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Forgot about the rumors and speculation: Tuesday, Oct. 22 has arrived, and we'll all soon know what Apple has in store for us with a fall media event in San Francisco that will unveil what the company has to offer through the end of the year and into early 2014. Since the website will be dominated by Apple-related stories today, our overnight recap is mostly a little break from all that noise, so dive in and enjoy!
Boost Mobile announced Monday that the no-contract provider will finally add Apple's latest iPhones to its Monthly Unlimited with Shrinking Payments service plan. Starting Nov. 8, the carrier will offer both the iPhone 5c as well as the iPhone 5s as part of its Sprint-powered service that covers more than 281 million people across the U.S., available nationwide in nearly 20,000 retail stores.
The Verge reported Monday that Netflix now has 31.1 million U.S. subscribers, a number finally larger than cable and satellite provider HBO. Two years ago, it seemed like Netflix could do only wrong, but its third quarter numbers reveal $1.11 billion revenue and the addition of 1.3 million new subscribers in the U.S., which helped the streaming service eclipse HBO at last. Netflix streaming is now available in 41 countries with more than 40 million subscribers worldwide.
That's a wrap, folks: Polygon reported Monday that Nintendo Japan has announced the end of production on the original Wii. Although it remains unclear if the game console, first launched in 2006, will be discontinued globally, the Japanese website noted the change in status with the brief comment "production ended." Unlike its higher-priced sibling, Wii U, the original Wii managed to sell more than 100 million units worldwide to date.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced Monday that tech journalist David Pogue has jumped ship from his cushy gig at The New York Times and will now hang his hat with the internet portal. "David will lead a major expansion of consumer tech coverage on Yahoo and will publish columns, blog posts and video stories that demystify the gadgets, apps and technology that powers our users’ daily lives," Mayer added. Pogue also confirmed the news on his own blog, noting that he'll be starting at Yahoo "in a few weeks" after 13 years with The Gray Lady.
If you've ever done last-minute Christmas shopping at a chain drugstore or just browsed for cheap gadget gifts on Amazon.com, you've no doubt run across Coby Electronics, who specialized in low-priced portable DVD players, MP3 players, televisions and even tablets. According to Consumerist, the company quietly closed its doors over the summer after winding up on the losing side of a royalty dispute with Phillips over its portable DVD players. Since then, Coby has been rescued by Gordon Brothers, a retail liquidator who most recently scooped up the remains of CompUSA and continues to run the operation as an e-commerce site. Unfortunately, the new owners have apparently decided not to honor Coby warranties, creating some discord with customers who feel like they've been burned in the process.
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