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.

Why AT&T's attempt to kill municipal broadband in Tenn. matters to all Americans

What you need to know about Comcast's new gigabit Internet service

What you need to know about Comcast's new gigabit Internet service

Comcast plans to roll out a new technology that will bring high-speed gigabit Internet to customers in five U.S. cities using the same connection that delivers TV content. The news is good for consumers, but a number of unanswered...

Why zero-rating services like T-Mobile Binge On are a real threat to the Net

Why zero-rating services like T-Mobile Binge On are a real threat to the Net

It took years for consumer advocates and lawmakers to win the fight for net neutrality. Today, wireless providers are trying to skirt the regulations by giving big content providers privileged access to their customers.

6 key questions to ask before you buy a new TV

6 key questions to ask before you buy a new TV

These six TV buying tips can save you time, energy and money, and help ensure that when Super Bowl Sunday arrives, you have the best set for the big game.

Why 6 Republican senators think you don't need faster broadband

Why 6 Republican senators think you don't need faster broadband

The big ISPs and their allies in Congress want the FCC to lower the Internet speeds required to qualify as broadband service, in an obvious move to win more government subsidies.

MetroPCS courts Sprint customers with deep discounts and free phones

MetroPCS courts Sprint customers with deep discounts and free phones

T-Mobile and its MetroPCS subsidiary took a shot at Sprint this week with a new promotion designed to steal customers. The deal won't be right for everyone, but it's a reminder that consumers have more options than just the 'Big Four'...

Google releases self-driving car performance report as U.S. proposes $4 billion in funding

Google releases self-driving car performance report as U.S. proposes $4 billion in funding

The U.S. government made it clear this week that it's solidly behind autonomous cars, but Google's safety record shows some real challenges that must be addressed before self-driving cars hit the roads en masse.

What Intel's new sixth-gen 'Skylake' chips mean for PC users

What Intel's new sixth-gen 'Skylake' chips mean for PC users

New Windows laptops with sixth-generation Intel processors offer significant advantages over older systems, including better battery life, but most of them don't come cheap.

Scammers target Dell customers after apparent data breach

Scammers target Dell customers after apparent data breach

A number of Dell customers claim to have been contacted by scammers who had access to specific customer information that should have only been available to Dell. The company says it hasn't been hacked but won't offer an explanation...

Privacy group says Google tracks your school children online

Privacy group says Google tracks your school children online

The Electronic Frontier Foundation claims Google collects information when school kids use Chromebooks and Google apps, and the potentially sensitive data could eventually make its way into the hands of third-party advertisers.

AT&T finally joins modern wireless world, kills off contracts

AT&T finally joins modern wireless world, kills off contracts

AT&T plans to abandon the wireless contract this month, a move that should ultimately mean more flexibility for consumers, who will also save money in the long run despite higher up-front costs.

How to fix Microsoft's latest software update blunder (updated)

How to fix Microsoft's latest software update blunder (updated)

Microsoft pushed out yet another problematic software update, and it erases customizations made to the 'normal' template in Word 2016. The company confirmed the issue, and though it hasn't released an official fix, it offered a way to...

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