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28 photos of Apple’s new ‘Mothership’ campus November 17, 2013

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By  | Digital Crave – Tue, Nov 12, 2013 2:08 PM EST

Apple campus If you thought your new office looked ultra-modern, wait until you get a peek at Apple’s next campus in Cupertino, California.

Dubbed the “Mothership” by Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong, Apple has submitted architectural renderings of a 2.8 million square foot campus — built on 176 acres of land – and capable of housing roughly 13,000 employees.

It is said to be built by 2016 with an estimated budget of $5 billion.

While initially presented to the city in 2011 by late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Wired has just published updated information and renderings of “Apple Campus 2,” approved by city officials last month, says writer Kyle VanHemert.

All 28 images can be seen by clicking the image below.

The latest images show a number of areas of the futuristic-looking corporate headquarters, including a donut-shaped main building – designed to promote collaboration among employees – lined with floor-to-ceiling concave glass walls, plenty of flora and fauna, and powered by renewable energy (“on-site fuel cell plants and rooftop photovoltaic arrays,” says the Wired piece).

The latest renders show an underground auditorium (perhaps to host media events at product launches), a massive 90,000 square foot open-concept cafeteria that extends outside and a “Corporate Transit Center” bus depot to drop off and pick up employees.

There’s also a concept of a subterranean tunnel that leads to a 2,000-space parking garage. Separate research and development facilities will be outside of the main four-story “spaceship” campus.

Renowned architect Norman Foster is at the helm of the ambitious project, but Jobs was “heavily involved” in the earlier stages, says Wired.

 

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Forget Apple, Forget Facebook: Here’s The One Company That Actually Terrifies Google Execs August 18, 2012

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By Nicholas Carlson | Business Insider – Wed, Aug 15, 2012 2:42 PM EDT

It’s very easy to get caught up in the Android versus iPhone duel and Google’s recruiting battles with its newly-public Silicon Valley neighbor, Facebook.

But neither one of those companies worry Google executives as much as another that is actively taking money out of their pockets.

This company is from Washington, but no, it’s not Microsoft.

Google’s real rival, and real competition to watch over the next few years is Amazon.

Google is a search company, but the searches that it actually makes money from are the searches people do before they are about to buy something online. These commercial searches make up about 20 percent of total Google searches. Those searches are where the ads are.

What Googlers worry about in private is a growing trend among consumers to skip Google altogether, and to just go ahead and search for the product they would like to buy on Amazon.com, or, on mobile in an Amazon app.

There’s data to prove this trend is real. According to ComScore, Amazon search queries are up 73 percent in the last year. But it makes intuitive sense doesn’t it?

Why go through these steps …

… when you can just …

On mobile, where Amazon has its own app and Google is just a search bar for a smaller-screened browser, the equation tips further in Amazon’s balance.

The scenario gets even scarier for Google if Kindle phones and Kindle tablets gain ubiquity.

If you have a Kindle phone, which comes with free movies and books because you have an Amazon Prime account, which also gives you free shipping, why in the WORLD would you ever search to buy something through anything but Amazon?

You wouldn’t.

That’s why Amazon is practically giving its hardware away.

It’s also why Amazon scares Google more than anything Facebook or Apple are up to.

 

Apple Is Talking to TV Companies About a Deal That Could Change TV Forever August 17, 2012

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By Henry Blodget | Daily Ticker – Thu, Aug 16, 2012 7:24 AM EDT

Remember a few months ago, when everyone was hyperventilating about the forthcoming Apple TV?

This was the magical “sheet of glass” powered by Siri that Apple was going to start selling for twice the price of a regular TV.

Apple was going to go do big deals with the TV content companiesdisrupt the cable companies, and drive its stock straight to $1,000 by revolutionizing the TV business.

Well, no one talks about the Apple TV anymore.

We’re not sure why.

We doubt it has been shelved completely. (We hope not, anyway). Maybe it has just been eclipsed by the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.

But now Jessica Vascellaro and Shalini Ramachandran of the Wall Street Journal bring news that might explain the recent silence about this exciting new Apple product line.

Apparently, Apple has been meeting with cable TV companies recently pitching a new idea:

A cable set-top box that is built or at least powered by Apple technology.

This would presumably either be sold directly, via Apple stores, and replace cable customers’ current cable boxes. Or it would be bought by the cable companies and rented to subscribers, the same way cable companies rent today’s set-top boxes.

