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T-Mobile reportedly plans to pay early termination fees for new subscribers

T-Mobile reportedly plans to pay early termination fees for new subscribers

It is no secret that T-Mobile aims to make waves in the wireless industry with its Uncarrier push, something that has offered up various perks and seemingly spurred other carriers to adopt similar options. The carrier's John Legere teased earlier this week "Uncarrier 4.0", and according to a source that cropped up, this could mean paying other carriers' early termination fees for new subscribers.

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NSA paid RSA millions for backdoor access allege insiders

NSA paid RSA millions for backdoor access allege insiders

The US National Security Agency (NSA) allegedly paid security firm RSA $10m to open a secret back door into encryption products, new reports from documents obtained from whistleblower Edward Snowden suggest. Earlier leaks had revealed that the NSA created a flawed random number generation system, Dual Elliptic Curve, which RSA used in its Bsafe security tool; now, Reuters reports, the government agency paid RSA to ensure that its formula was set as the default system in Bsafe, making it more likely that the NSA would be able to quietly access systems and documents users thought secured.

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ASUS VivoTab Note 8 leaked with Windows and active digitizer

ASUS VivoTab Note 8 leaked with Windows and active digitizer

Earlier this week, evidence surfaced on ASUS's website of a tablet referred to as model M80TA, something that was speculated as a possible small Transformer Book. This led to some digging around on the part of German website Mobile Geeks, which discovered the tablet is actually called the ASUS VivoTab Note 8, an 8-inch Windows-toting tablet and what would be a first in that form factor for the company.

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Marvel’s Ant Man reportedly to be played by Paul Rudd

Marvel’s Ant Man reportedly to be played by Paul Rudd

In a theatrical world filled with Superman, Spiderman, Batman, and a gaggle of other other well-known superheroes, a lesser known hero will get his time in the cinematic spotlight in coming months: Ant Man. The movie is slated for 2015, and thus far who will play the protagonist hasn't yet been revealed. If sources that have spoken to Variety are correct, the wait is over.

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Amazon reportedly acquires startup Gopago amidst “ambitious” project

Amazon reportedly acquires startup Gopago amidst “ambitious” project

A couple of Italian newspapers are reporting that Amazon acquired a mobile payment startup, Gopago, something reportedly taking place amidst work on an "ambitious project". What this project is wasn't detailed, but it reportedly is the basis for Amazon's interest in Gopago -- namely, in the startup's technology. Amazon and Gopago haven't announced the business move, but it seems founder Vincenzo Di Nicola has spoken with Italian newspaper Repubblica.

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Google EnergySense smart thermostat trial tipped underway

Google EnergySense smart thermostat trial tipped underway

Google is secretly testing a smart thermostat that would better track and manage home energy usage, it's reported, with a project dubbed EnergySense seeing the company dogfooding internet-connected HVAC controllers. Although similar on the surface to smart home darling Nest, Google EnergySense would actually be intended to more broadly tackle power use, according to sources speaking to The Information, picking up on the axed Google PowerMeter project killed in 2011.

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Google grabs Microsoft Photosynth genius for smart machines

Google grabs Microsoft Photosynth genius for smart machines

Microsoft has lost a high-profile engineer involved in Bing maps, wearables research, and augmented reality, Blaise Agüera y Arcas, jumping ship to Google where he will reportedly work on machine learning. Having been named "Distinguished Engineer" at Microsoft in 2011, Agüera y Arcas joined the company in 2006 after his startup Seadragon Software was acquired; it went on to develop the Silverlight, Pivot, Photosynth and other technologies used in the Microsoft Live Labs, after the engineer wowed the audience in a 2007 TED talk about how 2D images could create 3D virtual environments as an early form of Photosynth.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Siri-rival and Notification Center teased for BUILD

Windows Phone 8.1 Siri-rival and Notification Center teased for BUILD

Windows Phone 8.1 will gain a Siri-style virtual personal assistant in an update expected in the first half of 2014, sources claim, with the new version also said to bring the much-anticipated notification center. Currently being internally tested though not expected to be publicly detailed until BUILD 2014 in April, The Verge reports, the update will supposedly see Bing search replaced with Microsoft's "Cortana" digital assistant, details of which leaked earlier this year.

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Intel could sell its failed OnCue web TV business to Verizon next week

Intel could sell its failed OnCue web TV business to Verizon next week

Intel has almost managed to persuade Verizon Communications to buy its ill-fated OnCue web-TV service, insiders claim, with an announcement potentially as soon as next week. Verizon's interest is in extending its FiOS media service, Bloomberg reports, without having to build out new fiber-optic infrastructure, while for Intel it would be an opportunity to supply chips but not shoulder the burden of negotiating content deals, licensing for which has been tough going.

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Sprint tipped weighing T-Mobile US grab in 2014

Sprint tipped weighing T-Mobile US grab in 2014

Sprint is readying a potential bid for T-Mobile US, with the rumored acquisition tentatively scheduled for the first half of 2014, insiders claim, and possibly worth more than $20bn. The merger, which would see the third- and fourth-largest carriers in the US market join forces, is still being weighed up by Sprint, sources tell the WSJ, and is likely to come in for particularly close attention by the US Justice Department, which may well put the brakes on the deal.

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