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Razr Returns, Only Different

Motorola includes a functioning retro mode for reliving the original

(Newser) - Motorola is bracing for the future by returning to the past . The company is adapting its historical flip-phone design for a smartphone with a foldable screen. Samsung, Huawei, and others have phones that fold like a book and offer a double-size display when unfolded. Motorola’s new Razr phone, on... More »

Did You Get a Weird Text This Week? This May Be Why

Telecom glitch caused people to get 'ghost' texts from people who didn't send them

(Newser) - If you recently received a strange text that doesn't make any sense from someone you know, you're not alone—and a Maine radio station appears to have helped solve the mystery. Per Popular Mechanics , lots of head-scratching has been happening over the past couple of days, with people... More »

Tumblr Sells for a Song

New owner is parent of WordPress

(Newser) - Buying Tumblr in 2013 required a check for more than $1 billion. It's selling again, but this time for not much of anything, the Wall Street Journal reports. Automattic—which owns WordPress, an online publishing tool—will absorb about 200 Tumblr employees. Yahoo, which wrote that check in 2013,... More »

DOJ Approves $26.5B Deal. Now, a 'Disruptive Force in Wireless'

T-Mobile greenlit to take over Sprint, while Dish now enters the arena as 4th big wireless company

(Newser) - US regulators are approving T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts. Friday's approval by the Justice Department and five state attorneys general comes after Sprint and T-Mobile agreed to conditions that would set up satellite-TV provider Dish as a... More »

Conflicting Claims Muddy the Race to 5G

South Korea, AT&T, and Verizon Say They're First

(Newser) - Determining a winner in the 5G race just gets murkier. On Wednesday, South Korean officials said they had topped the US and China, achieving the first commercial launch of a fifth-generation telecoms network after connecting to a 5G phone. AT&T and Verizon didn't take that well, Reuters reports.... More »

Worker Rescues Stranded Cat, Gets Suspended

Verizon says he violated safety rules

(Newser) - A Verizon worker who rescued a stranded cat from a utility pole in Philadelphia has discovered that there's some truth in the saying "No good deed goes unpunished." The company suspended Maurice German for three weeks without pay after he used his bucket truck to rescue "... More »

Verizon Comes Close to Dumping Disney Channels

But the two companies hash out a deal

(Newser) - Verizon customers can continue to watch ESPN, ABC, and other channels owned by Disney after the two companies announced a deal over programming fees, the AP reports. The telecommunications giant and the entertainment company say in a joint statement Sunday: "Verizon and The Walt Disney Company have reached a... More »

Calif. Fire Chief: Verizon Slowed Our Data as We Fought Blaze

Led to 'significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services,' lawsuit declaration says

(Newser) - Anxiety over how the absence of net neutrality rules could affect things has manifested itself in California. Ars Technica reports on a new lawsuit that includes a statement from Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden alleging Verizon throttled the fire department's data services (specifically tied to its vehicle... More »

Pruitt Placed Single Call From His $43K Phone Booth

How many incoming calls the former EPA head received is unknown

(Newser) - Scott Pruitt is no longer head of the Environmental Protection Agency, but the saga of his $43,000 phone booth isn't quite over. The Washington Post is out with one last financial tidbit courtesy of the Sierra Club, which sued the EPA to access records related to Pruitt. It... More »

Here Is What You Shouldn't Do When Your Phone Is Broken

Police say NC man, 74, deliberately drove his car through a Verizon Wireless front window

(Newser) - A 74-year-old man ranting about a broken phone drove his car through the glass storefront of a Verizon Wireless store in North Carolina, authorities said Friday, stunning shoppers during the dinner hour at an upscale mall. Charles Michael Hager was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and damaging property... 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 »

It's Official: Yahoo Is No More

CEO Marissa Mayer posts a goodbye letter

(Newser) - It's official: Verizon has snatched up Yahoo in a long-anticipated $4.48 billion deal completed Tuesday that will see Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer exit with a healthy payout. Mayer will walk away with $23 million, plus stock holdings worth $200 million, report Variety and CNBC . In a "goodbye... More »

Marissa Mayer Could Walk With $186M

Filings suggest she will make at least that much

(Newser) - Her years in charge of Yahoo haven't been what you would call an unqualified success, but Marissa Mayer still stands to make $186 million if the company's sale to Verizon goes ahead June 8. That figure includes the CEO's Yahoo stock, stock options, and restricted stock units... More »

Internet Pokes Fun at Name for Combined AOL-Yahoo

It's a 'special kind of bad'

(Newser) - If you merge the letters from AOL and Yahoo, take a few away, and add a "t," you have Oath, which is what Verizon is planning to call a new entity combining the two companies after its acquisition of Yahoo is complete. "Billion+ Consumers, 20+ Brands, Unstoppable... More »

Verizon Getting 7% Discount on Yahoo After Massive Hacks

The deal, now worth $4.48B, is still on

(Newser) - Seven months ago, Verizon agreed to buy Yahoo for $4.83 billion, the AP reports. Since then, Yahoo has revealed itself to have been the victim of the two biggest data breaches ever, resulting in information from more than a billion users being stolen. According to the Washington Post , experts... 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 »

Verizon Does U-Turn on Unlimited Data

Firm offers new package for $80 per month

(Newser) - Unlimited data plans are back in style: Verizon, which scrapped its unlimited plans in 2011, is rolling out a new unlimited plan Monday, with data, calls, and texting starting at $80 per month or $45 for each line in a four-line family plan. As with many of today's "... More »

Marissa Mayer Will Exit Yahoo Board if Verizon Deal Goes Through

Yahoo will also change its name to Altaba Inc. if deal is done

(Newser) - Yahoo will adopt a new corporate identity and slash the size of its board if the proposed $4.8 billion sale of its digital services to Verizon Communications goes through, the AP reports. The company plans to change its name to Altaba Inc. after it turns over its email, websites,... More »

Verizon Wants 'Major Concessions' From Yahoo: Reports

It still might abandon the deal, add sources

(Newser) - Verizon is still interested in acquiring Yahoo after the largest data breach at an email provider—just not at the price initially agreed upon, a source tells Bloomberg . Verizon, which agreed to pay $4.8 billion for Yahoo in July, has a team exploring the possibility of a lower sale... More »

Email Hack Could Keep Verizon From Buying Yahoo

Or at least Verizon may want some of its money back

(Newser) - It seems Verizon might be reconsidering its agreement to pay $4.8 billion to acquire Yahoo after the latter revealed last month that 500 million of its email accounts had been hacked, Reuters reports. Verizon had signed a deal to buy Yahoo in July, but a clause in the agreement... More »

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