NEW YORK â€” AT&T (T) stunned the telecom world on Sunday by announcing that it has agreed to pay $39 billion in cash and stock for T-Mobile USA â€” potentially making AT&T the No. 1 wireless provider with 39% of the market. AT&T plans to buy T-Mobile in a deal that would create an industry giant by combining the top wireless carriers. AT&T says the combination would give it the airwave spectrum it needs to handle the soaring demand for mobile broadband services as consumers snap up smartphones and tablet computers such as Apple's iPad. via AT&T to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion - USATODAY.com.
Mozilla has launched its highly anticipated Firefox 4 -- the latest version of its popular open-source Web browser sporting a new interface that aims to keep you focused on Web content.As of 12:45 p.m. ET, it had been downloaded nearly 770,000 times. via Mozilla launches Firefox 4 browser - USATODAY.com.
Itâ€™s only a matter of time before your mobile phone swallows up yet another piece of technology: your credit card. In this not-too-distant future, rather than pay for gas or dinner with a piece of plastic that you slide through a machine, you will simply tap your phone to pay the bill. For this to become standard in the United States, a number of technological changes need to happen, and companies are already working on them. via The Technology to Make Mobile Payments a Reality - NYTimes.com.
WordPress 3.2, the plan: faster, lighterTimelines and assignments will be decided next week, but in the meantime, hereâ€™s what WordPress 3.2 is looking like: Faster release cycle than 3.1 â€” more focused release. Iâ€™ll be taking point on this release, making sure people stay on target and making sure we donâ€™t try to slip â€œone more thingâ€ in. Donâ€™t make me get mean. :- The theme is â€œfaster, lighter.â€ Weâ€™re dropping support for outdated technologies. Weâ€™re looking at making things faster, and weâ€™re looking at making the writing experience more lightweight and calming. List Tables API improvements (Westi and Koop) â€” finalize the API for third party use and more flexibility. List Table XHR loading â€” to be investigated only after List Table API has stabilized. Make sure itâ€™s worth…