*AT&T, T-Mobile USA sign wireless roaming agreement. *Sprint, AT&T say making progress in network improvements. Rivals AT&T Inc and T-Mobile USA said they agreed to open their networks to each other's customers in New York and New Jersey to help their coverage as a result of the storm.
*Verizon has flooding central offices, West Street out of action. *AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Sprint suffer service problems. While all the region's telecom service providers were having problems, Verizon Communications, which serves many of the states in the hurricane's path, may have suffered some of the worst damage from the storm to its wireline network.
*AT&T, T-Mobile USA customers say service is spotty. Sprint Nextel, the No. 3 U.S. mobile provider said it was seeing outages at some cell sites because of the power outages across all the states in Sandy's path including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Maryland, North Virginia and New England.
*Microsoft showcases new Windows Phones. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Monday demand for the company's new Windows 8 operating system, released to the public on Friday, was running at a higher rate than its last release, Windows 7..
Oct 26- At least three brokerages cut their price targets on Apple Inc by up to $50 a share after the iPhone maker surprised analysts by forecasting lower gross margins for the current quarter. For the December quarter, Apple forecast revenue of $52 billion, below estimates of $55 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
*Dow up 0.1 pct, S&P 500 up 0.2 pct, Nasdaq up 0.1 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 25- Wall Street edged up on Thursday, retreating from session highs as investors were wary of betting aggressively after the S&P 500' s worst five-day stretch since May and the data sent more tepid signals on the economy.
SPRINTING AWAY: In the July to September period, Sprint Nextel Corp. lost subscribers for the first time in two and a half years. However, Sprint's network offers slower data downloads than the bigger rivals in most places. BOTTOM LINE: Sprint's loss widened to $767 million, or 26 cents per share.
LOS ANGELES-- Four years after a private eye went to prison for wiretapping phones of the rich and famous on behalf of celebrities and Hollywood heavyweights, his clients are facing hefty bills for his skullduggery.
Oct 24- AT&T Inc added fewer customers than expected in the third quarter due to a shortage of the latest Apple Inc iPhone, highlighting its outsize dependence on the device. Since most people already have cellphones, operators like AT&T and Verizon have to battle each other to add new customers.
*Boeing climbs after earnings, outlook. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stock edged higher on Wednesday after data from China and Boeing provided temporary relief to a slumping market, following a retreat Tuesday when the Dow Jones industrial average suffered its biggest drop in four months.
*Boeing climbs after earnings, outlook. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stock index futures advanced on Wednesday and pointed to a higher open, after data from China and Boeing provided temporary relief to a slumping market, and following declines Tuesday when the Dow suffered its biggest drop in four months.
Oct 24- AT&T Inc posted third-quarter revenue below Wall Street expectations on Wednesday, but its earnings increased from a year earlier. AT&T reported earnings of $3.64 billion, or 63 cents per share, compared with $3.62 billion, or 61 cents per share, a year earlier.
Following in Verizon's footsteps, AT&T Inc. introduced plans in August that let a household share a monthly data allowance over as many as 10 devices.
*China data points to strengthening recovery. *Dow Chemical to cut jobs. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Wednesday, indicating indexes may bounce from declines a day earlier when the Dow suffered its biggest drop in four months, following data from China that eased concerns about sluggish global growth.
NEW YORK-- The steep losses stopped Wednesday as the stock market turned calm, a day after one of its biggest sell-offs of the year. "Today we're assessing the damage," said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott. " DuPont, 3 M, UPS and Xerox all reported lower sales than a year ago.
CNBC's David Faber takes a look at AT&T's third quarter earnings, as the flow of customers into its wireless stores slowed, and competition for customers heats up.
WASHINGTON _ Commerce Department releases new home sales for September, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON _ Federal Reserve policymakers meet to set interest rates. BERLIN _ Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly index of business confidence, a closely watched indicator for Europe's biggest economy.
Caterpillar Inc. reports quarterly financial results. Hasbro Inc. reports quarterly financial results. Peabody Energy Corp. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK-- Nike has severed ties with cyclist Lance Armstrong, citing insurmountable evidence that he participated in doping and misled the company about those activities for more than a decade. "Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner," it said in a statement.
Japanese telecommunications firm Softbank and Sprint have reached a deal under which Softbank will pay $20 billion for a 70 percent stake in the wireless telecom operator, according to people close to the situation.