week in review Bowing to the objections of federal regulators,to acquire T-Mobile.
In August, the U.S. Department of Justice sued to block the merger. And in November the Federal Communications Commission indicated it opposed the merger as well. In both cases, the Justice Department and the FCC said that the merger between the second largest and fourth largest wireless phone companies in the U.S would harm competition. The FCC went as far as to say in its report of the merger that the deal would result in massive layoffs and would not be in the public interest.
While the dissolution of the deal seemed to leave AT&T without much-needed spectrum to keep up with demand for wireless data services -- at least until late yesterday, when theto AT&T's acquisition of 700MHz spectrum licenses from Qualcomm -- it will provide T-Mobile with the fruits of one of the largest breakup fees associated with any merger. The fee includes a cash payment to Deutsche Telekom of $3 billion, which is expected to be paid by the end of the year. It also includes a large package of mobile communications spectrum and a long-term agreement on UMTS roaming within the U.S. for T-Mobile USA, all of which is worth about $1 billion.
Even with the additional $3 billion in cash, which can be used to help pay down T-Mobile's debt, and the additional spectrum that will fill some holes in T-Mobile's network,
In a limited victory for Apple, International Trade Commission rules against HTC on 1 of 10 counts of patent infringement. Now HTC faces an April 2012 deadline to invent a work-around.
The new three-year deal is a big win for Mozilla, the nonprofit software maker behind Firefox, which is charged with defending openness of the Web.
The keynote address scheduled for January will be the company's last. The software giant is the latest company to drop or avoid the conference.
Research In Motion may look cheap and offer a lot of assets, but CNET argues that an acquisition isn't worth the trouble for many companies, and explains what we would do.
Senate antitrust committee members ask regulators to investigate whether Google unfairly promotes its own properties in search results.
Announcement by Android chief Andy Rubin comes a month after Google said that the mobile operating system was logging 550,000 new users every day.
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