Today in Tech: Why I hate Verizon’s iPhone, Yahoo selling Delicious

March 18, 2011, 9:00 AM UTC

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  • Jonathan Geller of Boy Genius Report documents his tortured experience switching from AT&T’s iPhone to Verizon’s. Now before readers accuse Geller of being anti-Big Red, bear in mind he’s been dreaming about the Verizon iPhone for the last three years. But the reality of his situation kicked in once he made the switch: dropped calls in Connecticut, slow 2G data speeds, and of course, the inability to juggle Internet usage while making calls. Check out his essay , and feel free to sound off about your own Verizon iPhone experiences — or Verizon Wireless experiences in general — in the comments below. (Boy Genius Report)
  • Yahoo is reportedly close to selling off beloved bookmarking site Delicious for between $1 million and $2 million to an unspecified company. (Business Insider)
  • The New York Times made some news of its own yesterday with the announcement of a new web pay system, or paywall, that goes up stateside March 28. People who want to read more than 20 articles a month and aren’t subscribers will have to choose one of three packages: $15 every four weeks for access to the Web site and a mobile phone app (or $195 for a full year), $20 for Web access and the iPad app ($260 a year), or $35 for an all-access plan ($455 a year). (New York Times)
  • Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin led a $6.5 million round of investment in Jumio, an online and mobile payments solution. “I’m usually a critical person, but the last time I have seen such a disruptive idea was actually Facebook,” said Saverin. He also recently made a little splash in the investment community when he contributed to multimedia wiki startup Qwiki’s $8 million Series A round of funding. (TechCrunch)
  • The freshest iPhone 5 rumor has nothing to do with a larger screen. This time, an alleged Apple employe says the next company smartphone may feature Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which would allow for things like payment by swiping an iPhone 5 within inches of a compatible scanner. (Forbes)
  • Expect the next version of Microsoft Office, Office 15, to include some social network integration, particularly Facebook instant messaging. No release date on the product yet, though. (ReadWriteWeb)
  • Wondering why group messaging startups like GroupMe are getting all the buzz these days? According to writer Mike Melanson, it’s because they do what Facebook and Twitter don’t — “they take away the magic and the guesswork and provide a blunt instrument for communicating with small groups of people using both data and text messaging.” (ReadWriteWeb)

UPDATE: A Yahoo spokesperson released a statement to Fortune in response to the Delicious sale item. “We’re actively thinking about the future of Delicious, and we believe there is a home outside the company that would make more sense for the service, our users and our shareholders. We’re in the process of exploring a variety of options and will communicate specific plans when appropriate.”



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