Back in July earlier this year, we reported about Verizon Wireless’ plans to acquire Yahoo for $4.83 billion. In recent weeks however, Yahoo has hit some headlines that frankly does not do itself some favors. What we are referring to, of course, is the massive hack on Yahoo that could be considered the biggest one of its kind in history. The hack exposed the account details of at least 500 million customers.
It appears so, according to a report published by Bloomberg just this week. Officials from AT&T and Time Warner have reportedly been involved in discussions over the past few weeks regarding a potential blockbuster merger between the wireless giant and the media powerhouse.
Yup, the biggest social media giant in the world really does want to conquer everything. Just this week, Facebook has decided to roll out a number of new features that will let users acquire tickets to movies, concerts, and other events, get a price quotation from a shoe repair guy, or even allow family and friends to offer suggestions as to where to get the best cannoli in town. To be clear about it, the new features will be deployed first in the United States market, but almost certainly, they will hit other parts of the world as well in the next few weeks or months.
T-Mobile will be paying the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) $48 million as settlement for misleading mobile users with regards to its unlimited data plan. Just this week, the government agency revealed that through an investigation, the major wireless carrier was found to have not done enough to make the connection speed and data restrictions on its unlimited data plan clear to consumers.
Sprint has filed its preliminary quarterly financials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) just recently, and the results are mainly positive. The major US wireless carrier reported 344,000 net postpaid customer additions during the third quarter of this year, as well as registering 347,000 net postpaid phone additions, comfortably surpassing the 275,000 mark projected by Wells Fargo Securities.
AT&T is planning to debut a repair service for its subscribers, specifically those mobile users in possession of insured handsets that have sustained cracked display screens. The repair service will start to go live on November 15th of this year, and will be made available to subscribers under the wireless carrier’s Mobile Insurance, Mobile Protection Pack, Mobile Protection Pack for Business, and Multi-Device Protection Pack programs.
PBS took the opportunity to officially announce its own take on tablets -- the Playtime Pad. Geared for kids and young users, the branded tablet is built by Ematic and will come preinstalled with PBS Kids’ entertainment, which include games, video content (including fun music videos), and more.
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