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An Antitrust Lawsuit Against US Airways and American Airlines Shows the US DoJ Means Business

August 14, 2013 The deal to merge US Airways and American Airlines, which would create the world’s largest airline, has suffered a big setback. In a surprising move, the US Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit, saying the transaction poses “substantial harm” to consumers. That means US Airways and American will have to...

IBM is Upping its Game in Cloud Computing — And So Is Everyone Else

June 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow IBM Tuesday announced its biggest deal to date under its new CEO, Virginia Rometty, who took over last year. The company acquired cloud computing firm SoftLayer to help it compete with Amazon, the leader in public cloud services. The question is whether the deal will help improve the overall business...

Dish Should Think Twice Before Accusing Softbank of Dubious Chinese Ties in Their Rivalry for Sprint

May 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As we’ve already reported, Dish Network has been trying to discredit Japan’s Softbank, its rival bidder for US wireless provider Sprint Nextel. Dish says Softbank’s use of equipment made by Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE in Japan could imperil US national security, even though Softbank has already pledged not to...

Airlines Warn FAA Furloughs Eating Into April Earnings

April 23, 2013 While the first quarter of the year is usually slow for travel, Delta and US Airways both reported profits today that beat expectations, as they did better at filling seats and having customers pay more for flights. But airlines are expecting bad news for April. Delta said it had a...

Blame Your Mobile Provider and the US Government for Your Dropped Calls

April 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s been a busy day in the telecommunications world. A few hours after Dish Network today announced its $25.5 billion bid for Sprint, the Wall Street Journalreported that Verizon offered to buy Clearwire spectrum leases for $1.5 billion. Demand for wireless spectrum is at an all-time high. The shortage of...

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