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FCC's 5G masterstroke little more than big biz cash giveaway – expert

The latest effort by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand 5G networks across the United States is little more than a cash giveaway to large telcos and will grow, rather than close, the digital divide. That's the opinion of telco expert, author of the United States' National Broadband Plan, and a man credited …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Sep 2018
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Nvidia promises to shift graphics grunt work to the cloud, for a price

It's a fact of life for gamers: If you want to be able to compete, you need the best hardware to give you an edge. That means putting down at least $2,000 to make sure you have a machine with the right processor, motherboard, graphics card and memory - not to mention the best keyboard, mouse and the all-important gaming chair …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Sep 2018
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Guys, geez... finally 5Gs: AT&T grows super-fast mobile net city rollout

AT&T has promised real-world rollouts of 5G super-fast mobile internet in five more US cities before the end of the year, taking the total to 12, with another seven due next year. "5G is finally here," said AT&T's chief technology officer Andre Fuetsch opening up its Spark conference in San Francisco this morning – with a …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Sep 2018
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Bitcoin backer sues AT&T for $240m over stolen cryptocurrency

A bitcoin investor is suing AT&T for $240m after it allegedly ported his phone number to a hacker, allowing the criminal to steal $24m in cryptocurrency. Michael Terpin is suing the phone giant [PDF] for the value of the three million electronic coins plus $216m in punitive damages after he claims an AT&T employee at a store …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Aug 2018
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AT&T abducts AlienVault to bolster business end of its security probing

AT&T has agreed to acquire security intel specialist AlienVault for an unspecified pile of cash. The two companies announced the deal on Tuesday, saying that AlienVault would join AT&T Business as part of its enterprise and SMB security services. Specifically, the telco giant says that after the deal wraps up it will offer …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2018
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AT&T offloads a bunch of data centres for a billion bucks

AT&T has followed the emerging trend of carriers getting out of the data centre infrastructure business by offloading 31 colocation assets to Brookfield Infrastructure for US$1.1 billion. The US carrier announced the deal late last week and said the arrangement means the buyer will maintain the colocation business. The …
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AT&T sends in startup shill to shake up Cali's net neutrality safeguards

Analysis A group claiming to represent the interests of California's tech startups has argued that the US state should allow so-called zero rating services, despite the negative impact it would have on tech startups. Last week, CALinnovates provided Sacramento lawmakers, who are discussing proposed legislation to bring net neutrality …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jun 2018

Verizon promises to stop selling its subscribers' location data... for now

Verizon has promised to stop selling user location data to third parties in response to a privacy campaign by US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). In a letter [PDF] to the lawmaker, the American telco giant said it has "conducted a comprehensive review" of its "location aggregator program" and as a result would kill the agreements it …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jun 2018
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Dinosaurs permitted to mate: But what does AT&T Time merger mean for antitrust – and you?

Analysis Across political divides in the United States there's a common appetite for reining in the country's plutocratic corporate overlords. The country that reveres Mom 'n' Pop businesses is wary when giant businesses combine. But the landmark decision in a US District Court permitting two legacy businesses to merge indicates how hard …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jun 2018
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Thought the AT&T Time-Warner tie-up was scary? Comcast says 'hold my beer'

With the massive $85bn merger between AT&T and Time Warner set to finalize, a newly-emboldened Comcast is pushing for a media mega-deal of its own. The US cable kingpin officially made its offer on Wednesday to acquire 21st Century Fox in an all-cash deal worth $65bn. The deal would give Comcast all outstanding shares in 21st …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jun 2018

AT&T gets clearance to devour Time Warner for $85 BEEEELION

Updated A US District Court judge has given the all-clear for AT&T's $85bn acquisition of broadcast giant Time Warner. In a ruling issued Tuesday afternoon, Judge Richard Leon said the US government's Department of Justice – which opposes the takeover – had failed to show how the combined TV and telco giants would substantially harm …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jun 2018
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Why does the world need the new 'Arkraino' network edge stack'?

Over the next couple of quarters, a team of developers will start fleshing out the roadmap of a Linux Foundation effort A&T ignited in February, when the telco giant donated code to the Akraino project. The aim is to create a “network edge stack” that plugs a gap in the open source world, between the OpenStack/OPNFV-built …
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Linux Foundation lays out welcome mat for AT&T network OS

AT&T has let its in-house-developed network operating system escape into the open source world via the Linux Foundation, with a code release due in the second half of this year. The existence of what was internally called dNOS emerged last year as part of the company's plan to replace 100,000 routers with white boxes. Ma Bell …
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What a hang up: US big box biz Best Buy kicks Huawei to the curb

Best Buy will no longer carry Huawei phones in its stores, marking yet another setback for the Chinese smartphone maker's efforts in America. According to media reports citing sources familiar with the matter, the US big box retailer will stop selling Huawei phones in its US stores in the next few weeks. Neither company wanted …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Mar 2018

America yanked from the maws of cellphone complaint black hole

A US federal appeals court has prevented the country from falling into a telecoms black hole – by asserting that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) does have the authority to fine phone giant AT&T for misleading subscribers. The decision today marks a significant shift in how telecommunications companies will be regulated in …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Feb 2018

T-Mobile US let hackers nick my phone number, drain my crypto-wallets, cries man who lost $20k

A bloke from Washington is suing T-Mobile USA after miscreants were able to steal his phone number and take all his crypto-coins. Carlos Tapang this week told the US state's western district court that the telco broke America's Federal Communications Act when, in November of last year, it allowed strangers to get control of …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Feb 2018
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AT&T's financial figures reveal 19 BEEELLLION reasons why it lobbied hard for US tax cuts

AT&T lobbied hard for tax cuts in the US – and that effort has rather paid off. Thanks to the President-Trump-championed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the telco revealed this week it rounded out 2017 with some stonking financial figures. In the final quarter of 2016, the comms giant bagged a profit of $2.4bn. A year later, in 2017, …
Iain Thomson, 1 Feb 2018

You want wires with that? Burger King backs, er, net neutrality

Vid It is possible for a policy issue to jump the shark? It's not a question we've ever felt the need to ask, but today Burger King – yes, the sweaty meat slinger – put out a advert in which it comes to the defense of net neutrality in America. Quite why a fast-food joint would feel the need to weigh in the most controversial …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jan 2018

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