Project AirGig, AT&T’s next step towards 5G, will enter testing this fall

AT&T announced on Tuesday that it will begin publicly testing its “Project Airgig” technology, which takes advantage of broadband over powerlines (BPL) and other technologies to provide multi-gigabit speeds to its users, by this fall. The deployment is part of AT&T’s 5G preparation. AT&T said that it’s currently in “advanced discussions” with power companies ahead […]

AT&T DIRECTV NOW Launches Nov. 30 starting at $35 per month

AT&T officially unveiled the final details for its DIRECTV NOW on-demand streaming video platform on Monday, including the launch date and the monthly pricing tiers. It will compete directly with services such as Sling TV and PlayStation Vue when it launches on November 30 starting at $35.

Microsoft acquires LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Microsoft said Monday morning that it will acquire the social network LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, or $196 per share. That’s a nice premium over the company’s share price, which is currently floating around $131 before the opening bell. The deal is an all-cash transaction.

Facebook crushed first quarter earnings out of the park last night

Facebook reported its first quarter earnings last night, beating out analyst estimates on both the top and bottom lines. Wall Street was looking for $0.62 earnings per share on $5.26 billion in revenue, and Facebook knocked a homer out of the park noting $0.77 earnings per share on $5.38 billion in revenue.

Microsoft sues U.S. government: You can’t keep us quiet!

The number of American tech companies who are suspicious of the U.S. government’s activities is increasing. Microsoft is now officially suing the U.S. government because it believes that citizens deserve to know if and when the feds request otherwise private data on their activities.

Apple has helped the Feds hack into more than 70 iPhones since 2008

Apple is taking advantage of its battle with the FBI to gain some free marketing. The company has made it clear that it’s doing everything it can to protect consumer privacy, which is good news for all of us, but bad news for authorities trying to bust criminals using iOS to hide their tracks. Turns […]

Is it opposite day? Amazon said to open “hundreds” of bookstores

Amazon already has a retail store, it’s called Amazon Books and it exists in Seattle, Washington. The surprise, though, is that the company may actually be planning to open as many as “300 to 400” of the bookstores, according to General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani. The mall executive was speaking during an earnings call […]