This is huge: AT&T
just announced it’s finally abandoning its doomed merger with T-Mobile.
For nearly a year, we've
been showing that this deal would have only meant higher prices, fewer choices
and tens of thousands of lost American jobs. Free Press knew it; the Department
of Justice agreed; so did the FCC.
Two weeks ago, various news outlets reported that Verizon Wireless’ new Galaxy Nexus phone, an Android device that went on sale last Thursday, will not support Google Wallet, Google’s mobile payment application. Based on what we know from press reports, it seems that Verizon Wireless is violating the open-devices and open-applications conditions in its legal licenses for part of the 700 MHz spectrum (the so-called “C-Block”) over which the company’s LTE network operates. There is, however, great uncertainty about what exactly is going on.
Christopher Hitchens was a master at offending just about
everybody in the room.
Hitchens, who died Thursday from complications related to cancer, first earned his literary stripes as a political firebrand on the left. No cow was too sacred for Hitchens, an atheist who excoriated organized religion in God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything — and lambasted the previously untouchable Mother Teresa in The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice. A longtime lefty, Hitchens alienated his former compatriots when he switched gear in the early aughts and defended the United States invasion of Iraq.
year, another 12 months in which the mobile carriers did their best to screw
Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon do so many bad, annoying and anti-consumer things
that it’s almost impossible to document it all. So below is a catalog of simply
the most egregious acts the carriers perpetrated this year.
Maybe we’ve been looking for models in all the wrong places. To find the elusive secret to making Web journalism sustainable in community after community, maybe we need to take a peek behind the curtain into the secret sector of the economy.
If you aren't familiar with SOPA — the House's "Stop Online Piracy Act" or its companion in the Senate (called PIPA or Protect IP) — you should be. This is legislation that would allow the U.S. government to require Internet Service Providers block websites without due process.