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December 24, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 24, 2013

Oakland teen Jahi McMath, who suffered complications from tonsil surgery earlier this month, has been declared brain dead by a judge, but that doesn’t mean the hospital will get its wish to stop life support for her until December 30 at the earliest. The case has drawn criticism for the hospital’s treatment of McMath and her family, which is still holding out hope.

A philanthropist and hedge fund millionaire jumped to his death yesterday in New York City, after giving away nearly all of his wealth in recent years.

The U.S Postal Service has a lump of coal for everyone this year: They’re raising prices in a last-ditch effort to stay solvent.

Sprint and T-Mobile, the two also-rans of the mobile industry, are close to a deal to merge.

When the porn industry shuts down over HIV scares, porn stars aren’t without options for work.

19:12 // 9 months ago
October 14, 2012

Japanese company Softbank to acquire majority stake in Sprint

  • $20B purchase price for a 70 percent stake in Sprint, according to CNBC, which says the deal will be announced tomorrow morning. It’d be a huge gamble that the company can duplicate its success building out LTE in Japan to the American market. Can they do it? source
23:57 // 2 years ago
July 9, 2012

Government cell phone record requests hit all-time high in 2011

  • 1.3 million requests sent to the “Big Four” mobile carriers source

» And at least one congressman is angry: “We cannot allow privacy protections to be swept aside with the sweeping nature of these information requests, especially for innocent consumers,” said Rep. Edward Markey, who released the data Monday.

15:03 // 2 years ago
February 18, 2012

Mike D gets respect, opportunity to vote on AT&T’s net neutrality policy

They didn’t say anything about cash or jewelry, but the SEC did side with three AT&T investors — including the Beastie Boys’ Michael “Mike D” Diamond — who believed that shareholders should have a vote in the company’s net neutrality policy, because it has become part of the national debate. AT&T argued that the vote would “directly interfere with its network management practices”, but ultimately the SEC ruled that wireless providers must now allow for shareholder votes on net neutrality proposals. Should such proposals pass, providers would be required to “operate a neutral network with neutral routing along the company’s wireless infrastructure.” source

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13:08 // 2 years ago
December 17, 2011

Sprint, amid controversy, plans to shut off Carrier IQ software

  • 26 million number of phones Sprint had sold that used Carrier IQ’s software, the company revealed Thursday
  • zero number of phones that will have the feature enabled from here on out, the company said Friday source

» Killing a major headache: With public scrutiny going against them, Sprint, the largest user of Carrier IQ, has decided that the public relations cost was too much, according to a statement released Friday: “We have weighed customer concerns and we have disabled use of the tool so that diagnostic information and data is no longer being collected. At Sprint, we work hard to earn the trust of our customers and believe this course of action is in the best interest of our business and customers.” Really, though, the problem is that they enabled it in the first place.

10:18 // 2 years ago
September 19, 2011

Google Wallet opens, but the odds you can actually use it are slim

  • good Google has both Visa and MasterCard on board for its next-generation digital payments system, meaning they have a built-in infrastructure.
  • bad While that infrastructure — in the hundreds of thousands of retail outlets — is pretty big, Visa and MasterCard reach tens of millions of retail outlets.
  • worse In the short-term, only one network — Sprint — sells a device that’s actually compatible with Google Wallet. Own a Sprint Nexus S 4G? You’re in luck. source
20:03 // 3 years ago
March 21, 2011

Stock market: A huge merger goes a long way to revive stocks

  • whatDespite the extreme uncertainty caused by the Japanese quake and Libya unrest, the Dow Jones Industrial jumped above 12,000 for the first time in nearly two weeks.
  • why The AT&T/T-Mobile merger, silly! In fact, that whole mess seems to have pushed up the entire market for everyone except for Sprint, which fell far today. source
20:09 // 3 years ago
March 20, 2011

AT&T’s T-Mobile buyout: Infrastructure, antitrust concerns at play

  • 35 million subscribers on T-Mobile’s current wireless setup
  • 100M number of subscribers Verizon has, buoyed by a large infrastructure that nobody can touch
  • 95M number of subscribers AT&T has — if the merger goes through, they’ll top Verizon
  • 40M number of subscribers Sprint has; they were also having merger talks with T-Mobile source

» It’s all about infrastructure: AT&T is trying hard to play catch-up with Verizon, which not only has more customers and bandwidth, but also now has the iPhone. The bummer for T-Mobile users is that AT&T’s monthly rates are far higher than T-Mobile’s, which as you might guess has people worried. While T-Mobile has tried to get ahead of talk like this, the concerns are enough that many analysts are warning that the deal won’t go through.

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21:30 // 3 years ago
March 8, 2011

Could mobile also-rans T-Mobile and Sprint merge? It’s a possibility

  • who T-Mobile, the U.S. mobile carrier owned by Deutsche Telekom, is a fourth-place also-ran in the cell phone market, one that Apple doesn’t even think about.
  • what There are rumors that Deutsche Telekom will sell T-Mobile to Sprint, the third-largest mobile company, in exchange for a stake in the combined company.
  • why While the deal isn’t set in stone and could fall through, a combined company would make it easier for the two companies to build more infrastructure. source

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10:50 // 3 years ago