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Watch Shelly’s commentary on MICROSOFT’s (NASD: MSFT) ever evolving pursuit of YAHOO (NASD: YHOO).

The Justice Department has upgraded its review of the GOOGLE (NASD: GOOG)-YAHOO (NASD: YHOO) search deal to a formal investigation. Currently, anti-trust issues plague the deal, which could dwell in regulatory uncertainty for more than a few months.

APPLE (NASD: AAPL) will sell a ‘no-contract-required’ iPhone. The new no-contract 3G iPhone will be available for $599/699, $400 more than AT&T’s (NYSE: T) subsidized price.The big news is that the contract-less iPhone will still be limited to the AT&T network.

BLOCKBUSTER (NYSE: BBI) has called off its merger with CIRCUIT CITY (NYSE: CC). The video-rental chain decided to abandon the $1 billion deal after reviewing Circuit City’s books, which the electronics retailer reluctantly gave Blockbuster access to.

AT&T (NYSE: T) will terminate its contract with the DISH NETWORK (NASD: DISH) at the end of the year. While AT&T will stop selling satellite TV services from Dish, it has not ruled out selling satellite service via a new deal with Dish, or competitor DIRECTV (NASD: DTV).

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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