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Verizon now offering $60 single line plan with unlimited talk and text, 2GB of data

If you happen to be looking for a new smartphone plan and don't need a lot of data and only have one line to worry about, Verizon has now dropped a new plan that might be of interest to you.

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Fair Labor Association reports on Apple partner facilities, Apple responds

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has just released the report on its audit of two Chinese facilities run by Apple manufacturing partner Quanta, where they found a number of issues. The audit found that the facilities, located in Changshu and Shanghai, had a number of compliance issues. These include 62% of employees at Changshu not receiving the mandatory rest day at least once every three months. Apple says that improvements have been made to Quanta's facilities in the year since the FLA's visit in a statement to TechCrunch:

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Apple profiles the Vice Presidents that report directly to Tim Cook

Apple has started highlighting a new tier of their executive team, adding five vice presidents to their Executive Profiles page. The five VPs are Paul Deneve, Lisa Jackson, Joe Podolny, Johny Srouji, and Denise Young Smith. All five report directly to CEO Tim Cook.

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iPhone 6 anticipation so high even tabloids want to 'leak' it

You know the iPhone 6 is hotly anticipated when even outlets like TMZ are trying to get in on the attention. If going from stalking celebrities to posting blurry pictures that were supposedly "smuggled out of a Foxconn factory in China" is any indicator, the hype that's going to come when the real deal is actually launched will be unprecedented even by previous iPhone standards.

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EE in hot water over 'priority answer' customer service

UK carrier EE is being criticized for its new customer service system that allows some customers to pay to jump to the front of the call line. If you agree to a 50p fee, you will be able to speak to the next available representative rather than wait in line like everyone else. The move has sparked outrage, with many customers taking to social media, lambasting the carrier. EE still promises take calls as rapidly as possible:

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Apple partners with China Telecom for iCloud data storage

Apple has partnered with China Telecom to store the iCloud data of customers in China. This is part of Apple's efforts to asuage the concerns raised by China over data security. The company is Apple's sole partner for iCloud data storage in China for now. Apple says that China Telecom won't have access to its data, according to the Wall Street Journal:

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Apple CEO Tim Cook gets iced to raise money ALS charity

After our own Rene Ritchie took the ice bucket challenge to raise and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ASL), Apple CEO Tim Cook did the same with a bucket of ice pouring down him at a company event. In addition to Cook, Apple marketing head Phil Schiller also participated in the challenge at a separate beach location.

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Apple's Beats Music produces Spike Lee documentary

After having created a short film surrounding the World Cup, Beats Music is back in the film arena again marching to the beats of its own Beats with Spike Lee. In its latest video venture, Beats has created a 25th anniversary documentary of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing aptly titled Do the Right Thing 25 Anniversary: A Beats Music Experience.

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New Sprint CEO says plan price drops come first, then network improvements

Sprint's new CEO Marcelo Claure has only been on the job four days now, but has already called an all-hands meeting to lay out his first initiatives at the head of the carrier. The new Chief Executive, who was previously on the Sprint board and running his company Brightstar (which is also owned by SoftBank), laid out a pretty stark and clear path for where he sees Sprint moving in the coming months.

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Apple poaches Nokia HERE executive to patch its Maps ahead of iOS 8 debut

Following criticism over the inaccuracies of its Maps application when it initially launched, Apple is making strides in addressing complaints. In its latest move ahead of the launch of iOS 8 to consumers, the iPhone-maker has poached away Nokia HERE executive Torsten Krenz to help fix Apple Maps.

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