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ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013
After a harrowing seizure ordeal that left many fans fearing his death, and a poorly received new album " I Am Not a Human Being 2," it's been a rough year for rapper Lil Wayne. He's still a triumphant live figure, however, and this headlining date with T.I. and 2 Chainz could remind fans why his nasally sneer and cosmically bizarre free-associating are still vital in today's hip-hop. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 7 p.m. Sun. $53.75-$125.75. livenation.com .
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Verizon FiOS is throwing a bone to CBS employees who can no longer watch the network in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas because of the broadcaster's fight with Time Warner Cable. In a memo to staffers, CBS said Verizon FiOS is offering employees "exclusive discounts and special promotions. " Verizon is even going to send sales teams to CBS offices in those cities this week to sign up new customers. Verizon's push to poach CBS staffers comes as the CBS-Time Warner Cable blackout enters its third week.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
The HTC One smartphone will be sold by the nation's largest carrier beginning next week, four months after it launched on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Verizon Wireless said in a tweet early Friday that HTC's top phone of 2013 would cost $199 with a two-year contract and be available Aug. 22 in stores and online.  PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 The device comes with a 4.7-inch screen, a fast processor, a solid battery and at least 16 gigabytes of internal storage.  Reviews have praised its sleek aluminum design, Beats-powered audio and neat photo-capture features.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
In just over a week, T-Mobile, AT&T and now Verizon have all announced device upgrade plans. These plans are all designed to let eager tech users get new phones quicker than they can with traditional plans, which typically require them to wait out a period of two years. But despite having a similar end goal, each plan works differently. Here's how they compare. Exchange period If you want to be able to change out your smartphone often, then the plans offered by T-Mobile and Verizon are the better choices.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Two in five smartphones sold in the U.S. this spring were iPhones. But that may not be good enough for Verizon Wireless. The company must sell $23.5 billion worth of iPhones this year to meet a  commitment it made to Apple Inc. in 2010, according to an investment research firm's analysis of SEC filings.  PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 Because of slower-than-expected sales, Verizon now must double its iPhone sales of last year....
BUSINESS
June 27, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Verizon Wireless proclaimed its roll-out of 4G LTE is "substantially complete" two and half years after it began, announcing Thursday the high-speed mobile data network is available in 500 U.S. markets. The New Jersey-based mobile carrier has led the way in providing widespread 4G coverage. But it is struggling to consistently provide data speeds as fast as on AT&T's younger and less congested network. Verizon now is turning to improving its 4G service to handle consumers' growing appetite for mobile data.
NEWS
June 11, 2013 | By Morgan Little
The American Civil Liberties Union announced Tuesday that it has filed a federal lawsuit against key members of President Obama's national security team over the National Security Agency's telephone surveillance, the first legal challenge to the newly disclosed intelligence gathering system. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, argues that the NSA's ongoing, daily collection of virtually all Verizon telephone records is unconstitutional and should be stopped. "This dragnet program is surely one of the largest surveillance efforts ever launched by a democratic government against its own citizens," Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director, said in a statement.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is defending the government's secret seizure of millions of domestic telephone records from Verizon, saying the data collection program “has been a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States.” A senior administration official released a statement Thursday after the British newspaper The Guardian first reported the secret operation. The paper posted on its website a classified court order that requires the telecommunications company to turn over daily records with the length, location and time of individual phone calls, as well as phone numbers.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The massive National Security Agency collection of telephone records disclosed Wednesday was part of a continuing program that has been in effect nonstop since 2006, according to the two top leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “As far as I know, this is the exact three-month renewal of what has been in place for the past seven years," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told reporters Thursday. The surveillance “is lawful” and Congress has been fully briefed on the practice, she added.
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