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T. Rowe Price Group invested $190.5 million in Facebook, though at this point we're not sure at what valuation, along with $71.8 million in Zynga and $35.4 million in Angie's List, a service that compiles reviews of local contractors and doctors. (Wall Street Journal)
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After offering Google Voice, the carrier now will let you make Market purchases against your monthly bill.
Joining AT&T (T) and T-Mobile (ahem), Sprint (S) will now allow Android users to buy Android Market items and have them charged to their monthly Sprint bill. This theoretically simplifies purchasing and removes the barrier to entry for paid Apps for some Android users. Google remarked:
We believe that Direct Carrier Billing is a key MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 13, 2011 4:00 PM ET
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Lady Gaga donated $1.5 million to Zynga's fundraising initiative with Save the Children to support relief efforts in Japan. (The donation comes not long after Zynga raised more than $2.5 million, as well.) "I'm inspired that my little monsters banded together to help those affected by the terrible MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 29, 2011 5:00 AM ET
The AT&T/T-Mobile mega-merger was supposed to be too big for regulators to ever accept. Then came the wild success of industry upstart MetroPCS.
Among the many people who mistakenly dismissed the idea of AT&T (T) buying out T-Mobile as a never-gonna-happen, count T-Mobile's very own top executives. How else to explain their snarky ad campaign that razzed AT&T for running an old, slow and unreliable network?
How so many well-informed people got MOREScott Woolley - Mar 22, 2011 1:24 PM ET
While it isn't quite the AT&T-T-Mobile blockbuster, the move has broad implications on the mobile communications industry.
Google (GOOG) and Sprint (S) just announced that the two companies would soon be integrating their voice services. The deal is two fold:
First, Sprint customers will be able to use their existing Sprint mobile number as their Google Voice number and have it ring multiple other phones simultaneously. So now, calls to your Sprint MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 21, 2011 7:55 AM ET
What does AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA mean for Sprint? A whole lot of trouble.
Sprint (S), the third-largest U.S. carrier, has struggled to find its niche for years. It spent billions of dollars building out a WiMAX 4G network that has failed to pay off. It's also battled customer losses (a.k.a. churn in industry lingo) and a reputation for less-than-stellar customer service. Assuming AT&T's (T) acquisition of T-Mobile MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Mar 20, 2011 5:56 PM ET
AT&T announced that the new entity would be the biggest in the US with 130 million subscribers.
The national mobile carrier choices for US consumers will decrease by one if the purchase of Deutsche Telekom AG's U.S. T-Mobile unit by AT&T (T) passes regulatory hurdles. The $39 billion deal, announced ahead of a major wireless conference in Orlando tomorrow, would create the nation's largest wireless carrier and drop the big US mobile carriers to just three.
Charles MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 20, 2011 3:05 PM ET
It appears that Sprint will join T-Mobile in carrying the Google phone, except Sprint's will do 4G/WiMAX.
Engadget received some interesting new information on Sprint's (S) upcoming phone announcements over the weekend. Along with what is called an EVO 3D and EVO View tablet, Sprint will be doing their own version of the Nexus S built by Samsung. Sprint's version will be labeled '4G' and obviously also carry WiMAX radios.
Going to Sprint.com/nexus yields MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 7, 2011 9:41 AM ET
The Wall St. Journal paints a deliciously intriguing picture of a smartphone that opens up into a tablet, set to be announced in a few hours.
We'll be at Sprint's(S) presser later today and if the WSJ reports are true, it might be a doozy. Google's (GOOG) Android is about to get a two-screen device if the report is true.
Sprint Nextel Corp. plans to unveil a smartphone late Monday that includes a twin MORESeth Weintraub - Feb 7, 2011 1:36 PM ET
AT&T, Verizon and Sprint all say their data network is the best. Which one is right?
The conflicting ads are everywhere. AT&T (T) claims to have "the nation's fastest mobile broadband network." Verizon (VZ) Wireless says it has the "best network." And Sprint Nextel (S) brags that its early rollout of "4G" technology gives it "industry-leading mobile data services."
In fact, there's not a lot of real-world difference between the three, according MOREScott Woolley - Jan 25, 2011 10:01 AM ET
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