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8/10/2017

Texas-based DryBox has developed technology that it says offers a 75% chance of repairing phones that have been dropped in water. DryBox's proprietary technology evaporates moisture before corrosion can take place, and the company says it has saved 30,000 phones at DryBox stands.

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KXXV-TV (Waco, Texas)
8/10/2017

Competitive Carriers Association has linked with five other trade groups in challenging Sinclair Broadcast Group's effort to buy TV station group owner Tribune Media. CCA said the merger, in addition to being anti-competitive, could throw havoc into the Federal Communications Commission's 39-month repacking plan for stations that surrendered spectrum in the recent auction.

8/10/2017

California legislators have moved swiftly on a bill aimed at giving the state greater say over placement of small cell antennas in order to broaden cellphone service in rural and other areas. The measure has advanced despite objections that it usurps local governmental authority.

8/10/2017

T-Mobile told the Federal Communications Commission that it will focus heavily on rural areas in putting its 600 MHz-based wireless network build-out on the fast track this year. In a filing, T-Mobile wrote that it needs a speedy transition for TV stations to relocate from frequencies they surrendered in an auction.

8/10/2017

Montana has become the 11th state to opt in to the FirstNet deployment plan since the national emergency-services provider opened its network to states and territories on June 19 under a contract with AT&T. Verizon Communications said it will continue to pursue public-safety agreements with states that opt out of the FirstNet process.

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Verizon Communications, AT&T
8/10/2017

Tech Pros held a grand opening ceremony for its Tallassee, Ala., store this week. The company's first location will offer cellphone and tablet repair as well as printing services.

8/10/2017

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a cellphone that works without a battery by harvesting small amounts of power from radio signals. The current prototype is basic, but researchers plan to further develop it and hope to create a battery-free phone for the mass market.

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Reuters
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University of Washington
8/10/2017

AT&T and T-Mobile each plan to release a low-cost smartphone, with AT&T adding the LG K20 for $4 per month. T-Mobile will sell the Alcatel-made Revvl for $125, or $5 per month.

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Fortune, BGR
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T-Mobile, AT&T, LG
8/8/2017

The H-1B visa program added $17.3 billion to the combined incomes of the US and India in 2010 and added $431 million in wealth to US workers, per a study by the Center for Global Development and the University of Michigan. Total IT output from both countries increased by 0.45% in 2010, the study said.

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Bloomberg
8/8/2017

Velodyne Lidar said it has appointed Robert Brown as chief financial officer as the company looks to boost its development of 3D LIDAR sensors for autonomous vehicles, hoping to manufacture 1 million LIDAR products annually, starting next year. Brown has more than two decades of experience in finance positions at technology companies, including LSI Corp. and GetThere.

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Bloomberg