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Iliad drops T-Mobile bid, says new offer wasn’t “entertained”

Iliad drops T-Mobile bid, says new offer wasn’t “entertained”

French carrier Iliad has decided that pursuing T-Mobile is no longer worth it. The spurned company has dropped their efforts, citing Deutsche Telekom’s refusal to “entertain” their latest offer. T-Mobile fans may be breathing a sigh of relief, but the failed bid doesn’t change much. Deutsche Telekom still has T-Mobile on the block, and are quickly cycling through prospective buyers. A profitable, growing carrier, the upstart Iliad might have actually been the best bet for T-Mobile.

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Ubuntu’s native Netflix support arrives as promised

Ubuntu’s native Netflix support arrives as promised

Native Netflix support on Linux has been a long-running wish among users, and though methods have been around to get the service to work, none were as simple as firing up your browser and getting right into the movies, no hassle necessary. Last month news that a change was afoot surfaced, with Netflix's Paul Adolph asking questions and saying that, if certain wheels could be put in motion, he'd bring up a case for nixing the user agent filtering that foiled users.

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Imgur has made a new GIF format for the modern age

Imgur has made a new GIF format for the modern age

Animated GIFs and the Internet go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whether your Internet browsing habits take you to Reddit, Tumblr, or elsewhere, you likely run into multiple GIFs per day, each expressing a thought or emotion or showing off the best part of a video in wonderful looping fashion. The Internet of today is far different than the Internet that existed when the first GIF was born, of course, and it was only a matter of time before the format we all know and love changed to suit modern needs. Thus was born the GIFV ("jiffy") format.

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AT&T settles with FTC on $105 million fine

AT&T settles with FTC on $105 million fine

AT&T and the FTC have settled an ongoing spat about customer billing. The dust-up surrounds add-ons customers may have found on their bill for custom ringtones and the like. Though those goods were purchased from third-parties, and added on the bill to streamline payments, many customers took issue with the practice, and felt the charges were either egregious or just plain wrong. Now that AT&T — like T-Mobile and Apple before them — has settled with the FTC, it cleans up an unfortunate mess.

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Final Fantasy Gunblade replica forged from steel

Final Fantasy Gunblade replica forged from steel

We've seen a number of weapon replicas made out of LEGOs, and while they're all fascinating, sometimes it is nice to see something a little more real. That's where Man At Arms comes in, which recently made the Katana Lightsaber we detailed back in August. The group is back again, this time fulfilling requests to make the Gunblade from Final Fantasy -- something they managed to do with more than a bit of success. We've got pictures of the final weapon, as well as a video of how it was made, after the jump.

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Europe: IM’ing too competitive to deny Facebook’s WhatsApp buy

Europe: IM’ing too competitive to deny Facebook’s WhatsApp buy

Facebook's $19bn acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp has been approved by the European Commission, following US regulators in giving the green light after deciding the deal wouldn't be a threat to consumers. Concerns from some quarters, that the purchase would leave the messaging space unbalanced, were dismissed by competition policy chief Joaquín Almunia, who argued that most users aren't reliant on a single service.

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