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AT&T will purchase Time Warner for over $US80 ($105) billion, the Wall Street Journal reports. "According to people familiar with the plans," the two companies will likely announce this as soon as Saturday night. AT&T will reportedly pay between $US105 ($138) and $US110 ($145) a share for Time Warner. According to another anonymous source, the deal is half-cash, half-stock.

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The funny thing about buying a smartphone in 2016 is that it's hard to go wrong. Not too long ago, even great phones could have terrible battery life, be bogged down by gobs of unwanted software, have an awful camera, or be missing a crucial feature or two. Now, we find almost every major handset will last till bedtime, take decent photos, display them on an excellent screen, blaze through apps with a speedy processor, and browse the web with fast 4G/LTE connectivity.

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Let's all agree on one thing: The Federal Communications Commission passing the strongest net neutrality rules in America's history is a step in the right direction. But that didn't stop an army of naysayers from crowing about an imaginary government takeover of the internet or how the new plan would slash their profits. Some chose half-intelligent ways to make those arguments. Others did some pretty dumb stuff.

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For years, the US government and phone carriers have been squabbling over secret surveillance — because of the dollar amount on the bill. Most recently, AT&T's thrifty little offshoot Cricket Communications has agreed to pay out $US2.1 million in a settlement for overcharging federal and state law enforcement agencies for wiretaps and pen registers, and Sprint is also being sued by the US government for overcharging for wiretaps.

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As technologies evolve, so does the language we use to describe them. Radio used to be called wireless telephone. Some people used to call the internet the catenet. But what do we call it when you're talking with a person via video link? Is it videophone? Video chat? Skype?