Verizon may seek a $1B discount on Yahoo acquisition

Verizon may be getting cold feet with its acquisition of Yahoo. Reportedly, it’s asking for a $ 1 billion discount on the original $ 4.8 billion deal for the Internet company.

Recent news about Yahoo’s massive data breach and its alleged secret email scanning program has diminished the company’s value in the eyes of Verizon, according to a Thursday report by the New York Post.

Tim Armstrong, the head of AOL, which Verizon acquired in 2015, reportedly has met with Yahoo executives about reducing the acquisition price.  

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What the Ubiquiti AmpliFi mesh router is missing

Among the new crop of mesh routers, the Ubiquiti AmpliFi seemed the most promising. So, when a client was having Wi-Fi problems, yet again, I thought that perhaps this might be the time to set them up with a mesh network with a single Wi-Fi password. 

The AmpliFi routers are very new, and normally, I would wait until there is more feedback, but I was willing to make an exception because Ubiquiti is a well-known networking company.

But first, I checked the User Guide looking for the one feature every techie needs when setting up a network for someone else – remote access (a.k.a Remote Administration). Typical articles on router security say to disable Remote Administration, but that’s an overly simplistic view, common among the art history majors that write so many tech articles.

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Take your music wireless and save $10 with Google’s Chromecast Audio

These days, there are numerous ways to enjoy wireless streaming at home, but few options can compete with the rock-solid reliability afforded by Google’s Chromecast Audio. Simple and affordable, the Chromecast Audio is currently $ 10 off.

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Why you want Google’s Allo

Should you get Google’s Allo? The answer is: Yes!

As a messaging app, Google’s new Allo isn’t great. Specifically, it’s functionally indistinguishable from any number of apps that have been around for years.

But there’s one reason why you should want to use Allo every day: artificial intelligence.

There are dozens of messaging apps, and each has its own unique list of features. For example, iPhone users may feel compelled to choose between Apple’s iMessage, which recently gained the ability to run iMessage apps, and Allo for iOS.

So for the sake of understanding Google’s new messaging service, let’s talk about how iMessage compares with Allo.

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