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AT&T is joining IBM in pulling out from one of the biggest cybersecurity conferences of the year over coronavirus fears (IBM, MSFT, T)

AT&T has become the second big company to withdraw from one of cybersecurity's largest events, the annual RSA Conference, which is set to open next week in San Francisco. Other big companies like Microsoft and Cisco say they are still in, but monitoring updates.  San Francisco has no confirmed cases of the virus, but security conference cancellations follow Facebook pulling a marketing summit in the city.  The RSA conference organizers have said that it will provide "ample hand sanitizers" and...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Asia, Microsoft, California, China, Singapore, US, San Francisco, Trends, Cisco, Barcelona, United States, Bill Gates, Ibm, Rsa


WarnerMedia, YouTube TV Expand Distribution Deal to HBO, Cinemax, HBO Max

TV’s streaming wars are expanding to non-traditional fronts. WarnerMedia and YouTube TV have struck a distribution deal that will expand the Google-owned video hub’s carriage rights to include HBO and Cinemax for the first time as well as a commitment that WarnerMedia’s new HBO Max streaming service will be made available on YouTube TV upon […]
Tags: Google, Hbo, News, AT&T, Cinemax, YouTube TV, WarnerMedia, WarnerMedia YouTube TV, HBO Cinemax HBO Max


Andrew Yang Joins CNN’s Roster of Contributors

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has joined CNN as a political commentator, the AT&T-owned cable-news outlet said Wednesday, the latest addition of an influential political figure to a TV newsroom’s ranks in a heated news cycle. “I’m excited to join CNN to help shed light on the election and the candidates’ experiences,” Yang wrote […]
Tags: News, Cnn, Yang, AT T, Andrew Yang


U.S. merger within reach, Deutsche Telekom CEO goes on offensive

The merger between T-Mobile US and Sprint is within reach, the head of T-Mobile's main owner Deutsche Telekom said on Wednesday, vowing to go on the offensive to close a valuation gap with U.S. market leaders AT&T and Verizon.
Tags: Money, US, businessNews, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, AT T


4 big reasons to buy the $1,000 Galaxy S20 instead of the $750 Galaxy S10

Samsung's latest Galaxy S20 smartphones are the most expensive to date, starting at $1,000 for the base model.  Samsung is still offering the Galaxy S10 series of smartphones as lower-cost premium flagship devices. The Galaxy S10 phones make a good case for themselves against Samsung's latest and expensive offering, but the Galaxy S20 phones still have four things going for them you may want to consider.  Some of those things include the latest and most powerful specs, totally refreshed camera...
Tags: Verizon, Samsung, Trends, Qualcomm, AT T, Only T Mobile


Samsung's newest foldable phone, Galaxy Z Flip, is now available for $1,379.99 but stock is limited — here's everything you need to know

Samsung has revealed its second crack at the phone with a foldable display, the Galaxy Z Flip, at a press event in San Francisco. The phone costs a whopping $1,379.99, which actually isn't even Samsung's most expensive phone of 2020. The Galaxy Z Flip is available now in the US, but quantities are very limited. Samsung wants to try its hand at the foldable phone again, this time with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip shown off during a San Francisco press event alongside new Galaxy S20 phones. This t...
Tags: South Korea, US, Samsung, San Francisco, Trends, Best, Sprint, Samsung Galaxy, AT T, Steven Cohen, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip at Best Buy, AT T Orders


This App Automatically Cancels and Sues Robocallers (slashdot)

DoNotPay, the family of consumer advocacy services meant to protect people from corporate exploitation, is launching a new app aimed at helping end our long national nightmare surrounding robocalls by giving you a burner credit card to get their contact details then giving you a chatbot lawyer to automatically sue them. From a report: DoNotPay Founder and CEO Joshua Browder's Robo Revenge app is unique from every other app looking to protect you from robocalls in that it can get you cash while s...
Tags: Apple, News, Motherboard, AT T, Browder, Joshua Browder, Msmash


The best prepaid cell phone plans for 2020

Looking to spend less on your cell phone? We run through the best pre-paid plans and what each has to offer.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Verizon, Trends, T-mobile, AT&T, Best Of, Buying Guides, Cell Phone Plans, Tier 4


