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!
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.
There's a shakeup under way in the U.S. wireless carrier business. T-Mobile is leading the way, first with its new "UNcarrier" plans and now with an expansion-minded MetroPCS merger. And the sentiment is making its way toward the Big Kahuna, Verizon Wireless, as customers make it known that they'd prefer to be set free from restrictive two-year contracts. What will the mobile landscape look like in the future?
In case you haven't noticed, satellite provider Dish Network wants to get into the cellular carrier business -- only days after a rumored partnership with T-Mobile, the TV provider is launching a bid for Sprint instead.
It only took a day, but Apple's iOS 6.1.3 release on Tuesday is already embroiled in drama, once again centered around a lock screen bug that could potentially allow intruders to circumvent the built-in security method. But hey, Apple also managed to delight mobile music lovers by incorporating Audiobus support into GarageBand on Wednesday, so that's got to count for something… right?
It appears third-placed U.S. carrier Sprint will be the last one out the door responsible for turning the lights off when it comes to quarterly earnings reports for the end of 2012, and they're reporting a loss on top of it.
Remember that merger between Japan's SoftBank and third-place U.S. carrier Sprint? Looks like it's going to hit a speed bump or two along the way, now that the Federal government is taking a closer look at it.
Cellular-equipped iPads remain hard to come by on Apple's website, but all three supported U.S. carriers have announced limited availability at their retail stores on Friday, if you have to have one today.
Happy Windows 8 Day! What's that, you didn't know it was Windows 8 Day? That seems hard to believe considering Microsoft has practically held a media event every day for the last few months to chat about it and Windows Phone 8, which officially launches on Monday. Those lucky (?) Surface RT owners should get a taste of what it feels like for Apple gadget buyers to receive their launch day products at home today, so enjoy it, folks!