The advantages to this sort of deal for Apple are obvious:

All that would be excellent for Apple. And the technology could be incorporated into the Apple TV hardware (the “sheet of glass”) and help Apple sell millions more TVs.

Of course, the cable companies aren’t stupid.

They know exactly what Apple wants to do to them.

And although there are advantages to this arrangement for the cable companies, too–namely, they could insert themselves into the “new TV” ecosystem from which they are currently excluded (content delivered over the Internet), and perhaps get a cut of sales–they also might be helping bring about their own demise as the gateway to TV.

(The cable companies have a viable future, regardless of what happens to pay TV, because they’re now the country’s primary Internet access provider. Consumers need broadband access desperately–it has become as important to daily life as electricity–and cable companies can make a nice living off that alone. And they can make an especially nice living off it if, say, they were to share some of the revenue Apple generates from iTunes and TV sales).

In any event, there’s a lot at stake for both sides here, so these will be tense negotiations.

But it might be that there’s enough “win-win” potential that deals can get done.

And there’s another thing to think about here.

Don’t forget that Google just bought a company that makes set-top boxes: Motorola.

Don’t forget that Google has its own designs on the TV business (Google TV).

Don’t forget that Google is, even now, launching a full-fledged cable TV killer in Kansas City, with possible plans to roll out more super-high-speed broadband services elsewhere.

So it’s a reasonable bet to think that Google also wants to become your cable set-top box.

That adds another motivation for the cable companies to negotiate with Apple. And it provides a motivation for the cable companies to negotiate with Google.

And then Amazon‘s also hanging around, with its own movie and TV streaming service. AndNetflix. And Microsoft, which still hopes to leverage the XBox into the nerve center of your living room.

And then there are the cable and broadcast networks themselves–the content providers–who arewatching their ratings tank as their audience moves to the Internet, phones, iPads, and “over-the-top” new TV services. The networks don’t want to see their business models collapse. So it seems a safe bet that they’ll want to stay in close touch with these negotiations, too.

Bottom line, it seems as though the future of the TV business is, finally, about to take a big step forward.

We’re on the edge of our seats!

 

Online Protest! January 18, 2012

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Tomorrow, January 18th, 2012, will be the largest internet protest in history. Thousands of sites across the internet, including some of the biggest in the world, will be blacking out and directing people to contact Congress to kill the web censorship bill, SOPA and PIPA.

We will be joining this blackout to support this cause.

Yugten

AT&T Ends Bid to Add Network Capacity Through T-Mobile USA Purchase December 19, 2011

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DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) said today that after a thorough review of options it has agreed with Deutsche Telekom AG to end its bid to acquire T-Mobile USA, which began in March of this year.

The actions by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice to block this transaction do not change the realities of the U.S. wireless industry. It is one of the most fiercely competitive industries in the world, with a mounting need for more spectrum that has not diminished and must be addressed immediately. The AT&T and T-Mobile USA combination would have offered an interim solution to this spectrum shortage. In the absence of such steps, customers will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled.

“AT&T will continue to be aggressive in leading the mobile Internet revolution,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “Over the past four years we have invested more in our networks than any other U.S. company. As a result, today we deliver best-in-class mobile broadband speeds – connecting smartphones, tablets and emerging devices at a record pace – and we are well under way with our nationwide 4G LTE deployment.

“To meet the needs of our customers, we will continue to invest,” Stephenson said. “However, adding capacity to meet these needs will require policymakers to do two things. First, in the near term, they should allow the free markets to work so that additional spectrum is available to meet the immediate needs of the U.S. wireless industry, including expeditiously approving our acquisition of unused Qualcomm spectrum currently pending before the FCC. Second, policymakers should enact legislation to meet our nation’s longer-term spectrum needs.

“The mobile Internet is a dynamic industry that can be a critical driver in restoring American economic growth and job creation, but only if companies are allowed to react quickly to customer needs and market forces,” Stephenson said.

To reflect the break-up considerations due Deutsche Telekom, AT&T will recognize a pretax accounting charge of $4 billion in the 4th quarter of 2011. Additionally, AT&T will enter a mutually beneficial roaming agreement with Deutsche Telekom.

