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Verizon hops on ban-wagon, blocks unauthorized tetherers

August 8th, 2011

Verizon Wireless is seemingly following AT&T’s lead and taking action against subscribers who make use of unauthorized tethering apps. ReadWriteWeb reports that one of its writers was using a “jailbroken tethered Verizon Motorola X” with an unauthorized third-party app, rather than paying for Verizon Wireless’ mobile hotspot solution as its contract terms require. According to the report, …

Jailbroken iOS 5 gets third-party widgets

June 13th, 2011

Apple introduced iOS 5 and its new widget system just last week during WWDC, and a day later it was jailbroken. Now, Cydia developers have taken iOS 5 a step further by providing new third-party applications that allow users to tweak the Notification Center with new widgets. iOS 5 currently only offers widgets for viewing …

Twitter confirms TweetDeck purchase

May 26th, 2011

Twitter’s CEO, Dick Costolo, has confirmed that his firm has purchased TweetDeck, the popular third-party client. In a blog post published on Wednesday morning, Costolo said that Twitter will continue to invest in TweetDeck, which Costolo sees as a powerful platform for brands, marketers, and publishers. Iain Dodsworth, the CEO of TweetDeck, said his team …

Twitter acquires TweetDeck for $40 million

May 24th, 2011

Earlier this month we heard reports from TechCrunch that TweetDeck had been acquired by Twitter for $50 million. CNN now says that Twitter has finalized its purchase of TweetDeck in a $40 million cash and stock deal, and that the paperwork was signed on Monday. Neither Twitter nor TweetDeck have confirmed the purchase, and Twitter’s PR …

AT&T to developers: third-party application sources allowed henceforth

May 17th, 2011

One of the major benefits of owning an Android handset is the ability to install applications from non-Market sources — without the necessity of a dev-team intervention. AT&T customers have not, however, been privy to this particular feature… that is until now. In a letter to developers, the carrier has confirmed that it will, from this point …

Facebook apps accidentally leak personal data, Symantec says

May 11th, 2011

According to security firm Symantec, some advertisers on Facebook may have had access to your person profile, photographs and chats thanks to a security leak that was enabled by close to 100,000 Facebook applications. Thankfully, Symantec doesn’t think the advertisers ever knew that they had access to the personal data, and Facebook has already “taken …

Twitter acquires TweetDeck for $50 million

May 2nd, 2011

According to source speaking to TechCrunch, Twitter purchased the popular third-party client TweetDeck for between $40 and $50 million on Monday. The Wall Street Journal originally reported that Twitter was in “advanced talks” to purchase TweetDeck – a 15 person company – back in April. Sources speaking to TechCrunch said that Twitter made the purchase …

Foxconn employees arrested for leaking Apple iPad 2 specs

April 28th, 2011

DigiTimes is citing a report from sznews.com today that three Foxconn employees have been arrested in Shenzhen, China for leaking the design specs of the iPad 2 to third-party case manufacturers ahead of the device’s launch. The three were allegedly arrested in December of last year and were charged in late March for the leaks. …

AT&T’s services, products being pulled from third-party retailers

February 22nd, 2011

It looks like AT&T is aiming to recapitalize on revenues generated from handset sales. Several third-party wireless resellers — including Wirefly — have reported that beginning this March, they will no longer offer AT&T devices or services. In a letter to customers, Wirefly CEO, Andy Zeinfeld, noted that his company is committed to providing great selection and savings along …

iOS 4.3 intros AirPlay support for third-party apps, Web apps

January 12th, 2011

Apple on Wednesday released a new build of iOS — version 4.3 beta 1 — that significantly expands AirPlay functionality for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. In current public builds of iOS, only native Apple applications can make use of AirPlay, which allows multimedia content to be streamed wirelessly from iOS devices and Mac …