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9/14/2017

Facebook is addressing brand safety concerns by introducing new standards that will prevent ads from being shown inside "fake" or objectionable video and articles, and is working with third parties, such as Integral Ad Science and DoubleVerify. Advertisers will be able to "blacklist" individual publishers or types of content from their media buys and will receive post-campaign reports that detail where ads appeared.

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Facebook, Integral Ad Science
9/14/2017

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai lauded wireless carriers for their actions during the recent hurricanes, saying at an industry event, "It would have been a lot worse if it weren't for wireless communications." Also, the FCC extended its Disaster Information Reporting System data collection area to 21 counties in Georgia and Alabama.

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Multichannel News
9/14/2017

Google has partnered with uBreakiFix to offer free repairs on Pixel smartphones to those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey, with the offer effective at seven uBreakiFix locations in the Houston area through the end of the month. Meanwhile, Google plans to launch its Pixel 2 smartphone Oct. 4.

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The Verge, TechCrunch
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Google, Hurricane Harvey, uBreakiFix
9/14/2017

Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed purchase of Tribune stations will not delay the repack of TV stations that are under a 39-month federal deadline to vacate their airwaves in the wake of last year's spectrum auction, the company's Harvey Arnold insisted. Also, a broadcasters group said it would not ask Congress to extend the deadline but did ask that stations be protected.

9/14/2017

Sprint will introduce "Massive MIMO" antenna technology from Ericsson next year in some areas as a bridge to building a 5G network after a successful test in Seattle, the carrier said Tuesday. Sprint will also work with Samsung Electronics on a Massive MIMO test over LTE, Samsung said.

9/14/2017

AVie Pros owner Shane Moreland got his start in electronics repairs when he took apart and reassembled a Tandy 1000 computer as an 8-year-old. Moreland opened his store in Frankfort, Ky., in 2008, not quite a full year after the first iPhone went on sale.

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Tandy, iPhone
9/14/2017

Canadian repair business Mobile Klinik has secured $5.61 million in its Series B funding round. The company currently has 20 stores, with locations in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta.

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MobileSyrup (Canada)
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Mobile Klinik
9/14/2017

Apple's inclusion of wireless charging in its iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus smartphones could lead manufacturers of midrange Chinese phones to follow suit, Aloysius Low writes. "Wireless charging is finally going to be mainstream for Android devices, and the thing that'll bring us there is the competition," Low writes.

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CNET
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Android, iPhone, Apple
9/14/2017

Apple's ambition to turn its stores into "town squares" and Nordstrom's new Nordstrom Local concept reflect retailers' efforts to create experiences that bring people together in a time when consumers can buy the things they want without leaving the house. The trend of marketing stores as meeting places harks back to the rise of indoor shopping malls just after World War II, history professor Tracey Deutsch said.

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The Atlantic online
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Nordstrom, World War II, Apple, the House
9/11/2017

With more than 100,000 robots working in warehouses and other areas of its company across the globe, Amazon is finding new positions for its employees. Machines take on the more tedious, physically demanding roles, allowing workers more time to focus on mentally challenging tasks.

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