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‘WiFi everywhere’ isn’t a new concept, but it’s becoming a dangerous one

‘WiFi everywhere’ isn’t a new concept, but it’s becoming a dangerous one

Recently, Comcast made news by opening up home WiFi routers for use publicly. By partitioning your WiFi signal, the company hopes to blanket an area with a signal. This has become a polarizing issue, but shouldn’t be for the reason of coverage alone. WiFi everywhere isn’t a new concept — in fact, it was the original concept for the phone you might be reading this on.

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AT&T GoPhone expands to tablets

AT&T GoPhone expands to tablets

AT&T has shaken up its prepaid GoPhone offering, expanding it to include tablets. This allows subscribers (or future subscribers) to bring their own tablets to the service, getting data on the go without shelling out for a yearly contract.

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T-Mobile data outages reported in several major markets [Update]

T-Mobile data outages reported in several major markets [Update]

If your T-Mobile phone has gone silent, it’s not you. You’re not suddenly unpopular with the Uncarrier. It seems the carrier is seeing an outage that spans several major metropolitan areas, including their backyard of Seattle. T-Mobile has yet to address the issue.

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Researchers teleport data using diamonds, quantum mechanics

Researchers teleport data using diamonds, quantum mechanics

You’re not going to teleport anywhere — the application has been proven impossible. For data, though, teleportation is real, and Researchers at TU Delft’s Kavli Institute of Nanoscience have accomplished the feat. A team there has sent one quantum bit of information three meters, all without having actually traveled through the space between the two points.

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Microsoft beats FBI at their game, fights data grab in court

Microsoft beats FBI at their game, fights data grab in court

According to Microsoft, they’ve beat the FBI at their own game. A letter sent to the company recently asked for information on an enterprise client, which Microsoft fought in court. Without having actually won a verdict, Microsoft says the FBI withdrew their request.

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FCC “Net Neutrality” vote: what just happened?

FCC “Net Neutrality” vote: what just happened?

A confusing wave of data surrounding the FCC’s "Net Neutrality" vote is being shot from news networks around the internet today. What we’d like to do here is to simplify the goings-on of the FCC and their actions as much as possible. This is as simple as it gets.

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Comcast wants to cap data, says 500GB is plenty

Comcast wants to cap data, says 500GB is plenty

Comcast, who are in discussions to acquire Time Warner Cable, have redefined capped data. David Cohen, an executive with Comcast says he expects they’ll begin offering “usage-based billing”, which translates to “we’ll give you a data allotment and charge you if you go over it”.

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FCC fast-lane bill tweaks lambasted by net-neutrality supporters

FCC fast-lane bill tweaks lambasted by net-neutrality supporters

The chief of the FCC has received massive amounts of web-based backlash on account of a new "fast-lane" internet bill he’s proposed this year. It’s set to go up for a vote this month, and just this week he’s introduced a number of tweaks to - he hopes - satisfy the nay-sayers. It’s not going as well as he’d hoped, net-neutrality supporters making their case clear across the web.

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White House aims to protect companies who give up requested data

White House aims to protect companies who give up requested data

Post Edward Snowden and the revelations of widespread NSA intrusion, many larger tech companies have been as forthcoming as possible about what information they’re giving to authorities. In anticipation of reform bills for how and why the NSA does what they do (as well as those currently in process), The White House is asking that any legislation include language to keep tech companies safeguarded from prosecution.

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Fastest Mobile Networks 2014: testing your data across the USA

Fastest Mobile Networks 2014: testing your data across the USA

Each year a test is done across the nation by everyday users like you. The test is part of "Fastest Mobile Networks 2014," ultimately showing how mobile device networks (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) are delivering on the data speeds they present every day. PCMag heads this test, and this year SlashGear is joining in to create the most expansive Fastest Mobile Networks test since its inception.

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Amazon Prime Data: this phone may have “free” internet

Amazon Prime Data: this phone may have “free” internet

This week a tip on Amazon’s first smartphone has made its way public, revealing the name "Amazon Prime Data." This data service has been suggested to be tied to AT&T exclusively, and very possibly related to AT&T’s Sponsored Data program. With this program, certain apps and traffic have their data traffic bills footed by the company that they benefit.

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Kim Dotcom points out Cisco “backdoor” for law enforcement

Kim Dotcom points out Cisco “backdoor” for law enforcement

It would appear that Kim Dotcom does not trust United States-made electronics. He suggests this week that the world should "never trust US tech", using #NSA to point out a Cisco listing of lawful intercept architecture. He calls these systems "interception backdoors", suggesting that Cisco is amongst the companies that willingly allow the NSA to take hold of their data at any given time - but that's just not true.

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