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Tech News Today for July 12, 2016

Tech News for July 12, 2016

Google’s Project Fi just got a big boost by giving subscribers high speed data access in 15 additional countries around the world, bringing the total number of foreign countries to more than 135. This new deal with Three, one of the largest European cell carriers, means that Fi is quickly becoming the Trillian of cell phone service, hopping between mobile networks easily, based on location and signal strength. Google also announced that the speed cap while traveling overseas is being lifted. Read more at googleblog.com

Microsoft has a new program it hopes will bring more Surfaces into the enterprise. Announced at the company’s worldwide partner conference, they call it “Surface as a Service.” Businesses will be able to lease Surface devices, and with those is included subscriptions to Office 365 and Windows 10. Read more at TechCrunch.com.

The Oculus Rift hasn’t been the easiest VR headset in the world to secure. Not impossible, just not easy, particularly if you didn’t drop in a pre-order the minute it was announced in January. Oculus is happy to announce that the backlog of existing pre-orders is cleared, and new units will now ship within two to four business days. Read more at Oculus.com.

There's an update on yesterday’s Pokémon Go story that showed the iOS version was super permissive in sharing all kinds of Google data. The app is receiving an update today that will improve the account process and fix the account access issue for good. Read more at 9to5mac.com

Senator Al Franken has contacted Niantic with an official request for clarity on what kinds of data Pokémon Go generates for the company based on its terms of service and privacy policy. Read more at TechCrunch.com.

Megan Morrone is out today, but Jason Howell will be joined by Lindsey Turrentine from CNET. Tech News Today streams live weekdays at 4PM Pacific, 7PM Eastern at twit.tv/live. You can subscribe to the show and download it later at twit.tv/tnt.

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