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November 29, 2013 |
An armed man who barricaded himself in a La Crescenta Verizon store Friday afternoon first robbed a Rite Aid in the same shopping center, one shopper told The Times. Rachel Belofsky of Sunland and her mother had stopped at the Rite Aid to pick up a few items in what they thought would be a quick trip. When they walked in, Belofsky heard staff calling the police. She went to the pharmacy and said the "pharmacist was shaking" and told her "the guy robbed them for drugs" and ran out of the store.
October 17, 2013 |
Verizon Wireless reported third-quarter earnings Thursday that generally met expectations, but did come with one surprise for Apple-watchers. During a conference call with analysts, Verizon executives said the company had 3.9 million iPhone activations in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That's the same number it had in the second quarter that ended in June, and down a bit from the 4 million activations it had in the first quarter ending in March. WATCH: 5 videos to introduce new Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts The number is still up 26% from the 3.1 million iPhone activations it had a year ago. Activations count new phones as well as phones purchased on the resale market or handed down to other friends and family members. The number was a bit surprising considering Apple launched the iPhone 5s and 5c at the end of the quarter.
October 10, 2013 |
T-Mobile announced its customers now get unlimited data and texting when they travel abroad. The Seattle carrier will also let users make calls while abroad for $0.20 per minute. And all of this is bundled into the company's base Simple Choice plan, which costs $50 per month. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 How does T-Mobile's new plan stack up against rivals AT&T, Verizon and Sprint? Here's what we've found. AT&T If you're traveling with AT&T, you'll have to pay extra on top of your service plan to get texting, data and voice.
September 25, 2013 |
Amazon.com unveiled the latest version of its Kindle Fire HD tablets Wednesday morning, and they are lighter, faster and have higher-resolution displays than before. They also now have an X in their name. The new 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablets feature better screens than last year's models. The 7-inch model now features a full 1080p HD display, and the 8.9-inch model's screen has been beefed up to a 2,560-by-1,600 pixel resolution with a 339-pixel density. Both tablets are also faster, thanks to their 2.2GHz quad-core processors.
September 5, 2013 |
The battle over federal "net neutrality" rules resumes Monday when a federal appeals court takes up the challenge filed by one of the country's largest Internet service providers: Verizon. The phone company, which argues that the Federal Communication Commission's rules violate federal law and the Constitution, asserts that ISPs have a 1st Amendment right to edit or block the data flowing from websites to their customers. The company's stance is strange and self-contradictory, considering its long-standing efforts to be freed from liability for the "speech" that travels through its wires.
September 2, 2013 |
In one of the largest deals in global corporate history, Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to pay $130 billion to buy Vodafone Group's 45% stake in Verizon Wireless and take full control of the nation's top wireless carrier. The deal would put to an end a joint venture launched by the two telecom giants in 2000 after a string of mergers that had altered the contours of the mobile-phone industry. Verizon had made repeated attempts during that time to acquire Vodafone's stake, but the two could not agree on price.
September 2, 2013 |
In one of the largest deals in global corporate history, Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to pay $130 billion to buy Vodafone Group's 45% stake in Verizon Wireless and take full control of the nation's top wireless carrier. In an era of ubiquitous cellular service and fast-rising use of smartphones, Verizon was eager to take hold of a business with big challenges but equally significant potential. Despite heavy competition and slowing subscriber growth, the wireless business is expected to be paced in coming years by growing demand for video and other premium services.
August 30, 2013 |
Verizon is reportedly blocking retail employees from taking a vacation day Sept. 20, fueling speculation that the next iPhone will go on sale that day. Apple news site 9to5Mac cites unnamed sources saying Verizon is restricting vacations from Sept. 18 through Sept. 22. That follows a report this week that said T-Mobile is blocking vacations around the same time. In the past, electronics retailers have been known to block their employees from taking days off when major products are set to go on sale.
August 29, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before the Associated Press Stylebook adds a "twerk" entry. The Skinny: Grantland occasionally creates recurring features that send me into black hole of binge reading. Their " Escape from Pop Purgatory " series is no exception. Thursday's headlines include the MPAA's copyright victory and Vodafone potentially selling its stake in Verizon Wireless. Daily Dose: This seems appropriate, given the entertainment news cycle this week. The Washington Post has a chart that perfectly illustrates how news breaks on Twitter, starting with everyone feeling the need to "weigh in" and ending with cat pictures.