Private Verizon Customer Information Leaks in Chat Transcripts

Verizon customers who normally use the company’s online chat system to sort out issues with their service might want to stop for the time being. A glitch is leaking personal information—addresses, phone numbers, and sometimes accounts numbers—in other customers’ chat windows.



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Ars Technica discovered the leak on Monday, Nov. 30, and alerted Verizon. As of this publication, the leak has yet to be completely fixed, but the number of instances of it occurring seems to have dropped.

The leak also seems to only be affecting those who chat with a Verizon representative to find out if Fios services are available in their area. For this process, customers would normally have to give their full and complete address to Verizon representatives, and in some cases their account number. According to Ars: “When the chat window opens, it contains transcripts of conversations that other customers, either

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Discovery Partners With Verizon to Distribute New Streaming Service | Technology News

(Reuters) – Discovery Inc. is launching a new streaming service, called discovery+, and has a U.S. distribution deal with Verizon Communications Inc that will make the service available to 50 million customers on day one, following Disney’s lead.

Discovery+ will be available on Jan. 4 in the United States where it will include 55,000 episodes from channels in the Discovery portfolio, which include HGTV, Food Network and Animal Planet.

The service will be free for up to 12 months for new and existing Verizon customers, depending on their plan. People who aren’t eligible for the free trial can subscribe to the service for $4.99 per month with ads, or $6.99 per month ad-free.

Verizon played a role in the success of Walt Disney Co’s Disney+ streaming service by making it available to millions of wireless customers. The service launched in November 2019 and had 73.7 million subscribers a year later.

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Apple and Verizon Offer ‘Fleet Swap’ To Win Over More Business Customers

KEY POINTS

  • Apple, Verizon pitch iPhone 12 and 5G networks to businesses
  • 5G ultra-wideband built for industrial commercial use: Verizon Business CEO
  • Apple is looking at growth in businesses through ‘fleet swap’

Apple is teaming up with Verizon to target business customers for its newest iPhone 12 with 5G compatibility.

Apple and Verizon are offering big discounts to businesses for swapping entire fleets of their staff’s mobile devices with new iPhone 12  handsets with Verizon’s 5G network, irrespective of which carrier they subscribe to. These customers will be charged no upfront costs for the iPhones. They will pay either no monthly cost or a very low monthly charge for iPhone 12 minis.

Announcing the “fleet swap” at an event Thursday, the companies highlighted ways in which the iPhone 12 would be useful to businesses with strong internet on the 5G network. 5G’s higher bandwidth than existing networks will help in

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BuzzFeed buying HuffPost from Verizon for undisclosed price

BuzzFeed is buying HuffPost from Verizon as part of a bigger deal that has the wireless giant investing in the digital-media company.

BuzzFeed and Verizon did not disclose terms of the deal. Verizon will be a minority shareholder in BuzzFeed and the two companies will partner on content and ads.

A downturn in advertising due to the pandemic has hurt both traditional and digital-only media organizations, resulting in layoffs and furloughs. Digital newsrooms had been consolidating even before the pandemic, including Vox’s purchase of New York Magazine and its digital arms. Facebook and Google get the majority of digital-ad dollars.

Verizon came to own HuffPost, co-founded by Arianna Huffington, through its acquisition of AOL in 2015. The country’s biggest wireless provider also bought Yahoo in 2017 in an attempt to build a digital media business that could challenge Facebook. That Verizon Media business, which also includes tech blogs TechCrunch and

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Apple and Verizon Debut ‘5G Fleet Swap’ Enterprise iPhone Trade-In Program

Verizon today announced the launch of the “5G Fleet Swap,” a new program that’s designed to allow enterprise customers to trade in their entire fleet of smartphones and upgrade to an iPhone 12 for zero upfront cost.

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After the transition, the iPhones used by each business will have zero cost (for the ‌iPhone 12‌ mini) or a low monthly cost.

Customers can choose to trade in smartphones from Verizon or any other carrier and upgrade to any iPhone in the ‌iPhone 12‌ lineup. The program will make it easier for businesses to make the transition from 4G to 5G.

“The ‌iPhone 12‌ lineup is the best for business, with an all-new design, advanced 5G experience, industry-leading security and A14 Bionic, the fastest chip ever in a smartphone,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Markets, Apps and Services. “Paired with Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband going indoors and 5G Fleet Swap,

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BuzzFeed is buying HuffPost in Verizon Media stock deal

The move will unite two major players in digital media. As the Journal reported, under the deal, the companies will syndicate content from each other and jointly seek advertising opportunities. The conglomerate will be run by BuzzFeed founder and chief executive Jonah Peretti, who cofounded the first iteration of HuffPost in 2005.

But according to a tweet from a BuzzFeed News staffer, “BuzzFeed and HuffPost will remain separate news organizations,” with HuffPost keeping its own website, social media channels, and app. HuffPost will also have its own editor-in-chief, who will report to BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief Mark Schoofs.

“I will weigh in on major strategy decisions, but I will not be involved in or focused on daily editorial decisions at HuffPost,” Schoofs said in an email cited by the staffer.

Verizon Media will get a minority stake in BuzzFeed as a result of the deal and will make a separate, undisclosed

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Apple, Verizon announce ‘5G Fleet Swap’ program for enterprise

Apple and Verizon on Thursday announced a new “fleet swap” program that will allow enterprise customers to swap existing devices with 5G-compatible iPhone models.

The program, which the two companies say is “first-of-its-kind,” will allow business customers to trade their entire fleet of existing smartphones with any model in the iPhone 12 lineup, including either iPhone 12 Pro model.

According to Verizon and Apple, enterprise customers will be able to upgrade “for zero upfront cost, with zero to low cost per month” payments.

“Paired with Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband going indoors and 5G Fleet Swap, an all-new device offer for enterprise, it’s now easier than ever for businesses to build transformational mobile apps that take advantage of the powerful iPhone 12 lineup and 5G,” said Susan Prescott, Apple VP of Markets, App, and Services.

The two companies also gave examples of how business customers can use existing apps to unlock

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Early Verizon Fios Internet Deals Reported by Deal Stripe

Black Friday experts are reviewing the top early Verizon Fios deals for Black Friday 2020, featuring savings on Verizon Fios Internet, TV & phone plans, and prices

Find the best early Verizon Fios deals for Black Friday 2020, including the top Verizon Fios 200mbps, 400mbps, Gigabit Connection & YouTube TV plans discounts. Links to the latest deals are listed below.

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  • Save up to 75% off on the latest Apple iPhones at Verizon Wireless – click the link to check the latest Apple iPhone 12, 11, XR, X, 8 & more top-rated smartphone deals

  • Save up to $1,100 on the latest Apple iPhone 12 at Verizon – get up to $550 when you trade in your old device

  • Save up to 50% on Samsung Galaxy smartphones at Verizon – check out Verizon’s promotions on Galaxy smartphones including a special ‘buy one, get $1000 off

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