Too busy to keep up with today's tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Wednesday, July 13.
Customers are not happy that Netflix increased subscription prices for its DVD and streaming video combo plan. Customers who want access to DVDs and streaming video must pay $15.98, up from the $9.99 they were used to paying. The 60 percent price hike didn't go over so well in the digital world; new community pages such as "I Unlike Netflix Today" sprung up to get the masses to quit Netflix. But CNET's Greg Sandoval argues that there's a way out of this mess.
CNET's Roger Cheng got the scoop that Sprint is confirming a LightSquared network deal, adding a key element to Sprint's major 4G push. Sprint's network will be used in LightSquared's 4G Long-Term Evolution network, which could help Sprint compete against AT&T and T-Mobile, which have been aggressively expanding their HSPA+ wireless networks. Sprint is expected to confirm the network-sharing agreement with LightSquared on July 28.
Senator Jay Rockefeller seeks an inquiry into admitted phone hacking by News Corp. publications, with allegations that victims of the September 11 attacks were targets of the phone-hacking scandal that went down last week.
The popular note-taking service Evernote today announced it has raised $50 million in a new round of funding by Sequoia Capital and Morgenthaler Ventures. Since the software company's inception, Evernote has grown to 11 million users--adding a million in the past month.
Some police departments will start using a handheld facial-recognition device. The gadget works by snapping a photo of a face from five feet away or scanning a person's irises, so the person's face can be matched against a database of people with criminal records. The device can also collect fingerprints. Privacy groups are already getting worried about the use of this technology in law enforcement.
After months of speculation, U.S. consumers will be able to get their hands on Spotify's music-streaming service beginning tomorrow. The European company said late this afternoon that it would launch stateside tomorrow and that it would divulge more details at 5 a.m. PT. Look for more news on that, plus CNET's early impressions of the service then.