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With Moto G phone, Google's mobile revolution now plausible

Google's inexpensive, new Android phones mean the company has a real chance at transforming the wireless industry -- something it attempted to do nearly four years ago with the Nexus One.

In October, the company released the Nexus 5, a top-end phone built by LG Electronics that has a remarkably low price of $349 for a 16GB model -- unlocked and with no contract. On Wednesday, Google announced the Moto G, which costs $179 for an 8GB model, also unlocked and off contract. … Read more

Smssy to Twttr to Twitter: A look back at what could have been

To tweet or not to tweet? That never would have been the question if the company's co-founders had chosen another name.

According to the author of "Hatching Twitter" and New York Times columnist Nick Bilton, the company considered a series of names for the social network before eventually landing on Twitter. The company's co-founders considered Twitch, Smssy, Twittr, and the oh-so-pleasant Friendstalker, according to Bilton. Twitter also explored the possibility of adding a tagline to the logo: "An Odeo Thingy." The tagline referenced where the company's co-founders were working when they hatched the … Read more

It's game on for PlayStation Network on Amazon

Sony's PlayStation Network is now on Amazon.

The massive e-retailer on Tuesday launched its PlayStation Network storefront. The marketplace allows users to access PlayStation Network digital games and downloadable content from and play those on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or PlayStation Vita.

To kick things off, Amazon is offering a $5 PlayStation Network credit on select games. The marketplace has more than 100 titles, including access to recently launched titles, like Call of Duty: Ghosts.

(Via Engadget)

YTL CEO Wing Lee bets on 4G in Malaysia (Q&A)

AMSTERDAM -- How does a national-scale carrier go from nonexistent to profitable in five years?

There's probably no single, simple path. But in the case of YTL Communications in Malaysia, the answer combines aggressive construction of a 4G network, a government boost for new network operators, and a business that embraces the services that many carriers don't like.

That's according to Chief Executive Wing Lee, who sat down to talk with CNET News' Stephen Shankland during a visit to Europe. Lee, who previously worked for 15 years at Sprint and Clearwire, was named CEO of YTL CommunicationsRead more

Facebook said to be placing ratings higher up on Pages

Facebook is considering placing a company's five-star rating in a prominent place on Pages.

The social network is quietly testing placing the rating under the company's name on a business page, TechCrunch reported on Thursday. The startup blog was tipped off to the change by an unidentified source and published an image showing the feature in action.

Facebook has been allowing users to rate businesses on a five-star scale for quite some time. Those ratings, however, weren't displayed so prominently. If the changes reportedly being tested by Facebook are rolled out globally, it could put a the … Read more

Justin Bieber backs social app Shots of Me

Believe it or not, but pop star Justin Bieber is financially backing an unheard of social app called "Shots of Me," which is expected to launch later this week and will target the singer's teenage fan base.

Shots of Me, developed by San Francisco startup RockLive, has secured $1.1 million in seed money, with Bieber leading the way. Other investors include venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, boxer Floyd Mayweather, and angel investor Tom McInerney, according to Fortune, which was first to report on the Biebs' million-dollar social bet.

Shots of Me is said to be a "… Read more

Five 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers not to pick for your home

By now you should have heard about the new 802.11ac (AC for short) wireless standard, which offers up to 1.3Gbps Wi-Fi speed to compatible clients. (If not, check out this post.) Since the new standard is available only on the newer 5Ghz frequency band, all AC routers on the market are true dual-band (also supporting the older 2.4Ghz frequency band) to work with all existing Wi-Fi clients. Most of them are regarded as high-end routers.

In all, AC Wi-Fi is great but not all home routers supporting this new standard are worth your hard-earned cash. Following is … Read more

How to force the use of SMB1 and other protocols in Mavericks

One of the changes Apple has made in OS X Mavericks is the use of Server Message Block (SMB) version 2 as the preferred networking protocol for efficiency, security, and compatibility with other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows.

This transition should be seamless for most uses, especially when connecting to devices directly in the Finder. While SMB2 is default, other protocols including SMB1, AFP, FTP, and NFS are still supported and the system should resort to using them if a connection demands it. However, if a device supports both SMB protocols, then OS X may resort to version 2 … Read more

Path headed to BlackBerry in 2014? Perhaps not

Path, the private, mobile social network for friends and family members, has its eye on BlackBerry, but apparently no decisions have been made just yet.

Speaking to a news outlet in Indonesia this week, Path CEO Dave Morin seems to have said that his company would be bringing its application to BlackBerry in 2014, according to Crackberry. He didn't specify whether the application would be available on BlackBerry 10, said the report, but considering there are no known plans for an update to BlackBerry's operating system anytime soon, it appeared likely BlackBerry 10 would get the nod from … Read more

Sprint unveils Spark, its ultra-fast 1Gb wireless service

Sprint wants to get back into the network speed discussion badly.

The company on Wednesday unveiled Sprint Spark, its brand for the ultra-fast LTE service that eventually will offer a wireless connection capable of delivering data at a blazing 1Gbps. But initially, Spark will be able to deliver peak speeds of 50 to 60Mbps.

Sprint, which has fallen behind in its deployment of a faster 4G LTE network, is in desperate need of catching up with the competition. Sprint has been hampered by the shutdown of its Nextel network and complications with business deals, including the acquisition of former partner … Read more