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Verizon now claims that its disconnecting Chromebook Pixels owners prematurely disconnected from their free 100-MB-a-month 4G plans was a mistake, and that it will work with customers to ensure that they are reconnected. A Verizon spokeswoman told TechCrunch only a small number of Pixel customers who took advantage of Verizon and Google two or three-year free data offer were affected. Since ComputerWorld first reported on the problem, Google has begun offering $150 credits for those who lost their plans. If Verizon restores their service as well, those affected customers might come out of this rather well.

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Soccer balls may be flying in Brazil’s major cities during the World Cup, but in rural Campo Maior Google is testing a different kind of inflatable. Google launched its Project Loon balloons in Northeast Brazil to connect an isolated local school, Linoca Gayoso, to the internet for the first time. What’s significant about this Loon trial is it used LTE technologies (presumably using a Brazilian carrier’s spectrum), which would allow Google’s stratospheric balloons to link directly to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

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Square has brought invoicing to its small business commerce toolkit, letting merchants send email bills to their customers. Square isn’t charging for the service, and it makes no money if a payer sends in a check or brings in cash. But if he selects an option to pay online with credit card, Square will process the transaction and charge its usual 2.75 percent fee. In the last few months, Square has added a lot of new features to its dashboard and core Register app, from customer feedback to pre-ordering.

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