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8:00 AM ET, March 21, 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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AT&T:
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
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.
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 …
Bruce Gottlieb / The Atlantic Online:
An Ex-Regulator's Take on AT&T Buying T-Mobile
Discussion: Deal Journal
Ina Fried / Mobilized:   Live Now: AT&T Makes its Case For the T-Mobile Deal
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T-Mobile: Here Are The Biggest Winners And Losers
Discussion: Light Reading, Gizmodo and Mashable!
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile will test antitrust law
Discussion: Mobilized, GigaOM 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.
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 …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S II Mini leaks out for Three, plus Nokia X7, Flyer and PlayBook release dates in UK  —  No, not the Galaxy Mini, that low-end Android sprout — this is Samsung's smaller alternative to the upcoming Galaxy S II superphone.  We just got handed UK carrier Three's entire spring-summer lineup …
David Carr / New York Times:
The Evolving Mission of Google  —  Today's quiz: What company derives 96 percent of its revenue from advertising, has a video platform that is currently negotiating with the National Basketball Association, a movie studio and various celebrities, and is developing a subscription service …
Rob Waugh / Daily Mail:
How did a British polytechnic graduate become the design genius behind £200billion Apple?  —  Rob Waugh reports on the rise to near-mythical status of Jonathan Ive, the remarkable man from Chingford  —  Jonathan Ive (left) has helped turn Apple into the second biggest company in the world …
Discussion: Fortune, Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Times's Online Pay Model Was Years in the Making  —  The discussions played out over most of 2009 amid the hum of the third floor newsroom and in the executive suites high above Times Square, consuming what seemed like countless meetings and consultants' recommendations.
Michio Kaku / Salon:
What happens when computers stop shrinking?  —  By around 2020, the age of the ever-smaller chip will come to an end — and we'd better prepare for it  —  I remember vividly sitting in Mark Weiser's office in Silicon Valley almost twenty years ago as he explained to me his vision of the future.
Discussion: insideHPC and Slashdot
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
A Report Card on Web 2 and the App Economy  —  As I noted earlier in the week, I had the opportunity to speak at a GM conference today.  I was asked to peer into the future of the “app world,” and deliver any divinations I might discover.  —  I like a challenge like this …
Discussion: Changing Way
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 …
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: Pulse2, SAI, The Next Web and GeekWire
 
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Discussion: broadstuff and Don Dodge on The Next …, Thanks:jancoo7