Nearly half of U.S. adults use social networking sites; DOJ sues to block AT&T, T-Mobile merger

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> The U.S. Dept. of Justice sued Wednesday morning to block AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile USA. Article

> A new Pew Research Center survey revealed that half of U.S. adults use a social networking site such as Twitter or Facebook. Article

> Costly IT mistakes made by retail chains and other industries could provide real-world lessons for service providers that are embarking on large-scale network transformation projects. Article

> Zayo will host its fiscal fourth quarter earnings call on Sept. 9, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. MT/11:00 ET. Release

> Australia's National Broadband Network could create widespread online content piracy. Article

> Orange Business Services to provide managed Cisco TelePresence solution to AkzoNobel, a paint and coatings company and producer of specialty chemicals. Release

> Telkom South Africa, Africa's largest wireline service provider, said it is in the midst of making a major deal. Article

> iControl Networks' OpenHome platform is the engine behind Rogers' Smart Home Monitoring, a new home monitoring and automation service the MSO is offering to its residential customers. Release

And finally ... The Pakistani government wants all of its country's ISPs to block users from using any "technology that would allow them to privately browse the internet." Article

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