AIM protocol to be shut down after 20 year run

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Date: Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 05:13
Category: News, Software

You have to admit, 20 years is a good run for a messaging protocol.

After 20 years, AIM, the AOL Instant Messenger protocol, will be shut down on December 15th, 2017. The announcement was made by Oath, the Frankenstein merger of AOL and Yahoo! created by now-parent company Verizon.

AIM, which surfaced from the original America Online community, served as one of the earliest cross-platform instant messaging tools with Apple embracing it in early versions of OS X.

But AIM was eventually overshadowed by the rise of social networking. Everything from Twitter to Facebook to Snapchat and scores of other networks lured people away from AIM and the other early instant messaging services. The rise of SMS as an ubiquitous means of communication also took its toll.

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Verizon reveals that all 3 billion existing Yahoo accounts were breached in 2013 attack

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 05:45
Category: Finance, Hack, News, security

If you had a Yahoo account in 2013, there’s a 100 percent chance that you were hacked.

Yahoo’s parent company has revealed that the massive data breach that occurred in August of 2013 affective all three billion Yahoo accounts that existed at the time.

Previously, Yahoo said the hack affected 1 billion accounts, or a third of all accounts. Verizon now says new intelligence suggests the attack was much larger, compromising all Yahoo accounts in 2013.

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U.S. wireless carriers reveal LTE data plan rates for Apple Watch Series 3

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Date: Friday, September 15th, 2017, 05:17
Category: Apple Watch, News, Wearables, wireless

The rates for LTE service for the Apple Watch Series 3 have been announced and while they’re not exactly giving it away, the data plan prices aren’t terrible.

Verizon customers can look forward to paying $10 a month using the company’s NumberShare service. The carrier is offering the first three months free, for a limited time. Verizon also charges a one-time activation fee of $30.

AT&T customers will pay $10 a month under the NumberSync plan. The carrier is offering three months free (in the form of a $30 credit) and is also giving a $25 activation fee credit for eligible customers.

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Apple to begin accepting iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus pre-orders on September 15th at 12:01 AM PT

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Date: Thursday, September 14th, 2017, 05:12
Category: iPhone, News, retail

You can begin pre-ordering your iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in the wee hours come Friday.

Apple has announced that the company will begin accepting pre-orders for the handsets on Friday, September 15 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time or 3:01 a.m. Eastern Time in the United States. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will launch simultaneously in all first wave launch countries, so pre-orders will kick off at 8:01 a.m. in the United Kingdom and 3:01 p.m. in Hong Kong.

It’s unknown as to how readily available supplies of the iPhone 8 might be, so this may be your best chance of locking a unit down. Rumors have also surfaced suggesting that supplies of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would be constrained alongside the iPhone X, and Plus models in particular are often in short supply.

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Rumor: Third-gen Apple Watch to arrive in LTE and non-LTE models

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Date: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017, 05:36
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research note and has predicted that the Apple Watch 3 will ship later this year with both LTE and non-LTE models offered. Kuo also expects the next Apple Watch will retain the same general design and not feature an obvious new form factor.

Kuo added that the Apple Watch will probably continue to ship in 38mm and 42mm size configurations.

The prediction comes 10 days after Bloomberg’s report that the Apple Watch may feature Intel modems for LTE connectivity.

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T-Mobile snags $8 billion of wireless network spectrum for future infrastructure improvements

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, News, wireless

It never hurts to prepare for the future.

T-Mobile recently won an FCC wireless auction for a portion of the wireless airwave spectrum, thereby spending $8 billion to expand its network. The carrier acquired over 1,500 wireless licenses in the 600MHz range. Signals within the 600MHz can travel longer distance and are generally considered high quality—the kind of high quality that would put T-Mobile on par with AT&T and Verizon.

Right now, the 600MHz spectrum is used by television broadcasters, and it won’t clear until early 2020 or so. The company says some of its new spectrum will be usable though, by T-Mobile as well as its subsidiary MetroPCS.

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AT&T announces acquisition of Straight Path for $1.25 billion, works to expand future 5G networks

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, 05:58
Category: Finance, iPhone, News, wireless

It never hurts to buy the bandwidth you need in advance.

AT&T on Monday announced that it will acquire Straight Path Communications, a company that holds licenses to airwaves needed for the next-generation network technology. AT&T announced the deal in a press release, noting that it is worth $1.6 billion in total.

Straight Path Communications is one of the largest holders of the 28GHz and 39GHz millimeter wave spectrum used by wireless carriers. It also holds the mmWave licenses in the 39 GHz band and 133 licenses in the 28 GHz band, which 5G technology is heavily reliant upon.

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Justice Department files charges against Russian hackers following Yahoo email breaches

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Hack, News, security

They found the people who hacked into more than half a billion Yahoo email accounts.

The Justice Department announced charges Wednesday against two Russian spies and two hackers behind the infamous 2014 hacks, which have been identified as among the most significant digital security breaks in American history.

The four men together face 47 criminal charges, including conspiracy, computer fraud, economic espionage, theft of trade secrets and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department said in a news release.

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Yahoo discloses third data breach in six months

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Date: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, 05:39
Category: Hack, News, security

The hits just keep on coming.

Yahoo today revealed a third major hack, wherein some 32 million accounts have been accessed by intruders over the past two years. These accounts are in addition to the accounts affected by the two data breaches the company had previously disclosed.

The accounts were apparently compromised via forged cookie files. Yahoo has stated that the accounts were accessed by the “same state-sponsored actor beloved to be responsible for the 2014 hack.” The 2014 hack was the one that affected at least 500 million accounts.

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Verizon settles on $4.48 billion purchase price for Yahoo’s core assets following email hacks

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Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, 05:01
Category: Finance, Hack, Legal, News, wireless

Verizon was able to save even more money following Yahoo’s email hacks.

The telecommunications company announced a deal to buy the core business of Yahoo for $4.48 billion —managing to secure a $350 million discount it was pursuing because of two major security breaches, the last of which affected over 1 billion accounts.

The deal states that both Yahoo and Verizon will share some liabilities following the 2013 and 2014 hacks. The companies will split cash liabilities linked to some lawsuits and government investigations, but Yahoo alone will be saddled with some liabilities from shareholder lawsuits and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.

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