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Verizon’s anti-hacking team was hacked

Verizon’s anti-hacking team was hacked

Verizon’s anti-hacking team, a collective tasked with helping big-name companies hit by major data breaches, has itself become the victim of data theft. According to a new report, the Verizon Enterprise Solutions unit had data stolen on about 1.5 million customers, all of which went up for sale on an unspecified online cybercrime forum. The seller sought $100,000 in exchange for the database, or $10,000 for a 100,000-person sliver of it.

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LG G5 and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition Verizon pre-orders start

LG G5 and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition Verizon pre-orders start

Verizon wireless fans who have been on the lookout for a new smartphone can now pre-order the LG G5 on the carrier. Verizon says that if you pre-order the G5 now you will get the smartphone in your hands on April 1 when it launches officially. The G5 has a slide-out removable battery to keep you powered and going all day and all night.

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Netflix says it throttles video on AT&T and Verizon to protect viewers

Netflix says it throttles video on AT&T and Verizon to protect viewers

Internet users hate it when their connections are artificially throttled to slow down certain services. One of the most popular services used on the internet today is Netflix and recently AT&T and Verizon were taking heat over allegedly throttling Netflix and cutting the quality of videos for users on mobile networks. To the surprise of many, it turns out that neither AT&T nor Verizon were throttling videos for subscribers- Netflix was throttling itself.

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Samsung Gear S2 iOS support lands on Verizon

Samsung Gear S2 iOS support lands on Verizon

At the start of the year, Samsung promised that its rather unique Gear S2 smartwatch would be be getting iOS compatibility sometimes "this year". Considering there this year, like any other year, has 12 months, it was anyone's guess when it would actually happen. Well, apparently, we can stop guessing. Verizon updated its support page for the Gear S2, detailing the update that will be rolling out for the smartwatch. And with it comes the almost nonchalant announcement of adding support for both iOS 8.4 and later as well as, curiously, Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

UPDATE: Not so fast! Verizon changes the text in the update.

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Verizon retires FiOS TV app on consoles, smart TVs

Verizon retires FiOS TV app on consoles, smart TVs

While cable companies and content providers are scrambling to remain competitive in an age of video and music streaming, Verizon seems to be moving away just a little bit. Although still without official confirmation on its website, users of its FiOS TV service have reported receiving notices that Verizon is killing off FiOS TV's presence on consoles as well as smart TVs. While that does still leave ubiquitous mobile devices on the unscathed, it is a move that is bound to be unpopular with many of Verizon's faithful.

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Nextbit kills the CDMA Robin as Android phone costs spiral

Nextbit kills the CDMA Robin as Android phone costs spiral

Bad news if you wanted a Nextbit Robin smartphone to use with Verizon or Sprint, as the Android device-making startup has axed plans for its CDMA phone. The news was confirmed this morning, with Nextbit - which raised over $1.3m late in 2015 on Kickstarter for its vision of a cloud-storage focused handset - admitting it would have to refund backers who had wanted the CDMA version.

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Verizon unveils its “not lease” Galaxy S7, S7 edge upgrade plan

Verizon unveils its “not lease” Galaxy S7, S7 edge upgrade plan

AT&T and T-Mobile may have their pseudo "Buy One somewhat Get One" promos for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge, but Verizon is using a different strategy a bit closer to Samsung's heart. In what could be the next trend in smartphone purchases, Verizon has announced its own "Annual Upgrade Program" that will allow subscribers to get a new Samsung Galaxy S flagship every year, starting with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Amusingly, Verizon seemingly refuses to call it a "leasing program".

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Galaxy S7 deals: The best price for Samsung’s flagship release

Galaxy S7 deals: The best price for Samsung’s flagship release

While almost immediately after the Samsung Galaxy S7 was revealed, we had pricing, it's quickly become apparent that carriers aren't going to leave themselves in a position to be outbid. T-Mobile, for example, is just one mobile device carrier inside the USA that's begun the war with a buy-one-get-one deal. As if the next-generation bits and pieces of the Galaxy S7 and/or Galaxy S7 Edge weren't already enough. Of course T-Mobile's situation here includes a rebate, so it's not as if you're getting a device entirely for free right out the gate. First you have to pay for it - you've also got to add a line for this deal to be able to work.

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Verizon cut Samsung Pay from Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Verizon cut Samsung Pay from Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

If your preferred carrier is Verizon and you have your heart set on owning a new Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge smartphone, one bit of Samsung tech is missing from the Verizon versions of both devices. Reports indicate that Verizon forced Samsung to remove Samsung Pay from its versions of both smartphones before it would allow them to be sold via its stores. As for why Verizon would force Samsung to remove Samsung Pay, it could be related to the fact that Verizon is a partner in Android Pay. UPDATE: Verizon responds (below).

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Verizon settles with FCC for $1.35m over ‘supercookies’

Verizon settles with FCC for $1.35m over ‘supercookies’

Remember Verizon’s so-called “supercookies,” an element in part of its technology for hitting unwitting customers with targeted advertisements? The issue caused quite a stir around this time last year, eventually resulting in the government getting involved and Verizon backtracking on its policy. The move was too little, too late though, and now Verizon Wireless has been slapped with a $1.35 million fee courtesy of the Federal Communications Commission.

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BlackBerry Priv Verizon release: What you need to know before buying

BlackBerry Priv Verizon release: What you need to know before buying

The BlackBerry Priv has been made available by Verizon this afternoon, and with it, a very unique proposal. A device that runs Android, but looks and feels like a BlackBerry smartphone. That's what this device is. Instead of running a Google-centric experience, you still get the Google Play app store but you're clearly being steered toward BlackBerry's apps. They want you to be secure. They want you to be a BlackBerry user.

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Verizon Hum adds location tracking, history, geofencing

Verizon Hum adds location tracking, history, geofencing

Verizon Hum, an automotive system comprised of an OBD reader, speaker, and mobile app, has been updated to include some new (and pretty useful) features like geofencing and driving history. Such features could prove useful in various situations, such as a home where a newly licensed teenager is being given the keys. The features have been added to the iOS and Android mobile apps.

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