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DOJ Appeals Judge's Decision on AT&T-Time Warner Deal

A judge ruled last month that the Department of Justice failed to show the deal violated anti-trust law

(Newser) - The US Department of Justice has filed an appeal of a judge's decision last month to allow a merger of AT&T and Time Warner. The AP reports that the DOJ filed the appeal Thursday in a bid to block the deal, which federal officials argue would make the... More »

Judge OKs AT&T Merger With Time Warner

Approves merger government had moved to block

(Newser) - A federal judge approved the $85 billion mega-merger of AT&T and Time Warner on Tuesday, a move that could usher in a wave of media consolidation while shaping how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies. US District Judge Richard Leon green-lit the merger without adding major conditions... More »

How You Can React to the End of Net Neutrality

Some recommended steps, including actually caring about 'terms of service' updates

(Newser) - June 11 isn't just the day that IHOP reveals what IHOb means: It's also the day that net neutrality is officially no more, a move put in place by a December FCC vote . The Obama-era rule forced internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast and AT&T to treat... More »

AT&T Ousts Executive Who Paid Michael Cohen $600K

'Big mistake,' writes chief executive Randall Stephenson

(Newser) - AT&T is one of the companies that paid big money to Michael Cohen after President Trump's election to take advantage of his close ties to the president. "Big mistake," chief executive Randall Stephenson writes in a company email now in wide circulation in the media. What'... More »

Cohen Cashed in as a 'Trump Whisperer'

Novartis ended up paying $1.2M for one meeting

(Newser) - Michael Cohen made millions of dollars after the election as a "Trump whisperer," charging corporate clients large sums for insights into the thinking of the new administration—but it's still unclear whether his behavior was illegal or merely "swampy." Sources tell the Washington Post that... More »

Russia-Linked Firm Paid $500K to Trump Lawyer

Stormy Daniels' attorney releases financial bombshell

(Newser) - Michael Cohen's legal woes appeared to deepen Tuesday night with a bombshell release from Stormy Daniels' attorney. According to financial records reviewed by the New York Times and NBC News , a company linked to a Russian oligarch targeted by US sanctions deposited around $500,000 into an account controlled... More »

Collusion Accusations Hit Telecom's 2 Biggest Firms

Verizon, AT&T being investigated by DOJ for possibly suppressing SIM card technology

(Newser) - The word "collusion" is being bandied about again, but this time it involves the world of telecommunications, not DC . Verizon, AT&T, and standards group GSMA tell the AP the Justice Department has opened up an antitrust probe to see if they worked together to make it more difficult... More »

Some Fear Trump Is Meddling in Merger to Target CNN

Sen. Brian Schatz wants an investigation amid allegations that DOJ wants network sold

(Newser) - Lawmakers are calling for an investigation into possible "political interference" amid accusations that the Justice Department is pushing for the sale of CNN before it will approve AT&T's merger with Time Warner. Sources tell Politico the DOJ gave the companies an "ultimatum" Monday demanding they drop... More »

Man Upset With AT&T Trucks Outside Home Shoots Out Tires

Police say retired firefighter worried trucks would damage his driveway

(Newser) - A retired Florida firefighter who allegedly shot out the tires of two AT&T trucks parked in front of his house told police he "went bananas," Local 10 reports. The trucks were parked in front of the Hialeah home of 64-year-old Jorge Jove on Wednesday while workers hung... More »

Texas Business Leaders Slam Controversial Bill

They don't want to see a NC-style backlash

(Newser) - Texas lawmakers are debating a "bathroom bill" that would restrict choice for transgender people—but state business leaders have no interest in dealing with the kind of backlash that forced North Carolina to roll back a similar bill . Some 14 CEOs from major Texas employers, including AT&T, American... More »

Just One of 10 Most Valuable Brands Isn't American

Nice job, Tencent

(Newser) - Bragging rights for the world's most valuable brands are usually controlled by US companies, but in this year's ranking by BrandZ , one of China's own cracked the top 10, CNN reports. Tencent, which makes online games, apps, and other digital add-ons, rode on the coattails of its... More »

AT&T Joins All Its Rivals With an Unlimited Plan

For an individual, it's pricier than the others

(Newser) - AT&T says any cellphone customer can sign up for unlimited data plans starting Friday, a change that comes just days after Verizon announced a similar move and Sprint and T-Mobile beefed up their offerings. All four major cellphone providers now offer unlimited plans, a major reversal from a few... More »

The NSA (Probably) Has a Base in This Creepy NYC Building

The Intercept reports that the AT&T Building is a key surveillance site

(Newser) - For decades, the NSA has operated a sophisticated intelligence-gathering operation out of the ominous AT&T Building in Manhattan, the Intercept reports. The windowless building, located at 33 Thomas St. in lower Manhattan, has long attracted attention from New Yorkers curious about its purpose. When the New York Times reported... More »

Sources: AT&T Agrees to Buy Time Warner for $80B

The deal creates a 'behemoth' new media company

(Newser) - AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner in a deal valued at more than $80 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, quoting sources close to the deal. According to its sources, the wireless provider will pay between $105 and $110 per share. The acquisition of Time Warner—which... More »

AT&T Pondering Huge 'Land Grab' Media Merger

Sources say firm is in talks with Time Warner

(Newser) - A new communications behemoth may be emerging soon: Insiders tell Bloomberg that over the last few weeks, senior execs from AT&T and Time Warner have been discussing strategies including a possible merger. Reuters notes that telecom companies like AT&T have been making a "land grab" for media... More »

Citigroup Sues AT&T for Saying 'Thanks'

Citigroup trademarked the phrase 'ThankYou' in 2010

(Newser) - Better think twice next time you want to express gratitude. Reuters reports Citigroup filed a lawsuit Friday because AT&T is using the word "thanks." Citigroup has been using the phrase "ThankYou" in marketing for customer loyalty programs since 2004, and it trademarked the phrase in 2010.... More »

Netflix Has Kept a Mobile Video Secret for 5 Years

It's been throttling video for AT&T and Verizon customers

(Newser) - Notice Netflix isn't as pretty on your smartphone as on your TV? Don't blame your wireless carrier. Netflix says it caps its video streams at 600 kilobits per second—meaning videos are shown at a lower quality—on many carrier networks, including AT&T and Verizon, to prevent... More »

AT&T CEO on Bizarre Reply to Customer: 'We Blew It'

CEO says he's now 'corrected' the misstep

(Newser) - "We blew it, plain and simple." That's AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson's take on a bizarre reply a customer received from a lawyer after making a few suggestions on how the company could improve its business, reports the Los Angeles Times . Alfred Valrie, who describes himself... More »

Cameras Launched Into Space Reveal Footage, 2 Years Later

Footage thought lost was finally recovered on desert floor

(Newser) - Incredible GoPro footage from a camera that fell from the sky two years ago was finally discovered in the desert and recently made its way to the people who recorded it, Fox News reports. The strange story comes out of Tuba City, Arizona, where a group of friends rigged a... More »

AT&T's Help for NSA Was 'Especially Productive'

Investigation finds company went further than its rivals on surveillance

(Newser) - The Edward Snowden revelations have shown that multiple American telecom companies helped the NSA with its Internet surveillance. But AT&T, it seems, happily went much further than the rest. A new investigative piece by the New York Times and ProPublica describes the company's relationship with the spy agency... More »

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