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Editor’s note: fyi, we’ve just released a significant update to our Android app with a new feature that’s a first for a mobile app: proximity alerts. When a big story breaks near your location, we’ll send you an alert. Download here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.breakingnews – Tom

Editor's note: fyi, we’ve just released a significant update to our Android app with a new feature that’s a first for a mobile app: proximity alerts. When a big story breaks near your location, we’ll send you an alert. Download here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.breakingnews - Tom Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sprint unveils new unlimited data, talk and text plan

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New Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is on a roll. Just a few days after unveiling new family share plan pricing, now the company is undercutting the competition on unlimited data.

The new plan, available starting Friday, gives new and existing Sprint customers unlimited talk, text and data for $60 per month. To qualify, customers must purchase their device through Sprint Easy Pay, pay full retail price or bring their own compatible device.

On Monday, Claure announced a new family plan, also available Friday, that can include up to 10 lines with 20 gigabytes of shared data and unlimited talk and text for $100 a month under a promotion through 2015.

The new unlimited plan runs $20 less per month than T-Mobile's current unlimited data plan, Sprint's announcement notes.

"With the new Sprint Family Share pack and now the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan, Sprint is giving consumers what they want: choice, simplicity and value," Claure said in a statement.

Claure, who replaced Dan Hesse as CEO of the third-largest wireless company in the U.S. earlier this month has said that reducing prices is among his priorities as he takes on competitors Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.

Sprint's parent company SoftBank had sought a merger with T-Mobile, the fourth largest wireless carrier in the U.S., but gave that up because of challenging regulatory hurdles.

Under Sprint's current pricing a customer could pay as much as $75 for unlimited monthly service or $80 under older, but still active plans.

The new plans aim to make it easier for customers and easier for them to compare Sprint's pricing with that of the competition, said the company's chief marketing officer Jeff Hallock.

"People are using more and more data every day and there is a part of the market that is looking for peace of mind saying, 'I'm going to pay one fee and I can use what I need to use and do all I need to do whenever I need to do it'," Hallock said. "It's as easy as it can be."

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Report: Microsoft to reveal Windows 9 next month

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Might Microsoft be ready to reveal the latest version of its Windows operating system?

The Verge reports Microsoft is planning an event September 30, where it will announce Windows 9. The report cites "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans."

The event will showcase several upgrades to the user interface, says the report, and may even include Cortana, Microsoft's voice assistant.

The new Windows OS would be the first launch under Satya Nadella, who took over as CEO of Microsoft earlier this year. Nadella has focused on shifting Microsoft toward a strategy aimed at the mobile and cloud space.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced it was cutting up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, most of which are related to the acquisition of Nokia's handset business, which the company closed in April.

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‘Flappy Bird’ creator returns with ‘Swing Copters’

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Mobile game creator Dong Nguyen launched his first new mobile title since the release of Flappy Bird, which propelled him to popularity and forced an unusual removal of the game earlier this year.

The new game is called Swing Copters, and bears most of the hallmarks of his first big hit. Players tap the screen to maneuver a small creature wearing a propeller hat through a series of obstacles such as swinging hammers.

The game is available on Apple's iTunes and Google Play for Android.

Swing Copters is the first new title on smartphones since the stunning rise of Flappy Bird earlier this year. During the height of its popularity, Nguyen shocked players by pulling the game off mobile, claiming users were becoming too addicted.

However, earlier this month, Nguyen confirmed the launch of a Flappy Bird follow-up called Flappy Bird Family, which will only be available through Amazon's Fire TV set-top box.

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Tech Five: Gamestop to report earnings

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How have the new video game consoles helped retailer GameStop? Let's look at the five technology stocks to watch for Thursday:

GameStop. The retail chain reports second quarter earnings after the markets close. The company is forecast to report an earnings per share of 18 cents off $1.65 billion in revenue, according to analyst estimates compiled by Yahoo. Sales of new video game consoles will continue to be a focus for investors. Last month, analysts at NPD Group reported hardware sales in the U.S. doubled in July, a typically quiet period for new game releases.

Hewlett-Packard. Shares of the PC company are holding steady in pre-market trading off a boost in shipments for personal computers and laptops during the third quarter. HP posted sales of $27.6 billion, beating Wall Street forecasts.

