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AT&T clinches deal purchasing DirecTV

US telecommunications giant AT&T (NYSE: T – news) clinched a deal Sunday to acquire broadcast satellite service provider DirecTV (Frankfurt: DIG1.F – news) for nearly $50 billion. Shareholders are set to receive $95 per share under the terms of the merger, including $28.50 per share in cash and $66.50 per…

Smart phone showdown: AT&T offers $450 to switch from T-Mobile

AT&T has fired a rather specific shot at one of its competitors on the brink of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week. The company is offering $450 in credit to T-Mobile customers who switch to AT&T. AT&T announced that T-Mobile…  …

AT&T rejects ‘transparency report’ shareholder demand; FBI can secretly turn your laptop camera on

In the age of modern digital surveillance, AT&T can keep its silence about what it tells the government, while the FBI can make your laptop keep its silence even while it’s secretly filming you. Shareholders are pressing AT&T to disclose what it does with its customers’ data in light of…

AT&T acquires Cricket phone network as part of $4 billion deal

AT&T announced plans Friday to buy mobile carrier Leap Wireless in a deal worth at least $4 billion, giving the telecom giant needed spectrum along with the Cricket prepaid phone franchise. AT&T said it was paying $15 a share, around $1.2 billion, and would assume the smaller carrier’s $2.8 billion…

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