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12/13/2018

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset is expected to markedly improve the battery performance of 4G smartphones, writes Sascha Segan, but it remains unclear whether the benefits will hold up for 5G devices, which will have greater power needs.

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12/12/2018

Preliminary findings from an US investigation into the Marriott International breach last month point to hackers for the Chinese state as the culprits, people familiar with the matter say. The hack was likely driven by China's push to expand its massive databases on US and other citizens, the sources added.

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12/12/2018

Verizon announced a $4.5 billion writedown in the fourth quarter due to its Oath media business, which includes Yahoo and AOL. The company blames increased competitiveness and market pressures for the weak performance.

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12/12/2018

The Federal Communications Commission is due to decide today on a proposal to strengthen phone carriers' ability to restrict automated text messages. The FCC is expected to vote in favor of the proposal, despite several Democratic senators saying it would enable phone companies to "block any text message they wish."

12/12/2018

The merger of T-Mobile and Sprint should receive regulatory approval by mid-2019, said Cowen analysts, who expect the merged entity to have stronger financials than executives estimate. "The company ultimately should be able to delever to <2.0x faster than the 3-4 years it has stated," the analysts reported.

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T-Mobile, Cowen, Sprint
12/11/2018

Several small phone carriers in the US are concerned that US-China tensions, and the resulting concerns about national security, will mean they have to remove equipment made by Huawei. The Rural Wireless Association is asking the Federal Communications Commission for time and funding to cover the rip-and-replace process, the costs of which are estimated at as much as $57 million for one Montana carrier.

12/11/2018

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said 5G home broadband is a "big opportunity" that allows the carrier to offer customers an alternative means of bringing internet access to their homes, while also enhancing its Fios offering. "It's a totally different way to doing broadband, meaning, instead of having a cord into the house, you have a wireless wave into the house, but the experience is the same in the house," Vestberg said.

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RCR Wireless News
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12/11/2018

Cellular technology using mmWave 5G can eliminate latency and maintain quality for 4K video, even in large files, results from a June trial conducted by AT&T, Ericsson, Fox Sports, Fox Innovation Lab and Intel show. 5G can also deliver cost savings by reducing personnel and equipment needed on site, while minimizing the time required to set up operations or take them down.

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Fox Sports, Ericsson, Intel, AT&T
12/10/2018

A better way to think about resolutions is to look at the process of being better instead of focusing on outcomes, says John Baldoni in this video and blog post. "Being better for me means being a more supportive friend, relative or colleague, being there without being asked -- that is, where's the need to pitch in without being asked?" he says.

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12/10/2018

AT&T is deploying FirstNet and building its 5G network at the same time, said Scott Mair, president of operations at AT&T, who explained the carrier is installing 5G-upgradable radios at every tower where it sets up FirstNet. Tower upgrades should be finished for 400 areas by the end of 2018 and nationwide by mid-2019.

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