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10:45 PM ET, March 20, 2011

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
In AT&T & T-Mobile Merger, Everybody Loses  —  The lull of my lazy, rainy weekend was broken by the news that AT&T plans to acquire T-Mobile USA for a whopping $39 billion in cash and stock.  Who wins and who loses in this deal?  It's hard to find winners, apart from AT&T and T-Mobile shareholders.
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Buying T-Mobile USA In $39 Billion Deal  —  AT&T just announced a deal to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash and stock deal worth $39 billion.  —  The deal would make AT&T the nation's largest wireless carrier by a wide margin, so it will probably face significant government scrutiny …
Business Wire:
AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom  —  Provides Fast, Efficient and Certain Solution to Impending Spectrum Exhaust Challenges Facing AT&T and T-Mobile USA in Key Markets Due to Explosive Demand for Mobile Broadband  —  Enhances Network Capacity, Output and Quality in Near Term for Both Companies' Customers
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Exclusive: T-Mobile USA CEO to employees: Sale to AT&T the ‘best possible solution’  —  The proposed sale of T-Mobile USA to AT&T, announced this afternoon, surprised not only the industry but also many of T-Mobile's employees.  In an email to those employees this afternoon, Philipp Humm …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:   Sprint: AT&T's T-Mobile Buy Would “Dramatically Alter” Market
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
T-Mobile: We Were Totally Kidding About AT&T's Crappy Network!
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T-Mobile: Here Are The Biggest Winners And Losers
Discussion: Light Reading and Gizmodo
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile will test antitrust law
Discussion: GigaOM, Mobilized and @dangillmor
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Why the Quick Bar ("dickbar") is still so offensive  —  Twitter's official iPhone app, formerly Loren Brichter's Tweetie and an otherwise awesome client, got a lot of negative reactions from the recent addition of the Quick Bar, a mandatory trending-topics banner on top of the tweet list.
Snaptu blog:
We've agreed to be acquired by Facebook!  —  The Snaptu team is excited to announce today that we recently agreed to be acquired by Facebook.  —  Our goal when we founded Snaptu in 2007 was to provide useful and innovative services to the 95 percent of mobile users that don't have access to advanced smart phones.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Facebook Acquires Snaptu (For An Estimated $60 - $70 Million)
Discussion: SAI, Pulse2, GeekWire and The Next Web
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
Google accuses China of hacking Gmail  —  Chinese government's crackdown on activists thought to be behind what Google calls ‘politically motivated attacks’  —  Google has accused the Chinese government of interfering with its popular Gmail email system.  The move follows extensive attempts …
Discussion: Electronista
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Groupon CEO: We Placed Too Much Trust in Agency for Super Bowl Ads  —  Andrew Mason Says Group-Buying Site ‘Turned Off Part of Its Brain’ When Working With CP&B in Aim to Be ‘Edgy’  —  Talk about adding insult to injury.  —  As if CP&B's breakup last week with one of its biggest clients …
Discussion: @bill_gross
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
An Illustrated Guide To Searching For Shared, Tweeted & “Realtime” Images  —  Looking for images that are being shared and posted in realtime?  That image search space has gotten more competitive, as Nachofoto reenters the field.  Below, what it offers, along with general realtime image searching tips using …
 
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