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AT&T / DirecTV Deal Gets Thumbs Up from FCC, with Conditions

After “careful, thorough review,” the Federal Communications Commission has given AT&T and green light to acquire DirecTV. The combined entity will boast about 26 million customers. Say hello to the new largest pay TV company in the US. The approval didn’t come without conditions, however. Here are all of the conditions the FCC placed on AT&T. They involve the expansions …

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AT&T, DirecTV Merger Reportedly Nearing Approval

It appears to be smooth sailing for AT&T in its acquisition of DirecTV, as the merger has reportedly cleared one major hurdle and is about to clear the last. Reuters reports that the Department of Justice has already wrapped up its review of the deal. Bloomberg says that the DoJ imposed no conditions on the mega-merger. AT&T first agreed to …

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Verizon Wins in ‘Fastest Mobile Networks’ Study

What’s the fastest wireless network in America? For the second year in a row, the crown goes to Verizon – at least according to a large study from PCMag. The publication, which claims to have “ran more test cycles than ever before: 131,000 cycles over 30 cities and thousands of miles of driving,” says that Verizon delivered the fastest speeds …

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AT&T Fined $100M for Throttling ‘Unlimited’ Plans

The Federal Communications Commission is set to fine AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about unlimited data plans. According to the FCC, “AT&T severely slowed down the data speeds for customers with unlimited data plans and that the company failed to adequately notify its customers that they could receive speeds slower than the normal network speeds AT&T advertised.” In other …

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The AT&T/DirecTV Merger Will Likely Be Approved: Report

It doesn’t appear that federal regulators are going to stand in the way of AT&T’s bid to acquire DirecTV. According to sources quoted in the Wall Street Journal both the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission are almost done with their respective reviews, and they are both unlikely to block the deal. AT&T agreed to acquire DirecTV for nearly …

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Netflix Doesn’t Like the AT&T/DirecTV Merger

If AT&T’s proposed merger of DirecTV is approved, it would create the largest pay-TV provider in the country. And according to Netflix, the merger in its current form is bad for everyone. The streaming company has written a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, urging it to reject the merger “as currently proposed.” “The proposed merger would make AT&T the …

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Unlimited Data Plans: The Five Best Uses for Your Bottomless Data Bucket

Unlimited data plans have a new lease on life, thanks to a federal judge who told AT&T that they certainly would have to pay the piper for throttling data plans that they call “unlimited.” Unlimited data plans are not new. I had an unlimited data plan with AT&T for years. Every time I upgraded to a new device, they told …

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Did The FCC Get Net Neutrality Right?

As you may have heard, the FCC announced that it has set rules on net neutrality and an open Internet, which it says “will protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation’s broadband networks.” Do you think they got it right or do there need to be changes? Let us know what you think. …

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AT&T Data Plans Now a Bit More Bearable with Rollover Data for Some

If you’re on one of AT&T’s Mobile Share Value plans, you’re going to be happy to hear this. Capped data sucks, but it’s a reality that most of us have to live with. AT&T has just announced that it’s going to help a little bit by letting you take your unused data with you to the next month. Yep, AT&T …

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Unlimited Data Plan Scam Causing FTC To Sue AT&T

AT&T is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for misleading their customers into believing that they were receiving an “unlimited data plan” when they were really having their internet speeds decreased by up to 90 percent. On Tuesday, October 28, the FTC filed a complaint against the company at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, California, explaining …

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Amazon Fire Phone Fails To Impress Reviewers

Amazon’s Fire Phone is now officially available to consumers in the United States through AT&T. It’s time to see how much interest people really have in an Amazon phone. The device has been rumored for years, and the day has finally come when people can hold it in their hands, and experience the company’s vision for what a phone should …

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Netflix Releases Latest ISP Rankings

Netflix just released its new ISP Speed Index data for the month of June. This time, they’ve added icons to the U.S. graph to “increase transparency” about the type of technology used by an ISP. “This should make it easier to compare Netflix performance on different types of networks,” says Netflix’s Anne Marie Squeo. As usual, Cablevision, Cox, and Suddenlink …

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Demand Media Sells Creativebug, CoveritLive

Demand Media announced the sale of a couple of its properties on Monday: Creativebug and CoveritLive. The company acquired Creativebug just last year. The service provides online video workshops for arts and crafts. Think of it like a Google Helpouts for stuff you’d see on Etsy. At the time of the acquisition, a Demand Media spokesperson told us, “They are …

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LG G3 and G Watch Coming to AT&T on July 8

AT&T today announced that the LG G3 smartphone will be available on its network starting July 8. The device can be ordered online starting on that day and will be available at physical AT&T retail locations starting on July 11. LG announced the G3 on May 27 with launch events in cities such as New York, London, Seoul, and San …

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AT&T Officially Buying DirecTV For Nearly $50 Billion

After weeks of rumor and speculation, AT&T has officially announced that it will acquire DirecTV in a stock-and-cash transaction for $95 per share based on AT&T’s Friday closing price, putting it at $48.5 billion. The deal will still face regulator approval, but it has been approved unanimously by the Boards of Directors of both companies. It will be reviewed by …

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AT&T/DirecTV Deal Reportedly Just Weeks Away

Earlier this month, reports indicated that AT&T was considering acquiring DirecTV in a deal that would be worth at least $40 billion. The merger would create a entity that would serve roughly 26 million subscribers. At the time, there was no indication on how far along the talks were, but sources said that DirectTV was open to deal. Now, The …

