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AT&T just raised activation and upgrade fees for the second time in 9 months

AT&T Activation Fee

January 20th is Inauguration Day, and AT&T is making America great again by increasing the fees it charges customers to activate or upgrade their smartphones. Again.

Less than two weeks after Verizon increased its upgrade fee from $20 to $30, AT&T has confirmed that its upgrade fee and its activation fee will rise from $20 to $25 each. The fees apply to new customers when they activate a smartphone, or to existing customers when they upgrade to a new smartphone. This marks the second time in just nine months that AT&T has increased these fees, seizing the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of its top rival, Verizon, which also just increased its upgrade fee for the second time since last April.

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Zach Epstein

January 20th

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Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee to be arrested on bribery charges

Samsung Chief Jay Y. Lee Arrest

Samsung’s tough times are hardly over, as the current political scandal in South Korea is tied to the giant conglomerate. South Korea’s special prosecutor on Monday announced that the office is seeking a warrant to arrest Samsung’s boss Jay Y. Lee on bribery charges.

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Chris Smith

January 16th

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You will totally never guess the most hated company in America

Worst company in America

Every year, survey companies take ghoulish delight in quantifying the most-hated company in America. Every year, without fail, Time Warner breathes a sigh of relief as Comcast pips it to first place.

Well, this is 2017, and things are going to be totally different. Pharmaceuticul company and producer of the weirdly-expensive EpiPen, Mylan, has rocketed to third place. Sears is on the list, as is Facebook.

But you'll be glad to know that some things never change: death, taxes, and our national hatred of Comcast.

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Chris Mills

January 14th

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Notorious iPhone hacking company has its secrets revealed by hack

Cellebrite hack

Cellebrite, an Israeli firm that supplies "forensics tools" to agencies around the world, including US law enforcement, appears to have suffered a serious hack. Motherboard claims to have 900GB of Cellebrite data, supplied to it by an anonymous hacker. Among other things, the data reportedly shows that the Israeli firm has been selling its technology to regimes known for their human rights abuses, including Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Russia.

Cellebrite is best known for its rumored involvement in helping the FBI crack the San Bernandino shooter's iPhone, as Apple fought an order to assist through the courts. In addition to helping the FBI in that case, Cellebrite also sells forensics devices and software to dozens of US law enforcement agencies and police departments. It's also actively involved in developing the "Textalyser," a device that would theoretically let cops know if a cellphone was being used right before a car accident.

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Chris Mills

January 12th

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Tesla steals top Apple coder for its Autopilot team

Chris Lattner Tesla Autopilot

Chris Lattner isn’t a familiar name to most people who follow Apple news, but he’s definitely an Apple star — or he was an Apple star, as he announced on Tuesday that he’s leaving the company to pursue a different opportunity. Tesla was then quick the confirm that it hired Lattner, giving him a major role in the development of Autopilot.

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Chris Smith

January 11th

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Samsung and LG just got nailed by the US International Trade Commission

samsung lawsuit

Normally when you hear about companies like Samsung and LG on the receiving end of accusations from fellow companies, you expect Apple, Google, or another fellow tech giant to be the one pointing fingers. Today, Samsung and LG lost a battle with the US International Trade Commission for trade practices that "caused injury" to the US appliances industry. The company that initially prompted the over year-long investigation? None other than Whirlpool. 

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Mike Wehner

January 10th

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After Verizon acquires Yahoo, ‘Altaba’ will be left behind

Verizon Yahoo Purchase Altaba

Yahoo was hit with two major security breaches in recent years that affected well over 1 billion user accounts. The company only discovered and admitted they happened in the second half of 2016, months after Verizon announced it was looking to purchase Yahoo in a deal worth almost $5 billion. On top of that, it was revealed that Yahoo helped the US government in a massive spying operation that allowed it to search everyone’s email for specific terrorism-related content.

Reports following the hacks indicated the Verizon deal might be in danger, as Verizon investigated the financial impact of the security breaches. But the deal is still going forward, a SEC filing reveals. And Yahoo isn’t going away for good.

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Chris Smith

January 10th

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Adverts in your self-driving car’s windshield are the future we all deserve

Self-driving cars in 2017

Self-driving cars are set to be the next major revolution in our collective way of life. The hour and and half that, on average, we spend driving is going to be freed up to do other things: write poetry, work on humanitarian ventures, and...oh, who are we kidding. It's going to be wall-to-wall adverts for stuff we don't need, because that's how the world works now.

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Chris Mills

January 9th

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Apple is invading Samsung’s backyard

Apple Store South Korea

Apple has hundreds of retail stores situated in dozens of countries around the world, but its next big opening will be particularly significant. As the company confirmed on Friday morning, it plans to open its first retail location in South Korea. The location is significant, of course, because South Korea is the home of Apple's top rival Samsung.

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Zach Epstein

January 6th

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Celebrity sues Tesla, claims Model X drove itself through a wall and into his house

Tesla Lawsuit Crash

Tesla owners love all of the advanced technology the company has managed to pack into its Model S and Model X electric vehicles. While other companies continue to work on similar systems for their cars, Tesla's remote update mechanism allows the company to deploy huge feature changes far more quickly than any other automotive company. There are rare occasions when the tech in Tesla's cars causes problems though, and a well-known celebrity has filed a lawsuit claiming that his Model X suddenly accelerated on its own while he was parking in his garage, crashing into through a wall and into the man's home.

Meanwhile, Tesla has issued a response that includes some serious allegations of its own.

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Zach Epstein

January 2nd

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