att-deathstarAT&T has introduced a new "Mobility Administrative Fee" to its postpaid contracts. The $0.61  monthly fee ($7.32 per year) is being categorized "below the line" alongside tax and fees as an administrative surcharge. The fee came into effect on May 1st, and applies to all consumer contracts as well as "IRU" business contracts (business accounts where the user pays the bill).
It's a small charge for the individual consumers, but given that AT&T's postpaid subscriber base stands at over 70 million, the move will net AT&T hundreds of millions of dollars — somewhere around half a billion dollars, in fact. That's a lot of extra revenue from one little charge.

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yahoo logo2Yahoo is reportedly interested in buying Tumblr for a price of around $1 billion. Tumblr may be a great asset for the struggling older company thanks to it's numerous members and very young demographic.
AllThingsD reported yesterday that the two companies were in negotiations and that Yahoo's CEO, Marissa Mayer was in talks with the Tumblr team. According to the original report, Yahoo hopes that Tumblr will be able to reinvigorate their user-base with fresh young blood and also give them a foray into mobile marketing, an area with which Yahoo has had difficulty.

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xbox one logoMicrosoft may have unveiled their brand new Xbox One console but one thing it didn’t do is launch new domains for that trademarked name. Sure, users can always go to Xbox.com but about XboxOne.com? Or XboxOne.net? Well those don’t belong to Microsoft just yet, and the company is fighting to get them.
Curious folks have always paid attention to Microsoft-registered domains so buying up XboxOne.com for example, would have ousted the name of the new console. Because they had to wait, Microsoft is now hurrying to register all the relevant domains for its Xbox One brand.

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Yesterday Google made a big deal about their Chrome browser becoming really popular and they released a new ad with some dramatic music in order to celebrate their achievements.


Well now a parody of that video has surfaced, and it's a pretty good one. It makes fun of how Google is using Chrome to gather as much data as it can about its users in order to monetize it and serve folks with ads. The same background music is used here and it fits perfectly with the much more ominous message that the parody video conveys.

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pandoraRight now I’m a fortunate son. Because I’m listening to John Fogerty’s new take on the classic Credence Clearwater Revival song of the same name (with the Foo Fighters) from Fogerty’s upcoming album Wrote A Song For Everyone. And that’s thanks to Pandora Premieres, a new station from Pandora that launched on Tuesday.
Pandora has become an incredibly popular service because it lets you listen to the music you like for free (never mind those pesky ads) as stations based on artists, genres, or composers. But unlike subscription music services a la Spotify, you don’t get to choose complete albums.

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airplane phoneIn this always connected world there's one place where we can usually escape from e-mails, notifications and people calling us: aboard an airplane. Though that's quickly changing, thanks to on-board Wi-Fi, this little story reminds us that there are still a lot of limitations on how folks can use their electronic devices while flying on a plane.
Back in 2011 while climbing to cruising altitude, a regional airliner lost its directional equipment thanks to interference from a passenger's iPhone. They managed to regain control of their instruments only after the guy seated in row nine was persuaded to turn off his phone. The plane landed safely at its destination, but it's moments like these when you really have to wonder if in-flight connectivity is such a good idea.

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yahoo-tumblr3It's official: Yahoo have purchased blogging giant Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash, of which CEO David Karp will receive $250 million. Yahoo has gone through a spate of purchasing hot startups recently, such as GoPollGo and Summly, but none of the acquisitions have been on the scale of Tumblr.
And it would seem that Tumblr users aren't happy with the deal, taking to their blogs to post about how Yahoo should do "something really stupid and die." Other users have taken a more proactive form of rebellion and exported their blogs to other platforms, such as Wordpress. Wordpress co-founder, Matt Mullenweg, has taken to his blog to highlight the increase in blog imports yesterday.

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Bill GatesBill Gates has been an extremely wealthy man for some time, but since 2007 the co-founder and chairman of Microsoft has only been the second wealthiest man in the world. Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim has been on top for the past several years. Today, that changed.
Bloomberg reports that, according to their own Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Gates has once more taken the title of richest man in the world. The index estimates that Gates' personal wealth is now $72.7 billion, which is now ahead of Slim, which "just" has a net worth of $72.1 billion.

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Yahoo is apparently ready to make its biggest acquisition since CEO Marissa Mayer started running the company in July 2012. AllThingsD.com reports that Yahoo's board of directors has indeed approved its rumored acquisition of the Tumblr blogging service for the massive price of $1.1 billion.

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The report comes just ahead of a previously announced Monday press conference the company plans to host, where Yahoo has only said it plans to announce "something special." While some reports claims Yahoo was going to reveal something related to its Flickr photo sharing service, it's possible that its purchase of Tumblr will come up as well.

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Google started its annual Google I/O developer conference with a long keynote address today. There were quite a few announcements from the company, including its new All Access streaming music service, a preview of the new Google Maps, and a surprise appearance from CEO Larry Page, who proceeded to take some shots at Microsoft.
Google also announced a new look for its Google+ social networking service during the keynote. The layout now has up to three columns available, with the number of columns influenced by a device's screen resolution and display orientation. Photos and videos can also fill the entire Google+ stream and it can learn to put in the correct hashtags in posts automatically.

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