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7/16/2019

A federal court may need to postpone the planned Oct. 7 start of a trial in which state attorneys general attempt to block the merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, the plaintiffs argued. The states said that they need information about the outcome of talks between the merger partners and the government to prepare for the trial.

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7/16/2019

Carriers are continuing to improve their 4G service even as they prepare for 5G, Opensignal says in its latest report about mobile performance. T-Mobile and Verizon each led in two categories out of the five rated by the network tracker.

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T-Mobile, Verizon, OpenSignal
7/16/2019

T-Mobile is trying to leverage its year-old narrowband internet of things infrastructure with the introduction of an asset-tracking solution the carrier claims is a first, developed in a partnership with Roambee. T-Mobile's NB-IoT network is also being deployed in a project involving Sensoneo's smart sensors in dumpsters in California, Ohio and Colorado.

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T-Mobile, Roambee
7/16/2019

Executives who exude confidence are those others will seek out for advice and rely upon to provide vision and opportunities, writes Shannon Eckmann. Nonverbal cues such as being fully present in every situation, smiling and being relaxed all convey a sense of composure and charisma to others, she writes.

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Thin Difference
7/15/2019

The Commerce Department may begin to issue licenses for US companies to sell gear to China's Huawei Technologies again within a month, if the companies can show that their deals will not compromise national security, an unnamed senior government official says. This change is likely too late to prevent hundreds of layoffs that Huawei is reportedly planning at Futurewei Technologies, its US-based research arm.

7/15/2019

The Pacific Northwest's largest health insurer, Premera Blue Cross, will pay $10 million to 30 states for a breach that exposed the data of more than 10 million people, in an agreement with the state of Washington. The company also recently agreed to pay $74 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit by affected customers.

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7/15/2019

Verizon and Sprint will sell 5G handsets in all of their markets, while T-Mobile will continue its policy of offering them only where the carrier provides the service, the telecoms confirmed. Verizon is advertising 5G phones nationally, but Sprint is only promoting them in its 5G areas.

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Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile
7/15/2019

New Orleans may have escaped the worst-case scenario with Tropical Storm Barry, but the four major wireless carriers prepared for the worst in order to ensure that emergency services could continue to communicate. The companies rolled out portable generators, cells on wheels, surveillance drones and other gear, as well as offering free, unlimited wireless service to subscribers.

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7/15/2019

Consumers in eight more states can use their smartphones and other mobile devices to reach CVS Health's MinuteClinic telehealth service, which brings its reach to 26 states and Washington, D.C. Participants pay $59 to virtually get physicians' advice about minor ailments.

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7/12/2019

T-Mobile and Sprint will miss the self-imposed July 29 date for completing their merger, but are optimistic that they will successfully conclude negotiations with DISH Network and the Justice Department over asset sales to DISH that would salvage the deal, media reports say. A major sticking point reportedly remains T-Mobile's resistance to DISH eventually selling off the carrier's assets to a cable or tech company.