Verizon. The wireless carrier is shooting down a report it plans on opening an app store to rival iTunes and Google Play. According to Re/code, Verizon is denying that it plans on relaunching its app store, after shutting down its attempt at selling apps in 2013.

Google. The tech giant will start rolling out ads promoting apps through its search engine and video service YouTube, reports Marketing Land. The ads will be available globally starting today.

Pandora. The streaming music company is the latest to share troubling numbers about the diversity of its workforce. According to the findings, less than 18% of tech jobs at Pandora are held by women, while 62% of the company's tech workers are white.

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Vine update to let users import videos

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Developers at Vine rolled out a new version of the video app for iOS that will allow users to import footage from their camera roll and create their six-second clips.

When users are ready to capture a video, they'll see an option on screen to import a video. Users can also mix together several videos instead of importing a single clip.

The app is also adding several fresh editing features, including duplicate and mute buttons, as well as the ability to preview clips and undo changes.

Richard Plom, engineer for the Vine app on iOS, says more than 100 million people watch loops on the Web each month.

The iOS version is available now, while an update for Android is coming soon.

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Grand Jury to Decide on Ferguson Shooting in October

The grand jury looking into the Ferguson police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown could take up to two months, well into October, to hear all the evidence and decide whether or not to indict the police officer, the St. Louis County prosecutor said today.

Brown, 18, was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug.9, and protesters have been angrily calling for Wilson's arrest and indictment since that day.

Prosecutor David McCullough said that though the grand jury could begin hearing evidence in the case today, "our target date is the middle of October" for wrapping up the evidence and asking the jury to decide whether to charge Wilson. Grand juries typically meet one day a week.

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The news came today as protesters and police faced off again in Ferguson overnight, with a thrown water bottle briefly re-igniting the turmoil, but authorities are hopeful the unrest in the St. Louis suburb is reaching a turning point.

Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, speaking at an early-morning news conference, thanked volunteers, clergy and community activists for helping to quell the discontent that has lingered since the Aug. 9 police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

“They had a calming influence on the younger people,” Johnson said. “Tonight, we saw a different dynamic.”

PHOTO: Protesters join hands during a protest in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014.

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PHOTO: Protesters join hands during a protest in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014.

Authorities arrested 47 people overnight, including one person for the third time, Johnson said. Some of those arrested had made threats to kill a police officer, Johnson said, but the clashes didn’t feature some of the heightened measures of previous nights. No Molotov cocktails or shootings from protesters, no smoke bombs or tear gas from police.

PHOTO: A man is arrested as police try to disperse a crowd in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014.

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PHOTO: A man is arrested as police try to disperse a crowd in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014.

Attorney General Eric Holder is also scheduled to travel to Ferguson today to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown's death.

Holder addressed the situation in an editorial for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“Our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent,” Holder wrote. “And beyond the investigation itself, we will work with the police, civil rights leaders, and members of the public to ensure that this tragedy can give rise to new understanding — and robust action — aimed at bridging persistent gaps between law enforcement officials and the communities we serve.”

PHOTO: People help a woman sprayed with chemicals after police attempted to disperse a protest in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014.

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PHOTO: People help a woman sprayed with chemicals after police attempted to disperse a protest in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014.

The overnight unrest followed the Tuesday St. Louis police shooting of a 23-year-old black man after he charged at officers with a knife. After the fatal shooting, onlookers began chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “no justice, no peace.” The chants have been a hallmark of the protests in nearby Ferguson.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Barnes and Noble teams with Samsung on Nook tablet

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NEW YORK -- Barnes and Noble is back in the tablet game.

After taking a brief break, the bookseller has partnered with Samsung on a special version of the company's Galaxy Tab 4, dubbed the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The new tablet, which comes in black or white, features a 7-inch HD display, quad-core processor, 8 GB of storage (with the ability to add more through the microSD card slot), Android 4.4 Kit Kat, and is thinner and lighter than previous Nook devices at 9.74 ounces. The new Nook also adds a 3-megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera, firsts for Nook devices.

The Samsung-made Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is the first new Nook tablet since the Nook HD+ released two years ago and the first Nook made by a third party.

In an attempt to make the device more appealing in the competitive tablet market, Barnes and Noble is leveraging its 660 physical stores with a new customer support service called "Barnes and Noble Advantage." Similar to Apple's Genius Bar and Amazon's Mayday, Nook owners having trouble with their devices can walk into their local Barnes and Noble store to get help, with no appointment necessary. The company says the reps will be able to help set up new devices, troubleshoot problems as well as provide recommendations to users on what they should read next.

