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AT&T’s New Sponsored Data Shifts Burden of Data Charges From Users to Content Providers

at&t mobile dataAT&T is offering a new Sponsored Data program to lure companies into paying for your data coverage, but who will actually participate? According to AT&T’s tweet, there’s been a few pilot participants, but the coming year may be very interesting for free-to-browse websites and apps.

With the new Sponsored Data service, data charges resulting from eligible uses will be billed directly to the sponsoring company; the customer simply enjoys their content via AT&T’s wireless data network.  Customers will see the service offered as AT&T Sponsored Data, and the usage will appear on their monthly invoice as Sponsored Data.  Sponsored Data will be delivered at the same speed and performance as any non-Sponsored Data content.

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AT&T Offering Up to $450 to Customers Who Switch From T-Mobile

ATTMobile carrier AT&T is worried about T-mobile enough to incentivize new customers for switching. The latest promotion from AT&T will give any customer $200 bill credit towards their account and an additional $250 value for a trading in a phone. So if you don’t get a new phone through AT&T, you’ll only get the $200 coupon.

Late last year, T-Mobile was rumored to be considering the same tactic, so perhaps this is a preemptive move from AT&T.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Lawsuit Leads NSA to Declassify Docs

In a day of fast moving news regarding the National Security Agency‘s domestic surveillance program,a new wire report reveals that a lawsuit brought by the privacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation forced the U.S. to declassify some of the documents related to the spying program.

The NSA declassified three secret court opinions showing how it collected as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans with no ties to terrorism annually over three years, according to the Associated Press. A secret court assigned to monitor surveillance activities struck down the activities in 2011.

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Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Embedded Posts | Twitter Data Requests

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Facebook Begins Rollout Of Embedded Posts (AllFacebook)
Facebook Wednesday announced the rollout of embedded posts, which will allow users to add public posts from the social network elsewhere on the Web, such as on blogs and websites, with those posts including photos, videos, hashtags and other content. Readers will also be able to like and share directly via embedded posts.

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Google Ousts AT&T at Starbucks With Faster Free Wi-Fi

The internet is getting faster at Starbucks now that Google is replacing AT&T at the nation’s largest coffee chain and home away from home workstation. Google is promising a 10x boost in speed with up to 100x boost in speed in Google Fiber cities like Austin. The transition will start in August and take about eighteen months to complete. Just look for the “Google Starbucks” SSID.

Official announcement:

Coffee shop + Internet—it’s a pairing that many of us have come to rely on. WiFi access makes work time, downtime, travel time and lots of in-between times more enjoyable and productive. That’s why we’re teaming up with Starbucks to bring faster, free WiFi connections to all 7,000 company-operated Starbucks stores in the United States over the next 18 months. When your local Starbucks WiFi network goes Google, you’ll be able to surf the web at speeds up to 10x faster than before. If you’re in a Google Fiber city, we’re hoping to get you a connection that’s up to 100x faster.