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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 »

Major ISPs Cheating Us on Internet Speeds We Pay For

Nation's largest ISPs slowing down networks affecting 75% of wireline households

(Newser) - Thanks to new FCC rules put out this year to ensure net neutrality and keep all online data equal, major Internet service providers (think Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner) aren't supposed to hold our Internet speeds hostage. But that's exactly what's happening, per a study by an... More »

FCC: AT&T Doesn't Know What 'Unlimited' Means

Company accused of slowing down speeds and ripping off customers

(Newser) - The FCC says AT&T apparently doesn't understand what "unlimited" means, and it's proposing a $100 million fine—the largest in its history—to help clear things up. The agency says the company sold unlimited data plans to customers, then dramatically slowed their speeds once they hit... More »

AT&T Fires Exec Over Racist Texts, $100M Lawsuit

Aaron Slator isn't the only one being sued for racially offensive images

(Newser) - AT&T confirmed yesterday that it has fired Aaron Slator, a president who became the subject of a $100 million discrimination lawsuit for using his work phone to send racially offensive images. "There is no place for demeaning behavior within AT&T and we regret the action was not... More »

Dial-up Customer, 83, Hit With $24K Bill

AT&T told Ron Dorff he had to pay up after modem problem

(Newser) - "Bill shock" doesn't just happen to cellphone users: Ron Dorff, an 83-year-old Los Angeles man driven to despair by a $24,298.93 bill for a dial-up Internet service that usually costs him $51 a month, was initially told he would have to pay up, according to Los ... More »

Verizon Phones Raise New Privacy Fears

Company 'supercookies' can't be deleted

(Newser) - Verizon phones can apparently track you, even if you try to stop them. This month a Stanford University lawyer confirmed on his blog what cybersecurity experts have warned for a while : You can delete cookies on Verizon phones, but the company's so-called "supercookies" remain, allowing advertisers to target... More »

AT&T Agrees to Buy DirecTV in $48.5B deal

Acquisition would create 2nd-biggest US pay TV operator

(Newser) - AT&T Inc. today agreed to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a move that gives the telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which agreed to a merger in February. AT&T'... More »

AT&T Eyes $50B Play for DirecTV

Deal may complicate Comcast merger

(Newser) - AT&T is in active talks to buy DirecTV for around $50 billion, multiple outlets are reporting, with the deal potentially coming in a matter of weeks. The move could have implications for Comcast's purchase of Time Warner, because anti-regulators may want to look at both deals together, the... More »

AT&T's 'Exciting' Experiment: Kill Town's Landline

What's happening in Carbon Hill, Ala., a sign of things to come nationwide

(Newser) - Some 40% of US households no longer use landline phones, and in an Alabama town, they could soon disappear entirely. In what the Wall Street Journal calls an "experiment," AT&T is looking to rid the town—as well as part of Delray Beach, Fla.—of landlines... More »

Netflix to Pay Comcast in Speed-Boosting Deal

Video service will have direct route to cable company's servers

(Newser) - If you're a Comcast user, a better Netflix experience may be on its way. After a year of wrangling, Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast for "direct access" to the cable provider's servers, the Wall Street Journal reports. Netflix had been using go-betweens like Cogent Communications to... More »

Netflix Seem Slower? You're Not Imagining Things

Site's bandwidth usage spurs disagreements with providers

(Newser) - If your Netflix account seems to be running slower than usual these days, that's because it very likely is slower. Traffic conflicts between the service and major broadband providers—especially Verizon FiOS—are resulting in a slowdown, Wall Street Journal reports. Netflix says its average primetime speeds for Verizon... More »

T-Mobile: Join and We'll Pay Your Termination Fees

New users can get up to $650 in credit

(Newser) - Wireless carriers know it can be a pricey headache to switch from one provider to another—and T-Mobile is hoping to get a leg up on its competitors by covering those costs, the New York Times reports. Engadget explains the process, for which customers of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint... More »

NSA Able to Decode Most Calls, Texts Worldwide

Washington Post unveils latest Snowden material

(Newser) - The NSA is capable of breaking the encryption used on most phone calls and text messages worldwide, the latest Edward Snowden leak shows, though it's not certain how often the agency actually does it. Under US law, the NSA can't eavesdrop on citizens' conversations without a court order.... More »

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