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Major carriers partner to bring LTE to Chicago's subways

Chicago Mayer Rahm Emanuel has announced that the city has reached a deal with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to bring 4G LTE from all four carriers to the Chicago Transit Authority's subway system. The network, which will replace the decade-old system currently in Chicago's subways, will provide continuous coverage for 22 miles.

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T-Mobile has two more ads lined up for the Super Bowl

It looks like T-Mobile will be showing multiple new ads during Super Bowl XLIX. In addition to their ad starring Kim Kardashian, T-Mobile will also air a spot featuring comedians Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman. While the full ad hasn't yet been posted online, the carrier did post a behind-the-scenes video.

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Cricket bumps $40 base plan from 1GB of data to 2.5GB

AT&T's prepaid carrier Cricket is increasing the data allotment for all of their plans without making any changes to the pricing. It's a bit of a shake-up, offering one of the best data packages among prepaid carriers.

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FiftyThree announces gold version of their Pencil stylus

FiftyThree, developer behind popular iPad drawing app Paper, has announced Pencil Gold, a gold version of their Pencil stylus. Pencil Gold is made of anodized and brushed aluminum, and the new color is meant to compliment the gold versions of Apple's latest tablets, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3.

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Proposed tax holiday would make it easier for Apple to bring foreign earnings home

Two U.S. senators have sponsored a bill that would make it easier for companies like Apple to bring the cash they are keeping overseas into the United States. Currently, U.S. companies that repatriate their foreign earnings are taxed at 35%. The new bill, sponsored by Senators Barbara Boxer and Rand Paul, is called the Invest in Transportation Act of 2015 and would see these companies taxed at a much lower rate

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iTunes for OS X updated with notification center widget, improved syncing

Apple has updated iTunes for OS X to version 12.1 today. Coming along for the ride is a new notification center widget, along with performance improvements for syncing with your iOS devices.

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Runkeeper adds Spotify integration for premium users

The good folks at Runkeeper have been taken in user feedback, and today are happy to announce that their iOS app now features Spotify integration. That means Spotify premium users can rock out to their favorite tunes on Spotify from right inside Runkeeper — no more jumping between apps.

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Sky partners with O2 to enter the UK mobile market

Sky has today announced plans to launch a new mobile service in 2016, partnering up with O2 for the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) venture. The deal will enable Sky to offer 2G, 3G and 4G services to its customer base, placing the company in a strengthened position against rivals.

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Apple ties with Samsung for title of world's largest smartphone manufacturer

Apple's stellar quarter – during which it sold 74.5 million iPhones – has allowed the manufacturer to catch up to Samsung. According to data from market research firm Strategy Analytics, both Apple and Samsung control a market share of 19.6 percent and are now tied for the title of the world's largest smartphone vendor.

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FTC rules that throttled unlimited data doesn't qualify as 'unlimited'

In a ruling that's resulted in a $40 million fine, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's smacking down TracFone's speed throttling of customers that were paying for unlimited data service. The case in question only applies to TracFone, but it helps to reinforce a precedent that could apply to even the larger carriers in the United States.

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