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TikTok’s owner launches chat app with a focus on communities

TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, has jumped into the wide world of messaging apps. The company has released Flipchat (aka Feiliao), an “interest-based social app” for Android and iOS that combines the usual chats and video calls with a social network-styl…
 
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Select FCC leaders announce support for T-Mobile, Sprint merger

It’s been more than a year since T-Mobile and Sprint formally announced a merger agreement. This morning, members of FCC leadership have issued statements voicing their support for the $26 billion proposal.

Ajit Pai was first out with a statement, suggesting that the pricey consolidation of two of the Unites States’ largest carriers would help accelerate his longstanding desire to provide more internet coverage to rural areas.

“Demonstrating that 5G will indeed benefit rural Americans,” Pai wrote, “T-Mobile and Sprint have promised that their network would cover at least two-thirds of our nation’s rural population with highs peed, mid-band 5G, [...]

 
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Trump’s Huawei ban also causing tech shocks in Europe

The escalating US-China trade war that’s seen Chinese tech giant Huawei slapped on a US trade blacklist is causing ripples of shock across Europe too, as restrictions imposed on US companies hit regional suppliers concerned they could face US restrictions if they don’t ditch Huawei.

Reuters reports shares fell sharply today in three European chipmakers, Infineon Technologies, AMS and STMicroelectronics, after reports suggested some already had, or were about to, halt shipments to Huawei following the executive order barring US firms from trading with the Chinese tech giant.

The interconnectedness of high tech supply chains coupled with US [...]

 
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May 20, 2019

T-Mobile and Sprint make promises to clinch FCC’s merger approval

T-Mobile and Sprint are still determined to secure a merger, and they’ve just made a fresh round of promises to win regulators’ hearts. The carriers have made new commitments to the FCC that would guarantee wider access to high-speed mobile internet…
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