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Verizon patent application for TV snooping tech rejected

The U.S. Patent Office has delivered a 'non-final' rejection of a Verizon patent application for a controversial technology that would serve targeted ads to TV viewers based on what they're doing or saying in front of their sets.

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US mobile providers commit to emergency texting service

The four largest mobile carriers in the U.S. -- AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile -- have agreed to accelerate the availability of emergency texting, or text-to-911.

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The best smartphones you can buy right now

Looking for an upgrade? These are the best smartphones you can currently buy, by carrier.

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Verizon to close mobile video service in favor of Viewdini search app

The Verizon Video service delivered streaming video for money, while Viewdini just helps customers find content

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AT&T adds six more LTE cities

AT&T said Monday it has upped its LTE wireless network reach to 109 markets, by adding six cities in Puerto Rico as well as Albuquerque, N.M., Reading, Pa., and Salt Lake City

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Netflix rival Redbox Instant will cost $6 at debut next month

Verizon and Redbox have teamed to challenge Netflix, and their Redbox Instant is being tested and should be available soon.

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AT&T still at bottom of Consumer Reports rankings, but boasts best 4G network

In the annual rankings of major U.S. cellphone carriers, Verizon Wireless retained the top spot while AT&T once again brought up the rear. But AT&T can at least note that its 4G LTE network was the top-ranked among carriers.

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FCC might make carriers say how well they performed in disasters

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission may seek to make carriers reveal how well their networks withstood major natural disasters so that consumers can compare rival providers.

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HTC Droid DNA review: Stellar screen, bad battery life

The HTC Droid DNA boasts an impressive screen but suffers from bad battery life.

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Verizon will throttle repeat offenders in anti-piracy effort

Verizon customers suspected of copyright infringement will be warned, then their access slowed, in the ISP's plan under the Copyright Alert System. Other ISPs are starting to reveal their plans to alert and possibly prosecute offenders.