John Paczkowski

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Verizon and the Grift That Keeps on Giving

A new record for Verizon. In early October the company’s wireless division claimed title to the largest consumer telecommunications refund in history, saying it would pay $52.8 million to some 15 million subscribers who were charged for data usage, though they weren’t on data usage plans. Now, thanks to the Federal Communications Commission, it can claim another. The agency last week slapped the company with a $25 million fine, the largest in its history.

“I am pleased that Verizon Wireless is now taking the appropriate steps to repay 15 million consumers more than $52 million dollars,” FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement. “Their $25 million payment to the U.S. Treasury–the largest in FCC history–is an important recognition of the harmful impact on consumers.”

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work