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5:35 PM ET, March 20, 2011

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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 …
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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
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T-Mobile: Here Are The Biggest Winners And Losers  —  AT&T just announced a deal to acquire rival T-Mobile USA in a $39 billion transaction.  —  If the government eventually approves the deal, it's good news for AT&T, which will have a significant size advantage over its archrival Verizon Wireless.
Discussion: GigaOM, Gizmodo and Light Reading
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
T-Mobile: We Were Totally Kidding About AT&T's Crappy Network!  —  Here's an immediate casualty of the AT&T/T-Mobile deal — or at least I assume it will be: T-Mobile's ad campaign, which is almost entirely focused on insulting AT&T's network quality.  (And by extension, insulting Apple's iPhones, too.)
T-Mobile Newsroom:
Q&A: More Information About AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile USA  —  An agreement was announced under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA.  The agreement is the first step in a process that, including regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months.
Discussion: Fortune and BerryReview.com
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 …
Discussion: Mobilized, Thanks:rawmeet
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile will test antitrust law  —  Here's the first clue that AT&T knows that its going to run into trouble with antitrust regulators over its purchase of T-Mobile.  —  In its press release on the $39 billion deal, AT&T said, “The U.S. wireless industry …
Discussion: @dangillmor
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)  —  According to several Israeli business newspapers (TheMarker, Calcalist) Facebook has acquired Snaptu for an estimated $60 - $70 million, although some reports peg the price lower, at around $40 million.
Discussion: SAI, GeekWire and The Next Web
Electronista:
Sony preps MacBook Air rival with Thunderbolt; Chrome OS  —  A pair of rumors from a historically accurate source have Sony planning two ultraportable VAIOs, one of which could be its direct answer to the MacBook Air.  The centerpiece, nicknamed the Hybrid PC, would by itself be a fast ultralight …
Elizabeth Spiers / Spiersblr:
HOW NOT TO INTERACT WITH THE MEDIA 101, courtesy of Hashable CEO, Mike Yavonditte:  —  1. See a negative op-ed about your company wherein the author uses a metaphor describing you being a velvet rope telling people they're not “Hashable” enough.  —  2. Utterly fail to grasp metaphor.
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Mike Taylor / Betabeat:
Hashable Is Worthless  —  If there's one thing I hate …
Discussion: @coreypein
 
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