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4 Big Firms, 4 Big Surprises: JTH, HP, Starz and ATT

The parent company of Liberty Tax picked an awful time to announce its IPO, a day after rival H&R Block announced weak quarterly returns. But JTH Holdings' taxing dilemma wasn't last week's only head-scratching news. Here are some of the week's other biggest surprises, blunders, and just flat out boneheaded maneuvers.

Feds File Suit to Block $39 Billion AT&T, T-Mobile Deal

AT&T vowed Wednesday to fight a Justice Department lawsuit that seeks to block its $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA. The feds are concerned that the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition and raise consumer prices.

Is the AT&T and T-Mobile Merger at Risk?

AT&T threatens to become the Moby-Dick of the mobile world if it succeeds in swallowing T-Mobile whole, but this controversial merger is far from a done deal -- political pressures and consumer objections threaten to imperil it. And there's more at stake here than a marriage of two companies.

What If AT&T's T-Mobile Buyout Gets Shot Down?

Regulators have begun to take a long, hard look at whether the AT&T buyout of T-Mobile would create a quasi-monopoly in the American cellular carrier industry. If those antitrust concerns sink the deal, AT&T could be in real trouble, because cellular is its only clear hope for growth.

Will Google Turn Android Phones into Credit Cards?

Many major companies are hoping that consumers will use their smartphones as a credit or debit card, and Google may be preparing to join in with its Android phones. But is the trend, which has grown popular in Japan, finally ready to take off in the U.S.?

Will AT&T T-Mobile = Bad Customer Service?

What happens when you merge the worst in class with the best in class? AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA may be good news for investors, but it will likely mean a drop in service for customers, experts say.

Buzzword of the Week: Bringing the 'Pain Point'

In its most simple interpretation, a "pain point" is exactly what it sounds like: something so unpleasant that one is likely to try hard to avoid it or fix it. But buzzwords sometimes shift meanings, and for some boardroom jargon-slingers, pain point now means something very different.

Sprint and T-Mobile Are Talking Merger Again

SprintNextel and T-Mobile USA are reportedly discussing another tie-up, as both companies seek to stop the flow of customers defecting to larger cell-phone service providers. In the past, the carriers have mulled a merger but haven't been able to agree on who would acquire whom.

T-Mobile USA Says High-Speed Technology Faces Obstacles

T-Mobile USA warned that plans to introduce new high-speed mobile technology could go badly wrong for consumers and companies. Verizon Wireless (VZ) is currently working on a high-speed service for the end of this year, Reuters reported. The service will be based on an emerging technology known as Long Term Evolution (LTE). AT&T (T) plans to introduce an LTE service in 2011.

Verizon Names Wireless Unit Exec as New COO

Early Monday, telecom giant Verizon Communications (VZ) named Lowell McAdam president and COO, which would put him in line to eventually succeed longtime CEO Ivan Seidenberg. McAdam currently serves as the CEO of Verizon Wireless, a joint venture between the U.S. company and Vodafone.

T-Mobile Hit With Lawsuit for Blocking Marijuana Texts

One day after a digital startup vowed to drop T-Mobile over a forthcoming fee hike, another texting company has sued T-Mobile for blocking its service. The reason? Apparently T-Mobile "did not approve" of a company called EZ Texting, which does business with a website that provides information on the location of legal medical marijuana dispensaries in California.

Oprah and Wal-Mart Bring Smartphones to Main Street

How can you tell that smartphones aren't just for tech geeks and corporate types tethered to their email anymore? When Oprah Winfrey gives Motorola Defys to her whole studio audience, and Wal-Mart says it's launching its own mobile service, you have to say the devices have gone mainstream.

AT&T and Verizon to Take on MasterCard and Visa

AT&T and Verizon Wireless are planning a big move into wireless electronic payments, a sector currently dominated by PayPal, Visa, MasterCard and American Express. The plan comes as mobile carriers look for more ways to make money in the U.S. as subscription growth slows.