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Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 11/08/2012

DOJ acting antitrust head Joe Wayland stepping down #thecircuit

DOJ acting antitrust head to step down: Joseph Wayland, who has been the acting head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, will be stepping down from his position.

Justice spokeswoman Gina Talamona confirmed that Wayland’s last day in the department will be Nov. 16. His replacement has not been announced.

Wayland was appointed as the acting head of the DOJ’s antitrust division in April, replacing Sharis Pozen. The position has been filled by acting assistant attorney generals since the middle of 2011, when Christine Varney stepped down. William Baer, an attorney with Arnold & Porter, has been nominated to take her place but has yet to confirmed by Congress.

Wayland led the litigation team that challenged the ultimately failed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. Under his leadership, the division also has imposed conditions on a spectrum deal between Verizon and cable companies and considered the issue of the use of standard-essential patents in intellectual property disputes. He also led the litigation team that won a case to block a merger between H&R Block and Tax Act.

AT&T expanding access to FaceTime: AT&T said in a company blog post Thursday that it will expand access to Apple’s FaceTime video conferencing application to all LTE customers, not just those on its Mobile Shared Plans.

AT&T had faced criticism from consumer advocates who believed the carrier’s policies were violating net neutrality principles by limiting access to the app. AT&T had defended its decision, saying that those guidelines were related to allowing consumers to download apps and did not apply to pre-loaded applications.

In the post, AT&T’s Jim Cicconi, the senior executive vice president for external and legislative affairs, said that the company limited access to assess the impact the app might have had on the company’s networks.

“We will continue to gather and assess the network data on this issue over the next few months and anticipate that we will be able to expand the availability of FaceTime to our customers on other billing plans in the near future,” he said.

Twitter sends out flood of password reset e-mails: Twitter sent out a flood of e-mails to users saying that their accounts may have been compromised, setting off concerns that the service had been hacked. In a statement, the company said that, in routine checks for compromised accounts, it accidentally sent out more messages than it originally intended.

“In this case, we unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised,” the company said. “We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.”

Samsung, Apple: According to data from Strategy Analytics,the Samsung Galaxy S III was the world’s hottest smartphone in the third quarter. The phone shipped 18 million units to the 16.2 million in shipments from Apple’s iPhone 4S.

Neil Shah, a senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, said in a statement that it’s the first time that the Galaxy S III has taken the top spot in the market, with 11 percent share overall

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