Ed OswaldFreelance contributor, TechHive

Ed is a technology journalist, music nut, and gadget geek who hails from the somewhat small town of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Isis mobile payment system for Android finally launches

After months of delays, the tap-to-pay mobile payment system owned by AT&T, T-mobile, and Verizon Wireless goes live in Austin and Salt Lake City.

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Megaupload's Kim Dotcom returns with “Mega” file-sharing service

Megaupload may be dead, but its founder Kim Dotcom is about to launch a whole new file-sharing site with new protections for its users.

The Pirate Bay moves to the cloud to escape authorities

The popular search engine used to find torrents, or small information files that allow the downloading of content from the BitTorrent peer-to-peer system.

Foursquare tiptoes into local search

The popular check-in service opens up its local search offering to the public through its website.

Starbucks adopts Square wireless wallet

Starbucks coffee shops will use Square's mobile payment system in its own app starting this fall, and is also updating its iOS app with location alerts.

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Facebook private messages trigger 'likes' without telling

A new Facebook feature lifts links from your private messages and adds anonymous "likes" to those sites without alerting you.

T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger: Your FAQs answered

Customers of both carriers obviously have some reason to be concerned about how they will be affected.

Google obtains patent for Project Glass-like smart-watch

Google appears to be working on a smart watch that operates much like its highly anticipated Android-powered eyeglasses.

T-Mobile + MetroPCS merger: Great for them, bad for us

T-Mobile and MetroPCS may tie the knot; the combination of the two could be a bad deal for many consumers.

Paid social network App.net updates pricing structure, adds monthly plan

App.net cuts prices to make it easier to join its premium social network.

Foursquare adds 'Always On' option to track friends

A new feature added to Foursquare Tuesday sends you an alert each time your friend checks in on the service.

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Windows 8 System Builder will replace full version at retail

Non-upgrade versions of Windows are being replaced in Windows 8 by the System Builder version, which is more accommodating when it comes to transferring a license.

Android hits 500 million device activations as iPhone 5 debuts

Google is trying to out-news Apple.

Court orders music pirate Jammie Thomas-Rasset to pay original fine of $222,000

Jammie Thomas-Rasset has been ordered to pay for downloading pirated music. Could a possible Supreme Court fight settle the issue of how much a pirated song is worth?

Microsoft goes public with holiday store plans

Microsoft plans to open 32 new retail locations in time for the holiday season.