Bill Snyder

San Francisco journalist Bill Snyder writes frequently about business and technology. His work appears regularly in CIO.com and the publications of Stanford's Graduate School of Business and the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He welcomes your comments and suggestions.

Why the FCC's latest net neutrality defense is hollow

Verizon customers won't like these two new tweaks

Verizon customers won't like these two new tweaks

With the 2017 New Year comes two new (and unfortunate) changes for Verizon Wireless customers.

You could soon have to pay streaming-video sales tax

You could soon have to pay streaming-video sales tax

Some cities and states want to tax the streaming services that destroyed Blockbuster and other video-rental companies, and that could make it much more expensive to cut the cord.

5 simple steps to boost your digital hygiene in 2017

5 simple steps to boost your digital hygiene in 2017

January is a good time to stop making excuses and get your digital life in order. Here are five inexpensive, money-saving, aggravation-reducing ways to maintain tech, and protect yourself and the environment in the New Year.

Should Apple hobble FaceTime to battle distracted driving?

Should Apple hobble FaceTime to battle distracted driving?

In 2014, a driver using Apple's FaceTime video app allegedly killed a five-year-old child. The grieving family says Apple knew the danger, and even patented a tech to reduce risk, but still did nothing.

Got the holiday blues? Take a break from Facebook

Got the holiday blues? Take a break from Facebook

A recent study of more than 1,000 users found that spending less time on Facebook can dramatically brighten your mood.

Everything you need to know to cut the cord and ditch cable

Everything you need to know to cut the cord and ditch cable

Thinking of cutting the cord and saying sayonara to cable for good? We've got you covered with this easy-to-digest rundown of all the hardware you'll need and the services that deliver the most value.

T-Mobile's free DIRECTV NOW deal is full of gotchas

T-Mobile's free DIRECTV NOW deal is full of gotchas

The 'Un-carrier' continues to roll out offers that sound too good to be true ... until you read the fine print. T-Mobile's latest DIRECTV Now ploy is an all-out insult to AT&T.

Deadlocked FCC could mean the death of net neutrality

Deadlocked FCC could mean the death of net neutrality

An FCC with an equal number of Democrat and Republican representatives could be a very bad thing for consumers, because it won't be able to finally do away with the set-top box, stop the AT&T and Time Warner merger, or continue to...

5G will give you blazing fast broadband at home

5G will give you blazing fast broadband at home

You’ll have to wait for 5G on your phone, but ultra-fast wireless will deliver speeds that blow away your cable connection.

Finland is a tiny wireless nirvana the U.S. could learn from

Finland is a tiny wireless nirvana the U.S. could learn from

It's clear that lively competition in Europe yields better wireless service options for consumers. Unfortunately, even more wireless consolidation may come to the United States under President-elect Trump.

Beware these gotchas in T-Mobile's 'free' iPhone 7 offer

Beware these gotchas in T-Mobile's 'free' iPhone 7 offer

T-Mobile's Black Friday offer includes 'free' Apple iPhone 7s and Samsung Galaxys, but details in the fine print might make it less appealing to some consumers.

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