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4/16/2018

Alexa and other voice assistants can change internet exploration for people who have visual impairments, Ian Bogost writes. Bogost, whose father has been legally blind since age 18, details the value of these devices for people with disabilities, noting that they offer hands-free operation and new accessibility for individuals with limited dexterity or mobility.

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The Atlantic
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4/12/2018

Federal regulators are said to have reservations about allowing Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy Tribune Media's TV stations, per a report that cites Sinclair's plans to sell two Tribune stations to meet Federal Communications Commission ownership rules. The buyers of those stations both have close ties to Sinclair Executive Chairman David Smith.

4/12/2018

Apple this week unveiled Product RED versions of its iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in support of its charitable efforts to combat AIDS in Africa. New to the product line are red-colored glass as part of the rear design, as well as black bezels. All major carriers will start selling the phone on Friday.

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The Verge, VentureBeat
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Red, Apple, AIDS
4/12/2018

Passage of a federal spending bill will allow the government to fund more rural broadband projects, said Steve Censky, US deputy secretary of agriculture. Competitive Carriers Association President Steven Berry called for innovative approaches to solve rural broadband issues.

4/12/2018

Flat Wireless will stop operating its small-market wireless network in favor of becoming a Boost Mobile dealer. CEO Kevin Beierschmitt cited difficult competition in the prepaid space for its ClearTalk brand across its California, Texas and Arizona footprint.

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4/10/2018

Best Buy, Sears and Delta have told customers that some of their information may have been compromised in a data breach that happened between Sept. 27 and Oct. 12, 2017. The breach was reported to the companies by [24]7.ai, which provides online and mobile chat services.

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CNNMoney
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Best Buy, Sears, Delta
4/5/2018

Staymobile has named former SF Cellular CEO Robert Lennox as its executive vice president of operations -- a newly created role -- to help meet growth demands of the wireless device repair company. In addition, Armando Alvarez was selected to become executive vice president of retail sales and marketing.

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PR Newswire
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Staymobile
4/5/2018

Entrepreneur has ranked uBreakiFix as the top new franchise for 2018, and the company is No. 18 overall on Entrepreneur's Franchise 500. It recently opened locations in Toronto and in Culver City, Calif.

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uBreakiFix
4/5/2018

The Federal Communications Commission will let stand Verizon Wireless' application to transfer millimeter wave licenses from Straight Path Communications to the wireless company. Competitive Carriers Association had argued that the deal would shut smaller carriers out of 5G markets.

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FierceWireless
4/5/2018

The state of Mississippi, which awarded C Spire a $120 million contract to provide voice and wireline services, is now reconsidering the deal after AT&T protested even though the regional carrier submitted the low bid by $30 million, C Spire CEO Hu Meena said.

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C Spire, Hu Meena, AT&T