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Netflix eyes new navigation scheme for the future

Currently, Netflix has a navigation scheme that relies mostly on grids of shows that you may or may not be interested in. There are some shows that are recommended for you based on your past watching habits. Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt has talked a bit about what the company sees for the future recently.

 

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Hunt says that the streaming video service will eventually move beyond the grids of movies and TV shows that we see currently. In the future, the service will be mostly based on recommended content for users to enjoy. Hunt said, "Our vision is, you won't see a grid and you won't see a sea of titles."

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Twitter may purchase music sharing firm SoundCloud

Twitter is eyeing a new move into music and podcast sharing according to reports. People familiar with dealings at twitter and SoundCloud say that twitter is considering an acquisition of SoundCloud.

 

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SoundCloud is a free service that lets users upload audio files to share with others. The service is said to be a sort of YouTube for audio and currently has about 250 million users. At this time, there is no guarantee that the deal will move forward.

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AT&T to install additional solar charging stations around NYC

If you use your smartphone or tablet a lot when you are away from an outlet, you have undoubtedly been left without enough charge to make calls or check email at some point. In New York City, AT&T has put in solar charging stations in some parts of the city to help people get a free and green charge for their devices.

 

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The wireless carrier has announced that it will be adding additional solar charging stations around NYC to give more users the ability to charge up a dead device or top off a battery while on the go around the city. AT&T has added 45 new solar charging stations, nearly doubling the number of solar chargers available. The first of the charges went into use in 2013.

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FCC fines Sprint $7.5 million for violating do not call list

Wireless provider Sprint has been hit with the largest FCC fine ever levied for violating the do not call list. The fine totaled $7.5 million and the FCC has given Sprint a compliance plan that will ensure violations of the do not call list don't happen again. Sprint customers on the do not call list were being called by telemarketers.

 

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The FCC says that Sprint had continued to call and send text messages for marketing to subscribers to its network that were on the do not call list. This most recent violation comes after Sprint had agreed to stop violating the do not call list with the FCC in 2011.

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Microsoft also made a bid on Twitch, but Twitch chose Google

When the news broke that Twitch was being acquired by YouTube - which is owned by Google - for $1 billion, it shocked most. But, did people really think that Twitch only had a single offer? No, no it did not.

 

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YouTube is having to fight against other interested parties, which includes Microsoft. Google and Twitch have agreed on the price, and are now reportedly working on the details of the deal, such as just how independent Twitch and its brand will be once it is fully acquired by YouTube. Twitch has reportedly looked at competing bids, but chose YouTube as it felt like the company was the best suited to its massive growth over the recent years.

 

Twitch has the aim of being the definitive platform for watching and streaming live video gaming, where it thinks Google can provide the means to get there.

Cricket Wireless rolls out new unlimited plans starting at $35

More and more mobile phone users are getting away from standard providers with contracts and going to providers like Cricket Wireless where no contract is needed. Many of these people purchase cheaper phones outright, but some still out to pay outright for a high-end smartphone or bring their own device to the network.

 

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Cricket Wireless has announced that it has rolled out some new service plans for customers to choose form. The new plans come after the acquisition of Leap Wireless was completed. The new plans include 4G LTE data access and include unlimited talk, text, and data with rates starting at $35 monthly.

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Google Now will remind you to pay bills with new update

Users of Google now will be able to take advantage of a new update that enables the service to remind you when it's time to pay bills. Forgetting to send in a bill is easy to do if you are very busy and don't rely on automated payments.

 

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The Google Now update is rolling out right now and will offer you bill payment reminders if you receive emails about your bills via Gmail. The update will identify emails with bills from the user Gmail account and those bills will show up as Google Now cards.

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AT&T to buy DirecTV under definitive purchase agreement

We mentioned not long ago that AT&T and DirecTV hoped to announce a purchase agreement as early as today. That purchase agreement has now been announced with AT&T and DirecTV entering into a definitive agreement that will see AT&T buy the satellite provider. The deal will see AT&T pay $95 per share for DirecTV.

 

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The purchase will be funded in cash and stock and was agreed to unanimously by the boards of both companies. AT&T says that the deal will create a combined company that is a content distribution leader in the mobile, video, and broadcast platforms.

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AT&T hopes to announce DirecTV deal by Monday, according to reports

AT&T reportedly wants to purchase DirecTV in a $48 billion acquisition, which could be finalized in the next few days, though the deal is still rather fragile at the moment, sources recently noted. DirecTV remained dedicated to its TV subscription offering, as the company doesn't have a phone or competitive Internet package to woo potential subscribers.

 

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A proposed AT&T-DirecTV deal was expected to take longer, though is an important step forward for AT&T, giving the conglomerate a nationwide satellite TV provider - boosting wireless phone service with television and high-speed Internet access. However, DirecTV would continue to operate, under control of AT&T, according to media reports released over the past few weeks.

 

Federal regulators, already trying to determine if Comcast should be able to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, will also analyze AT&T's $48 billion acquisition of DirecTV.

It looks like the thermonuclear war between Apple and Google is over

Well, here's something you probably didn't expect: Apple and Google have dropped all remaining patent suits that they have against each other, taking an entirely new direction: pushing for patent reform in the United States.

 

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An interesting note to take away from this is that Apple is still gunning after Samsung, as its big lawsuit wasn't as lucrative as it thought it would be. As for the "thermonuclear war" that Steve Jobs waged against Google, it looks like it's finally over!

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