Pretty interesting article (with several links) about NSA, AT&T and the NarusInsight Intercept Suite. There is a link to the testimony of J. Scott Marcus (former CTO at Genuity) where he describes what the NSA is doing in three "SG3" rooms.
Epsilon had a data breach. And Apple has a snooping bug in the iPhone. Privacy is a thing of the past.
The AT&T and T-Mobile WILL be approved. How do I know? AT&T works too closely with the government for this to be denied, despite the outrage. And the break up fee is $3B. They will spend far less than that in lobbying and donations.