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AT&T settles with FTC on $105 million fine

AT&T settles with FTC on $105 million fine

AT&T and the FTC have settled an ongoing spat about customer billing. The dust-up surrounds add-ons customers may have found on their bill for custom ringtones and the like. Though those goods were purchased from third-parties, and added on the bill to streamline payments, many customers took issue with the practice, and felt the charges were either egregious or just plain wrong. Now that AT&T — like T-Mobile and Apple before them — has settled with the FTC, it cleans up an unfortunate mess.

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Final Fantasy Gunblade replica forged from steel

Final Fantasy Gunblade replica forged from steel

We've seen a number of weapon replicas made out of LEGOs, and while they're all fascinating, sometimes it is nice to see something a little more real. That's where Man At Arms comes in, which recently made the Katana Lightsaber we detailed back in August. The group is back again, this time fulfilling requests to make the Gunblade from Final Fantasy -- something they managed to do with more than a bit of success. We've got pictures of the final weapon, as well as a video of how it was made, after the jump.

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Europe: IM’ing too competitive to deny Facebook’s WhatsApp buy

Europe: IM’ing too competitive to deny Facebook’s WhatsApp buy

Facebook's $19bn acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp has been approved by the European Commission, following US regulators in giving the green light after deciding the deal wouldn't be a threat to consumers. Concerns from some quarters, that the purchase would leave the messaging space unbalanced, were dismissed by competition policy chief Joaquín Almunia, who argued that most users aren't reliant on a single service.

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Facebook mends real-name rules, apologizes to LGBT community

Facebook mends real-name rules, apologizes to LGBT community

At first glance, Facebook’s real-name policy doesn’t seem so bad. Unfortunately, that policy edged out some in the LGBT community who weren’t comfortable using their real name on the social entity. To stave off those members leaving — and because it’s the right thing to do — Facebook is reversing course a bit on their policy to support those who may not feel comfortable using their real name.

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200k BlackBerry Passport orders as Chen narrows losses

200k BlackBerry Passport orders as Chen narrows losses

BlackBerry's Passport may have left many confused at the oddly-proportioned messaging smartphone, but initial demand was reassuringly high - for a BlackBerry - the company's CEO has insisted. 200,000 orders for the square-screened QWERTY handset have been placed since it went up for sale on Wednesday this week, CEO John Chen confirmed, alongside BlackBerry's announcement that its latest financial quarter was nowhere near as bad as many had predicted.

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