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AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Join Forces to Take Messaging to the Next Level

iPhone users have long-enjoyed iMessage, an iOS-only alternative to SMS that has far more features than basic messaging. WhatsApp offers a similar approach, adding features and abilities in a cross-platform app. Today the four major wireless carriers announced the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI), aimed at delivering iMessage or WhatsApp-like messaging to customers and businesses alike. …

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Cybersecurity Firm Firedome Raises $10 Million to Secure IoT Devices

VentureBeat is reporting that Tel Aviv and New York-based cybersecurity firm Firedome has raised an additional $10 million in funding, bringing their total to $14.5 million. The new round of investment will help the company continue development of its cybersecurity suite aimed at protecting Internet of Things (IoT) devices from hackers, malware, ransomware, denial of …

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Google Hires Former VP of Microsoft’s Office Product Group

Business Insider is reporting that Google has hired Javier Soltero, a former head of strategy for Microsoft Office. Soltero had left Microsoft in late 2018 amid internal reorganization. In his new role with Google, Soltero will take over as Vice President of G Suite. Google’s suite of programs includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google …

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Colorado Pulls Out of Lawsuit Attempting to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Reuters is reporting that Colorado has become the second state to pull out of a lawsuit seeking to stop T-Mobile and Sprint’s proposed merger. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted last week to approve the merger, following the Department of Justice signing off on the deal in July. Despite the government’s approval, nearly 20 states …

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DISH Network Moving Forward With 5G Plans

DISH Network has announced another Request for Proposal (RFP) as it prepares to build the nation’s first standalone 5G network. RFPs are a standard part of the process of building out a new network and this is the third RFP DISH has requested. The Deployment Services RFP, for end-to-end deployment services vendors, is expected the …

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Microsoft Makes Desktop Analytics Available Commercially

Microsoft has announced the commercial release of Desktop Analytics, a “cloud-connected service that integrates with System Center Configuration Manager.” The software helps organizations “view into the endpoints, applications, and drivers” being managed. It also provides a way to “assess application and driver compatibility with the latest Windows feature updates and receive mitigation recommendations for known …

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FCC Approves T-Mobile and Sprint Merger But Opposition Remains

CNBC is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to approve the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. While the deal had earlier received approval from the Department of Justice (DOJ), the FCC’s approval is one of the final steps needed before the merger is finalized. The FCC’s commissioners voted along party lines to …

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OPPO Plans to Release the First Dual-Mode 5G Phone

OPPO has announced plans to release the world’s first dual-mode 5G phone before year’s end. The phone was announced at the Qualcomm 5G Summit 2019 in Barcelona, a fitting location as it will be powered by Qualcomm’s chipset. Dual-mode phones will be compatible with both SA and NSA networks. SA stands for standalone mode, where …

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Cisco CEO Says 5G Networks Could Be Active In 2 to 3 Years

“The carriers today are building the consumer 5G networks, and they don’t require a massive backbone upgrade when you just increase bandwidth to lots of mobile phones.” Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins stopped by Fox Business’ Mornings with Maria to discuss 5G, intellectual property and reports of China bullying companies. “When they begin to build out …

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Amazon VP Says 58% of Sales Come From Small Businesses

“Over 50% of everything that gets sold on Amazon actually comes from small and medium-sized businesses.,” says Amazon’s VP of Small Business, Nick Denissen. “Their success is our success so we’re definitely focused on doubling down on that. We have over 1.9 million small and medium-sized businesses in the US who work together with Amazon …

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Qualcomm Chips Central to Wave of 5G Home Internet Devices

While Apple may be looking to end their dependence on Qualcomm, the future is looking bright for the semiconductor company. In a press release issued today, Qualcomm announced that Netgear, LG, Sharp and Samsung are among 30+ companies building plug-and-play home internet gear based on Qualcomm’s 5G chips. According to the FCC, some 19 million …

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Oracle Announces Additional Hiring to Boost Cloud Services

Oracle is boosting its cloud efforts with an announcement that it is hiring some 2,000 new employees. While Amazon, Microsoft and, to some extent, Google have dominated the cloud market, Oracle sees ongoing opportunity to expand. Oracle has been making moves to take on the leaders, including opening offices in Microsoft’s back yard. Even more …

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