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Troy writes the Tech Files column as the Personal Technology Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. He also covers the digital media, mobile and video game industries and writes occasionally about Apple, chips, social networking and other aspects of technology. Previously, Troy covered Apple and the consumer electronics industry. Prior to joining the Mercury News, Troy reported on technology, business and financial issues for and CNET

Bad news for Netflix subscribers: SpongeBob is going away

If you're a Netflix subscriber, get ready to have your kids say goodbye to  SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. Amid all the hoopla about Netflix's earnings today, investors may have missed this tidbit: the company is Read More →

Looking for wireless service in San Jose? You have three good options, report says

Two of the four big wireless carriers offering service in San Jose got top marks and another nearly so in a new report released today by RootMetrics. The report ranked Read More →

New Facebook phone will actually be the third from HTC

A Facebook phone of some kind may finally be on the way. But it's actually not the first. Say what? Facebook yesterday invited members of the media to come to its headquarter next week to "see our Read More →

Hey Bay Area, your choices for broadband service are between bad and worse

Congratulations, Bay Area residents! According to Consumer Reports, your telecommunications options are largely a choice between bad and worse. But then, you might have already known that. In its Read More →

Tech Files mailbag: Cell phones, cars and distracted driving

I often receive email from readers of my Tech Files column who are looking for advice or recommendations or just want to comment on my pieces. From time to time, I’m republishing edited versions of these question-and-answer exchanges and Read More →

Display expert: Apple’s Cook is right, OLED screens are awful

When it comes to judging the quality of OLED screens, display expert Raymond Soneira has Tim Cook's back. Soneira, president of consulting firm DisplayMate, says that Apple Read More →