Cablevision ( CVC) is trending as the cable operator said it would raise Internet prices by $5 in January. Cablevision said all customers who have Internet service as part of their video or phone package will be subject to the higher price. The higher price represents an average hike of 3.2% for customers' monthly bills. The company said prices for video and phone services as well as promotional packages will not be affected. Cablevision said it has invested $140 million in improving its Internet services by adding hotspots and putting no caps on consumer usage. The company also said it has not raised its Internet prices in a decade.
Google ( GOOG) is another popular search. The online search giant has decided to shut down the free version of its Google Apps for Business. Now, instead of offering a free and premium version, only the paid version will be available for $50 per user per year. Google said it made the move because the free model slowed things down for individuals and businesses. Google Apps will remain free for individuals and businesses that have already signed up for it. Google Apps for Education will also remain free for schools and universities and Google Apps for Government will still be available for the cost of $50 per user per year. Google Apps is a service that includes various software services, like Gmail, Talk, Docs and Calendar. Google announced in January that its goals included refocusing on building good products and cutting out any that were useless or repetitive.
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