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Samsung Galaxy Beam crosses paths with FCC, sports 3G connectivity for AT&T

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Beam crosses paths with FCC, sports 3G connectivity for AT&T

The FCC comes across many smartphones in its daily routine, but it’s hardly an everyday occurrence for one of those handsets to rock a miniature projector. That’s the claim to fame of the Samsung Galaxy Beam, which just made its way through the regulatory body with full 3G support for AT&T’s 1900MHz and 850MHz bands. We were first introduced to this updated version of the original Galaxy Beam at Mobile World Congress, and for a quick refresher, the Android 2.3 device packs a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 768MB of RAM, a 4-inch WVGA display and a projector that’ll toss 50-inch imagery onto the wall. Naturally, whether AT&T chooses to sell the smartphone is another consideration entirely, but this certification will keep users in proper standing with the feds, and that’s a good thing.

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How a Pimp’s Android Pattern Lock Foiled the Feds [Crime]

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
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MetroPCS may be top contender for AT&T’s post-acquisition assets

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
The likelihood of a successful acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T may largely depend on what the latter is willing to give up. The largest GSM carrier in the US may need to throw a few assets overboard in order to satisfy the Department of Justice, and has reportedly been Rethinking Possible by engaging in discussions with several parties interested in scooping up the leftovers. According to Bloomberg, MetroPCS appears to be the frontrunner in the talks, and plans to meet with the Justice Department (alongside AT&T, of course) in the next two weeks to determine if the strategy will appease the regulating body. No guarantees here, of course: it seems like a lot of assets would have to change hands for MetroPCS — a regional carrier with roughly nine million subscribers — to be considered a large enough competitor to assuage the government’s concerns here. We can’t imagine the Feds would be satisfied with any small offering, considering the Department’s filed a lawsuit against Ma Bell to block the merger. We have a feeling this saga is just starting to get real interesting, so stay tuned.

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AT&T to pay T-Mobile $6 billion if feds reject acquisition

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

AT&T will pay T-Mobile $3 billion in cash, a $1 billion roaming agreement, and $2 billion in spectrum if the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice reject AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. The agreement’s 15% breakup fee would shatter global records, Reuters said, noting that the 7.7% breakup cash agreement is already high. On Wednesday, AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson met with the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the acquisition. AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson has argued that there’s already plenty of competition in the U.S. wireless market and that the deal will actually create jobs. Similarly, the Communications Workers of America backs the deal and believes it will be a “victory for broadband proponents. AT&T’s competition isn’t so sure. Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse said the deal would “stifle innovation” and the carrier believes it would create a “vertically integrated duopoly.” Verizon has kept to itself, but did note that, if confirmed, the deal could be “an excuse for the government to insert itself into the marketplace.”


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Grand Jury Investigates Whether Apps Are Stealing Your Info [Blip]

Monday, April 4th, 2011

The WSJ reports that Feds are looking into whether apps are taking—and sharing—your information without your permission. So far Pandora, an app that the WSJ previously outed as an untrustworthy steward of your private data, has received a subpoena, presumably along with several others. More »

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Feds Propose Backup Camera Mandate By 2014 [Nanny State]

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Why the Feds Want To Wiretap the Internet, and Why They Can’t [Privacy]

Monday, September 27th, 2010