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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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, ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Google/Verizon Policy Statement Not So Neutral

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A joint policy statement issued Monday by Google and Verizon was met with immediate criticism across the Internet. The seven-point plan outlines the companies' vision for an "open Internet." But commentators and net neutrality suppo ...

  8. Google, Verizon Deny Mobile Pay Tiers Plan

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google and Verizon Wireless on Thursday denied that they are looking to create pay tiers for websites on mobile phones. "(NY Times) is wrong," Google said on its public policy Twitter feed. "We've not had any convos with VZN (V ...

  9. Business Matters: Live Nation, HullabaLOU, Verizon and more

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION EYES IRELAND -- Live Nation has plans to take its UK model to Ireland, according to Denis Desmond of Gaiety Investments. “In England, we’ve got Live Nation/Gaiety, which works great, and the plan is to recreate that in Ireland. We are ...

  10. 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 & ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Los Tigres del Norte Onboard With Verizon

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Verizon announced its first national partnership with a regional Mexican band, Los Tigres del Norte, at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. Flanked by Jorge and Hernan Hernández, founding members of the iconic norteño group, Ed Ruth, director of ...

  13. Execs Offer Digital Strategies To Bolster Tours

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST When it comes to fusing the digital industry with the live entertainment business, the process needs to be done "before, during and after" concerts, according to Verizon Wireless director of digital music Ed Ruth, who spoke today (Nov. 1 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Timbaland, Timberlake Pact For Madonna Exclusive

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake have teamed up to create a remix of Madonna's single "4 Minutes," which will be available exclusively via Verizon Wireless in the United States and internationally through Vodafone. The track ...

  16. Plugged And Unplugged

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: This week saw the entrance of yet another major wireless operator fully committing to a mobile music download service. AT&T's launch of Napster Mobile not only puts the nation's No. 1 carrier on par with competitors Sprint a ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Verizon Grabs Prince Exclusive

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Verizon Wireless has nabbed the exclusive of the first single form Prince's upcoming album "Planet Earth," scheduled for to release sometime in July. The single, "Guitar," will be available for free to any Verizon subscrib ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. AT&T Preps Mobile TV Service

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Wireless operator AT&T (formerly Cingular) will launch a 24/7 live streaming TV service later this year, using the MediaFLO technology and service from Qualcomm. Unlike today's mobile TV services that deliver on-demand programs made speci ...

  21. CES Verizon Programs TV Shows

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Verizon Wireless said Sunday (Jan. 7) that it will become the first major carrier to broadcast live full-length television episodes. V Cast Mobile TV will include ad-supported programming from seven distinct channels culled from content partners C ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Wireless Ops Gear Up Concert Broadcast Efforts

    March 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Amp'd Mobile, Verizon Wireless get aggressive. Amp'd Mobile, Verizon Wireless get aggressive. News ...

  25. Verizon, MySpace Call On Unsigned Bands

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Unveil promotion for Verizon's music service. Unveil promotion for Verizon's music service. News ...

  26. Bell Canada Launches Mobile Music Store

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Carrier charging $2.58 per full-song download. Bell Canada has introduced a full-song download mobile music store, becoming the second Canadian operator to do so this year. Groove Mobile, the same provider behind the recently launched Sprint mobil ...

  27. FCC Approves TV Competition Study

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST What do traffic signals and street lights have to do with offering a new television service? WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- What do traffic signals and street lights have to do with offering a new television service? That is a question federal regulator ...

  28. Texas Shifts Franchise Law For Telcos

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill Sept. 7 in a special legislative session that lifts local franchise obligations for phone companies looking to offer video services. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill Sept. 7 in a s ...

  29. V CAST, CCE Partner For 'Juntos' Tour

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Channel exclusive to Verizon subscribers. Channel exclusive to Verizon subscribers. News ...

  30. FCC Conditionally Approves Cingular-AT&T Wireless Deal

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission gave its approval Oct. 26 to Cingular Wireless' $41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services Inc., completing the federal regulatory blessing necessary f WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- The Federal ...

  31. Communications Biz Spends $1.1B On Lobbying Gov't

    October 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures from 1998 to September 2004 by the three primary U.S. communications sectors -- broadcasting, cable TV and telecommuications -- amounted to $1.1 billio Campaign contributions and lobbying expenditur ...

  32. Fuse, AG Interactive Link

    October 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Deal will create wireless services. The Fuse music network and AG Interactive, the new-media subsidiary of American Greetings Corp., are joining forces to market interactive music programming via wireless. The partnership will eventually allow Fus ...

  33. Simple Plan Links With Verizon Wireless

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Simple Plan is teaming with Verizon Wireless for its upcoming tour. The first leg of the outing -- which is in support of the Lava album "Still Not Getting Any ..." -- starts Oct. 30 at the Ogden Thea Simple Plan is teaming with Verizon ...

  34. Simple Plan Links With Verizon Wireless

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Simple Plan is teaming with Verizon Wireless for its upcoming tour. The first leg of the outing -- which is in support of the Lava album "Still Not Getting Any ..." -- starts Oct. 30 at the Ogden Thea Simple Plan is teaming with Verizon ...

  35. Impala Threatens Litigation If Sony/BMG Is Cleared

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade group issues protest to Monti. European independent labels organization Impala says it will challenge the Sony-BMG merger in court if the deal gets clearance from the European Commission. The threat was made in a letter sent yesterday ...

  36. CCE Bullish On 'Branding'

    May 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has created a new division geared toward producing live events and related broadcast properties for corporate America. Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has created a new division geared toward producing live even ...

  37. Beyoncé, Missy, Alicia To Hit Road In March

    February 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Verizon to sponsor tour of U.S. arenas. Verizon to sponsor tour of U.S. arenas. News ...

  38. Sanz Outing To Kick Off In Panama

    January 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Alejandro Sanz will kick off his world tour Feb. 10 in Panama. Sponsored by Verizon Wireless, the outing will hit 15 U.S. cities starting April 24 in Miami. Alejandro Sanz will kick off his world tour Feb. 10 in Panama. Sponsored by Verizon Wirele ...

  39. Sanz Dials Up Wide-Ranging Deal With Verizon Wireless

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Spanish star Alejandro Sanz has forged an extensive sponsorship agreement with Verizon Wireless. The deal, which sources say is valued at millions of dollars, includes TV, radio, Internet and print ad Spanish star Alejandro Sanz has forged an exte ...