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SoftBank Says Still Hopes to Complete Sprint Deal by July

Japan’s SoftBank said Tuesday that it still expects to complete its deal by July to acquire a controlling interest in Sprint Nextel.

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SoftBank’s statement comes despite a rival $25.5 billion bid for Sprint coming from Dish Network.

“SoftBank believes that the agreed terms of our transaction with Sprint offer Sprint shareholders superior short and long term benefits to Dish’s highly conditional preliminary proposal,” SoftBank said in a statement. “The SoftBank-Sprint transaction is in the advanced stages of receiving the necessary approvals, and we expect to consummate the transaction on July 1, 2013.”


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus