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11/13/2019

Facebook users will soon be able to conduct secure financial transactions on their phones across all of the social media's platforms through its new Facebook Pay service, the company announced. That means consumers can make payments or send money on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger while still in the apps, with PIN codes or biometrics potentially acting as security measures.

11/13/2019

The four major US carriers have chosen Synchronoss Technologies as their vendor for rich communication
services, which the companies will offer starting in 2020. Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T announced formation of the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative, an RCS-based partnership, last month.

11/13/2019

DISH Network would probably build its national 5G network starting in Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans and Miami, as well as Kansas City, Mo., Tutela Technologies predicted after analyzing data from subscribers to Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. DISH would acquire the customers of those prepaid brands as a condition of regulators approving the T-Mobile-Sprint merger.

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11/13/2019

Google is partnering with Lookout, Zimperium and ESET to scan new apps in the Play Store for possible malware. Android Security Vice President Dave Kleidermacher said that Google hasn't "really had a way to scale as much as we've wanted to scale," where malware is concerned.

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11/12/2019

John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, is talking to WeWork's parent company about taking the helm at the office-sharing startup, The Wall Street Journal and CNBC report, noting that Legere and WeWork Chairman Marcelo Claure have worked together during the merger talks between T-Mobile and Claure's Sprint. The Journal notes that WeWork is in talks with other candidates as well.

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11/12/2019

President Donald Trump has publicly vowed to help wireless carriers free up spectrum to roll out 5G services, but several elements of his administration are fighting with each other over specific policy details, The Wall Street Journal reports. "Everything I've worked on has taken twice as long as I thought," said Federal Communications Commission member Michael O'Rielly.

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11/12/2019

The C-Band Alliance offered additional details to federal regulators about its proposal to hand over 300 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band to wireless carriers, but the group has yet to say how much the government would receive from the proceeds of an auction. The CBA plan provides technical aspects of the transition that would occur if the Federal Communications Commission approves its proposal.

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11/12/2019

A solid majority of global security professionals indicated strong concern over potential security gaps with future 5G networking, AT&T Cybersecurity found in a survey of 704 practitioners. Just 22% thought their companies' security policies were prepared for 5G and 76% expected to face new threats, while many saw shared security models as the best solution.

11/12/2019

A federal court has granted a request by the Securities and Exchange Commission to reconsider its decision not to enjoin cryptocurrency company Blockvest from selling digital tokens -- a move that is expected to shape how the SEC approaches enforcement in the future. "Up to this point, there has been a real question as to whether [initial coin offerings] constitute securities offerings," said Lynda Grant of the American Bar Association's Securities Litigation Committee.

11/11/2019

Wireless carriers are counting on cloud technology to help unclog some of the traffic problems that occur when cellphone towers get overloaded with demand at places such as sports stadiums, The Wall Street Journal notes in a special report. Network slicing technology will make 5G more compatible with the cloud than 4G networks, as well as giving carriers a wider variety of service options.