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Comcast sued by the subscriber it got fired

Comcast sued by the subscriber it got fired

Comcast, the company many love to hate, was the subject of a somewhat bizarre customer complaint earlier this month. In case you missed it, the general plot revolves around a comedy of errors in which former subscriber Conal O'Rourke was hit with phantom charges that would not disappear and sent a lot of hardware he did not request. According to O'Rourke, he tried valiantly to have the issues corrected, but after months of effort and lots of promises, nothing was ultimately done about the issues. As a result, the at-the-time customer escalated the issue to the office of the Comcast Controller. Unfortunately for O'Rourke, Comcast decided to escalate the issue, too.

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Amazon Fresh grocery delivery is coming to New York

Amazon Fresh grocery delivery is coming to New York

Following related rumors, Amazon has confirmed that its grocery delivery service called Amazon Fresh will be expanding into New York -- a small part of New York, that is. This follows the service's launch in San Francisco about this time last year, and will soon lead into a larger expansion that continues to grow Amazon's presence in the grocery industry. Starting Friday, those in the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn will be able to use the service, which will eventually roll out to nearby regions.

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iPhone 6 sets record for first month orders

iPhone 6 sets record for first month orders

Today Apple announced that they’d beat their record for first-month orders for the iPhone. They did this with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and according to Tim Cook, they beat their new record for most orders in the first 30 days "by a lot. a whole lot." Though they didn’t say numbers specifically - they’ll likely save that for their next earnings call - they did go on to note how they haven’t even launched in China yet.

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Austin Google Fiber rollout begins in December

Austin Google Fiber rollout begins in December

Austin, Texas is one of the places in the country where high tech companies flourish. Some major technology companies have operations in Austin including Motorola and Dell among others. In April 2013, Google announced that after Kansas City, Austin would be the second city to get the ultra fast Google Fiber internet service. The web giant has now announced that the rollout of Google Fiber in south and southeast Austin will begin in December.

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Lenovo to step up in China by starting a new phone brand

Lenovo to step up in China by starting a new phone brand

Competition sometimes drives people to go to the extremes or do things that don't easily make sense. Although Lenovo is now the top dog when it comes to the PC manufacturing business, as far as the specific subset of smartphones and Chinese market is concerned, it is far from wresting the crown from King Xiaomi. That is why, in addition to its own Lenovo line of smartphones and the Motorola name that it just bought in the US, the company is planning to start yet another mobile phone company under a different brand.

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AT&T expands gigabit Internet service to four regions

AT&T expands gigabit Internet service to four regions

Back in April, AT&T revealed that it was looking at a bunch of locations to which it might expand its gigabit Internet service. Though no timeline or definite we're-going-to-do-it promise was given, the service provider has indeed moved ahead with its plans. Four of the previously revealed locations will soon be getting AT&T's GigaPower service: Chicago, the Atlanta area, Newnan, and Decatur. Construction is set to start some time this year, but when the service will be available isn't yet known.

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Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

In a world where the biggest tech companies are often criticized for employing relatively low numbers of female workers, Apple and Facebook have both instituted a notable change in policy: they'll both now cover the costs for employees to have eggs frozen, something more women are choosing to do so that their younger years can be spent working on building a career. Both are now covering costs that will, under typical pricing structures, allow female workers to have up to two procedure rounds.

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Netflix’s 4k streaming prices climb for new users

Netflix’s 4k streaming prices climb for new users

Netflix has busied itself with a myriad of projects, many of the most recent ones revolving around theatrical movies that will either exclusively appear on the video service, or will launch on the service at the same time as traditional cinemas. That hasn't sat well with many in the industry, but consumers have expressed excitement about the shift in how entertainment is delivered. What consumers might be less excited about, however, is the newest change that Netflix has been very quiet about.

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OverDrive to offer magazines, newspapers via Nook partnership

OverDrive to offer magazines, newspapers via Nook partnership

Nook and OverDrive have partnered up to bring newspapers and magazines in digital form to public libraries utilizing the latter company's platform. The expansion in content will be available to OverDrive users in both the United States and the United Kingdom, says the companies, though the new digital wares won't start rolling out for an unspecified number of months. Because it is being offered through the OverDrive platform, the additional content will be free for users to download. We've got the rest of the details after the jump.

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Uber and Lyft slapped with BBB “F” rating

Uber and Lyft slapped with BBB “F” rating

Uber, Lyft, and other similar services: you either love them or hate them, with many skewing towards the former due to their integration in a mobile lifestyle and fares that are lower than traditional taxi cabs. That doesn't mean they're not without their problems, however, and those problems have ultimately been reflected by the Better Business Bureau, which has bestowed both aforementioned services with its lowest rating -- "F".The reasons, for those familiar with the services, aren't surprising, and seem to largely revolve around surge pricing issues.

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