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SmartBrief keeps your finger on the pulse of everything technology -- consumer electronics, mobile, IT, software services, security and semiconductors, as well as education and digital entertainment. We also cover the worlds of cable, telecommunications, broadcasting and satellite communications.

Opinion: "Greedy" pay-TV industry is in need of real reform


  • Hill, The

The pay-TV industry is lobbying for reforms that would only boost its profitability "at the expense of consumers and broadcasters," writes Robert Kenny, director of public affairs for A… Read More

Authorities want Apple, Google to provide access to data


  • Bloomberg

New privacy features on Apple and Google smartphones have law enforcement officials urging the companies to unblock access to sensitive data in the interests of national security and fighting crime. A… Read More

SSD read speeds can be improved with cache, researchers say



Researchers at the National Taiwan University have developed an error correction cache that they say could improve the read performance of solid-state drives. The improvement was achieved through low-… Read More

PayPal to become a separate company from eBay next year


  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The
  • Reuters
  • PCWorld

EBay says it plans to make PayPal a separate, publicly traded company next year. EBay CEO John Donahoe will step down following the separation, to be succeeded by Devin Wenig of eBay Marketplaces. Dan… Read More

BlackBerry plans more "disruptive" phones


  • Reuters

BlackBerry believes it can still make money from hardware, and it may build at least one unconventional smartphone a year among more traditional models. "When it comes to design and being a little bit… Read More