 

Phoenix, AZ launches 4G (LTE) December 3, 2011

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AT&T activated more than 1 million iPhone 4S’ within five days of launch, making it the most successful iPhone launch in the company’s history. Only AT&T’s network lets your iPhone 4S download three times faster,2 as well as talk and surf at the same time.

  • What others are saying about their own speed experience with iPhone 4S on AT&T’s network: AppoliciousGizmodo andiLounge
  • For more detail and to order, click here
  • To view AT&T’s 4G coverage in the Phoenix area, click here
  • Latest AT&T iPhone 4S TV ad here.
Wi-Fi Growth: AT&T has more than 580 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots in Arizona as of October 2011. See tab on map above for local hotspots. Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

  • Infographic on soaring Wi-Fi usage here.
  • Info on the AT&T Smart Wi-Fi App here

 

Steve Jobs Dead at 56: Apple Chief Created Personal Computer, iPad, iPod, iPhone October 6, 2011

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By NED POTTER (@NedPotterABC) and COLLEEN CURRY

Oct. 5, 2011

Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple‘s iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died, Apple said. Jobs was 56.

Apple did not reveal where Jobs died or from what cause — though he has endured a battle with pancreatic cancer in recent years.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” read a statement by Apple’s board of directors. “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

The homepage of Apple’s website this evening switched to a full-page image of Jobs with the text, “Steve Jobs 1955-2011.”

Clicking on the image revealed the additional text: “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

Jobs co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 and, with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, marketed what was considered the world’s first personal computer, the Apple II.

Shortly after learning of Jobs’ death, Wozniak told ABC News, “I’m shocked and disturbed.”

Industry watchers called him a master innovator — perhaps on a par with Thomas Edison — changing the worlds of computing, recorded music and communications.

In 2004, he beat back an unusual form of pancreatic cancer, and in 2009 he was forced to get a liver transplant. After several years of failing health, Jobs announced on Aug. 24, 2011 that he was stepping down as Apple’s chief executive.

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“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” Jobs wrote in his letter of resignation. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”

Click Here for Pictures: Steve Jobs Through the Years

One of the world’s most famous CEOs, Jobs remained stubbornly private about his personal life, refusing interviews and shielding his wife and their children from public view.

“He’s never been a media person,” said industry analyst Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, after Jobs resigned. “He’s granted interviews in the context of product launches, when it benefits Apple, but you never see him talk about himself.”

The highlights of Jobs’s career trajectory are well-known: a prodigy who dropped out of Reed College in Oregon and, at 21, started Apple with Wozniak in his parents’ garage. He was a multimillionaire by 25, appeared on the cover of Time magazine at 26, and was ousted at Apple at age 30, in 1984.

In the years that followed, he went into other businesses, founding NeXT computers and, in 1986, buying the computer graphics arm of Lucasfilm, Ltd., which became Pixar Animation Studios.

He was described as an exacting and sometimes fearsome leader, ordering up and rejecting multiple versions of new products until the final version was just right. He said the design and aesthetics of a device were as important as the hardware and software inside.

Click Here for Pictures: Apple’s Iconic Products

In 1996, Apple, which had struggled without Jobs, brought him back by buying NeXT. He became CEO in 1997 and put the company on a remarkable upward path.

By 2001 the commercial music industry was on its knees because digital recordings, copied and shared online for free, made it unnecessary for millions of people to buy compact discs.

Jobs took advantage with the iPod — essentially a pocket-sized computer hard drive with elegantly simple controls and a set of white earbuds so that one could listen to the hours of music one saved on it. He set up the iTunes online music store, and persuaded major recording labels to sell songs for 99 cents each. No longer did people have to go out and buy a CD if they liked one song from it. They bought a digital file and stored it in their iPod.

In 2007, he transformed the cell phone. Apple’s iPhone, with its iconic touch screen, was a handheld computer, music player, messaging device, digital wallet and — almost incidentally — cell phone. Major competitors, such as BlackBerry, Nokia and Motorola, struggled after it appeared.

By 2010, Apple’s new iPad began to cannibalize its original business, the personal computer. The iPad was a sleek tablet computer with a touch screen and almost no physical buttons. It could be used for almost anything software designers could conceive, from watching movies to taking pictures to leafing through a virtual book.

Personal Life

Jobs kept a close cadre of friends, Bajarin said, including John Lasseter of Pixar and Larry Ellison of Oracle, but beyond that, shared very little of his personal life with anyone.

