Troy Wolverton Troy Wolverton (229 Posts)

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

Unlocking bill passes House

The move to restore consumers' legal right to unlock their cell phones took a step forward on Tuesday. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would overturn a Read More →

Unlocking to get a vote in Congress, but the bill is flawed

Congress on Tuesday is expected to take up the issue of cell phone unlocking. But what started out as an effort to restore consumer rights may end up being a setback to consumers. While consumers may soon be able to legally Read More →

Supreme Court sets date for Aereo case

The real-life legal drama that pits startup Aereo versus the big broadcast networks now has a confirmed slot in the Supreme Court's spring lineup: April 22. The high court updated its calendar on Tuesday, in the Read More →

Advice to Comcast customers: Change passwords in wake of hack attack

Update If you're a Comcast broadband customer, you may want to change your password. A group calling itself NullCrew FTS last week hacked into some 34 of the company's mail servers using a Read More →

Microsoft’s Gates may take on new role in leadership shakeup

For the first time since its founding, Microsoft may soon have neither Bill Gates nor Steve Ballmer in a top role. But at least in the case of Gates, the change could mean one of the company's long-time leaders will Read More →

Google to sell Motorola for big loss

Google is selling its Motorola unit to Lenovo, in what appears to be a tacit admission that its biggest acquisition ever was a major mistake. Lenovo is paying $2.9 billion worth Read More →
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