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    For all its recent mobile failings, Microsoft remains one of the world’s largest, most profitable businesses, and the only way to continue growing is through service diversification, mergers and acquisitions. As such, it should probably come as no shocker that Redmond just entered into a “definitive agreement” likely to see it snap up social networking giant LinkedIn by the end of the year. This follows closely after another relatively high-profile purchase, of keyboard productivity app Swiftkey, though there’s really no comparing the two. While Microsoft reportedly coughed up a ...

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    Just because the PC market's contracting doesn't mean that competition doesn't get colder. At least in Japan, it's actually getting warm enough to the point of a possible three-way merger between the personal computing parts of Toshiba, Fujitsu and VAIO — the latter a spin-off from Sony and resurgent in the high-end market. The three Japanese companies will hash out details and may have a preliminary agreement within the month. Toshiba, Fujitsu and VAIO's controlling investor will have approximately equal, if not equal shares in the operation. It's likely that VAIO will be the ...

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    Ah, M&As. AT&T can pull one off with DirecTV. In modern history, T-Mobile batted one A and struck out on not just one, but two Ms. And its been playing around for more. Sprint was part of one of those failed hookups. In stark contrast to "Carrier Pink's" rising star, "Carrier Yellow's" fortunes are still on the slide. It might be the case that Sprint, the company which took a beating for its acquisition of Nextel and is getting life support from its current majority shareholder — at 82 percent — Softbank, is in greater need of one of these power moves. Marcelo Claure, Sprint ...

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    Short answer: not necessarily right now, but there may be a shifting of the needle. Let's take it back to the situation T-Mobile has been in, trying to hitch itself up with an acquisition here, a merger there and all the huff and puff its bigger competitors, Verizon and now AT&T, can pull off with a TV provider attached. Let's just say that a new TV player has entered the market and a new limb for T-Mobile to jump onto has grown. Netherlands-based European telecom provider Altice has purchased New York's Cablevision for $17.7 billion. Patrick Drahi, chairman of Altice, has been ...

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    On January 30th, just one day after the surprise announcement of their impending union, I received what superstitious people would call a "bad omen" regarding the Lenovo Motorola deal. The previous afternoon, I'd been wrapping up a pretty typical January week at Pocketnow; the botched Galaxy Gear + Nexus 5 experiment had already been transferred to the more-capable Joe Levi, so I was busy working on the AT&T G Flex unboxing and the smartphone guessing game posts, and willing the post-CES funk to dissipate so I could get some new devices in the review booth. Then Lenovo announced it ...

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    When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication's teamwide chat records, you know it's been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we're grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today's show. But the news doesn't stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung's rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we're starting to catch wind of Nokia's plans ...

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    "This don't make no ****** sense to me." "Oh what the ****?" That's a partial transcript of the conversation I just had with Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck, discussing the just-announced purchase of American smartphone maker Motorola by the Chinese technology firm Lenovo. The profanity, though bleeped out, is genuine; this is a scenario so outlandish that if you'd posed it to me as recently as two hours ago, I'd have made a silly bet including the phrase "I'll eat my hat." This means two things: first, I need to tone it down on the hyperbole. Second: I need to brush up on my business ...

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    In these United States there are essentially two carriers that offer "unlimited everything": Sprint and T-Mobile. Both have advantages over each other, as well as the other major players in the cellular "game". Then again, they both have some fairly obvious disadvantages as well. After a failed bid by AT&T just a few short years ago, is another merger even possible? Could the advantages of both Sprint and T-Mobile somehow cancel out the disadvantages of the other? Here's why a Sprint T-Mobile merger just might make sense. Buyouts Way back in 2011, AT&T decided to buy T-Mobile, ...

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