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Everyone loves a discount, especially when that discount ranges in the millions of dollars. Verizon is reportedly trying to reduce the $4.83 billion USD price tag for Yahoo, Inc. by $250 million. The renegotiation is in light of Yahoo’s disclosures of past security breaches. Yahoo revealed three security breaches this past year. In May, the corporation disclosed that Russian hackers stole and traded on the black market information from more than 40 million Yahoo accounts. The information was mostly from American banking, manufacturing, and retail outfits. This past summer, a hacker known as “Peace”... Read more...
A full-blown Skynet situation might be the thing of science fiction (we hope, anyway), but that doesn't mean bizarre things involving machines can't happen. As proof of this, Verizon teased an entry in its upcoming 2017 Data Breach Digest that describes a recent DDoS attack on an unnamed university involving vending machines, light bulbs, and 5,000 Internet of Things (IoT) devices. As with many DDoS attacks involving IoT devices, this one is the result of system administrators being a little too lax with security on these seemingly benign devices. The university in question dismissed complaints... Read more...
  “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” Verizon has been working behind the scenes on a new unlimited data plan for its customers, and it just unwrapped the goodies this afternoon. Called Verizon Unlimited, customers are given “unlimited” 4G LTE data, talk and text for $80 per month (when you use AutoPay). But that’s not all, Verizon Unlimited also comes with 10GB of Mobile Hotspot per month, along with unlimited calling and texting to Mexico and Canada. Building on that North American coverage, Verizon Unlimited also gives you 500MB/day of 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada... Read more...
There are certain uncomfortable moments that trigger an awkward feeling in your belly. One of them is walking in on your parents when they're doing the horizontal mambo. While perhaps not quite on that level, it feels a little weird watching two wireless carriers go back and forth on Twitter in a feud over the erotic foreplay known as BDSM. At this point, we wish T-Mobile and Verizon would get a room already. It all started with a T-Mobile ad during the Super Bowl. The commercial is a spoof of 50 Shades of Grey featuring actress and comedian Kristen Schaal (from The Last Man On Earth and Bob's... Read more...
Nearly a year ago, federal regulators approved Charter’s bid to purchase rival telecom company Time Warner Cable. The $55 billion dollar deal rocketed Charter from the fourth-place position in the U.S. cable market to second place behind Comcast. Now, it looks like an even bigger fish is swimming around looking to gobble up the newly engorged Charter: Verizon. According to sources close to the matter, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam has reached out to Charter executives to discuss a possible acquisition. The Wall Street Journal cautions that these are just preliminary talks and that there is no guarantee... Read more...
By this point, you would think that anyone with more than a few marbles rolling around in their head would have turned in their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 by now. Samsung has gone above and beyond to give affected customers credits, gift cards, and even replacements in the form of Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. Samsung’s efforts (along with help from carriers) has for the most part succeeded. The company announced last week that it has recovered over 96 percent of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that are out in the wild. “Together with our wireless carriers, we have taken aggressive action to... Read more...
By now you might have heard that Yahoo is changing its name to Altaba following its sale to Verizon Communications, and that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is stepping down from the company's board of directors. News of Yahoo's fate spread like wildfire last night after Yahoo posted a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) detailing the changes, though there are a few things that need clarifying. One of them is that Yahoo probably is not going to disappear.Let's back up a moment. Verizon agreed to purchase Yahoo's search engine and web properties for $4.83 billion back... Read more...
When is an unlimited data plan not an unlimited data plan? Well, according to Verizon, it’s when you use an “extraordinary” amount of data during your monthly billing cycle. Verizon has begun notifying customers that are currently using on average 200GB or more of data per month that they will have to abandon their unlimited data plans. Quite frankly, 200GB seems like an obscene amount of data to use over a wireless connection for a single month, but these customers are simply using the service as it was advertised. The new policy went into effect on January 5th, and these “data hog” customers... Read more...
Motorola righted many of the wrong of the first-generation Moto 360 with the second-generation model, which was launched in late 2015. However, some still weren’t happy with the $349 staring price tag for the non-Sport model. Then there was still the fact that the “flat tire” display remained even after the first-generation model was heavily criticized for the design choice (read the HotHardware review here). Well, if the price was the only thing holding you back from purchasing a Moto 360, Verizon hopes to erase that doubt. The nation’s largest wireless carrier is discounting the smartwatch from... Read more...
AT&T and Verizon have struck the latest blow in the battle between themselves and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC had given the telecommunication corporations until December 15th to respond to its concerns over net neutrality and zero-rating services. AT&T and Verizon have spat out their vituperative responses. First off, what is “zero-rating”? Zero-rating is when mobile network operators (MNOs) and ISPs do not charge customers for data used by specific applications or internet services through their network, in limited or metered data plans. According to the FCC, AT&T's... Read more...
Let’s put it bluntly; it sucks to be Verizon right now. Back in July, the company announced its intentions to purchase Yahoo for $4.83 billion in an effort to “enhance [its] strategy of providing a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers.” That paltry price tag was a relative bargain compared to the $50+ billion that Microsoft was rumored to offer for Yahoo earlier in the decade. However, not long after Verizon made its intentions known, it was rocked by the news that Yahoo executives sat on information that 500 million accounts had been hacked in 2014. Following these disclosures... Read more...
My phone just pinged. Did someone just like the Instagram photo of my dog? Is my Chipotle to-go order finally ready? Nope, I was one of the lucky one billion users whose Yahoo account was infiltrated by hackers, my personal information potentially compromised. This past November law enforcement provided Yahoo with files that a third party claimed was Yahoo user data. Yahoo then hired an outside forensics team, and established that the data did in fact belong to their users. According to Yahoo, “Based on further analysis of this data by the forensic experts, we believe an unauthorized third party,... Read more...
Earlier today, we reported that Samsung will be issuing an update to all remaining Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will effectively brick them. We assumed that all U.S. carriers would be taking part in order to get as many of these fire-prone devices as possible off the street. Well, we were definitely wrong, because Verizon Wireless has just issued a statement saying that it will not send the death ROM update to Galaxy Note 7 devices. Interestingly enough, the company says that it is taking this precaution in order to ensure the safety of its customers in the case of an emergency. The statement... Read more...
Telecommunications corporations are under fire again. The Federal Communications Commission has accused Verizon and AT&T of violating net neutrality rules with their “zero-ratings” promotions. Jon Wilkins, the chief of wireless telecommunication for the FCC, sent a letter of complaint to both corporations. First off, what is “zero-rating”? Zero-rating is when mobile network operators (MNOs) and ISPs do not charge customers for data used by specific applications or internet services through their network, in limited or metered data plans. Verizon and AT&T introduced their own zero-rating... Read more...
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