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Crushed by a stampede of petitioners, the FCC extends net neutrality comment period

Crushed by a flood of commenters, the FCC has extended the open comment period for their Open Internet proceedings until Friday. When we wrote about the importance of net neutrality back in May, the FCC had opened the door for open comment, and that window was due to close today. But after having been smashed yesterday and today by people like you registering their thoughts with the FCC about how best to address net neutrality, the FCC has extended that window to Friday.

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iPhone 5s continues reign as world's best-selling smartphone, Galaxy S5 who?

The iPhone 5s has been on the market for nearly 9 months, and in that time it has reigned as the best selling smartphone around the world. For nine months straight, in any given quarter, no phone has sold more units than the iPhone. Or so says Counterpoint Technology Research Firm. That's especially impressive when you consider that in our modern technology world, the iPhone 5s is now "old" and our attention has turned to the hotly-anticipated iPhone 6. And considering how many challengers have come along and threatened to dethrone the aging 5s, most notably the Samsung Galaxy S5, it's even more impressive.

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Touch ID trademark application rejected, cites likelihood of confusion

The United States Patent & Trademark Office this week published a letter on their rejection of Apple's attempt to trademark the "Touch ID" name given to their fingerprint-sensing home button authentication system. The rejection comes over a likelihood of confusion with a trademark granted to Kronos Technology Systems of Massachusetts for… Touch ID.

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Three UK makes 0800 numbers free on new SIM-only plans

UK mobile operator Three has announced new SIM-only plans, enabling consumers to save on calling 08- numbers. Free 0800 calls will be included, while other 08- numbers (084, 087, etc) will cost 5p per minute. The network will also be introducing new spending tools, which will prevent customers from exceeding allowances and limits on premium numbers. On top of all this, new allowances for tethering will be rolled out.

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President of Beats by Dre defends the quality of its premium headphones

The president of Beats by Dre, Luke Wood has defended the quality of branded headphones. Opinions have been voiced that the headphones are too heavy on bass, something Wood disagrees with. The Beats brand, while a popular source of headphones for consumers, has had its quality previously questioned with opinions shared that the headphones are not priced accordingly. This didn't halt Apple entering into a deal to purchase Beats Electronics for $3 billion.

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Apple launches new iTunes Pass service in Japan to let you top-up on credit in-store

Apple has unveiled a new iTunes Pass service, enabling consumers to add credit to their Apple account by purchasing funds from sales representatives at an Apple Store. Using an iPhone or iPod touch, the sales rep scans in the amount through Passbook, which can then be utilized on the App Store. This saves the consumer from having to use a debit (or credit) card attached to the account or having to redeem cards. Unfortunately, this service appears to be limited to Japan for the time being.

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Former U.S. press secretary Jay Carney's name NOT 'bandied about' for Apple PR job [Updated]

Apple's long-time vice president of PR, Katie Cotton is gone and that means someone is more than likely going to replace her. Rumor has it Apple is looking to bring someone in for the job, and now a compounding rumor has it former Obama White House press secretary Jim Carney could be a potential candidate.

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Australians can now take part in the Apple iPhone trade-in program, get up to A$250 off a new iPhone

Continuing the roll out of the iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program that started last year, Australians can now get up to A$250 towards the purchase cost of a brand new iPhone in-store. Any customer can bring in an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5.

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Could Beats' Jimmy Iovine be Apple's next ad man?

Apple is rumored to be shaking up its advertising effort and speculation has it that longtime creative agency partner TBWA Media Labs may be out in favor of Beats' Jimmy Iovine. Apple had acquired Beats for a cool $3 billion, and it looks like that money will net Iovine a posh office heading up Apple's "Madison Avenue" efforts as the iPhone-maker is looking to reignite its marketing campaigns.

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Shazam's latest update brings Rdio music streaming

You have provably used Shazam to tag new songs that you've heard on the radio, and now the service is getting even more useful with built-in Rdio integration. With the latest Shazam app update, music lovers can tag their songs and then replay those tunes directly within the app using Rdio's music streaming service.

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