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Comcast sued for $100 million for 'near-worthless' service plans

The state of Washington is suing Comcast for more than $100 million, alleging it willfully and knowingly deceived customers into paying for services it never intended to provide.<p>In a statement, Attorney General Bob Ferguson had the following to say:<p>This case is a classic example of a big …

Verizon to buy Yahoo for $4.83 billion, merge it with AOL

After a drawn-out process, a troubled Yahoo finally knows its fate, which means the end of independence for one of the web's earliest stars.<p>It's official. Yahoo will soon have a new owner: Verizon.<p>The two companies made the announcement Monday after a months-long courtship between the troubled …

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U.S. asks phone companies to provide 'robocall' blocking technology | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Friday pressed major U.S. phone companies to take immediate steps to make technology that blocks unwanted automated calls available to consumers at no charge.<p>Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler …

Net Neutrality

Storage device writes information atom-by-atom

<b>The quest for storage devices that pack more information into a smaller space has reached a new limit, with memory that writes information atom-by-atom.</b><p>Dutch scientists developed rewritable memory that stores information in the positions of individual chlorine atoms on a copper surface.<p>The …

Chemistry

Pokémon Go's success adds $7.5 billion to Nintendo's market value

But can the company keep players interested?<p>Nintendo's stock continues to skyrocket following the release of <i>Pokémon Go</i>. After an increase of 9.3 percent with the game's launch last week, the company's share price rose 24.52 percent on Monday to ¥20,260 ($193) — its highest one-day surge since 1983, …

Pokémon

Apple fighting iPhone 6, 6 Plus copycat claim in Beijing

A decision against Apple initially meant a ban on sales of the phones, but that has been lifted following Apple's filing of an appeal.<p>Apple, which has long accused competitors of copying the look of its iPhone, is getting the same treatment.<p>Little-known Chinese company Shenzhen Baili claims that …

China

The NSA Wants To Spy On Thermostats, Refrigerators, and Pacemakers

Security cameras, thermostats, and even pacemaker data may be used by the security agency.<p>The National Security Agency is researching ways to collect intelligence, of course, and the latest target is the "Internet of Things," up to and including biomedical devices like pacemakers, according to NSA …

Dow Jones

Mark Zuckerberg's lesser-known social accounts get compromised

Mark Zuckerberg's biggest social network presence is undoubtedly on Facebook, but he has other accounts, too -- and he's learning the hard way that those accounts are just as sensitive. Hackers appear to have briefly compromised Zuck's Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter accounts, in some …

Apple kills app that could tell if your iPhone was hacked

The app was designed to pinpoint potential security holes, but Apple claimed its information could be misleading.<p>A new iPhone diagnostic app has been given the cold shoulder by Apple.<p>Released little more than a week ago, an app dubbed System and Security Info aimed to deliver core details about …

App Store

How to Stop Hackers From Taking Over Your Computer

Grayson Barnes had just started working at his father’s law firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma when a note popped-up on one of the computer screens. It informed …

Cybersecurity

How to make your laptop boot faster

Whether you have a MacBook or Windows 10 laptop, we can help you cut down its startup time.<p>If your laptop takes its sweet time booting up, then here are some things you can do to put a little pep back in its startup step.<p>Get an SSD<p>You can breathe new life and faster boot times into old laptops by …

Operating Systems