Microsoft wants AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA approved

By on June 8, 2011 at 2:40 PM.

Microsoft wants AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA approved

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission, Microsoft and other companies expressed their support for AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA. “Many policy-related efforts will not be able to quickly address near-term capacity needs,” the letter stated. “The FCC must seriously weigh the benefits of this merger and approve it.” Other big names, such as Facebook, Research in Motion, Oracle and Yahoo!, have also voiced support for the merger, while Sprint has been the most outspoken opponent of the deal, which would make it the smallest major carrier in the U.S. behind AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The FCC and DOJ are in the midst of a thorough review process that promises to scrutinize every aspect of the proposed merger. More →

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Sprint formally asks FCC to block AT&T’s T-Mobile acquisition

By on June 1, 2011 at 11:58 PM.

Sprint formally asks FCC to block AT&T’s T-Mobile acquisition

Sprint’s already been very vocal about its opposition to AT&T’s planned purchase of T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom, but on Tuesday the carrier officially asked the Federal Communications Commission to step in and block the purchase. In its 377-page filing, Sprint argued that the acquisition would make AT&T the nation’s largest carrier with a total of 118 million subscribers and a 43% grip on the postpaid market. The carrier added that Verizon and AT&T would earn 78% of all wireless revenues and the “Twin Bell” duopoly would have an 82% grasp of the postpaid market, making it difficult for other carriers such as Sprint to compete. AT&T, meanwhile, has argued that the acquisition will create jobs, will not stifle competition, and will help deliver high-speed wireless broadband to 97% of U.S. residents. More →

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Apple to announce back to school special at WWDC? $200 off an iPad or free iPod touch?

By on May 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

Apple to announce back to school special at WWDC? $200 off an iPad or free iPod touch?

One of our Apple sources has informed us that they’ve been hearing Apple’s yearly back-to-school special will be announced at WWDC next month. We have been told Apple will continue to offer educational discounts on computers and either a free iPod touch, or $229 towards the purchase of any other iPod. Our source also let us know that there might be something new in the works, as well… they heard that it’s possible Apple might offer students up to $200 off an iPad with the purchase of a new Mac. If true, this would be pretty great deal. If only Apple could make enough of them…

Thanks, Lindsey S.!

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Netflix inks multi-year instant streaming deal with Miramax

By on May 16, 2011 at 8:50 PM.

Netflix inks multi-year instant streaming deal with Miramax

Netflix announced on Monday that it has reached a multi-year agreement with Miramax to offer several hundred Miramax films, including hits like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Good Will Hunting, through its instant streaming service. “From day one, we’ve been very clear about the importance of digital and our desire to respond to the significant pent-up demand for our films — delivering to consumers whenever and wherever they want,” Miramax CEO Mike Lang said. Netflix did not disclose the financial terms of its deal with Miramax. Netflix subscribers looking to get in on the action will be able to access the new content — on a rotating basis — beginning in June. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Throwback Thursday: AT&T Wireless

By on May 12, 2011 at 5:33 PM.

Throwback Thursday: AT&T Wireless

As you can see from the above image, the destruction and slow reconstruction of AT&T is quite a story. With the T-Mobile merger currently being debated by Congress, potentially adding another chapter to the saga, we thought it might be a good idea to look at the genesis of AT&T Mobility as it stands today. It all started back in 2001 with AT&T Wireless… More →

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Microsoft to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion

By on May 10, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

Microsoft to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that it will acquire Skype for $8.5 billion in cash. The news comes just days after reports surfaced that Facebook and Google were both interested in purchasing, or at least creating a joint venture with the online video chat company. However, sources said Facebook was considering spending $3 to $4 billion on Skype, a fraction of Microsoft’s offer. The firm said Skype will be used to support Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and other Windows devices. Microsoft also said that it will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other software platforms. “Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world,” Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement.  Skype, which currently has 170 million connected users, will become a new business entity in Microsoft, and Skype’s current CEO Tony Bates assume the role of president of the Microsoft Skype Division. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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T-Mobile offering $100 off G-Slate for early adopters

By on April 23, 2011 at 8:11 AM.

T-Mobile offering $100 off G-Slate for early adopters

Are you dead-set on acquiring T-Mobile’s G-Slate Honeycomb tablet? Listen up. According to information garnered by TmoNews, you can chisel $100 off the device’s price tag by acting early. Here’s how it’s done: call T-Mobile at 1-866-464-8662, select option”3″, and reference promotional code “GSLATE100.” If you complete your tablet purchase using the above method before April 27th, T-Mobile will slash an additional $100 off the tablet’s $529 window sticker. Not a bad deal. More →

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AT&T makes its case to the FCC regarding T-Mobile acquisition

By on April 21, 2011 at 3:59 PM.

