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4:00 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: Mashable!
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.)
Discussion: Fortune
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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
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
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Apple's Safari Browser Gives Search Marketers Headaches  —  Apple's dominance on tablets and smartphones presents a threat to accurately measure and optimize the performance of paid-search marketing campaigns.  —  Search firm Marin Software published a white paper Tuesday based on findings …
Discussion: TUAW
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Does Anne Hathaway News Drive Berkshire Hathaway's Stock?  —  Given the awesome correlating powers of today's stock trading computers, the idea may not be as far-fetched as you think.  —  A couple weeks ago, Huffington Post blogger Dan Mirvish noted a funny trend: when Anne Hathaway was in the news …
Discussion: Examiner
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Launches $10,000 Startup Referral Program For Employees  —  If you're a Google employee and you know about a stealth startup that wants funding, you can pocket a cool $10,000.  The Google Ventures team announced the new program at Google's weekly all-hands “TGIF” meeting, earlier this afternoon.
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 …
 
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Aileen Lee / TechCrunch:
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Report: Verizon iPhone snagged 4.5% of iPhone mobile ad impressions in Feb.
Thanks:devindra
Bloomberg:
Bloomberg Game Changers: Marc Andreessen
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
RIP Digg.  —  Startups in Silicon Valley are like old generals.