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  1. AT&T Explores Expansion Of Super-Fast Internet

    April 21, 2014 7:36 PM EDT AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas. The service, called GigaPower, has a 1 gigabit per second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically ...

  2. AT&T Buys Leap Wireless, Owner of Muve Music, For $1.19 Billion

    July 12, 2013 7:47 PM EDT AT&T just got itself into the music subscription business. The company announced Friday it has purchased Leap Wireless, owner of Cricket Wireless, for $1.19 billion in cash. Including debt, the deal is worth about $4 billion.   Leap Wirele ...

  3. Digital Domain, The Company Behind Tupac Hologram, Files For Bankruptcy

    September 12, 2012 10:44 AM EDT PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Less than a year after going public, Digital Domain, the digital production company founded by director James Cameron and most recently in the news for creating the Tupac hologram at Coachella, has filed for Chapter 11 ...

  4. Universal Music-EMI: Vivendi Confirms Payment, But Status of Deal Is Still Unclear

    September 10, 2012 3:22 PM EDT Universal Music Group's bid to acquire part of EMI has entered its final phase of regulatory review in Europe, but while UMG parent Vivendi confirmed a first payment required under the deal, the status of European regulators' thinking ab ...

  5. White Paper Urges FTC to Block UMG-EMI Deal; EU Nat'l Regulators Slated To Vote on Merger

    August 30, 2012 8:30 PM EDT The American Antitrust Institute, a Washington-based non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization, has issued a white paper entitled "Music Industry Consolidation: The Likely Anticompetitive Effects Of The Universal/Emi Merger&qu ...

  6. Universal Music May Divest Virgin Records, EMI Classics (Report)

    July 16, 2012 7:48 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group could offer to divest Virgin Records and EMI Classics, as well as the distribution rights to independent label Mute to clinch European regulators' approval for its proposed acquisition of EMI' ...

  7. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved By Japanese Regulators

    July 11, 2012 8:16 AM EDT Japanese regulators have approved Universal Music Group's $1.9 billion purchase of EMI Music without having to make concessions, according to a Music Week report. A statement from a Universal Music rep said that, "We can confirm that the ...

  8. Universal Music's Acquisition of EMI To Face EU Commission's Statement of Objections

    June 08, 2012 8:38 AM EDT The approval process of Universal Music's acquisition of EMI's music division is entering another chapter as European Union regulators are preparing a list of concerns about the merger, according to EC Competition Commissioner Joaquin Al ...

  9. Bell Canada Enterprises Buys Astral Media for $3.4 Billion

    March 16, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), Canada's biggest telecommunications company, just got even bigger. The company will buy Quebec-based Astral Media Inc. for $3.38 billion cdn (about $3.4 billion U.S.). The deal includes net debt of $380 million, ...

  10. The Band's Levon Helm Loses BBDO Lawsuit Over 'The Weight' Cellphone Ad

    March 02, 2012 8:45 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- A Manhattan court says Levon Helm long ago signed away rights that let an advertising agency use the song "The Weight" in a cell phone commercia l. The Band's former drummer and singer sued ad agency BBDO Worldwide ...

  11. AT&T Drops $39 Billion T-Mobile Bid

    December 20, 2011 8:27 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) -- AT&T Inc. is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that the deal would raise prices, reduce innovation and give custome ...

  12. EMI's Deals WIth Universal, Sony Face Inevitable -- But Different -- Regulatory Scrutiny

    November 11, 2011 5:46 PM EST The sale of EMI is just the beginning in what could be a lengthy process that further consolidates the record and music publishing businesses. Citigroup's sale of EMI -- its recorded-music division to Universal Music Group and its music publi ...

  13. Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

    September 01, 2011 7:30 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department took the unusual step Wednesday to try to block AT&T's $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA, arguing that the proposed merger would lead to higher wireless prices, less innovation and fewer choices ...

  14. AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: Five Ways It Could Impact Music Biz

    March 21, 2011 2:29 PM EDT On the eve of the mobile phone industry's annual CTIA Wireless conference, AT&T dropped the bombshell news that it is acquiring rival T-Mobile for $39 billion. The move has all manner of repercussions for the wireless market, should it pa ...

  15. Live Nation Acquires Remaining Equity in Front Line, Azoff Named Chairman

    February 07, 2011 8:43 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment acquired substantially all of the remaining equity stake in Front Line Management Group, Inc. that it did not previously own for total consideration of $116.2 million in cash and stock, the company announced today. Additi ...

