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  • Regulators Frosty On Possible Wireless Consolidation

    Regulators Frosty On Possible Wireless Consolidation

    Regulators are not enthused about a possible Sprint and T-Mobile U.S. merger agreement, voicing concerns that further consolidation of the market could lead to reduced competition. The New York Times reported earlier today that William Baer, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, said it would be “hard for someone to make a persuasive case… Read More

  • Apple Found Guilty Of Fixing Ebook Prices, Says It’s “Done Nothing Wrong” And Will Appeal

    Apple Found Guilty Of Fixing Ebook Prices, Says It’s “Done Nothing Wrong” And Will Appeal

    While publishers have agreed to a settlement in the ebook price-fixing case involving Apple and all the major book publishers, the federal judge has ruled that Apple is guilty of fixing ebook prices with its iBookstore, according to Reuters. In a separate lawsuit, attorneys will now have to recover damages on behalf of consumers in the coming months. Update: An Apple spokesperson has… Read More

  • Is The Government Telling The Truth When It Says Your Data Is Secure?

    Is The Government Telling The Truth When It Says Your Data Is Secure?

    Editor’s note: David Teten is a partner with ff Venture Capital and founder and chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York.  Modern encryption systems are, in theory, exceptionally secure. The Advanced Encryption Standard, for example, is so sophisticated that all known attacks are considered computationally infeasible. It is no surprise then, that the… Read More

  • Apple Responds To DOJ eBook Lawsuit, Calls it “Fundamentally Flawed” and “Absurd”

    Apple Responds To DOJ eBook Lawsuit, Calls it “Fundamentally Flawed” and “Absurd”

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice accused Apple and a number of other large U.S. publishers of conspiring to fix eBook prices and filed an antitrust lawsuit. While most of the publishers quickly settled the lawsuit, Apple decided to fight. Earlier this week, as Ars Technica reports today, Apple responded (PDF) to the government’s accusations. Apple doesn’t mince words in… Read More

  • The Tech Industry Takeaway From The Apple E-Book Lawsuit [TCTV]

    The Tech Industry Takeaway From The Apple E-Book Lawsuit [TCTV]

    The United States Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit filed yesterday against Apple and five major book publishers for allegedly colluding and price-fixing e-books is still reverbing throughout the tech industry — after all, pretty much anything having to do with Apple these days is going to attract attention, and a major antitrust lawsuit is never something to be taken lightly. Read More

  • Justice Department Wants To Postpone AT&T/T-Mobile Antitrust Case

    Justice Department Wants To Postpone AT&T/T-Mobile Antitrust Case

    When AT&T decided to regroup and withdraw their T-Mobile merger application a few weeks back, I’m not sure they expected it to backfire the way it just has. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Department of Justice is looking to postpone (or possibly withdraw) its anti-trust case because AT&T’s original merger application was summarily withdrawn from the… Read More

  • AT&T Wants Their Competitors’ Antitrust Suits Dismissed

    AT&T Wants Their Competitors’ Antitrust Suits Dismissed

    By now, we all know that the US Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Sprint and C Spire Wireless (formerly known as the Cellular South) have filed suits to that same effect, but AT&T has asked the court to reject those companies’ complaints. The reason? AT&T believes that Sprint and C Spire are fighting for their own sakes, and not… Read More

  • AT&T Talks Asset Sales With Rivals In Time For First Hearing

    AT&T Talks Asset Sales With Rivals In Time For First Hearing

    It should come as no surprise that AT&T may have to make a few sacrifices to settle their pending T-Mobile deal, but a new report today reveals who exactly AT&T has been starting conversations with. In order to help grease the wheels, AT&T is reportedly in talks with MetroPCS and Leap Wireless (parent company of insectoid bargain carrier Cricket) regarding the sale of spectrum… Read More

  • Seven States Oppose AT&T/T-Mobile Merger, AT&T Isn’t Worried

    Seven States Oppose AT&T/T-Mobile Merger, AT&T Isn’t Worried

    “This proposed merger would stifle competition in markets that are crucial to New York’s consumers and businesses, while reducing access to low-cost options and the newest broadband-based technologies.” So sayeth New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is joined by the attorneys general of six other states in support of the Department of Justice suit that sought to… Read More

  • Congress Members Urge Obama To Approve AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

    Congress Members Urge Obama To Approve AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

    Fifteen members of Congress aren’t too pleased with the Department of Justice’s recent anti-trust suit, as instanced by a letter they sent to President Obama. Penned by Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) the letter urged the president to settle the suit in favor of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger because of the benefits it could bring to the American people. Read More

  • AT&T Working On “Two-Track Plan” To Address T-Mobile Merger Concerns

    AT&T Working On “Two-Track Plan” To Address T-Mobile Merger Concerns

    In spite of the antitrust lawsuit recent filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, AT&T has been hard at work to make sure their pending T-Mobile acquisition doesn’t fall apart. Sources close to the situation say that AT&T is reportedly working on a “two-track plan” to address the DoJ’s concerns and make sure the merger goes through. While Reuters can’t… Read More

  • AT&T Merger Fail Highlights Failure Of Spectrum Politics

    AT&T Merger Fail Highlights Failure Of Spectrum Politics

    Those reveling in the thumb-in-the-eye the DOJ gave to AT&T over the T-Mobile merger should pause a moment to consider the politics of spectrum allocation in the US. Anyone who has an iPhone on AT&T knows they need spectrum. Spectrum is a finite resource of airwaves allocated by the federal government (FCC) to businesses based on a bidding process that necessitates demonstrated… Read More

  • DoJ Confirms And Settles Apple/Google Anti-Poaching Deal. Apple And Adobe Had One Too?!

    DoJ Confirms And Settles Apple/Google Anti-Poaching Deal. Apple And Adobe Had One Too?!

    Back in June of last year, a report in The Washington Post stated that the U.S. Department of Justice had begun a probe looking into the hiring practices of some of tech’s biggest companies. The probe was at its early stages at that point, but they were specifically looking into if any companies had agreements in place not to recruit one another’s workers. In August of last year… Read More

  • Why hasn't the XM-Sirius merger been approved yet?

    What happened to the XM-Sirius merger? Announced last February, the merger appears to have hit a snag. We sat through all of December with little hints here and there—sources say an announcement will be made later today, sources say the FCC is just crossing T’s and dotting I’s—but now we’re left wondering what’s going on. Some attribute the delay to the… Read More