Time Warner Dumping Its Clearwire Stake
Time Warner today announced that it plans to sell its entire 7.8% stake in Clearwire, the beleaguered WiMax provider. Time Warner invested in Clearwire with other tech companies, such as Google and Intel, in 2008. Clearwire struggled to gain subscribers and has since launched an effort to convert to LTE 4G. Time Warner's original investment was worth $550 million. At today's market prices, it will get back only $73.3 million. Time Warner notified its fellow investors, as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission. Google sold off its stake earlier this year at a $443 million loss, and Intel wrote down the value of its 7.3% investment. Sprint remains the largest shareholder Clearwire.
Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers
Alcatel today marked the debut of the Idol 5S, the latest in its flagship series. Like its predecessors, the 5S features an aluminum frame, curved glass front and rear surfaces, powerful stereo speakers, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
AT&T to Buy Time Warner for $85.4 Billion
AT&T has agreed to purchase Time Warner for $85.4 billion in a stock-and-cash deal that will merge AT&T's delivery networks with Time Warner's vast catalog of content. AT&T believes the combined companies will be able to save $1 billion per year once fully merged.
SoftBank Invests Another $73 Million in Sprint
SoftBank has purchased yet more shares of Sprint stock, boosting its stake in the company to just over 80%. SoftBank shelled out $73 million for about 16.8 million shares.
RadioShack May Gain Second Life Thanks to Shareholders
A major RadioShack shareholder plans to invest more cash in the business in order to improve its liquidity. RadioShack is facing a cash crisis.
FreedomPop Partnering with Intel for Its First Phone
FreedomPop plans to launch its first smartphone thanks to a new investment from Intel. The chip-maker is supplying the processor for the handset, which will be made by a "well-known device manufacturer." The device will go on sale next year for less than $200.