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AT&T ad-supported Wi-Fi tested in Dallas

AT&T ad-supported Wi-Fi tested in Dallas

Even with the domination of smartphones and mobile data, it's still nice to have Wi-Fi access in places. Maybe you don't have a smartphone. Maybe you need to get some work done and that 4-inch screen just won't do it for you. Maybe you're at the airport and you need to conserve your phone's battery. All of the above, apparently, are good enough reasons for AT&T to test a new pilot project that offers free Wi-Fi to users if they're willing to sit through some good old-fashioned advertising.

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New EU plan to bring lower data roaming costs

New EU plan to bring lower data roaming costs

Staying connected when you’re travelling internationally can be a pain. WiFi isn’t always available, and the only thing stopping you from relying on your ever trusty smartphone is extremely high roaming data charges. Members of the European Parliament and the Danish Presidency of the Council of Ministers have come to an agreement over data price caps that will come into effect from July 1st this year.

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HTCSense.com closes shop

HTCSense.com closes shop

This week the folks at HTC are letting their customers know that their own information retention service for mobile data, HTCSense.com, will be shutting down on the 30th of April. This service has been active with and for HTC customers for some time now and the actions which HTC customers must take to save their data are included below. HTC has given customers a bit over a month to download the data they've had on file with HTC at HTCSense.com, at which point the information will be deleted entirely.

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FTC “Do Not Track” paper parses Mobile Data as well

FTC “Do Not Track” paper parses Mobile Data as well

Today's announcement by the FTC that they're hoping for an expansion on the talks they've already had on a fully functional "Do Not Track" function for web-based data has had coverage focused on the desktop aspects on the whole thus far - but a mobile element looms. What will the FTC do about the undeniable masses of users out there today using the web with their smartphones, tablets, and in-betweens? As it turns out, they've addressed mobile in the same paper, though certainly in brief.

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MPAA may use retained Megaupload data for more suits

MPAA may use retained Megaupload data for more suits

The Motion Picture Association of America wants Megaupload's hosting service to retain a whopping 25 PB of customer data that is stored on its servers. It's allegedly costing the host, Carpathia based in Virginia, about $9000 each day to store the massive amount of user data. The MPAA's court filing shows that Hollywood may use that store data in suits of other organizations associated with Megaupload.

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NSA director denies Wired story before Congress

NSA director denies Wired story before Congress

Earlier this week, a story was published in Wired Magazine talking about a new data center the NSA was building in Utah. The $2 billion project is constructing a heavily fortified data center for the National Security Agency and it is being constructed by contractors with top-secret clearances. According to the article, the center will be used for surveillance work and will be able to intercept the phone calls, e-mails, and even the Google search history of people all around the country and the globe in the search for terrorists.

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Verizon LTE down across the US: It’s not just you

Verizon LTE down across the US: It’s not just you

Today a nationwide outage of LTE networks is hitting the USA and Verizon has been vocal about being on the case with a fix as soon as possible. If you're experiencing data loss in Houson, Dallas, Memphis, greater California, and New York City, you're not alone, though you are unique if you're not able to access 3G data, as Verizon has also noted that all 3G services are operating as they ought to be. This service outage appears to be regulated to the areas listed above, but feel free to be vocal in comments below if you're outside these areas with a problem.

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Yahoo’s CORE makes news hyper personal

Yahoo’s CORE makes news hyper personal

Yahoo is offering a way for users to check out the news that's most relevant to them not based on the category of content or type of publication but based on where they live, what their gender is, and how old they are. It's called the Content Optimization and Relevance Engine, or CORE. The powerful algorithms shed insight not only to what other people like you are watching, but also what kind of information advertisers look at when they target you.

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AT&T gets the tail end of this mobile price change, not consumers

AT&T gets the tail end of this mobile price change, not consumers

Since yesterday when news broke that AT&T would be changing both their prices and their data allowances on new users accounts for the 2012 season, there's been one whole heck of a lot of dissent out there on why people "hate AT&T even more", and so forth. What's not showing up nearly enough is the fact that with these new price "hikes" also comes a better data to price ratio as well as the ability to keep your old prices if that's what you enjoy more. Instead of griping about how AT&T is raising their prices, perhaps a glance at the fact that it's not you, current AT&T customer, who will be footing the bill, nor will it be someone who previously payed less.

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LightSquared CEO denies GPS disruption, touts job creation with US government

LightSquared CEO denies GPS disruption, touts job creation with US government

Earlier this week week there were some pretty harsh accusations passed down regarding LightSquared and their GPS disruption in government tests - what we're hearing from the CEO of LightSquared today is that they're both baffled by the accusations and have done nothing but nice things for bunnies and kitties since they were born, basically. What mister Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO of LightSquared, notes today is that not only have they had the legal and regulatory right to use their spectrum "for eight years over two administrations," they've found that the testing mentioned in the reports from earlier this month did not come from their own spectrum, but from from GPS devices looking into spectrum also licensed to LightSquared.

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