Verizon Caught Throttling Netflix and YouTube, says it was “Video Optimization”

“Verizon Wireless customers this week noticed that Netflix’s speed test tool appears to be capped at 10Mbps, raising fears that the carrier is throttling video streaming on its mobile network,” Jon Brodkin reports for Ars Technica. “When contacted by Ars this morning, Verizon acknowledged using a new video optimization system but said it is part of a temporary test and that it did not affect the actual quality of video. The video optimization appears to apply both to unlimited and limited mobile plans.” “But some YouTube users are reporting degraded video, saying that using a VPN service can bypass the Click Here to Read more

It’s official: Verizon owns Yahoo! Marissa Mayer resigns

Verizon Communications Inc. today completed its acquisition of the operating business of Yahoo! Inc. Verizon has combined these assets with its existing AOL business to create a new subsidiary, Oath, a diverse house of more than 50 media and technology brands that engages more than a billion people around the world. The Oath portfolio includes HuffPost, Yahoo Sports,, MAKERS, Tumblr, BUILD Studios, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Mail and more, with a mission to build brands people love. Marni Walden, Verizon president of Media and Telematics, said in a statement, “The close of this transaction represents a critical step in growing Click Here to Read more

Verizon is kicking the Yahoo! and AOL names to the curb

Well, it seems that Verizon is sick of both AOL and Yahoo! as it finalizes the purchase of Yahoo! Thanks to security breachs of gargantuan proportions, Yahoo has lost a ton of value — and the company was struggling even when Verizon announced its intentions to buy the former internet juggernaut. Part of the value lost is in the Yahoo brand, which Verizon apparently considers toxic at this point. To that end, Verizon is changing the name of the combined Yahoo and AOL company. Business Insider first reoprted that”Oath” will be the new name of the company. Minutes after we Click Here to Read more

Verizon announces “Verizon Unlimited” plan with 4G, talk, text, for $80.00 per month

On Sunday, Verizon announced that it has listened to customers and is announcing “Verizon Unlimited”. The announced plan includes unlimited Internet, 4G, talk and text for $80.00 per month.  Any additional lines will run someone $45.00 per month. The plan includes a “Mobile Hotspot” feature with 10GB of 4G LTE data. After the 10GB is consumed, speeds drop to 3G equivalent rates. Calling and texting to Mexico and Canada are included in the plan, as is up to 500MB per day of 4G LTE roaming in either country as well. Additionally, video streams are transcoded to 720p resolution. Audio streams Click Here to Read more