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4/7/2020

Mike Sievert, T-Mobile's CEO, mentioned Ericsson and Nokia as vendors for the company's upcoming $43 billion 5G network upgrade during a CNBC interview. Sievert didn't talk about Samsung Electronics, which had been one of three primary suppliers for Sprint before T-Mobile acquired that carrier.

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4/7/2020

Spyjinx, an espionage adventure game, is in development by Fortnite creator Epic and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Games. It will be beta tested on iOS in Malaysia and Australia.

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4/6/2020

AT&T has dropped sales of U-verse, though it will continue to provide service to current customers, in order to focus on the AT&T TV streaming platform. U-verse's subscriber base reached 6 million in 2015, but was down to 3.44 million last year.

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4/6/2020

Comedy Central will not return "Lights Out With David Spade" to its late-night lineup after production returns to normal, but the network said it has such confidence in the talk show that it will push to produce the 11:30 p.m. series for a third party. Spade has continued to host original digital episodes of the program since the coronavirus crisis closed down production in March.

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4/6/2020

European countries and the US reportedly may track people who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and those who have been in contact with them by using location data from smartphone apps, a practice that could have helped stem the pandemic's advance in some Asian nations as well as Israel. Google offered to help the government by making its far-reaching location data information available.

4/6/2020

Verizon Fios is adding to the free offerings the carrier is providing subscribers by opening up HBO, Cinemax and Starz to all of its customers for several days this month as well as allowing them to view replays of classic games from NBA League Pass and NHL Center Ice. Fios will clear HBO and Cinemix from April 17 to 20 and Starz from April 17 to 23.

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4/6/2020

Coronavirus pandemic lockdowns are driving more people to local television, but the economic impact of the outbreak has led many advertisers to pull their spots. Some marketers are shifting to more relevant messages, while others are attempting to keep their ads far from stories about the virus or job losses.

4/6/2020

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak is forcing many local television newsrooms to adapt their operations to keep staff safe and comply with social distancing and lockdown rules, relying on improvisation and flexibility to stay on the air. Some of the changes are proving more efficient, and could alter the way newsrooms operate, even once the crisis has passed.

4/6/2020

Mediacom Communications will retain and pay its employees through May 31 at minimum, company leader Rocco Commisso assured them in a letter. The provider has 4,500 people on its payroll, Commisso says, and has never turned to layoffs in its 25-year history.

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4/6/2020

Free streaming services, especially those involving personal and instant interactions, may ultimately benefit the most from weeks of social isolation combined with immense unemployment numbers, CNBC's Alex Sherman writes. Media companies have removed selected paywalls and Verizon Wireless reported that Instagram, YouTube and Facebook were the most popular sites in March.

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