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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

Pay TV prices continue to outpace inflation

If you have the feeling your cable rates just keep going up and up, you're not imagining things. The Federal Communications Commission on Monday late last week released a report documenting that -- yet again Read More →

Comcast: Data caps likely within 5 years

Hey Comcast customers: Don't be surprised if the company resurrects caps on your data usage. At a financial conference earlier this week, David Cohen, the broadband giant's Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, predicted that Read More →

FCC Chairman insists he really, really backs net neutrality

Tom Wheeler, the commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, wants you to know that he's really, really a believer in net neutrality. Methinks he doth protest too much. The net neutrality rules he's proposed are at best on shaky legal footing. At Read More →

Samsung loses share in smartphones

Samsung's march toward smartphone dominance has taken a pause. In the first quarter, the company's market share actually slipped slightly, according to a new report by market research firm Strategy Analytics. It marked the first time since 2009 that the Korean Read More →

Apple updates, cuts price on laptops

Apple's lightweight MacBook Air notebook is getting faster and cheaper. The Cupertino company on Tuesday announced that it's updating the line with faster processors and is slashing the price on all models by $100. The revised Read More →

Netflix strikes another connection deal, this time with Verizon

Netflix has struck a deal with Verizon to improve the quality of its streaming video to the broadband provider's customers. Under the terms of the deal, Netflix is paying Verizon to upgrade their joint data connection. "We have reached an interconnect arrangement with Read More →
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