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T-Mobile details its no-contract Simple Choice plans: starting at $50/month for unlimited talk, text and 500MB unthrottled data

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/26/t-mobile-details-its-no-contract-simple-choice-plans-starting-a/

TMobile details its UnCarrier plans TKTK

T-Mobile already let its new “UnCarrier” plans loose on its website without much fanfare this past weekend, but it’s now finally talking a bit more about them at its big launch event in NYC. Dubbed Simple Choice, the new plans all of course do away with the traditional two-year contracts, and they all start with both unlimited talk and text. The differences come with the data options: the basic $50 a month plan will get you 500MB of high-speed data with rates throttled down to 2G speeds after you hit that limit. Heavier data users can opt for 2GB of unthrottled data for an extra $10 per month, while fully unlimited 4G data will set you back an extra $20 a month (or $70 total). A second line will run another $30 on top of that, with each additional line costing $10 apiece. Not surprisingly, the carrier is also making a big marketing push to promote its new approach. You see its first commercial after the break, and find a full breakdown of the plans at the source link below.

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 news No Comments

The Four Seasons Has A New Plan To Promote Itself As A Destination For Foodies

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-four-seasons-new-website-taste-2012-12

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Instead of trying to turn all of its 90 restaurants into destination eateries, luxury hotel chain Four Seasons is taking a different approach to promote its dining venues.

The company just launched a new website called Taste, which is basically a Pinterest knockoff that showcases restaurants, chefs, and recipes at the Four Seasons.

In one section called “1 Ingredient, 3 Ways,” Four Season’s chefs will create recipes centered around (what else?) specific ingredients, and visitors can then vote on which version they like best.

There’s also a unique learning component featuring a flavor profile on the ingredient, what region it comes from, its taste, benefits, and the ways it can be prepared.

The company is banking on people discovering Taste not only through the Four Seasons’ website, but through searches such as, “What can I make tonight with apples?” It sees the website as a useful tool, while also connecting visitors with its chefs, restaurants, and ultimately its brand, we learned at a launch event for the website at the Four Seasons New York this week.

In essence, the Four Seasons is building an interactive epicurean community that is also spreading its desired image as an food-oriented hotel, one website click at a time.

SEE ALSO:  The 10 Best All-Inclusive Hotels On The Planet

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Friday, December 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Absurdly Hyped Startup Airtime Has Officially Flopped And Top Execs Are Fleeing

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/absurdly-hyped-startup-airtime-has-officially-flopped-and-top-execs-are-fleeing-2012-10

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Airtime, the startup with a product that connects random Facebook users in video chats, is a huge flop and its senior people are fleeing the company, Liz Gannes of All Things D reports.

CTO Eric Feng, brought in through a March acquisition, is on his way out. Cofounder Shawn Fanning is no longer day to day at the company.

It’s particularly bad news that Feng is leaving because after joining the company in March, he fired everyone who had been working on the startup’s tech before.

Airtime, which raised $33 million from Kleiner Perkins, only launched its product 12 weeks ago, but it’s already pretty obvious not many people want to use the thing. Gannes reports that it only has 11,000 daily active users. By comparison, Instagram has 11 million.

Fanning’s cofounder is Sean Parker, the guy played by Justin Timberlake in the Facebook movie. Gannes says he was the driving force behind Airtime’s weird product launch event, which was attended by all sorts of mid-level celebrities. He says this launch “worked” because it drove traffic. Uh huh.

Gannes talked to Parker, and has more quotes from him here >>

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 news No Comments

Apple Is Destroying Amazon And Google In E-Commerce With 435 Million Accounts (AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-online-payments-amazon-google-2012-9

Visa cards, credit cards, wallet Apple just announced at the iPhone 5 launch event in San Francisco a stunning statistic.

The company now has 435 million accounts for iTunes, the online store that sells music, apps, books, and movies.

That’s up 9 percent in just three months. In June, Apple said it had 400 million iTunes accounts.

That puts Apple way ahead of Amazon.com and eBay’s PayPal unit, both of which have less than half Apple’s number of accounts.

And Google, which is trying to match Apple’s online app and content stores with Google Play for Android smartphones, doesn’t say exactly how many Google Wallet accounts it has. The only range it’s given is “tens of millions” of accounts. 

Right now, Apple is only a player in buying digital goods. But its new Passbook feature, which stores coupons and tickets, is a tentative step towards handling other kinds of purchases.

Don’t miss: Everything You Need To Know About Apple’s New iPhone 5 >

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 news No Comments

Google partners with Universal, EMI, Sony Music, 23 independent labels on Google Music, scores exclusive content

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/16/google-partners-with-universal-emi-sony-music-23-independent/

A music store isn’t much without plenty of music, and Google’s new offering launched with some big backing today. The company is partnering with Universal, EMI, Sony Music and no less than 23 independent labels on the service — according to Google, that covers about 13 million songs in total, 8 million of which are available today. Speaking at the launch event, Universal’s Rob Wells said that he expects Google Music to be a “rich new revenue stream for our artists,” and further noted that he’s excited about the “global rollout” across all Android devices, although we’re unfortunately not hearing many specifics about availability outside the US just yet. What’s more, Google also announced that Google Music will have a number of exclusive offerings from the labels, including concerts from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Pearl Jam and The Dave Matthews Band, and the exclusive debut of Busta Rhymes’ latest album.

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