Tech wrap: AT&T/T-Mobile a done deal?

March 21, 2011

Reflections are seen in the window of an AT&T store in New York March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidAT&T’s planned buy of T-Mobile USA is ultimately expected to get regulatory approval, combining the second and fourth largest wireless operators to create a new leader that will control around 43 percent of the U.S. wireless market. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson suggested he had little choice but to do it as AT&T is in dire need of more wireless airwaves to increase network capacity for mobile Web services.

Google announced that it’s partnering with Sprint to integrate the free calling and texting service Google Voice with the carrier’s feature phones and smartphones. Sprint customers will be able to use their existing Sprint mobile number as their Google Voice number.

Nokia’s strategy for entering the tablet computer market may not include Microsoft, its recently announced partner for smartphones, according to a person with knowledge of the company’s thinking.

Microsoft widened its legal assault on devices running on Google’s Android system, filing lawsuits for patent infringement against bookseller Barnes & Noble over its Nook electronic book reader.

Facebook’s creation of a mobile payment subsidiary and registration of it in a number of states could signal the social network’s intent to get more broadly involved in the payments business, writes VentureBeat’s Owen Thomas. Bypassing credit-card processing fees from its Facebook Credits business and the possible creation of an ad network to rival Google’s AdSense were seen as potential driving factors.

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