Verizon to buy Yahoo for $4.8 billion

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For a long time, Yahoo’s fortunes have dwindled, with lots of wondering what will become of the 90s Internet giant. Now, it’s official: the company is being sold to Verizon for $4.8 billion. Yahoo plans to sell Verizon most of its famous assets, such as its web services (finances, a web portal, etc.), Flickr, Tumblr, and even the company’s name/logo.

Verizon to buy AOL for $4.4 billion

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News came today that mobile service giant Verizon will be buying one-time online giant AOL for $4.4 billion. Apparently, the company’s interested in AOL as part of shoring up its mobile and video advertising services. What’s less specific is what’ll happen to the various online sites that AOL owns, most prominently the Huffington Post. There’s talk … Read more

Google Wallet will be pre-installed on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Android smartphones

Google Wallet

Google’s own Wallet smartphone payment service hasn’t been getting as much traction as Google’s hoped. Despite the temper-tantrum thrown by a few stores over Apple Pay a few months back, Apple’s service seems to be gaining ground, thanks in part to its control over iOS/iPhones. Less so for Wallet, Softcard, and other services. To rectify this, Google’s … Read more

How to (legally) watch Super Bowl XLVII online

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This Sunday, February 3, brings the annual airing of the US’ most-watched television program of the year, the Super Bowl (XLVII to be exact). This year, the big game is between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, with kickoff time is at 6:30 PM EST. While I’m not a huge fan of either … Read more

AT&T to buy T-Mobile: not a good sign

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In the tech news here this week is the announcement that US telecom giant AT&T is buying smaller mobile carrier T-Mobile, which will reduce the number of nationwide major carriers to three (AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, though Sprint is smaller than the “big two”). Ars Technica reports all the ugly details of this, and why … Read more