U.S. FCC chief presses experts on mobile 'net neutrality' rules

Weighs in on debate whether the FCC should uphold exemptions for mobile carriers

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler urged consumer advocates and wireless industry representatives last week to address how wireless carriers might be allowed to "reasonably manage" their Internet networks.

The issue is at the heart of a debate over whether the FCC should undo exemptions applied to mobile carriers as it rewrites Internet traffic regulations, after an appeals court rejected its 2010 rules in January.

Microsoft calls on U.S. FCC to approve AT&T's bid for DirecTV

AT&T has to convince the FCC that the merger is in the public interest

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp urged the Federal Communications Commission to approve AT&T's Inc $48.5 billion bid for DirecTV, saying in a filing that the acquisition is crucial to expanding Americans' access to the internet.

The letter, which was dated Sept. 16 and released publicly on Thursday, comes as the FCC conducts a formal review of the merger. The commission is expected to reply to public comments on Oct. 16.

If the merger is approved, AT&T promises to expand its footprint to include an additional 13 million rural customers.

Ericsson to shut modem business, expects savings

Europe's semiconductor firms are struggling to compete with bigger U.S. and Asian rivals

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Ericsson, the world's top mobile network equipment market, will stop developing modems, it said on Thursday, shutting a loss-making unit it took on after joint venture partner STMicroelectronics pulled out a year ago.

Europe's semiconductor firms are struggling to compete with bigger U.S. and Asian rivals, which have largely outsourced chip manufacturing to cope with volatility in demand and prices.

"Since integration, the modems market has developed in a direction that has reduced the addressable market for thin modems," Ericsson said in a statement.

Orange offers to buy Spain's Jazztel for 3.4 billion euros

Means Jazztel and Orange will not push now to acwuire TeliaSonera's Yoigo

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PARIS/MADRID (Reuters) - Orange has offered buy Spanish telecoms operator Jazztel for around 3.4 billion euros (4.40 billion US dollar), a deal that could help the French company jump ahead of rival Vodafone in the country's mobile market.

Orange's offer for Jazztel is at 13 euros per share in cash, valuing it at 3.4 billion euros. The French company will pay for the acquisition with hybrid bonds and a capital increase of up to 2 billion euros.

Jazztel Chairman Leopoldo Fernandez Pujals has agreed to sell his 14.5 percent stake.

AT&T 'intrigued' by Mexico, Latin America

AT&T is one of several potential buyers Carlos Slim's America Movil has contacted

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is "intrigued" by Latin America and especially Mexico and would not rule out an opportunistic deal there even as it seeks to complete its $48.5 billion planned takeover of DirecTV, an AT&T executive said at a conference on Tuesday.

AT&T is one of several potential buyers Carlos Slim's America Movil has contacted as it tries to sell a chunk of assets, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Verizon open to divesting cell tower assets

Cites AT&T's sale of some towers last year which preserved right to lease and operate

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc is open to divesting its network's assets including its cell towers, the company's chief financial officer said on Wednesday.

Verizon, which in February completed a $130 billion deal to buy Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless and get full ownership over the company, has previously announced plans to trim some aspects of its portfolio.

Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

There are risks, including reliability, cybersecurity and legal liability

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DETROIT (Reuters) - An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected.

T-Mobile adds 2.7 million customers in August, breaks company record

Third-largest US wireless operator turns around years of subscriber losses through aggressive promotions

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - T-Mobile US added 2.75 million customers in August, the largest number of monthly subscriber additions in its history, the carrier announced at a company event on Wednesday.

Led by quirky Chief Executive John Legere, the third-largest wireless operator in the U.S. has turned around years of subscriber losses through aggressive promotions in the past year and a half.

China misses out on first wave of new iPhone releases

Chinese media speculated Apple has not yet received a routine certification from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Consumers in China, who represent an increasingly critical pillar of Apple Inc's business, will not be able to buy the new iPhone 6 as part of the first wave of buyers around the world this month.

Although the two new smartphone models will go on sale Sept 19 in the United States and other markets, Apple is yet to set a release date for China, the world's biggest smartphone market.

Telefonica trials to take AT&T home security technology overseas

AT&T in talks with numerous other potential global partners

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(Reuters) - AT&T Inc <T.N> on Monday said Spain's Telefonica SA <TEF.MC> will license its home security technology for limited trials in Europe as the U.S. carrier hopes it has found a new way to profit from its nascent connected-home business.

Telefonica will offer European customers a version of Digital Life, AT&T's home monitoring and automation system, for three to six months before evaluating results of the trial, said Steven Bartholomew, a Telefonica spokesman.

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