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HP Will Replace Verizon in Hosting HealthCare.gov Website

The Department of Health and Human Services is going to replace Verizon Communications Inc.’s Terremark subsidiary as its Web-hosting provider for the federal health-insurance marketplace, presenting a new challenge to the rollout of the Obama administration’s signature health-care initiative.

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At the Heart Of Verizon-Vodafone, Differing Outlooks for the U.S. Market

At the center of what could be a $130 billion deal between Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group are sharply different views of the U.S. wireless market.

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Verizon Wireless Plans $7 Billion Dividend to Parent Companies

Verizon Wireless said on Monday it plans to pay out $7 billion to its two owners — Verizon Communications, which owns 55 percent of the venture, and Vodafone, which owns 45 percent. The move comes amid renewed talk that Verizon Communications might be interested in buying out its joint venture partner.

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Verizon Price Gap: $30 Billion

Verizon Communications Inc. is eager to buy Vodafone Group PLC out of their massive mobile-phone joint venture — but it will have to get over a $30 billion hurdle.

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Vodafone CEO Leaves Options Open on Verizon

Vittorio Colao, chief executive of Vodafone Group, left the door open to the possibility of a near-term deal that would change the ownership of one of the most closely watched partnerships in the telecom industry: Mobile-phone giant Verizon Wireless.

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BlackBerry Expands Board, Adds Two Former Telecom Execs

BlackBerry added two seats to its board Thursday, naming a pair of longtime telecom execs as directors. Joining the company’s board: Richard Lynch, formerly an executive vice president at Verizon Communications, and Bert Nordberg, who once served as CEO of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. Their addition raises the number of directors to an even dozen, and follows calls last year for the company to shake up a board that some critics felt sat idly by while it ceded the smartphone market it helped pioneer to rivals like Google and Apple.

Verizon Posts Big Loss, Adds Two Million Wireless Connections

The company activated nearly 10 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, as nearly 10 percent of the company’s retail subscribers upgraded their devices.
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Verizon Wireless Pays Another Big Dividend, Avoids a Tax Hike

Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile network, will pay its shareholders an $8.5 billion dividend before the end of the year, after a $10 billion payout in 2011.

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Baltimore Train Derailment Knocks Some Verizon Landline Customers Offline

Verizon Communications said on Tuesday that a Baltimore-area train derailment is impacting long-distance and data services for some of its landline customers. The company said it is waiting for a go-ahead from local authorities to inspect and repair damaged facilities at the site of the accident.

Verizon CFO: Arrival of Shared Data Plans This Summer Is a Game Changer

The move to shared data plans could lure more consumers to go for a cellular-equipped tablet, but could also be bad news for those clinging to unlimited data plans.
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