Not to be outdone by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon have now announced they are also going to double the data for users on shared mobile plans, at no extra cost. What’s more, both carriers are bringing the promotion to family and business customers alike, making the news all the better. With Sprint, for example, you can get 120GB maximum for $225 per month on a family plan, while business accounts will receive up to 200GB for $330 — on the former, there’s also the $130 option, which lets you share 60GB between lines. Similarly, Verizon is set to double the data amount on its 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB More Everything plans; the 12GB and 16GB are making the jump as well, but only to 15GB and 30GB, respectively. Verizon’s promo is kicking off tomorrow, with Sprint following suit the day after. But be sure to act fast, since the networks will only be offering this through the end of October.
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You can now interact with any Tweetbot notifications you get right from Notification Center. This means you can easily reply or favorite tweets without opening up the app. What’s more interesting is the new extension support. You can now quickly share links and tweets to other apps. This means if you see something on Twitter you can instantly send it over to Pocket, Evernote, or wherever else with just a tap. It makes saving links from Twitter a lot easier. Finally, the apps also been updated for the new displays on both the iPhone 6 and 6+.
Facebook just posed a statement apologizing for the consequences of its draconian policy requiring that people use their "real" names on Facebook. The policy was used to unfairly target members of marginal LGBT communities, but we’re promised a solution is in the works.
In a posting on his Facebook profile, Chief Product Officer Chris Cox explicitly apologized to the "affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender" people who got into trouble when their profiles were reported as fake a few weeks back. The subsequent outcry after the incident led to a push back and even lit the fire over an early-stage Facebook competitor, Ello, that doesn’t require real names. After making the excuse that Facebook receives hundreds of thousands of fake name reports, Cox explained that the policy is not intended to target the LGBT community.
Our policy has never been to require everyone on Facebook to use their legal name. The spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life. For Sister Roma, that’s Sister Roma. For Lil Miss Hot Mess, that’s Lil Miss Hot Mess. Part of what’s been so difficult about this conversation is that we support both of these individuals, and so many others affected by this, completely and utterly in how they use Facebook.
Still the company hasn’t backed down from its real name policy, though it admits that there needs to be a mechanism for evaluating marginal cases. The content of what this mythical fix might be isn’t clear yet, so we’ll reserve judgement until we see some movement. [Facebook]