Sixteen years ago, in 1998, AT&T’s then-Chief Executive C. Michael Armstrong spent close to $100 billion buying up cable companies to pursue an ambitious plan to bundle video, internet, and phone service. It did not go well. And now, with its DirecTV deal, AT&T is basically trying to do it again.
The telecommunications giant’s $67.1 billion for DirecTV indirectly makes the case for Comcast that it needs to merge with Time Warner Cable because competition is increasing.
AT&T made a rather fearless (i.e., clueless) decision Sunday morning to block certain parts of 4Chan, including the /b/ image board. The block has since been lifted, but not before outraged (i.e., bored) members of the forum released the first salvos in a war against AT&T, including a Digg Campaign to declare AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson unexpectedly dead. If none of this makes any sense to you, pat yourself on the back. It is likely that you have some kind of a life outside of the Internet.
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