TNT’s NBA All-Star Game Will Feature Ad-Free Fourth Quarter in Kobe Bryant Tribute

The final moments of this year’s NBA All-Star Game will likely have drama and multiple drives to the basket. One thing they won’t feature: advertising. The fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star Game on TNT will include a commercial-free four quarter as part of a new format aimed at honoring the late Kobe Bryant. The […]
Tags: News, AT&T, Tv Advertising, Nba, Kobe Bryant, TNT, WarnerMedia, NBA on TNT


This App Automatically Cancels and Sues Robocallers

DoNotPay, the family of consumer advocacy services meant to protect people from corporate exploitation, is launching a new app aimed at helping end our long national nightmare surrounding robocalls by giving you a burner credit card to get their contact details then giving you a chatbot lawyer to automatically sue them. From a report: DoNotPay Founder and CEO Joshua Browder's Robo Revenge app is unique from every other app looking to protect you from robocalls in that it can get you cash while s...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Motherboard, AT T, Browder, Joshua Browder


T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Wins Approval From US Judge

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: T-Mobile's edged closer to a takeover of Sprint after a federal judge on Tuesday approved the deal, rejecting a claim by a group of states that said the deal would violate antitrust laws and raise prices. During a two-week trial in December, T-Mobile and Sprint argued the merger will better equip the new company to compete with top players Verizon and AT&T as the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, creating a more efficient company with low pric...
Tags: Verizon, New York, California, US, Tech, Sprint, Reuters, U S District Court, T Mobile, AT T, Marrero, Victor Marrero


Sprint/T-Mobile merger gets federal judge approval

The U.S. mobile landscape is on track to look a whole lot different. A hotly contested $26 billion deal between T-Mobile and Sprint just got the go ahead from a U.S. district court judge. The merger would combine the country’s third and fourth largest mobile carriers, effectively reducing the number of key carriers from four down to three. Critics of the deal, including attorneys general from more than one dozen states, have expressed concern that such a deal would diminish competition in the...
Tags: Mobile, Verizon, Tech, Sprint, T Mobile, M&a, Justice Department, AT T, Marrero, Letitia James, Sprint T Mobile, U S District Judge Victor Marrero


Judge clears a major path to T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion Sprint bid

By TALI ARBEL NEW YORK — A federal judge has cleared a major path to T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint, as he rejected claims by more than a dozen states that the deal would mean less competition and higher phone bills. Though the deal still needs a few more approvals, T-Mobile expects to close it as early as April 1. Once that happens, the number of major U.S. wireless companies would shrink from four to three. T-Mobile says the deal would benefit consumers as it becomes a fiercer com...
Tags: Verizon, Japan, New York, Obama, California, Sport, Soccer, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, Gigi Sohn, Donald Trump, Consumer Reports, Justice Department, Trump, John Legere, T Mobile


SoftBank just made $12 billion after Sprint's stock rocketed 70%

SoftBank made about $12 billion after Sprint's stock price rocketed 70% on Tuesday. The Japanese conglomerate is Sprint's parent, owning nearly 85% of the wireless carrier's shares. The stock surge boosted the value of SoftBank's holding from about $17 billion to $29 billion. Sprint's shares shot up after a federal judge approved its mega-merger with T-Mobile. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SoftBank made about $12 billion this morning, courtesy of Sprint's surging stock p...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Softbank, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Sprint, WeWork, AT T


T-Mobile’s $26.5 Billion Sprint Merger Approved Despite Competition Concerns

T-Mobile US Inc. won court approval for its $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint Corp., defeating a state-led lawsuit that sought to block the industry-altering wireless deal. The decision by a district judge in Manhattan is a huge win for T-Mobile and its owner Deutsche Telekom AG, as well as SoftBank Group Corp., Sprint’s parent. The combined company, which will operate under the T-Mobile name, will have a regular monthly subscriber base of about 80 million — in the same league as AT&T Inc., ...
Tags: Verizon, New York, News, Fcc, California, Washington, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, Frankfurt, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Manhattan, Mergers and Acquisitions, Justice Department, John Legere, T Mobile


