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Verizon Buys AOL For $4.4 Billion, Gets An Abundance Of Sites And A Growing Ad Business

Verizon Wireless and AOL are about to become siblings. Verizon Communications (of which Verizon Wireless is a subsidiary) announced today that it is buying the latter for $4.4 billion. And no, it's not for the dial-up subscribers.

Love or hate it, Verizon offers the strongest mobile network in the US, and it's one of the top broadband providers. In a future where people will stream more and more of their media over the web to an increasingly diverse range of gadgets, Verizon clearly has a role to play.

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[Attack Of The Killer OTA] Recent Android 5.0.2 Update Bricks Nexus 9 For Some Users

The most recent over-the-air update for the Nexus 9, the one that totally wasn't what you were actually waiting for, has apparently bricked the device for some owners. A couple folks affected by this 5.0.2 issue have taken to Google's product forums to ask what gives.

The person who opened this thread was told to perform a factory reset in recovery mode (as well as the bootloader, which has a separate factory reset option).

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Project Fi's Easter Egg Has Lionel Richie Serenade You With "Hello, Is It Me You're Looking For?"

Google likes a good easter egg. That is evident by the company's multitude of weird, unexpected, and fun little things that it sprinkles inside its apps, websites, and services. Case in point: Project Fi. The network's experience page prominently and repeatedly displays the same phone number: (404)-978-9316. 

A nosy reader's curiosity was piqued as to the specificity and focus on that particular set of ten digits. He decided to dial it up and see what happens. Is it Larry Page's hotline?

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[APK Teardown] Hangouts v3.2 Comes Out With Support For Project Fi

Now that Project Fi has come out into the open, we can expect to see integration for the new service popping up in a handful of Google's apps over the coming weeks. The first app to received custom support is Hangouts, which began rolling out just hours after the Project Fi website went live. This update doesn't make any changes to parts of the app we care about, but just adds some elements that come alive when a device is hooked to Google's new service.

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WhatsApp 2.12.45 Adds The Option To Back Up And Restore From Google Drive

I know it seems that we have a new WhatsApp post every couple of days on Android Police lately, but it ain't our fault. The app's developers, specifically the Android team, appear to be drinking the good kind of kool-aid and kicking one new version after the other with not only bug fixes, but also lots of new goodies. So first there was the Web "client", then the saga of the voice calling feature rollout, followed by the Material design update, and now Google Drive is being implemented as a backup option inside the app.

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Spring's More Than 700 Fashion Brands Are Setting Up Shop On Android

Spring, the fashion shopping application that launched on iOS several months ago, is now available on Android devices as well. The service isn't focused on social sharing, instead billing itself as an e-commerce and aiming first and foremost to make it easier to shop 700+ men's and women's fashion brands. It has exclusives, sales (sometimes), an easy check-out experience, and it handles customer service for orders instead of directing you to the brands.

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Duracell Will Sell You A Giant Wireless Charging Plug (Yes, You Read That Right) For Your Non-Wireless Charging Phone

Wireless charging is nice. It really is - setting your phone down and picking it back up, without having to plug it in and remove the plug each time, saves you about four seconds. It's one of those "huh, that's neat" bonuses of modern technology that are interesting without being entirely necessary, like headlights that automatically turn themselves on. Duracell, always hoping to make a quick buck on mobile electronics by selling you things you don't need, also thinks that wireless charging is neat.

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Google Play For Education Invades Canada Using Android Tablets, Goes Straight For The Children

Get them while they're young. When it comes to securing longtime customers, one of the best moves tech companies can make is to get children accustomed to their products while they're going through school. That's not to say that everything is self-interested. In today's world, children benefit from getting early hands-on experience using tech to do something other than playing games.

Now Google is doing its part to make Canadian students as likely to encounter Android tablets in class as iPads.

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elgooG's New Search Engine Mirrors The World As You Know It, Confuses And Delights You

Ever wondered if there was an alternate reality where your world was flipped, wrong was right, right was left, left had stayed, and... I may have lost focus right there. Let me readjust my direction and perspective... So elgooG asked the same question and came away with a solution to show you (and let's face it, your bewildered coworkers) a mirror of our universe, or at least the part of it that we all visit several times a day.

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Samsung Starts April Fools Early With The Galaxy Blade Edge, The World's First Smart Knife

One question has stuck in folks' minds from the moments they first laid eyes on the Galaxy S6 Edge: What's the point? Now Samsung is ready to show us. It has announced the Galaxy Blade Edge, the world's first smart knife. Take from the proximity to April Fools what you will.

The Galaxy Blade Edge isn't smart in the same way as your smartwatch. No, this product doesn't sync up to your phone through a Bluetooth connection, delegating its brains to a primary device.

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