  16. Verizon Vs. AT&T iPhone: a Side-by-Side Comparison

    February 03, 2011 7:26 AM EST Ever since Apple's iPhone went on sale in 2007, Verizon Wireless customers have held out hope that, one day, AT&T's grip as its exclusive U.S. distributor would be broken. That day arrives next week, when Verizon's iPhone goes o ...

  17. Update: FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission Tuesday in Washington D.C. passed new rules that govern how providers treat web traffic. "Today, for the first time, we are adopting rules to preserve basic Internet values," FCC Chairman Julius Gena ...

  18. Dimensional Completes Acquisition of The Orchard

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dimensional Associates announced on Thursday the completion of its acquisition of digital distributor The Orchard. The company entered into a merger agreement with Dimensional on March 16. At the time, Dimensional owned 42% of The Orchard's c ...

  19. Judge Clears Way For Suit Against Apple, AT&T

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A judge has cleared the way for a class action lawsuit against AT&T and Apple regarding the exclusive deal between the two companies for the iPhone. The suit, originally filed in 2007, alleges Apple created a monopoly by suggesting its exclusi ...

  20. Will Verizon Soon Be Selling The iPhone?

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The will-they-or-won’t-they dance between Apple and Verizon Wireless continues with renewed speculation that the mobile operator will soon begin selling the popular iPhone. This time, the reports come from Bloomberg , which cites unnamed sources & ...

  21. AT&T Hit With Order, Privacy complaints Over iPhone

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Customers trying to reserve the latest version of the iPhone were thwarted by technical glitches that hindered sales on Tuesday (June 15), the first day of pre-orders before the device hits stores on June 24. AT&T Inc customers reported seeing ...

  22. The Orchard To Merge With Parent Company

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard today asked stockholders to approve a formal merger with parent company Dimensional Associates. When complete, the merger would make the Orchard again a privately owned company. Dimensional already owns 42% of the company's outsta ...

  23. Consumer Watchdog Weighs In On Orange/T-Mobile Merger

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the U.K. consumer watchdog, has requested a say in the proposed merger of the British divisions of mobile telecoms companies Orange and T-Mobile. France Telecom owns Orange and Deutsche Telekom owns T-Mobile. The ...

  24. U.K. Regulator's U-Turn On Ticketmaster, Live Nation

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST In its ruling today (Dec. 22), the Competition Commission (CC) completely changed its position on the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster in the U.K. Such an about-turn for the U.K. regulator is "unusual" according to Simon B ...

  25. U.K. Body Approves Ticketmaster, Live Nation Merger

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster and Live Nation have welcomed the Competition Commission's (CC) decision to clear the proposed merger of the companies in the U.K. The CC has concluded today (Dec. 22) that the merger will not result in a substantial lessening of ...

  26. U.K. Regulator Challenges Orange/T-Mobile Deal

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The proposed merger of the British operations of telecoms carriers Orange and T-Mobile might curb competition in ways that hurt consumers, regulator Ofcom said. In a report on the state of the mobile market, Ofcom said it was satisfied that consum ...

  27. New Site Launched Against Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Members of Congress, public interest advocates and ticket brokers have teamed up to launch a new Web site that aims to inform the public about the possible impact of the proposed merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation. The site, ticketdisaste ...

  28. Business Matters: Apple, Lala, Vevo, Rock Hall Of Fame

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- An analyst at UBS Investment Research believes Apple's purchase of Lala ties into the company's $1 billion data server farm project i ...

  29. AT&T In Talks To Extend iPhone Deal: Report

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AT&T Inc is in talks with Apple Inc to extend its exclusive U.S. agreement to sell the iPhone from 2010 to 2011, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said in an interview that he plans t ...

  30. Potential Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Sparks Worries

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Two live entertainment giants that spent nearly two years maneuvering for advantage are now entwined in an ardent embrace. It surprised no one when the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment triggered an antitrust probe by t ...

  31. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Deal: Web Reaction

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Live Nation, Ticketmaster merger has been the talk of the industry for the last few days, with every media outlet speculating about the effect of the deal on the music industry landscape. Below, a selection of analysis and opinion from around ...

  32. News Corp Posts Steep Loss On Writedown

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rupert Murdoch's News Corp posted its biggest ever quarterly net loss, after taking an $8.4 billion writedown for the value of its Dow Jones acquisition, broadcasting licenses and other assets. Excluding the charge, the results missed Wall St ...

  33. Sony May Post $1.1 Billion Operating Loss

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Japan's Sony Corp will likely suffer an annual operating loss of about $1.1 billion, its first such loss in 14 years, due to sluggish sales and a stronger yen, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Shares of Sony tumbled 9%, slicing $2 ...

