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Last Update on April 20, 2015 07:08 GMT

IN THE NEWS: VERIZON DE-BUNDLES SOME PACKAGES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Verizon is loosening the strings that bind its bundles -- at least in some cases. The communications giant says it will now let customers pick from among groups of channels that interest them. That's a change from the current business model -- in which customers get an all-or-nothing choice when it comes to most TV packages. Like many cable and satellite outlets, Verizon offers dozens of channels you must pay for, whether you watch them or not. Now, there is more flexibility in those choices. The move comes as traditional TV outlets face pressure from online video services that provide stripped down viewing choices for a lower price. Verizon will still offer its traditional service, as well as those bundles that include TV, phone and Internet service.

IN THE NEWS: LAWMAKER'S RINGTONE RAISES EYEBROWS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- So, what kind of a grown up has the "Frozen" tune "Let It Go" as a ringtone? How about a U.S. Senator? We learned about Pat Roberts' choice of ringtones as he was attending a hearing on Capitol Hill last week. The Kansas City Star reports that as Roberts was questioning the head of the Agriculture Department, Roberts' phone belted out a bit of the song from the Disney animated movie. There were chuckles in the room as Roberts fumbled with his phone and quipped: "Just let it go." A spokeswoman says the senator uses the ringtone to announce calls from his five grandkids.

 
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