Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, followed the guidance of national security experts in opposing China Mobile's eight-year-old bid to enter the US market. Pai has drafted and circulated an order, ahead of an expected FCC vote on May 9, in which he cites the Chinese government's potential influence over the carrier.
Samsung Electronics said it will look into reviewers' reports that its Galaxy Fold handset breaks quickly, and is planning to do so ahead of the phone's April 26 launch. The South Korean company issued a statement saying, "...a few reviewers reported having removed the top layer of the display, which caused damage to the screen."
T-Mobile is partnering with cable company Comcast in adopting the government's anti-robocall SHAKEN/STIR protocol. The companies will work across their networks to ensure calls between selected mobile handsets on T-Mobile's network and Comcast's home phone service emanate from a live person.
Analysts are issuing bearish predictions ahead of Apple's quarterly report on April 30, with shipment declines for the majority of handset models following a 15% first-quarter drop in iPhone revenue. Reports also list the XR model, the least expensive choice, as Apple's most popular iPhone.
Netflix outpaced estimates and posted a quarterly record for new subscribers, with 9.6 million net paying additions but projected slower growth in the second quarter due to a price increase. The streaming video company will share more information about viewership of some of its shows in the coming months, Ted Sarandos, its chief content officer, said.
TBS and Microsoft are teaming up with esports broadcaster ELEAGUE on a six-week series that promotes Gears 5 multiplayer by following Gears of War participants and fans through esports tournaments. ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood will debut on June 14.
Intel has abandoned its modem chip production plans for 5G handsets in the aftermath of Apple and Qualcomm settling their patent dispute, leaving Qualcomm with few major competitors in the business. "It has become apparent that there is no clear path to profitability and positive returns," Intel leader Bob Swan said in a statement.
The US Department of Justice has approved a $580 deal that will see E.W. Scripps acquire eight television stations from Nexstar Broadcast Group as part of Nexstar's purchase of Tribune Media. The sale is contingent on Federal Communications Commission approval of the Tribune acquisition.
Former Fox head James Murdoch is reportedly considering investment opportunities and may be positioning himself to nurture young tech and digital media companies now that his role at Fox has disappeared. Sources say working at Fox Corporation -- the remnants of Fox after its deal with Disney -- was never part of the younger Murdoch's plans.
Walt Disney has until mid-June to sell the regional sports networks it inherited from Fox, and the company has reportedly received bids of at least $10 billion from a range of companies, including Liberty Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Big3, Ice Cube's basketball league. Liberty has partnered with Major League Baseball, while Serena Williams and Snoop Dogg have teamed up with Big3, Bloomberg says.
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