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Bernard Ebbers, ex-CEO convicted in WorldCom scandal, dies

The former chief of WorldCom, convicted in one of the largest corporate accounting scandals in U.S. history, died just over a month after his early release from prison. Bernard Ebbers …


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018

Source: Trump administration has cut deal with China’s ZTE

The Trump administration has told Congress that it’s reached a deal that would allow Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to stay in business, a source familiar with the talks who …


‘Net neutrality’ advocacy group targets McMorris Rodgers on downtown Spokane billboard

The group Fight for the Future has funded nine billboards targeting Republican lawmakers nationwide, arguing they favor a policy that will slow internet speeds and drive up costs. Rep. Cathy …


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017

FCC chief lays out attack on ‘net neutrality’ rules

The head of the country’s telecommunications regulator says there will be a vote in May on ditching Obama-era “net neutrality” rules that keep telecoms from favoring some sites and apps.


17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strike

An estimated 17,000 AT&T technicians in California and Nevada went on strike Wednesday, highlighting workplace tensions within the massive Dallas telecommunications giant.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017

Verizon offers unlimited data as mobile competition heats up

Verizon Communications Inc., the biggest U.S. wireless provider, will start selling a package that includes unlimited data, a tacit acknowledgment that smaller competitors have struck a chord with consumers who …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 5, 2017

Dick Meyer: Navigating the Middle Finger Economy

In the MFE, the customer is seen as an enemy to be defeated by extortion, psychological abuse or brutal marketing.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017

Verizon is reportedly in talks to merge with Charter, America’s second-biggest cable company

Roughly a year after swallowing up Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications could merge with yet another massive broadband and TV provider: Verizon.


Court rules state’s lawsuit against Comcast can move forward

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s $100 million lawsuit against cable giant Comcast cleared a legal hurdle when King County Superior Court Judge Timothy A. Bradshaw ruled on Dec. 23 that …


FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announces he is stepping down

The nation’s top telecommunications regulator said Thursday that he will step down at the end of President Barack Obama’s term, paving the way for President-elect Donald Trump to nominate a …


AT&T rivals make wish lists as review of Time Warner deal begins

As AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. seek government approval for their $85 billion megadeal, some of their most important negotiations may take place in private conversations with rival executives …


AT&T’s Time Warner deal looks like bad news for Verizon

AT&T’s $85.4 billion megadeal to acquire Time Warner is an unprecedented bid to diversify the telecom giant as network operators nationwide scramble to marry their communications pipes with exclusive content.


Appeals court upholds net neutrality rules for internet access

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld tough new regulations for online traffic in a major victory for President Barack Obama and a blow to telecommunications companies, which challenged the net …


Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday; deal inked

Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement that includes 1,300 new call center jobs and nearly 11 percent in raises over …


Verizon, unions reach deal in principle for 4-year contract

Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract.


Apple now accepting your banged-up iPhone

Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from people wanting to upgrade.


Idaho makes plans to add second area code by 2018

BOISE – Idaho is outgrowing its 208 area code and will need a second one by mid-2018, so the state Public Utilities Commission is asking Idahoans whether they want to …


Comcast chooses Liberty Lake site

Comcast has chosen Liberty Lake for its new customer service center. The Internet and cable TV company will build an 80,000-square-foot facility in the Meadowwood Technology Park, Comcast announced Wednesday.


New, larger iPhones unveiled

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple’s larger iPhones won’t just have bigger screens. They’ll have a new, horizontal viewing mode to take advantage of the larger display. The iPhone 6 will have …


TV network aimed at millennials set for summer

NEW YORK (AP) — Participant Media plans to launch a cable network aimed at viewers 18 to 34 years old with programming it describes as inspiring and thought-provoking. The as-yet-unnamed …


Google Maps return to iPhone with new mobile app

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Maps have found their way back to the iPhone. The world’s most popular online mapping system returned late Wednesday with the release of the Google …


Air Force sends mystery mini-shuttle back to space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The military’s small, top-secret version of the space shuttle rocketed into orbit Tuesday for a repeat mystery mission, two years after making the first flight …


Apple’s softer side emerges under CEO Cook

NEW YORK (AP) — “Those jobs aren’t coming back.” That’s what Steve Jobs reportedly told President Obama when asked at a dinner in early 2011 whether Apple would consider moving …


Imprisoned detective may pose risk to star clients

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four years after a private eye went to prison for wiretapping phones of the rich and famous on behalf of celebrities and Hollywood heavyweights, his clients …


Thefts of cell phones rise rapidly nationwide

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In this tech-savvy city teeming with commuters and tourists, the cell phone has become a top target of robbers who use stealth, force and sometimes guns. …


SpaceX launch good for NASA, not private firm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private rocket successfully sent a capsule full of cargo zipping toward the International Space Station in a first of its kind delivery for NASA, but couldn’t …


US panel: China tech giants pose security threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — American companies should avoid doing business with China’s two leading technology firms because they pose a national security threat to the United States, the House Intelligence Committee …


Apple, Samsung demand changes to $1B verdict

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Neither side in a bitter patent battle is satisfied with Apple Inc.’s $1 billion jury verdict over Samsung Electronics Co. after a three-week trial this summer. …


Apple, Samsung battle over $1B verdict

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Neither side in a bitter patent battle is satisfied with Apple Inc.’s $1 billion jury verdict over Samsung Electronics after a three-week trial this summer. Samsung …


NASA launches twin satellites to radiation belts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Twin satellites rocketed into orbit Thursday on a quest to explore Earth’s treacherous radiation belts and protect the planet from solar outbursts. NASA launched the …