This Day in Tech: Another missing iPhone; DOJ opposes AT&T-T-Mobile deal

Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET News for Wednesday, August 31.

Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET News for Wednesday, August 31.

•Exclusive: Another unreleased iPhone disappeared. CNET visited Cava22, the San Francisco bar where the iPhone went missing. "Apple electronically traced the phone to a two-floor, single-family home in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood, according to the source," according to the CNET story. Read the full scoop here.

•The U.S. government sued to block the AT&T and T-Mobile deal . Why? Because it believes the merger would lesson competition and reduce innovation in the wireless industry. "The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products for mobile wireless services," Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole said in a statement.

•Yet, AT&T is surprised by this. So is T-Mobile. It the deal doesn't go through, AT&T may owe $3 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal.

•Blogger gets a facelift . But will it be able to catch up with Wordpress? A recent survey found that WordPress owns 54.3 percent of the market, while Blogger owns only 2.9 percent.

•Australia gets its first utility-scale solar plant to power a seawater desalination plant in Western Australia.

•Land-line phones can hook up with Skype now .

• The Walkman makes a comeback as an Android phone. Sony gives CNET a first look at its Android-powered music player. The prototype is called the Walkman Mobile Entertainment Player. A dedicated button will allow users to access music quickly. Simply swiping the device will switch albums. Its tag line? Designed for music lovers by music lovers.

•MailChimp, the e-mail marketing service used by commercial clients, bought startup TinyLetter, which allows individuals to e-mail newsletters and manage subscriber lists.

•There's a demand for software to help companies sift through mounds of data. IBM bought U.K. crime analytics company i2, which helps police forces and the military look at a lot of security data. Recently, Hewlett-Packard bought Autonomy for $11 billion.

•No surprise here. The hackers are back. Anonymous Sri Lanka claims it has breached the DNS servers of companies such as Symantec, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Skype, and Cisco Systems.

 

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