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Comcast boosts data cap to 300GB, adds tiered plans

Comcast boosts data cap to 300GB, adds tiered plans

Comcast has announced that it will be making some major changes to its residential broadband service plans, namely increasing data usage caps from 250GB to 300GB per month. The company also plans to implement tiered pricing with two approaches that it will be testing over the next few months in select markets.

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Google plans bank, credit card comparison service for consumers

Google plans bank, credit card comparison service for consumers

Google will be launching a new comparison tool for users that will make it easier to find the best deals in banking services and credit cards. The new service builds on Google's acquisition of Beat That Quote and looks to compete against sites like Money Supermarket, Compare the Market, and Go Compare. Unfortunately for comparison shoppers in the US, the service will initially be available only in the UK.

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Sony launching PlayMemories 5GB cloud photo service next week

Sony launching PlayMemories 5GB cloud photo service next week

Sony will be launching a cloud photo-sharing service next week called PlayMemories Online. The service may sound familiar as it was announced back in March and Sony had also previously (two years ago) introduced a 3D photo application for the PlayStation 3 simply called PlayMemories. This time around the focus is on being able to store and share your photo memories online. Photos can be uploaded from various devices, including Android smartphones, tablets, and Sony's own PlayStation Portable and Vita handheld gaming consoles.

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Gmail outage affected only 2% of users, says Google

Gmail outage affected only 2% of users, says Google

Google's Gmail has suffered an outage, an unusual event for the popular email service, which became inaccessible by thousands of users earlier today. Plenty of folks took to Twitter to voice their complaints, but according to Google, the outage affected less than 2 percent of its users.

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Livescribe and Dropbox bring handwritten notes to the cloud

Livescribe and Dropbox bring handwritten notes to the cloud

Livescribe has partnered with Dropbox to make its Echo smartpen even more productive for busy note-takers. The Echo smartpen will now be able to automatically sync its notes directly to a user's Dropbox account. And since about 46 percent of Livescribe users also use Dropbox, this is a perfect match for storing handwritten notes in the cloud to be conveniently and securely accessible from anywhere.

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Yahoo to begin massive layoffs next week

Yahoo to begin massive layoffs next week

Yahoo is planning to announce layoffs next week followed by a major restructuring plan the week after, reported AllThingsD citing multiple sources. Under new CEO Scott Thompson, Yahoo is trying to refocus its products and drastically slim down its operations. The job cuts are expected to be in the thousands.

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Google Maps gets real-time traffic

Google Maps gets real-time traffic

Google Maps has now been updated to give you more accurate estimates of travel duration by using real-time traffic datas. Now when you use Google Maps to get directions, it will provide you with two estimated durations, one without traffic and one based on the current traffic conditions.

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Microsoft backs OpenStreetMap to compete with Google Maps

Microsoft backs OpenStreetMap to compete with Google Maps

Google Maps may be the dominant player in the mapping business still, but there's a rising star in an open-source competitor called OpenStreetMap that's been heavily backed by Microsoft. Due to the high fees of using Google Maps, some major services, including FourSquare and Apple's iPhoto app, have already defected to using OpenStreetMap instead.

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Spotify preparing family subscription plans

Spotify preparing family subscription plans

Music streaming service Spotify will be offering family subscription plans sometime in the near future, according to comments made by the company's chief content officer, Ken Parks. This should be a welcome option for Spotify subscribers and will certainly put pressure on the competition for rivals such as Rdio, which already offers family plans.

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