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Submission + - How the iPhone Led to the Sale of T-Mobile

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Kevin O'Brien writes that Deutsche Telekom’s announcement to sell its American wireless unit, T-Mobile USA, to AT&T for $39 billion ended a decade-long foray into the American market that was undermined, in part, by the advent of the iPhone (reg. may be required). Until Apple introduced its highly popular touchscreen device in 2007, which went on to become the world’s leading smartphone, Deutsche Telekom had been generating decent sales from its American operation, but after the iPhone went on sale, sold exclusively at first by AT&T in the United States, T-Mobile USA began to lose its most lucrative customers, those on fixed monthly plans, who defected to its larger American rivals — AT&T and Verizon Wireless. “The iPhone effect cannot be underestimated in this decision,” says analyst Theo Kitz. “Without being able to sell the iPhone, T-Mobile was in an unsustainable position and T-Mobile USA became a problem child.” Ironically ATT's acquisition won't help T-Mobile customers get access to the iPhone anytime soon as T-Mobile will remain independent, albeit under AT&T's stewardship, for around a year, and won't offer the iPhone to its customers during that period."
Apple

Submission + - Amazon sues Apple over "App Store" trademark (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: There are plenty of places where users can download mobile apps today, but there's only one App Store. Well, that's how Apple sees it at least.

Continuing on its quest to secure a trademark for "App Store", Apple last week filed suit against Amazon alleging that the online retailer was improperly using the phrase "App Store" in its mobile software developer program. Specifically, Apple accuses Amazon of trademark infringement and unfair competition.

Submission + - 2008 fed Bailout data to be made public (reuters.com)

schwit1 writes: SCOTUS rejected an appeal by the big banks concerning details of the 2008 emergency bailouts. Many news organizations were on the opposite side wanting access to these secrets such as who and how much money was borrowed at the height of the crisis. The Obama administration did not weigh in, which is not surprising given their mediocre record on openness and transparency. FYI: Tim Geitner was the head of the NY Fed at the time, which distributed most of the bailout moneys.

Never before have so few privileged businesses and individuals benefited so mightily. This was the scam of the century.

The Fed has given no timeframe on when it will release the data.

The Courts

Submission + - Apple sues Amazon.com over App Store trademark (tekgoblin.com)

tekgoblin writes: "Apple is suing Amazon.com over the use of Apple's trademarked App Store name in their mobile software developer program. Apple filed the suit back on March 18th which stated the trademark infringement and unfair competition which Apple felt was happening. Apple's statement in the suit reads:

“Amazon has begun improperly using Apple’s App Store mark in connection with Amazon’s mobile software developer program,” Apple also said “We’ve asked Amazon not to copy the App Store name because it will confuse and mislead customers,” said Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple.

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Transportation

Submission + - $845K Porsche 918 Spyder Is Worlds Priciest Hybrid (greencarreports.com)

thecarchik writes: We’ve known for some time that Porsche’s 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept from the 2010 Geneva Motor Show would eventually enter production but today, more than two years out from its debut, Porsche has announced that the order books have officially opened. We can confirm that the production 918 Spyder will cost $845,000 here in the U.S., easily making this the most expensive hybrid car currently on sale.

Production isn’t scheduled to start until September of 2013, with first deliveries scheduled to start just one month later. Note that the earlier a customer orders their vehicle, the earlier it will be delivered, as production is initialized in the same sequence in which orders are received.

Firefox

Submission + - Firefox 4.0 (Final) Now Available For Download (conceivablytech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It isn't officially announced yet, but the download link for Firefox 4 (final) is already live. If you have downloaded Firefox 4 RC2 (released last Friday), you already run the final code, according to Mozilla. The official launch of the new browser is still scheduled for tomorrow, March 22.
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AMD Offers Women Geek Dating Advice 269

Blacklaw writes "It appears AMD has decided to branch out from integrated circuits and enter the romance market with a handy guide for girls to land themselves a geeky guy. From the article: 'In a blog post written by Leslie Sobon, the company's vice president of marketing, Sobon describes her life in the largely male-dominated world of technology as being "mostly surrounded by guys all day," but says: "I can tell you that — in general — technical guys are pretty cool," and offers advice on how girls can land a geek guy. Although clearly meant in a lighthearted way, Sobon's missive serves to patronize both her company's customers — who, we learn, are socially inept and bad dressers — and women, who apparently can't understand technology and need to find a nice man who can "fix the TV, your PC, and the sprinkler system" along with other magical item s far too complex for the poor female brain to comprehend.'"

Comment Re:What about the rest of the family? (Score 1) 311

you mean like OGG, or maybe FLAC, what about AIFF?, I'd say it's about the same on format-compatibility, also have you checked the battery life on the new iPods, it's staggering. A tip for you, try not to reencode your media, you'll lose quality and gain almost nothing in return. The Zune is neither freer nor substancially better than the iPod, and that's why it got lost on the sea of "MP3 Players" instead of being "the new iPod"
Australia

Australia's National Broadband Network To Go Ahead 222

angry tapir writes "After weeks of a hung parliament following the Australian federal election, the incumbent Labor Party has garnered enough support among independent MPs to form a minority government. Broadband was central to clinching the independents' support. Labor's victory means the $43 billion National Broadband Network will push ahead. The policy has generally been popular among ISPs and telcos — though some rebel operators preferred a policy that emphasized wireless technologies, similar to the proposals put forward by Labor's opponents. The primarily fiber-based NBN is set to offer Australians 1Gbps broadband."

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