Similar to earlier Nook devices the Samsung Nook will feature a "Nook Shop" app offering access to books, TV shows, movies, magazines and apps. Barnes and Noble will also be offering "$200 in free content" with the purchase of the new Nook device, including eBooks of Freakonomics, The Wanderer, and I Am Number Four, and an episode from HBO's Veep, NBC Universal's Hannibal, and BBC America's Orphan Black.

The company will also offer 14-day free trial subscriptions from a variety of magazines including Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated, and US Weekly, and users will also receive $5 to spend in the Nook Store. Like the Galaxy Tab 4 that the new Nook is based off of, the tablet will also have access to Google's rival Google Play store.

The new Nook is available today in Barnes and Noble stores and online for $179 after a $20 instant-rebate.

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US Hospitals Have Had 68 Ebola Scares, CDC Says

American hospitals and state labs have handled at least 68 Ebola scares over the last three weeks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hospitals in 27 states alerted the CDC of the possible Ebola cases out of an abundance of caution amid the growing outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Fifty-eight cases were deemed false alarms after CDC officials spoke with medical professions about patient exposures and symptoms, but blood samples for the remaining 10 were sent to the CDC for testing, the agency told ABC News today.

Seven of the samples tested negative for the virus and results for the remaining three are pending, the agency said.

Once a hospital or state lab notifies the CDC of a possible Ebola case based on travel history and symptoms, CDC officials talk to someone familiar with the suspected patient’s history to determine whether blood testing for the virus is necessary, said CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund. They discuss symptoms and determine whether the patient may have been exposed to the virus. Exposure can happen if the patient is a health care worker, has buried someone with Ebola, has lived in a house with someone who had Ebola or has lived in a place where Ebola is spreading.

“If somebody had traveled to Guinea and came back and had a fever and has never been to a place where Ebola is transmitted, there’s no reason to suspect there’s Ebola just because Ebola is circulating in Guinea,” Nordlund said, explaining that the CDC takes suspected cases seriously but has to narrow them down.

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The latest scare to make headlines involves a patient at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Sacramento who "may have been exposed to the Ebola virus," the hospital said in a statement. The patient has been isolated in a negative pressure room while awaiting blood test results from the CDC.

Earlier this week, a 30-year-old woman arrived at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque with a fever, sore throat, headache and muscle aches after returning from Sierra Leone, according to the New Mexico Department of Public Health. She is currently in isolation and awaiting test results from the CDC, according to the department.

Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, Johns Hopkins Medicine in Maryland and an undisclosed hospital in Ohio have also tested patients for Ebola over the past several weeks.

The CDC has urged health care providers to ask patients about their travel history to help identify potential Ebola cases.

The death toll of the outbreak stands at 1,229, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. At least 2,240 people have been infected since March 2014.

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Tech Five: Twitter tweaking user timelines

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Get ready for more changes to your timeline, Twitter users. Let's look at the five technology stocks to watch Wednesday:

Twitter. It's not just tweets and retweets from followers that users of the social network can expect to see in their timeline. According to Quartz, Twitter quietly tweaked language explaining timelines by noting they could include updates from accounts users don't follow. "We select each Tweet using a variety of signals, including how popular it is and how people in your network are interacting with it," reads Twitter's explainer on timelines. "Our goal is to make your home timeline even more relevant and interesting."

Netflix. Add Time Warner to the list of broadband providers Netflix has struck deals with to speed up streams from the media company, GigaOM reports. Netflix also has similar arrangements with Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.

Microsoft. One year after announcing his retirement as CEO, Steve Ballmer revealed he will step down from Microsoft's board. Ballmer cites a "multitude of new commitments," including serving as the new owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers.

T-Mobile. French telecommunications company Iliad is reportedly talking with Google and Microsoft on drafting a bigger bid for the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. The New York Post reports it's not clear how close Iliad is to striking a deal. T-Mobile nixed Iliad's initial bid worth $15 billion.

Google. The tech giant has had a busy year updating its widely popular search engine. Amit Singhal, who heads up search at Google, says the company made 890 changes to search over the past year. Recently, the company celebrated 10 years since launching its IPO.

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