Not worried about Comcast-Time Warner Cable? You should be

With Washington, D.C., snowed under, Time-Warner Cable and Comcast picked the perfect day to announce a controversial mega-merger.

That's because we're talking about a snow job of epic proportions.

Comcast has presented the proposed $45.2 billion combination, which would cobble together the country's biggest and second biggest cable and Internet companies, as being pro-consumer. I would expect nothing less. In a blog post, Executive Vice President David Cohen offers a boilerplate list of particulars, but the gist is that since Comcast and Time-Warner Cable don't compete to serve customers in any ZIP code in … Read more

Comcast-Time Warner deal riles up consumers

CNET Update is more everything:

In this episode of Update:

- Get a quick summary of why many folks are not happy with Comcast's deal to acquire Time Warner Cable.

- See if Verizon's new "More Everything" plan is a good deal for you.

- Keep an eye out for an Xbox One Media Remote to go on sale in March.

- Find more Windows apps to download if Microsoft makes it easier for developers.

- Go by more than just male or female on Facebook, now that the social network opened up more gender identification options. … Read more

Will Comcast and Time Warner be AT&T and T-Mobile redux?

When regulators look at Comcast's deal to buy Time Warner Cable, will they see NBC Universal or T-Mobile?

In 2011, regulators in Washington gave Comcast the go-ahead to buy the rest of media conglomerate NBC Universal from General Electric that it didn't already own, after the No. 1 cable provider agreed to abide by conditions, like preserving Net neutrality, for a seven-year period.

That same year, AT&T announced its plans to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a deal valued at $39 billion. Regulators in Washington took a clear stance on that megamerger: The Justice … Read more

Comcast, Time Warner Cable to unite in $45.2B merger

Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the country's biggest cable companies, agreed to merge in an all-stock deal Thursday that would create a pay-television giant with approximately 30 million subscribers, confirming wide reports of their proposed combination late Wednesday night.

Though consumer watchdog groups have already come out in opposition to such a deal, the companies pitched their marriage as something that would save money and improve their technological wherewithal.

"This transaction will create a leading technology and innovation company, differentiated by its ability to deliver ground-breaking products on a superior network while leveraging a national platform to create … Read more

Comcast said to be buying Time Warner Cable for $44.2B

Comcast will announce Thursday that it has agreed to purchase Time Warner Cable for $44.2 billion in stock, according to a report late Wednesday by CNBC's David Faber.

The media and communications company will reportedly pay $159 per share for the cable company's 277.9 million outstanding shares, a 17.5 percent premium over Time Warner Cable's closing price of $135.31 on Wednesday. Comcast is willing to divest itself of 3 million subscribers in an effort to head off any regulatory objections to the deal, sources told Faber.

Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable in … Read more

The 404 1,425: Where we dig up the dirt (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Joke's on LA: Comedy Central behind Dumb Starbucks faux shop.

- Steve Jobs time capsule dug up after 30 years: Here's the video.

- Your brain on audio books: distracted, forgetful, and bored.

- Check out this year's Game Developer's Conference!

- Follow Meggan Scavio on Twitter.… Read more

Apple TV revamp this year to add Time Warner Cable?

This year, Apple finally may be refreshing Apple TV, and Time Warner Cable may make it onto the box at long last.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple is planning for a new Apple TV box as early as April and is in talks with Time Warner Cable and other possible partners.

Time Warner Cable's app, TWC TV, already brings live channels and on-demand videos to devices like the Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon and the Roku, which is Apple's main competitor in the over-the-top box market, as well as to consoles like the Xbox 360 and … Read more

Steve Jobs time capsule dug up after 30 years: Here's the video

For 30 years, a potentially priceless piece of technology history was lost somewhere beneath Aspen, Colo.

At the Aspen International Design Conference in 1983, Steve Jobs gave a talk prognosticating technologies like the iPad, wireless networking, and even the App Store. He used his Lisa mouse to help navigate through the talk and afterward, Jobs added the mouse to a collection of miscellaneous items donated by conference attendees that was then buried as the "Aspen Time Tube."

Despite the inclusion of dozens upon dozens of other items, the tube came to be known as the "Steve Jobs … Read more

Adorable amigurumi 'Doctor Who' dolls charm fans

Austin-based artist Allison Hoffman makes crafty tributes to pop culture icons such as Pee-Wee Herman, Conan O'Brien, Carl Sagan, Willie Nelson, and Questlove, but it's her new crocheted amigurumi dolls of "Doctor Who" Time Lords that seem to be getting a lot of attention online lately.

"When someone approached me with the idea to make a set of 'Doctor Who' dolls and a Tardis, I didn't know that much of the show, but I was definitely up for the challenge," Hoffman told Crave. "I knew the David Tennant 10th Doctor and the Tom Baker 4th Doctor were going to be really popular. I had so much fun making David's hair, and the scarf for Tom Baker is actually a scaled-down version of the real scarf he wore. I used the same colors and pattern of striping so it's really long and as close to authentic as I could get it." … Read more

Part-time love? There's a dating site for that

I need to tell you about my dishwasher.

Sometimes it washes every dish, giving me a radiant feeling in several places. On other occasions, it spits, pouts, and leaves red plates brown.

There seems no reason why. It's just like that.

If it was a person, my dishwasher would be on Part Time Love. This is a dating site with an alluring promise: "Meaningful romance without everyday commitment."… Read more