T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint approved by federal judge

A federal judge has approved T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint.

Long opposed by consumer advocates, the mega-merger will combine America's 3rd and 4th-largest wireless carriers. Read the rest

Google and other tech giants want Hong Kong alternative after U.S. blocks undersea cable

• 'U.S. tech giants are considering alternatives to Hong Kong as a global data hub after national security officials upended plans for a trans-Pacific internet link to the territory, according to people familiar with the matter.' —- WSJ Read the rest

White House: Dell, Microsoft, AT&T, others working on open standard for 5G tech to counter China's Huawei

The Trump White House says it is working with U.S. technology companies to develop software for next-generation 5G telecommunications networks, in an effort to reduce reliance on China’s Huawei.

Companies involved in the effort include Dell, Microsoft and AT&T, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said. Read the rest

Phone companies get to block robocalls if this proposed FCC rule happens

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a new rule to allow carriers to block robocalls. “The American people are fed up with illegal robocalls,” he said. Read the rest

Vintage AT&T ad, 1967: "Your Brain and Our Phone System Are a Lot Alike"

Your Brain is Like a Telephone (1967), AT&T. Lovingly scanned, posted and shared to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by MewDeep. Read the rest