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  1. Prosecutors in “Hacking” Case Admit They Don’t Even Understand What the Defendant Did

    This whole court is a server! Technology is hard.

    Andrew Alan Escher Auernheimer, a hacker and notorious troll who goes by the name weev, has been in jail ever since he was convicted for exposing an AT&T security flaw, and his case recently got a little sillier as the prosecution in his appeal literally admitted to not even understanding what he'd done.

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  2. T-Mobile Sends Out Press Release That Reads Like An Onion Article, Slams AT&T Using Star Wars Jokes

    These are not the mobile phone plans you're looking for.

    Okay, we know that the phrase "This is like an Onion article" is used way too often of late, but the comparison here is apt: T-Mobile's recent press release imagines fake, casually-inflected quotes from high ranking corporate leaders in the company, using Star Wars references to discuss news that isn't even about them. Well played.

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  3. New York City Offers Free Wi-Fi in 32 More Parks With Purpose-Defeating 10-Minute Limit

    What can you even do on the Internet in 10 minutes?

    Offering free Wi-Fi in public parks is a great thing for cities to do because it can help underserved citizens get online, but also because it's just hella convenient. New York City already has free Wi-Fi in a number of parks thanks to a deal with AT&T, but they're expanding the program through a new deal with Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. Unlike the AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots -- which are free all the time for everyone always -- the Time Warner and Cablevision parks will have a 10-minute daily limit on free access. You're doing it wrong.

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  4. It’s Now Illegal to Unlock Your Subsidized Phone, But Does it Matter?

    As of yesterday, it is now illegal to unlock a carrier-subsidized phone for use on another network. Doing so before your contract expires now puts you in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The move is meant to protect carriers from losing the money they spend to subsidize phones before they have a chance to earn it back through their service plans. There's already a We The People petition to reverse the decision, but is it worth trying to overturn this law?

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  5. Time Warner and AT&T Want Some of That Sweet Google Fiber Deal, Because of Course They Do

    Google Fiber -- Google's incredible Internet service -- is set to make some pretty impressive waves in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS when it finally rolls out. We know this, Google knows this, the citizens of Kansas City know this, and now it's apparent that Time Warner and AT&T know this too. See, Google got a series of sweet deals out of Kansas City to build up the infrastructure required to host gigabit Internet connections and the other carriers in the area want a slice of that pie, because of course they do.

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  6. Verizon CFO Basically Calls “That Whole Unlimited Thing” a Fad

    Mobile phone carriers have long flirted with unlimited data plans -- offering them and then not -- in order to trick convince customers to come to their side of the fence. This is nothing new, as both AT&T and Verizon have played this game before, but what is honestly the tiniest bit shocking is how these companies seem to think that unlimited plans aren't the future of their industry. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference yesterday, Fran Shammo, Verizon's CFO, said "that whole unlimited thing," in his opinion, "is going by the wayside."

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  7. Check Out a Computer Animation from Nearly 50 Years Ago

    You probably tend to think of computer animation as a relatively recent phenomenon, but it's actually a lot older than you're likely to give it credit for. While computer generated movies didn't start taking off until the '90s, computers were being used to generate animations as early as the 1960s. A video recently released from the AT&T archives shows off one of these early specimens, an animation from 1963, which very well may be the first computer animation ever; it's hard to really know. Nonetheless, it's an important piece of history.

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  8. Which 3G and 4G Networks are the Fastest?

    Because we can't help incite enough wireless network flame wars, we're going to start the morning with what we'll call an "update" to the usual comparison between wireless network speeds in the United States. PC World performed a little test between major carriers, and the results are actually a little more surprising than what you might've guessed.

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  9. AT&T Will Unlock Some iPhones Starting This Easter

    In a surprise move, AT&T has announced that they will begin unlocking certain qualifying iPhones starting this Sunday. Once unlocked, owners will be able to take their phones to whatever carrier they wish, even ones that don't officially offer the iPhone. Looking at you, T-Mobile.

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  10. Man Successfully Sues AT&T Over Throttling his iPhone

    Despite recent evidence that throttling doesn't seem to improve network performance, companies are still tightening their grip on your bandwidth. However, a recent court case could make data providers a little nervous. California judge Judge Russell Nadel has ruled in favor of Matt Spaccarelli over AT&T regarding Spaccarelli's claims that AT&T was throttling his iPhone's data connection. He walked away with a cool $850, which might only be just the beginning.

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