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Jesus makes an appearance in SplashData’s 25 worst passwords list

Jesus makes an appearance in SplashData’s 25 worst passwords list

He may be considered a savior by many people around the world, but today SplashData is showing us that Jesus won't do much when it comes to protecting you from having your online identities hijacked. The company has released its list of the 25 worst passwords for 2012, and aside from an appearance by one of the most important figures in the Christian religion, there are few new entries on the annual list. Of course, things like "password" and "123456" rank at the top yet again, so if you're still using those passwords to secure your online accounts, stop it already.

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Verizon carrier billing coming to Google Play

Verizon carrier billing coming to Google Play

If you've been with T-Mobile or AT&T in the past and miss your ability to add Google Play purchases to your carrier bill each month now that you're on Verizon, you'll be glad to know that they'll be joining the party too quite soon. A confirmation of this update to the Google Play store as well as Verizon's connection to it has come through today via Google Play's official twitter account, complete with a date range for the roll out. If you're on Verizon you'll be able to add digital purchases to your normal carrier bill starting soon - within the next few weeks, in fact!

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Google NC data center gets Street View treatment

Google NC data center gets Street View treatment

If you were wondering where the internet is housed, you're asking the wrong question - but if you want to know where Google's corner of the internet lives, you're in luck. This week Google has released not just a high-definition set of photos from several of their data centers, they've got a lovely Street View look at one in particular. Google's Lenoir, NC data center has the greatest little look-around you could hope for this afternoon.

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Verizon 4G LTE coverage blasts past year-end goals

Verizon 4G LTE coverage blasts past year-end goals

The folks at Verizon have today let it be known that their 4G LTE network will be covering 417 U.S. markets by the end of the day on October 18th, this destroying their year-end goals entirely. With a year-end goal at 400 markets total for 4G LTE in the USA, Verizon was more than happy to show off its greatness in a press conference today. This announcement was accompanied by assurances that the iPhone 5 launch has gone well so far and that their 4G LTE network has not given way to the massive amount of recently activated devices across the nation.

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Verizon iPhone 5 gets bill adjustment after data mishap

Verizon iPhone 5 gets bill adjustment after data mishap

If you've got yourself one of the earliest shipments of the iPhone 5 for Verizon, you may be amongst the crowd of people who saw their data bill go through the roof - the carrier is now responding to this situation. What Verizon and Apple have noted today is that there is indeed an error which makes data costs rise even when wi-fi is being utilized - Verizon has also mentioned that the cost of this "unwarranted cellular data use" will not be showing up on your bill - now we've got to find out how that's going to happen.

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Google now allows original quality YouTube video downloads

Google now allows original quality YouTube video downloads

If you've got a collection of videos up on YouTube right this minute that you'd just love to have in a folder in your secure harddrive back home in their original format, Google has just answered your prayers today. In another lovely update to their Takeout menu, the Data Liberation Front has added the ability for users to download the videos they've uploaded to YouTube back down in their original format: "your videos in. your videos out".

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Verizon: Share everything plans better than expected – Unlimited data is fading away

Verizon: Share everything plans better than expected – Unlimited data is fading away

Today Verizon's big CFO Fran Shammo has issued a few statements that are both good and bad, to say the least. During an annual investors conference Shammo stated that their new share everything plans were doing much better than expected, and seeing higher customer adaption then planned for. However he also mentioned a few things that should have us worried.

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iPhone 5 simultaneous voice and LTE data on GSM only – for now?

iPhone 5 simultaneous voice and LTE data on GSM only – for now?

Those of you pumped up about the iPhone 5 bringing in architecture that allows simultaneous voice and data on a single radio, take heed: it's been confirmed that this ability only works on GSM-based LTE (and 3G) networks. If you're planning on working with a network that uses CDMA for voice and LTE for data, you'll be out of luck - they'll both work, just not at the same time. The key here may be in the official Apple statement (as seen below) which includes a "not yet" which may keep some doors open.

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AT&T 2G towers shut down by Oakland police

AT&T 2G towers shut down by Oakland police

Both the FCC and the Oakland Police Department have made it clear to AT&T that their brand new radio system doesn't play well with the carrier's 2G cell towers, and that because of this they've got to shut them down. The Oakland Police Department recently spent a reported $18 million dollars on a radio system that now appears to be having trouble communicating with police and firefighting vehicles when they come within a quarter mile of AT&T's 2G towers. Needless to say, there are at least two sides to this story as far as who is to blame for the interference.

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Google Fiber hits Kansas City in just over a week

Google Fiber hits Kansas City in just over a week

The folks in Kansas City, Kansas here in the United States are about to get the web at 100 times the speed most Americans have on average today. The release date for Google's Fiber program has been set today at July 26th, a little over a week from today, this just a bit more than a year since the project was first announced. With speeds this fast, we'll have to see what the city will do it it all - perhaps streaming video will become more popular than television at a rate greater than the rest of the world - speedy!

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