Bill Snyder

Columnist

San Francisco journalist Bill Snyder writes frequently about business and technology. He writes the Tech's Bottom Line blog for InfoWorld, and 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.

Study finds Google, Twitter and Facebook keep closest tabs on users

A cord-cutter's guide to digital TV antennas

A cord-cutter's guide to digital TV antennas

Consumers who want to say sayonara to their pay TV providers need a quality digital antenna. Tons of different antenna options exists, and finding the right one can be a challenge. Here's how to get started.

Is it wrong to use a VPN to skirt streaming restrictions?

Is it wrong to use a VPN to skirt streaming restrictions?

Netflix says some of its customers use VPNs to access restricted content, so the company blocked the tech, raising questions about the ethical implications of location 'spoofing.'

A key security takeaway from Walmart's chip-and-PIN suit against Visa

A key security takeaway from Walmart's chip-and-PIN suit against Visa

Walmart this week accused Visa of not doing everything it can to reduce fraud. The legal action won't likely see resolution soon, but it spotlights an important payment security safeguard consumers can apply immediately.

Amazon takes aim at YouTube, Netflix via new video offerings

Amazon takes aim at YouTube, Netflix via new video offerings

Amazon this week unveiled its new Video Direct user-generated video service, a direct shot at YouTube, and it also upped the competition with Netflix via new, aggressively-priced streaming video offerings.

Netflix app gets stream-speed option, but you still can't download video

Netflix app gets stream-speed option, but you still can't download video

Netflix subscribers can now stream video to their mobile devices at the highest possible speed available via their wireless networks, but the company still won't let users download content.

U.S. carriers near bottom of wireless network performance list

U.S. carriers near bottom of wireless network performance list

Despite the high price of wireless service in the United States and recent investments designed to improve the 'Big Four' carriers' networks, American consumers still suffer comparatively poor service, according to a new report.

Microsoft won't let you use new Cortana features without Edge or Bing

Microsoft won't let you use new Cortana features without Edge or Bing

Microsoft's Cortana, Bing and Edge are now joined at the hip, and the company limited a set of new features in its digital assistant to people who use its own browser and search engine.

T-Mobile cashes in big time at AT&T's expense

T-Mobile cashes in big time at AT&T's expense

T-Mobile, the self-styled 'Uncarrier,' definitely isn't unprofitable, and it delivered solid first quarter 2016 results at the expense of rival AT&T.

Why enterprise developers could save Windows 10 Mobile

Why enterprise developers could save Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft continues to bleed mobile market share with Windows 10 Mobile, so why are some enterprise developers betting big on the platform's eventual success in the corporate world.

Cord cutting could cause Dish to drop Viacom channels

Cord cutting could cause Dish to drop Viacom channels

Cord cutters threaten the TV industry's traditional business models, and as providers' revenue drops they're trying to make up for the losses by raising TV prices and threatening to drop channels.

Fed-up congresswoman proposes law to block robocallers

Fed-up congresswoman proposes law to block robocallers

Millions of consumers complain every year about unwanted robocalls, but nothing has stopped them. A proposed law would compel carriers to arm their customers with robocall blockers.

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