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Verizon’s $4.4B acquisition of AOL is officially complete

Verizon’s $4.4B acquisition of AOL is officially complete

U.S. telecom Verizon has announced that its buyout of AOL for $4.4 billion in cash has now been completed. As a result of the completed deal, AOL shares will no longer be traded on the stock market, as the company is now Verizon's wholly owned subsidiary. All of AOL's outstanding shares were purchased by Verizon at a price of $50 each. As was mentioned when the purchase was first announced last month, AOL's main value to Verizon is as a large ad network.

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Lumia 735 lands on Verizon, bringing selfies and HD voice

Lumia 735 lands on Verizon, bringing selfies and HD voice

This weeks is a Windows Phone and selfie week. Just a while ago, we saw Samsung unveil the selfie-friendly mid-range Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, both with front LED flash. Also this week, we saw the Microsoft Lumia 640 and the 640 XL appear in Cricket and AT&T, respectively. Bringing those two worlds together for a weekend climax is the Microsoft Lumia 735, which has finally appeared on Verizon's shelves. XLTE-ready, this budget Windows Phone is more than just smiles, with HD Voice Calling tagging along for the ride.

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NYC audits Verizon’s FiOS promise, finds it lacking

NYC audits Verizon’s FiOS promise, finds it lacking

Carriers are being held up to government scrutiny this week. Just days after AT&T was fined by the FCC for throttling data, it's Verizon's turn to be on the hot seat, this time with the New York City government breathing down its neck. The office of Mayor Bill de Blaiso says that Verizon has greatly failed to deliver on its promise back in 2008 to put high-speed fiber-optic connections throughout the city, under its FiOS service. Naturally, Verizon denies the allegation and even hints that this audit might have ulterior motives.

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The LG G4 is now in the US and here’s where to get it

The LG G4 is now in the US and here’s where to get it

LG has just fired the gun, signaling the widespread availability of its flagship in the US. Given the LG G4's rather high profile marketing, especially for its camera, and its admittedly enticing spec sheet, it might not be surprising to see quite a few interested buyers. Luckily for them, all major US carriers and even retailers like Best Buy and Amazon are game. Actually the number of sources and choices might be a bit overwhelming, so here we condense it into a few salient points on where to get your leather-back LG G4 and for how much.

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NASA drone tracking trials tap Verizon towers

NASA drone tracking trials tap Verizon towers

NASA and Verizon are working together on air traffic control for drones, aiming to use existing cellphone towers to track and even ground unmanned aircraft. The deal will see the space agency kick off trials at its Ames Research Center in California this summer, focusing on small, low-altitude drones which currently don't make it onto the radar of traditional air traffic management. The goal is an automated system which would open the skies to drone delivery, something which already has Amazon and Google throwing their money at NASA.

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Teacher suspended after using cellular jammer in class

Teacher suspended after using cellular jammer in class

Anyone who has worked in education since mobile phones and smartphones have become so common knows that it is very hard to keep students off the devices during class. Students have become very adept at using devices without teacher knowledge. A teacher at a high school in Pasco County Florida has found himself in hot water with the district and parents after taking matters into his own hands to stop smartphone use in class.

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Verizon starts LG G4 pre-order 28th May, G Pad X8.3 in tow

Verizon starts LG G4 pre-order 28th May, G Pad X8.3 in tow

The ball has started rolling for the LG G4's launch in the US, and, unsurprisingly, Verizon Wireless is one of the first on the scene. The carrier has just announced that starting May 28, with a shipping schedule that starts before June 4, when the smartphone will land in Verizon stores. Available from its newly revamped Edge program, Verizon is also throwing in some discount deals when you buy an LG G4, including an LG Watch Urbane or an LG G Pad X8.3, which also launches on May 28.

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Verizon’s DROID 2015 line leaked with curious details

Verizon’s DROID 2015 line leaked with curious details

Likely candidates for the whole 2015 Motorola DROID collection appear in a number of leaked documents. These devices will work with Verizon only inside the United States, appearing with code-name Clark for both models XT1578 and XT1097 and code-name Kinzie for model XT1585. These devices will be working with exceedingly sharp displays, one coming in at a DPI (dots per inch) value of 560, the other coming in with 640 DPI. Both devices will - obviously - be coming with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop as well, with Motorola's very small amount of changes on top.

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Verizon tweaks Edge to simplify monthly device payments

Verizon tweaks Edge to simplify monthly device payments

If you want a smartphone nowadays but you don’t want to pay the full amount for it, you’ve got an extra option on top of the traditional contracts (though in some places those contracts are becoming harder to get). They involves making monthly payments for the smartphone over a specific timeframe, such as 24 months, allowing the subscriber to pay off the phone in small chucks monthly. The big-name carriers offer such features, including Verizon which hawks the option as “Verizon Edge”.

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Sprint and Verizon settle FCC’s cramming charges for $158 million

Sprint and Verizon settle FCC’s cramming charges for $158 million

Verizon and Sprint have settled with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over a series of unauthorized customer charges. The government probe alleged that Sprint and Verizon charged customers subscription fees for third-party services such as horoscope, or daily humor services. Although the lawsuits have only just now been settled, the companies were asked to halt their dubious "premium short message services" back in late 2013. The unauthorized subscriptions were about $9.99 per month, and Sprint and Verizon typically took a forty percent cut from each "crammed" charge.

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