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10/15/2018

The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai argued that it has no legal authority to impose net neutrality rules in the defense summary filed with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, saying broadband should be classified as an information service, not a telecommunications service, which would make it outside its legal authority. The Department of Justice sided with the commission, saying it has "no substantial reason to second-guess the commission's decision to eliminate rules that the agency has determined are both unlawful and unwise."

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10/15/2018

T-Mobile executives shared some of their 5G network plans with the Federal Communications Commission during a recent presentation, including that the proposed T-Mobile and Sprint combination would expect to handle 21 exabytes of 5G traffic each month by 2024. The combined company would offer an average throughput of 451 Mbps, and a peak of 4.2 Gbps, by 2024, according to T-Mobile.

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FierceWireless
10/15/2018

Samsung's foldable phone would fill a consumer desire by serving as a tablet that can be folded into a portable smartphone for easy carry, Samsung's mobile CEO DJ Koh said. A foldable phone may interest a "niche market" at first but would eventually attract an expanded audience, Koh said.

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10/15/2018

Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T have ended or modified their buy-one, get-one offers for top smartphone models, although some experts believe the companies will bring back special promotions during the holiday shopping season. Operators are also expected to migrate prepaid subscribers to higher cost plans as the gap between pre- and post-paid plans continues to close, according to Barclays analysts.

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10/15/2018

Employers who gamify the workplace pit employees against each other by scoring their performance publicly, practicing "micromanagement with unprecedented granularity," writes Vincent Gabrielle. The end result is an unhealthy work environment, says Tae Wan Kim, business ethicist at Carnegie Mellon University: "Gamified workers have difficulty seeing what contributions they really make."

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10/12/2018

Hurricane Michael downed nearly 19% of cell sites and halted cable and wireline services for 264,000 subscribers in affected areas as of Thursday, according to the Federal Communications Commission. In response to the storm, AT&T waived overage charges for wireless customers in the affected areas, Verizon offered free calling, text and data for Alabama and Florida customers and T-Mobile had engineers and crews ready to deploy emergency response equipment as needed.

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Telecompetitor
10/12/2018

AT&T will use 700MHz low-band and 2.3GHz WCS spectrum along with millimeter wave spectrum for its 5G rollout, said Gordon Mansfield of AT&T. Meanwhile, the company plans to use its millimeter wave Project AirGig to reach rural areas.

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10/12/2018

Android and iPhone users have 92% and 89% loyalty rates, respectively, according to September CIRP data. "Loyalty has crept up for both iOS and Android in the past two years, to the highest levels we've seen," said Mike Levin, partner and co-founder of CIRP.

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9to5Mac
10/12/2018

Robocallers have adopted methods such as "neighborhood spoofing" to get around callblocking rules, report 35 state attorneys general. As such, the attorneys general have written a letter asking the Federal Communications Commission "to adopt rules authorizing providers to block these and other kinds of illegally spoofed calls."

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Ars Technica
10/11/2018

The first step to increased productivity is to stop acting and instead reflect on where we are and where we want to be, writes Naphtali Hoff. His other recommendations include scheduling the time we need and taking care of our bodies through activities and habits such as stretching, sleep and healthy eating.

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