T-Mobile Stops Counting Data Used With Spotify, Pandora, And Certain Other Music Services

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

John Legere

T-Mobile pulled something of a “One More Thing!” this evening, with a bit of a surprise announcement tacked onto the end of their Uncarrier 5.0 event.

T-Mobile will no longer count data used on the “top music streaming services” (including Pandora, iTunes Radio, iHeartRadio, Slacker, Spotify, Samsung’s Milk service, and Rhapsody) against your data cap.

As it stands, most of T-Mobile’s plans give you an allotment of data (1GB, 3GB, or 5GB) which will work at full speed. Go past that allotment, and your download/stream speeds tank down to 3G speeds.

With this change, any data used on one of the aforementioned “top music streaming services” won’t count toward your cap. And if you’re already past your cap for the month? Data pulled from these services will continue to come down at the higher speed anyway.

It’s certainly a good thing for any T-Mobile customers who might find themselves…

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We’re Still Traveling Like It’s 1996

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note:   John Balen has been involved in the venture capital and technology industries for more than 25 years. At Canaan he focuses on the digital media, enterprise and fintech sectors, and has led investments in Cardlytics, Stayful, SwitchflySilverRail TechnologiesUrbanSitter, Blurb, SOASTA and others.

Travel still provides some of the highest human anxieties of anything we do on a routine basis. There are countless variables when it comes to travel: weather, mechanical issues, overbooked flights, traffic, human delays and so much more. But if we could combine all of our intelligent data in a way that it works together, travel disruptions could be corrected automatically and efficiently.

Think about Google’s self-driving car and all of the random occurrences and variables it encounters on the road — and its ability to react and correct based on real-time information. Smart travel should not be so…

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Top Ten Things Going Through Ned Stark’s Head…

Originally posted on The Little Engine that Couldn't:

Caution: HUGE spoilers for Game of Thrones.

So I couldn’t think of anything to post that wouldn’t take a long time, so I decided to make a list partially inspired by David Letterman’s Top Ten list and partially inspired by Ned Stark getting his head chopped off.

The unfortunate thing is, we really never really got a chance to figure out what Ned was thinking right before he was beheaded. Even in the book, the whole incident was described from Arya’s point of view, which made it even more tragic, if you think about it. Luckily, I have a deep understanding of Ned Stark’s character, and I think it’s safe to say I could figure what Ned was most likely thinking. And the top ten most likely thoughts are:

*drum roll please*

10) I must admit, I did not see this coming.

9) At least my family’s safe now.


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