Friday Tech Crawl: Massive U.S. security leaks, Google Fiber coming to San Antonio and the Netflix price hike

Posted October 6th, 2017

Happy Friday, everybody! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning:

More real and potential government leaks

The news is not good in the cybersecurity world: on Thursday it was revealed that an NSA contractor was arrested for stealing classified information. The arrest happened back in August and it looks like enough material was compromised to adversely affect the U.S., according to reports. And if that weren’t bad enough, Politico reports that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s personal cell was compromised as far back as December. These leaks, they aren’t great.

Google Fiber comes to San Antonio and Louisville, without TV

Google Fiber, which last  year had layoffs and paused its expansion, is adding two more cities to its Internet service, San Antonio and Louisville. But according to the blog post announcing this, Google is trying something new: offering the high-speed Internet service without the TV add-on. It’s unclear how soon this will happen or how that’ll affect pricing, but Google says it won’t affect TV service in current markets including Austin.

Unwelcome Netflix bill change

You didn’t really think all those new series and movies on Netflix weren’t going to come at a price, did you? The big streaming service is raising its prices on Standard and Premium plans (the ones that let you stream to multiple TVs at the same time or watch 4K-quality content, respectively) from $9.99 and $11.99 to $10.99 and $13.99. The Basic plan will stay at $7.99 a month.

A BMW hot tub

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive in a BMW that is also full of water? No? Well, now you don’t have to because somebody did it. Enjoy your weekend!