  34. FCC's Copps Rejects Satellite Merger Plan

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT FCC commissioner Michael Copps, a longtime warrior against media consolidation, on Monday (July 21) voted against the proposed Sirius, XM satellite radio merger, a decision that has lingered at the FCC for more than 410 days. R&R confirmed Cop ...

  35. Report: Global Music Sales To Slip

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers says global spending on recorded music will fall from $33.4 billion worldwide in 2007 to $32.5 billion by 2012, a .6% compound annual decline. That's for all formats of recorded music combined. Regiona ...

  36. Martin Gives Specifics On Satellite Merger

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT FCC chairman Kevin Martin on Monday (June 16) said he will recommend to his four fellow commissioners approval of the Sirius Satellite Radio merger with XM Satellite Radio after executives at the two entities agreed to a series of conditions that ...

  37. AT&T Mobility Settles Suit

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Following a similar settlement earlier this year in Florida, AT&T Mobility has settled a class action lawsuit in Georgia targeting the company's involvement with placing unauthorized content charges on subscribers phone bills. The complai ...

  38. Sirius, XM Merger Approved By DOJ

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sirius Satellite Radio's $5 billion buyout of rival XM Satellite Radio received the Justice Department's green light Monday as government lawyers found that the combined company competes against a broad universe of electronic entertainme ...

  39. Nokia Names Schimel Head Of Global Music

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has tapped Elizabeth Schimel as head of global music, to lead its mobile music activities as part of the entertainment & communities group, Billboard.biz has learned. She will report to Tero Ojanpera, executive VP of the entertainment &a ...

  40. Hacker Opens iPhone To T-Mobile

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT One of the bigger complaints about Apple's iPhone -- AT&T's network -- has been solved to a degree by a New Jersey teenager. The 17-year-old hacker managed to unlock the device so that it can work with T-Mobile's network, the on ...

  41. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Anybody read Doonesbury this week? The comic strip is taking on the music industry's problems. If you're behind on the plot, check it out from the beginning at the main Doonesbury site on Slate.com . In it, occasional character ...

  42. Industry Moves To Cash In On Latin Mobile Surge

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With Latin mobile entertainment use outpacing that of the mainstream market, wireless aggregators, labels and artists are all looking to cash in on a surging, fragmented Latin market. The parties discussed the opportunities and challenges in the s ...

  43. Who Owns The Mobile Customer?

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT One of the prevailing areas of contention in the mobile entertainment space is the debate over who owns the customer -- the wireless operator or the content provider. Operators feel that wireless subscribers are their assets, and content providers ...

  44. Cingular Unveils Mobile Music Strategy

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST On Nov. 6, Cingular Wireless will become the first U.S. operator to provide mobile access to online digital music services such as Napster, eMusic and Yahoo Music. Unlike rivals Sprint and Verizon Wi On Nov. 6, Cingular Wireless will become the fi ...

  45. Cingular To Partner With Digital Services

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Mobile operator Cingular Wireless is about to unveil its mobile music strategy, the details of which are expected tomorrow (Nov. 2). Unlike competitors Sprint and Verizon Wireless, who have built the Mobile operator Cingular Wireless is about to u ...

  46. T-Mobile Steps Up Robbie Mobile Activities

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT International wireless carrier T-Mobile International is to launch on Wednesday (July 19) a separate mobile TV channel dedicated to Robbie Williams' current 29-show European tour, Billboard.biz has le International wireless carrier T-Mobile I ...

  47. Cingular Wireless Introduces Ringback Service

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Becomes last major U.S. carrier to do so. Cingular Wireless at long last has introduced a ringback tones service, becoming the last major U.S. wireless carrier to do so. Dubbed Answer Tones, the Cingular service allows subscribers to replace the s ...

  48. Firm Proposes Free Internet Using Radio Spectrum

    May 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Would cover most of U.S., be supported by ads. A Silicon Valley company has asked the FCC to allow it to use—free—a band of radio spectrum for a free high-speed wireless Internet network that would cover most of the country and be supported by adv ...

  49. Loudeye U.S. Operations Sold To Muze

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Deal closed for $11 million in cash. Loudeye, which has been openly searching for a buyer since February, has sold its U.S. operations to digital entertainment firm Muze for $11 million in cash. The Seattle-based company will continue to run the U ...

  50. Sprint Eyes Mobile Music Subscriptions

    March 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Wireless download service launched in Oct. Wireless download service launched in Oct. News ...

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