpload remains closed and the fate of legitimate customer data stored on the company servers remains unclear. Dotcom had said that he would launch a new cloud-storage service in January using the domain Me.ga.

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FCC promises to review objections against AT&T FaceTime fees

FCC promises to review objections against AT&T FaceTime fees

There were a lot of angry AT&T iPhone owners when AT&T made it clear that it would allow FaceTime over its 3G mobile network, but it would charge more for the privilege of using the service. Other major carriers such as Sprint and Verizon allow iPhone users to enjoy FaceTime over the mobile network without any additional fees. Earlier this month, AT&T's plan to charge more led to multiple consumer organizations to notify AT&T that they planned to file formal complaints with the FCC.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 18, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 18, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening, folks. Tomorrow morning, HTC will hold its long-awaited Windows Phone 8 event, and unsurprisingly, we received a fair bit of HTC news to report on today. HTC started things off today by teasing a new Windows Phone 8 handset for tomorrow's event, keeping the details short and sweet. Looks like we'll just have wait until tomorrow to find out more. The HTC Windows Phone 8X - also known as the HTC Accord - suffered another leak today, shortly before the phone is expected to be revealed in New York tomorrow.

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AT&T defends blocking 3G FaceTime with FCC rule wording

AT&T defends blocking 3G FaceTime with FCC rule wording

This morning the folks at AT&T have made it clear that they will indeed be blocking Apple's FaceTime usage over their 3G network unless users switch to their new data plan, and have defended this move with a reiteration of an FCC rule on the subject. The FCC has a rule in place that keeps carriers from blocking applications that compete with their own - but because AT&T does not have an application that competes with FaceTime, they've made it clear that they feel justified in this situation. AT&T representative Bob Quinn spoke up today with assurances that criticism of this move by the carrier is nothing more than a "knee jerk reaction" on the part of users.

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Verizon no longer allowed to block tethering apps

Verizon no longer allowed to block tethering apps

This week Verizon has found itself under the legal gun for blocking tethering apps on Android and iOS devices, with the FCC fining them on top of it all for $1.25 million USD. This case appears to be forcing Verizon to adhere to Net Neutrality rules on its 700 MHz spectrum, thusly resulting in the company having to rescind its standing policy of blocking wireless tethering without an additional fee to its smart devices. The spectrum under investigation in this case is used to operate Verizon's 4G LTE network.

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Comcast Xbox 360 policy questioned by US Senator

Comcast Xbox 360 policy questioned by US Senator

Democratic Senator Al Franken is urging the FCC to start an investigation into the platform that allows Comcast subscribers to stream video content from their Xbox 360. Ever since the service went live, people have been questioning its implications on net neutrality. Comcast lets its existing cable subscribers stream unlimited amounts of video from the Xfinity app on Microsoft's gaming console.

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Comcast Xbox fine print removes “private IP” reference

Comcast Xbox fine print removes “private IP” reference

After coming under fire for its Xbox Live streaming service, which apparently tapped into a private IP network, because of potential net neutrality issues. Critics slammed the service because in the Xbox Live FAQ, Comcast said its content was "being delivered over our private IP network and not the public Internet." That raised concerns that Comcast was not playing by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 28, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. As we wrap up the middle of the week, here's a run-down of what made news today. First off, Verizon's 4G LTE Jetpack hotspot is launching on April 12. In the world of other smartphone platforms, AT&T has confirmed that the Windows Phone Tango update is coming soon. And finally, whether or not it's an iPhone, if you have an Apple product and you live in the US, you are now officially part of the majority. 50% of US households have an Apple device.

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