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AT&T: Google is an evil empire that must be stopped

Following up on the Federal Communications Commission’s continuing investigation into the legality and regulatory positioning of Google Voice, telecommunications giant ATT addressed the FCC with a document entitled, “The Truth About Google Voice and the Open Internet Principles.” (PDF available here, hosted by the Washington Post.) It reads quite like any other publication with a title like “The Truth About…” complete with all the shock and vitriol of a propaganda pamphlet.

ATT claims that Google needs to stop blocking certain outbound Google Voice calls. Google claims that it blocks certain connections which are too expensive for a free service to connect to; and furthermore, as an Internet-based service, the issue is out of the FCC’s jurisdiction anyway.

ATT’s problem with Google Voice is that it, as well as the other national telephone companies, cannot block these access numbers, and have to pay the high fees that Google Voice has been

... read more at: http://betanews.com/2009/10/15/at-t-google-is-an-evil-empire-that-must-be-stopped/

Why Google Is the New Evil Empire

“We don’t need you to type at all because we know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less guess what you’re thinking about … Is that over the line?” – Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a Galactic Empire, a beady-eyed Emperor and his heavy-breathing sidekick, Darth Vader. Ever since, we’ve identified the corporate villains we love to hate. We had ATT (T) in the 70s, IBM (IBM) in the 80s, and the evil empire of the 90s was of course Microsoft (MSFT)and Bill “The Conqueror” Gates.  

Today we have Google (GOOGL). Don’t let the geeky façade, whimsical multicolored logo and “don’t be evil” mantra fool you. Google may very well be the most sinister threat and wicked incarnation of them all.

In an interview with the Atlantic almost five years ago,

... read more at: http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2015/04/20/why-google-is-new-evil-empire.html

T-Mobile Takes Aim at AT&T with Death Star for Google Chrome – Android Headlines

As any Star Wars fan would let you know, today, May 4th, is Star Wars Day. The Internet will once again be filled with “May the Fourth be with you” wishes and memes, and a lot of popcorn will be popped by fans of the series who may plan a new Star Wars viewing marathon by the end of the day. Funnily enough, this year it looks like T-Mobile also decided to use this opportunity to target ATT with another wacky joke. As you may already know, T-Mobile CEO, John Legere, previously referred to ATT as the Death Star due to the carrier’s logo, but now the company went one extra creative step forward and launched an extension for Google Chrome which, when active, replaces the “ATT” text on nearly any webpage with the text “The DeATTh Star”.

The Chrome extension can be downloaded on the desktop version

... read more at: http://www.androidheadlines.com/2016/05/t-mobile-takes-aim-att-death-star-google-chrome.html

You: “AT&T = Evil Empire” AT&T CSR: “No Problem, Have A Great Day!”

Rhett was trying to order $10 DSL for his mom when he got the fabled “$10 DSL Runaround.”

Rhett writes:

My mother recently moved to a new home and was trying to decide which provider she should choose to provide internet service. I told her that because of ATT’s recent merger, they had to provide $10 DSL to new subscribers. I warned her it would be a little difficult because despite the low price offer, ATT often tries to get people to pay more. She called them this afternoon and they told her that she was eligible for the offer, but should would have to sign up for it online. My mother brought up the point that she was not able to get online, and in fact, that was the reason she was calling them in the first place. The rep basically told her that

... read more at: http://consumerist.com/2007/10/04/you-att-evil-empire-att-csr-no-problem-have-a-great-day/

‘Star Wars’ Actress Carrie Fisher Dies at 60 After Suffering Heart Attack


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If Trump administration nixes AT&T/Time Warner deal, what could that mean for sports?

While on the campaign trail, Donald Trump stated plenty of opposition to ... read more at: http://awfulannouncing.com/2017/if-trump-administration-nixes-atttime-warner-deal-what-could-that-mean-for-sports.html

America’s most hated companies | abc7ny.com – WABC

  1. Comcast

  2. Government regulators have fined Comcast $2.3 million, saying the cable giant has charged customers for products they never ordered, like premium channels or extra cable boxes. The agency said there were “many” complaints about “hours-long and repeated phone calls” to try to fix the problem and claims of “unhelpful or abusive behavior” from customer-service representatives, including calls getting disconnected.

  3. Bank of America

  4. A Florida couple won a $1 million lawsuit against Bank of America after receiving more than 700 collections calls over the course of four years.
    After filing a complaint in Federal court, a judge ordered Bank of America to pay the family $1 million for the harassment or $1,500 per call.

  5. Mylan
  6. The company has been embroiled in a scandal over the cost of its life-saving EpiPen product. It raised the price of a two-pack to $608. By comparison, two EpiPens in 2007 cost $94.

  7. McDonald’s

  8. Doctors, parents and community members

    ... read more at: http://abc7ny.com/business/americas-most-hated-companies/1704861/

AT&T”s DirecTV Now Streaming Service Suffers Another Outage

I’m on the $35 a month promotion as it seemed like a good price point to see if I can eventually dump Spectrum if $200 upgrade fees and refusal to retain legacy customers with retention offers proves too be the new law of the land.

But DirecTV Now has shown me just how wonderful I have it by keeping the cord uncut. It feels more like an alpha than beta product and that’s not fun at all. Each day I continue to be astounded at the frustration it gives me. It’s on a level TWC could never give me even when it brought it’s A game of technical glitches.

Yes, it’s truly that special.

DirecTV Now has shown me that sometimes, you should be happy with what you’ve got, even if it requires clunky equipment.

I’m not giving up on the idea of utilizing these services, but when I’m running back

... read more at: http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/ATTs-DirecTV-Now-Streaming-Service-Suffers-Another-Outage-138727

T-Mobile compares AT&T to fleas crawling in your hair – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.


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NBC Sports, AT&T to televise Premier League soccer in 4K Saturday …

Just before the holidays, DirecTV announced that it was providing three 4K

... read more at: http://awfulannouncing.com/2017/nbc-sports-att-to-televise-premier-league-soccer-in-4k-saturday-and-sunday.html