Yahoo! certainly kicked off the week in grand style Monday with news of its Tumblr acquisition, but it had one more trick up its sleeve that we'll get to in a moment, along with Apple going on the offensive over government accusations that the company isn't paying its full share of taxes on income generated overseas. But first, there's a whole batch of updates, tweaks and elaborations to enjoy, which includes some analysis on how T-Mobile US could one day leapfrog Sprint for third place!
It seems the good news just keeps coming for Apple, even if it's tempered with grim reports over the past few months about its declining stock prices. Today we learned from Asymco’s Horace Dediu that Apple's bringing in more money than ever through its American retail stores (already ranked as the most profitable in the country), and at such a rate that it's performing more than twice as well as Tiffany & Co., the famed second-most successful retail store.
In a stunning shift from their previous stances on mobile video chat, AT&T announced to The Verge today that it plans to extend cellular use of Apple's FaceTime for a larger swath of users in the coming weeks, particularly those who aren't covered by the new tiered plans it introduced last year. By the end of the year, AT&T plans to allow video chat apps over its network for all customers with LTE devices regardless of the platform.
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Google is making a big push for Hangouts to be your new best friend, but users of the company's free Voice service are discovering that enabling messaging on their Gmail account eliminates convenient access for the elder service.
Texting while driving has become such a big problem that all four major U.S. cell phone carriers have chosen to come together to educate consumers on the dangers, with an extension of AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign.
Aside from some rumblings of a big Yahoo! deal (we'll get into that shortly), it was a relatively quiet, low-key weekend for the tech world. Temperatures are starting to rise as summer fast approaches, but news on the Apple front should really heat up with WWDC in early June. In the meantime, let's reflect on how Intel let the iPhone slip through its fingers and catch up on some Mac updates...
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