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AT&T Said To Seek DirecTV Acquisition

First Comcast and Time Warner proposed a merger, which is still going through the regulatory rounds. Now, according to The Wall Street Journal, AT&T is considering acquiring DirecTV in a deal it says would be worth at least $40 billion. The report cites people familiar with the situation. WSJ’s Shalini Ramachandran and Thomas Gryta report: The approach has come since …

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No-Contract Phones Are Found To Be More Expensive Than Subsidized Devices

No-contract phones are all the rage these days thanks to T-Mobile. The wireless carrier ditched contracts last year and instead adopted a business model that allows consumers to pay off their new phone in small monthly payments. Other carriers have adopted this new model alongside other pre-paid plans that require consumers to pay for the entire device up front. The …

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AT&T Pulls a Google, Announces Multi-Metro Fiber Expansion

AT&T has pulled a Google and announced a “major initiative to expand its ultra-fast fiber network.” Like Google, who made a similar announcement back in February, AT&T is looking at some major metropolitan areas, scoping out the logistics, and saying that they could possibly expand to up to 100 cities. Google’s expansion plans eye 9 different metro area (34 communities …

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AT&T Is Building a Netflix Competitor, Spending Big Cash on Over-the-Top Video Services

AT&T is looking to kill (or at least compete with) Netflix, Hulu, and the many other popular streaming subscription services that are having a marked impact on the world’s viewing habits. The company has just announced that, with the help of The Chernin Group (Peter Chernin’s holding company), they’re going to invest at least $500 million into funding “a venture …

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Mobile Data Plans: Data Makes Up 98 Percent Of Mobile Network Traffic

Mobile data plans are expensive. There doesn’t seem to be any good reason for the high prices or data caps either. The mobile carriers get away with it by saying its a scarce commodity, and that narrative can continue thanks to a new study out this week. Amdocs released its Annual State of the Radio Access Network Survey this week. …

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Rust Cohle Explains Time as a Flat Circle to Little Kids

HBO’s True Detective ended its first season last month and when the credits rolled, it was clear that we had all just watched something singular–an experience that was going to have a profound effect on not only the future of scripted television, but pop culture. I mean, television just hasn’t ever had a character quite like Rust Cohle. If you …

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AT&T Drops Price For Individual Mobile Plans

The Sprint/T-Mobile merger talk is dying down, and with good reason: competition in the U.S. mobile space is now benefiting consumers immensely. Led by T-Mobile, U.S. mobile providers are now dropping prices and introducing new pricing schemes with an eye toward sweeping up those last few prospective American smartphone users while increasingly going after other carriers’ subscribers. T-Mobile this weekend …

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Netflix Prices Won’t Rise Much After Comcast Deal

The popularity of Netflix has skyrocketed over the past few years, to the point that it has become a staple of daily life for college students, elementary schoolers, various media nerds, and proper adults alike. With instant streaming of beloved classics like Doctor Who and Firefly, as well as innovative, intriguing original content (Orange is The New Black, anyone?) right …

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AT&T to Offer Unlimited International Texting

The march toward change in the U.S. mobile industry is continuing, with larger mobile providers now reacting to T-Mobile’s unlimited international data offering and the rise of mobile messaging apps. AT&T today announced that it will be offering unlimited international texting on some of its plans. Starting this Friday, February 28, AT&T customers with a Mobile Share Value or Mobile …

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AT&T Adds A 3D Printer To Its Online Store

As 3D printers continue to become more popular, more and more retail outlets are beginning to carry the devices. Staples became the first major retailer to carry 3D Systems’ Cube 3D printer in retail stores, and Office Depot offers in-store demonstrations for those who want to buy the 3D printer from their Web site. Now a wireless carrier is getting …

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Family Wireless Plan Prices Slashed By AT&T

AT&T means business. The nation’s second largest U.S. wireless carrier has offered families a plan that lets them use a great deal of data, and yet could save them anywhere from $40 to $100 per month on phone service. This of course depends on their existing plan and service provider. Under AT&T’s newest service plan, a family with four smartphones …

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Introduce Your Child To The Surveillance State With The FiLIP Smart Watch

Kids just love to scamper off into the nether when their parents aren’t looking. Previously, the only way to prevent this was to either actually educate your children or slap a leash on them. Disturbingly, too many parents often choose the latter. Well, they don’t have to anymore as they can now trade that leash in for constant, pervasive electronic …

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AT&T Offers $100 For Adding Devices to Plans

AT&T’s recent quarterly earnings were solid, but it’s clear that the mobile provider is shaken by recent competitive moves from T-Mobile. AT&T last year was forced to adopt service plan offerings similar to T-Mobile’s “JUMP!” program. More recently AT&T tried to get out ahead of T-Mobile’s plan to pay early termination fees for mobile customers who switch to T-Mobile, though …

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AT&T Logs Q4 Profits, 500K New Subscribers

AT&T today released its fourth-quarter earnings, reporting a net income of $6.9 billion – a significant increase over the company’s net $3.9 billion loss during the fourth quarter of 2012. These earnings came on revenue of $33.2 billion, up 1.8% over revenue during the holiday quarter 2012. For the full-year 2013 AT&T reported revenues of $128.8 billion, up slightly from …

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