Yahoo’s mobile effort is starting to bear fruit. Will it save the company?
Although it has yet to be officially announced, the proposed tie-up between Sprint and T-Mobile is likely to come before regulators in the near future. Approval of the merger might have a much bigger impact on the U.S. market than simply consolidating the market to three major carriers.
Apple is reportedly in talks to acquire Beats Electronics in a deal that would surely have as much to do with Beats’ new streaming music service as its line of electronics devices. But whether even the best streaming music service can turn a profit is still far from clear.
Apple is reportedly in talks to buy Beats Electronics, including its streaming music service, Beats Music.
SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son continues to try to convince regulators and business leaders that a merger with T-Mobile would benefit U.S. consumers. For now, at least, we remain skeptical. But there are a few reasons why such a deal may eventually be approved.
SoftBank has yet to make any bod moves with Sprint after it took control of the U.S. carrier last year. Meanwhile, T-Mobile continues to make smart, aggressive moves that are attracting subscribers. And that will be a problem for any potential merger.
Google should be able to integrate Nest’s smart home devices with Android relatively easily, which could give it a huge edge in a very promising industry that is only just beginning to get legs.
Reports indicate former BlackBerry co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has upped his stake in the company and engaged two banks as he considers a possible acquisition. But there’s little reason to believe Lazaridis has come to understand that the enterprise market and the consumer market are often the same in the smartphone eral.
A flurry of consolidation over the last few years has all but killed off regional carriers and increased the dominance of tier-one operators. But opportunities still exist for innovative service providers to disrupt the traditional carrier model.
AT&T will surely face scrutiny from regulators in its attempt to acquire Leap Wireless. If the deal is approved, though, the FCC will be even more likely to favor smaller carriers in the upcoming FCC spectrum auction.