A curated selection of the weekend's newsworthy tech stories from all around the Web. Read on, and join the conversation with a comment below.
"We learned that you can't rely on anyone else to control and maintain your own brand."
-- Groupon CEO Andrew Mason on its controversial Super Bowl ad. (Ad Age)
AT&T plans to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion, a deal that would make the former the largest mobile U.S. carrier and the only carrier stateside to use Global System for Mobile (GSM) technology -- it will also bring the number of major national wireless carriers down from four to three. The transition, which will take 12 months to happen if U.S. regulatory agencies don't put up a fight, will also give T-Mobile USA owner Deutsche Telekom some 8% of the newly-combined AT&T. (What say you, Fortune readers? Is AT&T's move a stroke of brilliance or an ominous sign of things to come in the mobile market? Sound off in the comments below.) (Fortune)
Reed Hastings' disruption tour continues as Netflix weighs ploughing its profits into an original series. "It's not TV, it's HBO" may soon be "It's not HBO, it's Netflix."
Update: 24 hours later, it's official. "Netflix has committed to a minimum of 26 episodes," the press release reads, of "House of Cards." That sounds like 2 seasons worth, and it should begin, um, "airing" in late 2012. Kevin Spacey and David Fincher MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - Mar 17, 2011 10:29 AM ET
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