But that personal life — he was given up at birth for adoption, had an illegitimate child, was romantically linked with movie stars — was full of intrigue for his fan base and Apple consumers.

Jobs and his wife, Laurene Powell, were married in a small ceremony in Yosemite National Park in 1991, lived in Woodside, Calif., and had three children: Reed Paul, Erin Sienna and Eve.

He admitted that when he was 23, he had a child out of wedlock with his high school girlfriend, Chris Ann Brennan. Their daughter, Lisa Brennan Jobs, was born in 1978.

He had a biological sister, Mona Simpson, the author of such well-known books as “Anywhere But Here.” But he did not meet Simpson until they were adults and he was seeking out his birth parents. Simpson later wrote a book based on their relationship. She called it “A Regular Guy.”

PHOTO: Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs shows off the new Macbook Air ultra portable laptop during his keynote speech at the MacWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Calif. in this Jan. 15, 2008 file photo.

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Fortune magazine reported that Jobs denied paternity of Lisa for years, at one point swearing in a court document that he was infertile and could not have children. According to the report, Chris Ann Brennan collected welfare for a time to support the child until Jobs later acknowledged Lisa as his daughter.

There were other personal details that emerged over the years, as well.

At Reed, Jobs became romantically involved with the singer Joan Baez, according to Elizabeth Holmes, a friend and classmate. In “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs,” Holmes tells biographer Alan Deutschman that Jobs broke up with his serious girlfriend to “begin an affair with the charismatic singer-activist.” Holmes confirmed the details to ABC News.

Jobs’ Health and Apple’s Health

Enigmatic and charismatic, Jobs said little about himself. But then his body began to fail him.

In 2004, he was forced to say publicly he had a rare form of pancreatic cancer. In 2009, it was revealed that he had quietly gone to a Memphis hospital for a liver transplant.

He took three medical leaves from Apple. He did not share details.

In 2009, sources said, members of Apple’s board of directors had to persuade him to disclose more about his health as “a fiduciary issue,” interwoven with the health of the company.

He was listed in March as 109th on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires, with a net worth of about $8.3 billion. After selling Pixar animation studios to The Walt Disney Company in 2006, he became a Disney board member and the company’s largest shareholder. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Analysts said Apple performed well during Jobs’ absence, partly because he was available for big decisions and partly because his chief lieutenant, Tim Cook, was the hands-on manager even when Jobs was there.

The company has a history of bouncing back. In January 2009, after he announced his second medical leave, Apple stock dropped to $78.20 per share. But it quickly recovered and became one of the most successful stocks on Wall Street. On one day in the summer of 2011, with the stock hitting the $400 level, Apple briefly passed ExxonMobil as the world’s most valuable company.

AT&T defends T-Mobile deal in response to DOJ suit September 11, 2011

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WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T is countering the U.S. government’s attempt to block its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile by depicting the deal as a way to provide consumers with better cell phone service at lower prices.

The argument, submitted in a Friday court filing, is AT&T Inc.’s first legal response to a lawsuit that the Department of Justice filed last week in an effort to ensure T-Mobile remains independent. AT&T’s 25-page document echoed the company’s previous contention that buying rival T-Mobile will enable it to expand its mobile communications network so there are fewer dropped connections in a world where constant online access is becoming the norm.

The Justice Department believes there wouldn’t be enough competition if AT&T devours T-Mobile, creating a void that would increase prices and reduce the incentive to develop new technology.

AT&T’s lawyers contend that the Justice Department’s analysis reflects a misunderstanding of the market. They say T-Mobile, the fourth largest cell phone carrier with 33.6 million customers, isn’t a significant competitive threat to AT&T, the No. 2 carrier with nearly 100 million customers. T-Mobile has been losing market share in recent years, a trend that AT&T argues will discourage its German parent, Deutsche Telekom, from investing to improve its own wireless network.

In contrast, AT&T says it spent more than $30 billion in network upgrades from 2008 through 2010, yet still can’t keep up with customers’ growing demand to transfer data over phones and other wireless devices, according to the court documents. But if it can snap up T-Mobile, AT&T believes the added capacity will put it in a better position to deliver better services. AT&T already has pledged to invest at least $8 billion and transfer 5,000 jobs currently in overseas call centers back to the U.S. if the T-Mobile purchase goes through.

