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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.

Articles by bsnyder

Modernizing IT: How to thrive as a CIO ‘value broker’
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Modernizing IT: How to thrive as a CIO ‘value broker’

IT is undergoing a sea change, thanks to shifting budgets and the rise of ‘shadow IT.’ But with company-wide vision, strong IT-business relationships and a focus on value, CIOs can expand their horizons.
September 25, 2017
How to know if your smart TV can spy on you
Consumer Tech Radar

How to know if your smart TV can spy on you

The voice control function of your smart TV can be used for eavesdropping while other features of your set may be collecting data as well.
March 8, 2017
Why the FCC’s latest net neutrality defense is hollow
Consumer Tech Radar

Why the FCC’s latest net neutrality defense is hollow

The outgoing Democratic chairman of the FCC says 'zero-rated' streaming services from AT&T and Verizon likely violate net neutrality rules, but that might not matter when Republican Ajit Pai takes the reins of the commission later this month.
January 13, 2017
Consumer Tech Radar

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.
January 10, 2017
Everything you need to know to cut the cord and ditch cable
Consumer Tech Radar

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.
December 23, 2016
T-Mobile’s free DIRECTV NOW deal is full of gotchas
Consumer Tech Radar

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.
December 15, 2016
Finland is a tiny wireless nirvana the U.S. could learn from
Consumer Tech Radar

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.
December 7, 2016
Facebook trolls should learn from Amazon’s new Prime ad
Consumer Tech Radar

Facebook trolls should learn from Amazon’s new Prime ad

Abusing friends and relatives on Facebook has become all too common, particularly following the recent presidential election. Amazon took a refreshing tack in a new Prime ad — and internet trolls should take note.
November 21, 2016
Today’s cable TV may not be better but it sure is more expensive
Consumer Tech Radar

Today’s cable TV may not be better but it sure is more expensive

An FCC study found that cable TV costs have increased nearly four times as fast as the overall cost of living in the United States, and though many consumers have access to more channels, they may not actually watch any of them.
November 3, 2016
Consumer Tech Radar

T-Mobile’s Google Pixel offer has 2 hidden gotchas (updated)

T-Mobile says it will give customers $325 if they bring their own Google Pixel phones to its network. The deal sounds solid, but there are at least two things you need to know before you opt in.
October 27, 2016