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Court Drama Beckons for Broadband

wsj.com — Broadband providers are no doubt preparing to square off with regulators in court over the latest net neutrality rules. But if the new plan is upheld, they may end up spending even more time in the courtroom. The rules, passed Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission, reclassify broadband as a utility and subject providers to stricter oversight.

Broadband Investors Should Wake Up to Net Neutrality

wsj.com — After years of fearing it like the boogeyman, Wall Street may have gotten a bit too comfortable with the government's latest version of net neutrality. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of a plan that will reclassify broadband Internet as a utility under a provision of the law known as Title II, subjecting cable and telecom operators to more stringent regulations.

Mobile-Ad Spending Not Equal the World Around

blogs.wsj.com — Mobile advertising is all the rage. But determining which operating system is capturing the biggest share of that booming market depends on what metric you use. From the standpoint of impressions, Google 's Android takes the cake.

Dish Offers a Full Plate of Options

wsj.com — Dish Network was once a satellite-TV company with some wireless spectrum holdings. Increasingly, it is a spectrum holding company with a satellite-TV business tacked on for the ride. In the latest sign of that shift, Dish said Monday that Chairman Charlie Ergen-the company's controlling shareholder and strategic architect-will succeed Joseph Clayton as president and chief executive officer when Mr. Clayton retires March 21....

T-Mobile’s Latest Grappling Tactic

wsj.com — In the battle for control of the wireless airwaves, T-Mobile US is employing a judo technique. Namely, it is trying to use larger rivals' heft and dominance of a recent government spectrum auction to its own advantage in the next auction.

Divorce as Primer

modernloss.com — How the end of my marriage prepared me for dealing with my mother's death. I went home to Portland, Oregon to celebrate New Year's in the waning days of December 2011. In the few months since my previous visit, I had decided to end my marriage to my husband of three years and closest friend for nearly seven.

Pandora: A Victim of Its Own Success

wsj.com — Pandora Media, which disrupted the radio business, now faces the threat of disruption from the government to its own business model. And even if it avoids that pitfall, the Internet radio operator faces a tough slog anyway.

Don’t Change Channel on Discovery

wsj.com — There has been little good news of late for Discovery Communications Inc. Not long ago, the media company's low-cost content and exposure to rapidly growing international markets helped it trade at a valuation premium to peers. But weak U.S.

Starz Aligned for More Deals

wsj.com — For stand-alone media companies, there may be strength in numbers. On Wednesday, Lions Gate Entertainment announced a deal with Liberty Media Chairman John Malone that would give it 14.5% of the voting power in premium cable network Starz, which Mr. Malone controls. In exchange, Mr. Malone gets a 3.43% stake in Lions Gate and a seat on its...

Dish Isn’t Off the Menu for Verizon

wsj.com — Verizon Communications is narrowing its gaze. But investors shouldn't assume that pushes Dish Network out of the picture. The wireless giant said late Thursday it was selling wireline assets in three states to Frontier Communications for $10.54 billion and leasing rights to its cell towers to American Tower for $5 billion.
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Mar 06, 2015

Ugh. There are now about six groups of people using selfie sticks at this viewpoint.

Mar 05, 2015

@leepacchia I didn't mean I disagree with you. I meant I wasn't sure I agreed with the ad execs.

Mar 04, 2015

@leepacchia @MattZeitlin Yeah. Not sure I agree. That opinion was prompted by my statement that the Vice generation might grow out of it.

Mar 04, 2015

Bullish thesis on Vice from ad execs I just had dinner with: The Vice bro will never grow out of it bc that's the definition of a Vice bro.

Mar 04, 2015

People who multi-tasked on phones saw their IQs drop 2x as much as people who smoked pot over comparable period, says @boughb. #MMSMWC15

Mar 04, 2015

@mgsiegler I know. Seemed like the target audience. But I'm grateful. It's hard enough to get around here with everyone on their phones.

Mar 04, 2015

There's very little separating the geeks from the hipsters, says @AKQA CTO Ben Jones. The engineers are the creatives. #MWC15 #MMSMWC15

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