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Sprint isn’t the only company trying to buy T-Mobile US. Iliad, a telecom in France, “has made an offer for T-Mobile US in a bold bid to counter an offer for the country’s fourth-largest wireless carrier by Sprint,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. But it may be too late. While Sprint and T-Mobile haven’t announced a merger, the two companies “have agreed on the broad outlines of a deal valuing T-Mobile US at more than $30 billion,” the report stated. The CEO of Sprint owner SoftBank, Masayoshi Son, has argued that Sprint needs more scale to compete against AT&T and Verizon Wireless and has vowed a “massive price war” if regulators let Sprint and T-Mobile merge. T-Mobile US CEO John Legere has spoken favorably of “consolidation” and is reportedly likely to be CEO of a combined Sprint/T-Mobile. Read the full story at Ars Technica, and the original repo... (more)

Danish Researchers Just Transferred Data at 43 Terabits Per Second

Danish researchers just created the Usain Bolt of networks. A team from the Technical University of Denmark used a single multi-core optical fiber to transfer 43 terabits per second, making it the world’s fastest fiber network. I’d say it makes Google Fiber look like 1996 AOL dial-up from a decrepit rural phone line, but that comparison is too kind to Google Fiber. How fast is 43 terabits per second? As Extreme Tech pointed out, that means you can download a 1 gigabyte movie in .2 milliseconds. The average blink of an eye lasts between 100 and 400 milliseconds. You could downloa... (more)

Sony’s ‘PlayStation Now’ Enters Beta, Pricing Still Bonkers

When pricing information for the closed beta of Sony’s PlayStation Now streaming service leaked last month, many PS4 owners were up in arms over prices of up to $30 for 90-day rentals of games like Final Fantasy XIII-2, which sell new on disc for roughly half that price. While Sony hasn’t significantly altered that ridiculous pricing scheme for Thursday’s public beta launch, the company wants customers to know that it has heard their complaints and is developing new pricing options. “We’ve heard you loud and clear for an update on a PS Now subscription option and want to reassur... (more)

Runtastic’s ‘Orbit’ is Part Fitness Tracker, Part Running Watch

If you’ve heard of Runtastic, it probably means you’re something of a jock: The company got its start building running apps for tracking your distance, pace, et cetera. For the past two years, though, it’s been making all sorts of gear to go with it, including a GPS watch, armband, heart-rate monitor, speed sensor, bike mount and even a WiFi scale. Now the company’s rounding out its collection with something super obvious: a fitness tracker. The Orbit, as it’s called, does all the things you’d expect a fitness band to do: track your steps, calorie burn, sleep patterns. It’s wate... (more)

Facebook’s Internet.org Program Brings Free Internet to Zambia

When you think of the billions of people worldwide who don’t have internet access, you probably think of people living in very remote areas, where it simply isn’t available. But even though only a third of the people in the world are connected to the internet, 85-percent of the world’s population lives within the coverage area of a cellular network that provides over-the-air data service. In an effort to help those left behind join the digital age, Internet.org—the Facebook-backed nonprofit organization—is releasing an app providing free internet data access to a handful of core... (more)