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Watch Out Netflix: RedBox Instant Streaming Service Is Coming Soon

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As if there weren’t already enough streaming options out there, between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vudu, HBO Go and even Toys R Us, RedBox has partnered with Verizon to launch a streaming service of their own. Redbox Instant, which has been rumored to be in the works for some time now, is now finally getting underway. This month the service will launch a beta test, with the public launch scheduled for next year.

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5 Apps To Tether Your Verizon Phone

Verizon lost a court battle this week, when the FCC fined the phone carrier $1.25 million and determined that the company must allow customers to use mobile phone tethering apps.

It might take a little while before tethering apps show up in the Android Market on Verizon phones, but to help you prepare and tether you’re Verizon phone, we’ve put together a list of apps that can help. Below we’ve listed five tethering apps along with descriptions and links to the app’s listing in Google Play. Read more

Social Media Newsfeed: Digg $500K Buy | Facebook Love | Tweet Screening

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Betaworks Buys What’s Left of Social News Site Digg (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
On Thursday, Betaworks, a technology incubator in New York, said it had acquired social news site Digg. Betaworks paid $500,000 for Digg’s assets, including the site and its technology, and Digg shareholders received equity in a new Betaworks unit that will use those assets, according to a person involved in the deal. The Wall Street Journal The price is a pittance for a company that raised $45 million from prominent investors including Facebook investor Greylock Partners, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen. Digg received higher offers from bidders that included technology and publishing companies and start-ups but ultimately decided Betaworks had the best plan for reviving its brand, three people familiar with the matter said. Wired It used to be one of the most fearsome traffic drivers on the Internet, but faltered with a redesign in 2010 that critics complained gave all the leverage to promote stories to publishers, and took it away from the community that had built the site’s popularity. Users started leaving in droves, turning to Twitter to find their news, or Facebook to share links with friends, rather than “Digging” a story. PC Magazine Digg will be combined with News.me, which serves up the best stories shared by friends on Facebook and Twitter via an iPad and iPhone app and in a daily email newsletter. In the near future, Betaworks will release a cloud-based version of Digg intended to complement the existing News.me apps, Digg said. Reuters The sale came after the majority of Digg’s engineering staff left in May for Social Code, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Co. “Over the last few months, we’ve considered many options of where Digg could go, and frankly many of them could not live up to the reason Digg was invented in the first place — to discover the best stuff on the web,” Digg Chief Executive Matt Williams said in a blog post. “We wanted to find a way to take Digg back to its startup roots.” Read more

How Long Do Cell Phone Companies Keep Information About Your Location, Usage & Bills?

Graphic courtesy of Wired.

Graphic courtesy of Wired.

Do you know how long mobile phone service providers keep records about which cell tower you used? Or, text messages? Or, call detail records? Wired took a look at a photo copy of a U.S. Department of Justice summary table titled “Retention Periods of Major Cellular Service Providers” that provides the specifics.
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