Shelly Palmer Radio Report – March 21, 2011

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AT&T announced that it plans on purchasing T-Mobile for $39 billion. The deal would make AT&T the United States’ largest cellular carrier and only provider of GSM phones. If approved by the government, the acquisition would allow AT&T to upgrade much if its network and make 4G speeds available nationwide sooner. In other news, ICANN voted to allow for the creation of the .XXX domain name suffix. Over 100 governments objected to the resolution and its passing reflects ICANN’s tradition of government independence. Fees will be collected from .XXX registrations to fund efforts to keep children away from online pornography. And finally, Microsoft recently put an end to the Rustock spam bot that was responsible for nearly 50% of the world’s spam as of 2010. A series of 5 server centers and the hijacking of a million machines allowed the bot to anonymously send spam from users’ computers.

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



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