In the midst of the 3G/4G advertisement confusion of T-Mobile lying about their network and AT&T following suit, this news just added to the craziness surrounding the two companies. AT&T has purchased T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion, $25b in cash and $14b in stocks and bonds. This gives DT a stake in AT&T of 8% after the dust will inevitably clear.
This has happened because, as we have talked about on our show in the past, a foreign company cannot own more than 10% of a US-based company that owns or operates wireless spectrum. The FCC gave T-Mobile and DT a deadline to meet and they decided to sell off the T-Mobile USA brand today.
The acquisition will give 130 million customers nationwide to this new beast of a network, once it goes through the routine regulation board approvals and government checks. AT&T says it will take about 12 months to move through the entire ordeal and once completed, will become the only GSM carrier in the States.
Does this mean T-Mobile will get the iPhone? For more on this breaking news, including a press release, video from the chairman of AT&T, PDF factsheets, and how this affects you, click the break.
To say the magnitude 8.9 earthquake in northeastern Japan has done more damage and claimed more lives than Godzilla ever could, would be an understatement. I am glad that everyone I know there and their families are safe but for many that will not be the case. Hideo Kojima, founder of the Metal Gear video game franchise has taken up the cause by starting a special website called "Together Japan" which contains illustrations, staff messages, and Twitter icons that offer comfort and support for the victims and their families. Kojima Productions will also donate 100 million yen and be initiating an employee donation fund soon that will be for victims as well.
Others are joining in on the cause as well, hit the break to find out who.
You better start calling the rumor mill employees to come on back to work and put some long overnight hours in! This week we got word from Pre Central about our beloved
PalmTouchPad that finally came to reality last month at HP-Palm's event.
We don't have much other than a picture, in the source link, of a product line information sheet, but that doesn't change how excited we are to report on anything that has to do the with old Palm brand. Some major retail chain has the sheet in their hands of upcoming tablets and on that list is a June release for a 10 inch webOS tablet with a price-point of $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi edition and $599 for 32GB.
We haven't seen anything yet in regards to the 3G/4G TouchPads but we'd expect those to be priced competitively with the enemy's, Apple's, tablets as well.
As we discussed last month, we should also keep in mind the 7-inch sister with the codename of Opal. Again, no word on pricing but some people are rumoring it to be released sometime in September. Of course, we'll keep you posted.
This year at PAX East 2011 Mortal Kombat made a glorious 15th-coming thanks to WB Games and Netherrealm Studios who were very pleased with the fact that the game has gone back to its roots after a few attempts at 3D versions of the franchise. To be fair the last iteration of the game was rated "T" for teen and was very mild compared to what we've come to expect. I'm happy to say that problem has been solved as special moves and fatalities are augmented more than ever by slow motion cut scenes that don't interrupt game play and take fatalities to the next level. There is also a new "tag mode" where you can switch characters back and forth similar to almost any other fighting game that's been around forever. If that wasn't awesome enough, a new web series is on the horizon that just might make up for all those terrible movies over the years.
Sci Fi fans and game enthusiasts, hit the break to find out why the web series has a chance at flawless victory over the web and see the first video.
It wasn't very long ago that ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Named and Numbers, finally approved the use of any dot extension, like iam.nick or youarenot.awesome. This week they went a step further when they gave .XXX top-level domain status and approval. This was done to give pornographic sites their own clear space as to no longer confuse web users. Of course, this was done after an 11 year debate over the matter and didn't stop there. 9 members of the board voted in favor, 3 opposed and 4 abstained the decision.
The .XXX domain was proposed back in 2000 and again in 2004, but of course had a lot of people opposing the entire idea. After the proposal was approved in 2005, we had the Family Research Council launch an entire campaign that said pornographers would be able to "expand their evil empires on the Internet". It then went on to go back and forth on top-level domain status until June of 2010 and the final vote happened this week.
For more on what this means for the web, hit the break.
At a time where the Motorola Xoom would finally be getting Flash functionality, Adobe has released a security advisory about a major flaw discovered in its Flash Player. This exploit affects Flash Player for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris and Android and the authplay.dll file found in Acrobat and Reader X.
This flaw could potentially crash a computer that it infects or let the hacker take control of the system. Adobe has reported that the exploit is being used all over the world at this time in SWF Flash files and in Excel spreadsheets with Flash attached. So far, Acrobat and Reader X has not been affected and Adobe reports that using Protected Mode in Reader X would stop the exploit from loading.
For more on this and what to expect for a fix, hit the break.