The court filing also seeks to counter the Justice Department’s theory that the U.S. cell phone market would be dominated by just three carriers — AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp, if T-Mobile disappears from the market. AT&T’s filing cites "innovative upstarts" MetroPCS and Leap/Cricket and regional carriers such as US Cellular and Cellular South as viable alternatives for most consumers.

"The (Justice) Department does not and cannot explain how, in the face of all these aggressive rivals, the combined AT&T/T-Mobile will have any ability or incentive to restrict output, raise prices, or slow innovation," the AT&T’s lawyers wrote.

It’s unusual for the Justice Department to challenge a proposed acquisition in court. Most companies back out of deals to avoid tangling with the government. But AT&T has a huge incentive to fight: It will have to pay a $3 billion termination fee if its agreement with T-Mobile unravels.

The first hearing in the case is set for Sept. 21 in Washington before U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle.

AT&T, which is based in Dallas, is seeking a quick resolution to the case.

AT&T, T-Mobile pledge to bring 5,000 jobs to US August 31, 2011

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Joelle Tessler, AP Technology Writer, On Wednesday August 31, 2011, 9:55 am EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T Inc. is pledging to bring 5,000 wireless call center jobs, currently based abroad, back to the U.S. if it is allowed to proceed with its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

The company is also promising that the merger would not result in any job losses for AT&T and T-Mobile USA wireless call center employees who are on the payroll in the U.S. when the deal closes.

AT&T’s commitment to repatriate jobs comes as antitrust regulators at the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department ramp up their reviews of a combination that is certain to reshape the wireless industry’s landscape.

AT&T, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, is seeking government approval to buy T-Mobile USA, the fourth-largest, from Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG. The cash-and-stock transaction would catapult AT&T past Verizon Wireless to become the nation’s largest wireless provider, and leave Sprint Nextel Corp. as a distant number three.

Although AT&T said it has not yet determined where the new U.S.-based jobs would be located, it promised they would offer "highly competitive wages and benefits." The company hopes this message will carry weight in Washington, where job creation is a top priority for the Obama administration as the nation faces the possibility of a recession heading into the 2012 election.

"At a time when many Americans are struggling and our economy faces significant challenges, we’re pleased that the T-Mobile merger allows us to bring 5,000 jobs back to the United States and significantly increase our investment here," AT&T Chairman and Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said in a statement.

Beyond the call center operations, AT&T has said it does anticipate some workforce duplication after the deal closes, but expects to make reductions largely through natural attrition.

Opponents of the proposed merger, including public interest groups and Sprint, insist it will lead to fewer choices and higher prices for consumers by eliminating a carrier that offers lower rates and less expensive plans than competitors. They also fear the deal could jeopardize Sprint’s future as an independent company and ultimately lead to a wireless industry duopoly.

AT&T and T-Mobile argue that the acquisition would benefit consumers. They say it would lead to fewer dropped and blocked calls and faster mobile Internet connections for subscribers by allowing the companies to combine their limited wireless spectrum holdings at a time when both are running out of airwaves to handle mobile apps, online video and other bandwidth-hungry services.

They also say the transaction would position AT&T to cover more than 97 percent of the U.S. population with its new high-speed, fourth-generation wireless service.

Finding more airwaves to keep up with the explosive growth of wireless broadband services and ensuring that all Americans have access to high-speed Internet connections are both top priorities of the FCC and the Obama administration.

Alltel is now part of AT&T Wireless in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. The network upgrade in your area is now complete. April 3, 2011

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your Alltel service is being transitioned to AT&T

AT&T has completed its acquisition of select Alltel properties in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. AT&T is working to integrate these properties to deliver on AT&T’s commitment to provide the best possible experience and to help you connect with what matters most to you now, and in the years to come.

How is my service going to be impacted?

When your service transitions to AT&T, you can look forward to:

Find more information

This website contains important information for existing and new customers as well as answers to common questions you have about the merger.

About the merger with AT&T

Alltel in your area is now a part of AT&T
Learn more about the merger.

Information for New Customers

Find the perfect phone and plan with AT&T. Learn about the terrific deals now available to you.
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Get the latest updates related to your service transition, including key dates, important announcements, and tips on making your transition to AT&T easier. We have also compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions customers have about their service transition.
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