AT&T makes its case to the FCC regarding T-Mobile acquisition

AT&T on Thursday filed documents with the United States Federal Communications Commission regarding its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA from Deutshe Telekom. The potential merger has been strongly opposed by many, such as Sprint, and one FCC official has a hard time believing such a deal could ever be approved. AT&T has a lot to lose of course, so you can believe the carrier is ready for a fight. AT&T’s position is that the merger will push the wireless industry forward by bringing high-speed 4G LTE service to over 97% of the U.S. population — revised up from the carrier’s earlier estimate of 95%. AT&T says its data traffic is growing at a remarkable pace and its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile will allow the carrier to utilize new spectrum and accommodate the rising demand for cellular data. AT&T also says the merger will create jobs and spur economic growth in small towns. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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Microsoft, Nokia ink definitive agreement; Nokia-branded Windows Phones closer [video]

By on April 21, 2011 at 7:35 AM.

Microsoft, Nokia ink definitive agreement; Nokia-branded Windows Phones closer [video]

Nokia and Microsoft have inked a “definitive agreement” that will see the Redmond-based software company’s Windows Phone mobile operating system running on the Finnish manufacturers hardware. Promising “unique innovation,” the announcement notes that they two companies are on schedule to delivery mass shipments in 2012, although “the pressure is on for first delivery in 2011.” The new agreement was reached just ten weeks after the duo announced a partnership at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The full press release and a video explanation of the agreement are waiting for you after the break. More →

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Samsung divests its hard-drive unit, sells to Seagate

By on April 19, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

Samsung divests its hard-drive unit, sells to Seagate

Reuters is reporting that Samsung Electronics has agreed to sell its hard drive business to Seagate Technology for $1.4 billion in cash and stock. The move is seen as two pronged: first, it will allow Samsung to exit an extremely competitive market and refocus its efforts on its successful memory-chip business. Secondly, it will allow Seagate to be more competitive with Western Digital — a company that has announced its intentions to purchase Hitachi’s hard-drive business for more than $4.3 billion. “The transactions and agreements significantly expand Seagate’s customer access in China and Southeast Asia,” reads a statement released by both companies. The deal will see Samsung become the second largest shareholder in Seagate — with a nearly 10% share worth over $687 million — and the assets should be transfered sometime in 2011. More →

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Wirefly prices HTC ThunderBolt at $150 on-contract

By on April 13, 2011 at 2:54 AM.

Wirefly prices HTC ThunderBolt at $150 on-contract

Looking to get your LTE on without breaking the bank? Third party wireless retailer Wirefly has Verizon’s coveted HTC ThunderBolt handset priced for a very svelte $149.99. Now through Monday, interested, eligible parties can add the ThunderBolt to their shopping cart, agree to a new two-year service term, and enter the code THUNDER0418 at checkout to take advantage of the deal. The site’s link is waiting for you after the break. More →

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RIM granted access to Intellectual Ventures’ treasure trove of patents

By on March 30, 2011 at 11:21 PM.

RIM granted access to Intellectual Ventures’ treasure trove of patents

Research In Motion has reached an agreement with Intellectual Ventures that will provide the Canadian BlackBerry manufacturer with access to the company’s library of over 30,000 patents. With other technology giants engaged in a seemingly endless loop of lawsuits , RIM is hoping to provide itself legal cover for future smartphone innovations by purchasing the rights to this war chest of intellectual property. “Intellectual Ventures offers an efficient way to access the invention rights companies need to stay competitive within the market,” said Mario Obeidat, Intellectual Ventures’ head of telecom licensing. The patent holding company was founded by former Microsoft CTO, Nathan Myhrvoid, in 2000, and boasts both Samsung and HTC as its other high-profile, mobile clients. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. More →

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T-Mobile CEO to employees: AT&T is the best possible solution for our business

By on March 21, 2011 at 5:11 PM.

T-Mobile CEO to employees: AT&T is the best possible solution for our business

In conjunction with yesterday’s AT&T and T-Mobile merger announcement, T-Mobile USA’s President and CEO — Philipp Humm — sent an email to company employees explaining the move. Referring to it as “the best possible solution for our business and for our customers,” Humm assured his workforce that AT&T was committed to “keeping talented people through the transition.” The letter reiterates statements made in the company’s official press release, and acknowledges that the news may be both “unexpected” and “unsettling.” The full-text of the letter is awaiting your scrutiny after the break. More →

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