T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint approved by federal judge

A federal judge has approved T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint. Long opposed by consumer advocates, the mega-merger will combine America's 3rd and 4th-largest wireless carriers. In the decision filed Tuesday, Judge Victor Marrero wrote, “The resulting stalemate leaves the Court lacking sufficiently impartial and objective ground on which to rely in basing a sound forecast of the likely competitive effects of a merger.” From CNBC: The ruling clears one of the final hurdles for the dea...
Tags: Verizon, Post, Business, News, Fcc, US, America, Telecommunications, Sprint, New York Times, Telecoms, Mergers, Cnbc, Alex Sherman, T Mobile, David Shepardson


Virus fears play out ahead of shrinking global tech event

The impact on travel and commerce from the viral outbreak in China is playing out ahead of one of the world's biggest technology fairs. Facebook, U.S. tech giants Cisco Systems and Intel, the U.S. wireless companies AT&T and Sprint and the Chinese smartphone maker Vivo said Tuesday that they have pulled out of the Mobile World Congress, which is to take place Feb. 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain. This year's event was expected to host the largest contingent on record from China.
Tags: News, China, Intel, Sprint, Vivo, Cisco Systems, AT T, Barcelona Spain, Facebook U S






ViacomCBS Plan Would Unify All of Star Trek In One New Streaming Service

According to CNBC, ViacomCBS is planning the launch of a new streaming service that would expand upon the already successful CBS All Access with films from Paramount Studios and Miramax, plus TV program from networks like MTV and Comedy Central. As Ars Technica points out, both Star Trek films (Viacom) and TV series (CBS) would likely appear on this new service. From the report: The news follows a high-profile merger between Viacom and CBS. CBS had already launched its CBS All Access service bef...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Ars Technica, Paramount Studios, Mtv, Showtime, Cbs, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Cw, Cnbc, Viacom, Miramax, AT T, Simon Schuster, CBS CBS


Your Patent License Likely Includes an Implied License to Other Patents

by Dennis Crouch The decision in Cheetah Omni is an important reminder regarding implied licenses.  The holding solidifies the presumption that a license to a particular patent impliedly includes a license to all parents and continuations that “disclose the same inventions as the licensed patent.”  This extends the court’s prior decision in  General Protecht Group Inc. v. Leviton Manufacturing Co., 651 F.3d 1355 (Fed. Cir. 2011) and builds upon the parallel doctrine of legal estoppel discussed i...
Tags: Law, US, Patent, Fed, Fujitsu, AT T, Ciena, Federal Circuit, Cheetah, Dennis Crouch, Cheetah Omni, General Protecht Group Inc, Leviton Manufacturing Co, AMP Inc, TransCore LP, Elec Transaction Consultants Corp


Tech Opportunities Depend on Shorter IP Lifetimes

Throughout the history of the U.S. technology industry, tech giants have squashed competitors, and investors have avoided the markets they dominate. For example, venture funding for social media startups plummeted from $3.9 billion in 2011 to $400 million in 2018. Recent efforts to enforce antitrust and reform patent laws will not end the monopolization. The best chance is to shorten the lifetimes of intellectual property (IP), both copyright and patents. The Trump administration and Congress ar...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Business, Technology, Microsoft, Obama, Congress, Stanford, Tech, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Leahy, Cia, Bell Labs


The US is making its own 5G technology with American and European companies, and without Huawei

The White House said it planned to use American companies, including Dell, Microsoft, and AT&T, to develop 5G infrastructure in the US, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that European companies like Nokia and Ericsson could also be onboarded.  The plan is create a common 5G software standard that can operate 5G networks on any 5G equipment. It would reduce the important of 5G equipment, namely Huawei's equipment. Huawei is the biggest ...
Tags: Microsoft, White House, Nokia, US, America, Trends, United States, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Ericsson, Ludlow, Trump, AT T, Bob Davis, Larry Kudlow, Dell Microsoft


AT&T to cut another 200 technician positions in California

AT&T has slashed nearly 38,000 jobs over the past two years, and the company’s remaining employees are working extra days and longer hours to pick up the slack, a union representative said. Frank Arce, a vice president with Communications Workers of America, whose District 9 represents about 25,000 AT&T employees in California, Hawaii and Nevada, said the telecom and media conglomerate informed his union that another 200 job cuts will take place Feb. 14 in California. That will include 100 layof...
Tags: Business, News, California, India, Sacramento, America, Sport, Soccer, Philippines, Nevada, Local News, CWA, Trump, Elliott, AT T, Elliott Management


Meet Robin Meade, the Morning News Anchor No One Wants to Mess With

Spend an hour watching Robin Meade and you might start to feel a little dizzy. Meade, the long-standing HLN morning anchor, was holding forth earlier this week at 6 a.m. on “Morning Express,” the program that takes up the biggest part of the CNN-owned network’s schedule. She had to juggle the biggest stores of the […]
Tags: News, Cnn, AT&T, Hln, Meade, Ken Jautz, Robin Meade, Morning Express


At ‘New Day,’ Anchors Help Strike New Tone for CNN

“New Day” has brought new possibilities to CNN. The cable-news network had long run general-news A.M. programs like “American Morning” and “Starting Point.” And indeed, when “New Day” launched in 2013, it was initially billed as something in the tradition of NBC’s “Today.” Then the Trump administration came along. In 2020, CNN executives view “New […]
Tags: News, Nbc, Cnn, AT&T, Trump, John Berman, Alisyn Camerota, New Day, Michael Bass


AT&T plans to intertwine its media and connectivity businesses after mediocre Q4 2019 earnings

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Connectivity & Tech subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they're published on Business Insider, click here. US telecom giant AT&T's Q4 2019 earnings disclosed disappointing results while also outlining a strategy for future growth. The second-largest US wireless carrier by volume, AT&T collected $36.5 billion in revenue, 1.9% less than its Q4 2018 revenue. During the quart...
Tags: Verizon, Fcc, Time Warner, US, Trends, Us Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, AT T, AT amp, Business Insider Intelligence, HBO Max, Business Insider Intelligence Connectivity Tech


Robocalls: Finally, DOJ seeks court enforcement action against telecoms for phone spam

Automated phone spam is a growing plague for anyone with a telephone, landline or cell. The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that they're trying to get court approval to take enforcement action against various telecommunications companies for their alleged role in facilitating robocalls. As far as I can tell, this is the first time DOJ has taken *any* enforcement action against telecoms over robocalls. About time. Go read the announcement. The filing accuses certain telecoms of “fac...
Tags: Post, Business, Politics, New York, Technology, News, Justice, Law, India, Tech, US news, Telecoms, Arizona, Doj, Long Island, Justice Department


HBO Max investment hits AT&T’s revenue in Q4 to the tune of $1.2B

AT&T’s revenue took a hit in the fourth quarter as the company gears up for the launch of WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, HBO Max, due to arrive this May. The WarnerMedia division, which includes HBO as well as Turner and Warner Bros., saw revenue decline 3.3% to $8.92 billion — a drop that was in part attributed to WarnerMedia’s decision to not license shows and movies to other services in advance of HBO Max’s debut. The HBO Max investment, which includes these “foregone WarnerMedia conten...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Media, Disney, Tech, Warner Bros, Hulu, Turner, Nbcu, Stephens, AT T, Hollywood Reporter, AT amp, Peacock, DirecTV, John Stephens


AT&T’s John Stankey: TNT, TBS to Boost Unscripted Volume as WarnerMedia Invests in HBO Max

The march to the launch of HBO Max in May is driving changes across WarnerMedia. John Stankey, AT&T chief operating officer and WarnerMedia chairman, told investors on Wednesday that cable powerhouses TNT and TBS will lean into more unscripted programming as WarnerMedia steers its investment in high-end scripted programming to the nascent subscription streaming platform. […]
Tags: News, AT&T, Tbs, TNT, TNT TBS, John Stankey, WarnerMedia, HBO Max, WarnerMedia Invests