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4/19/2019

Federal authorities are looking into a malware attack that took The Weather Channel's live broadcast of "AMHQ: America's Morning Headquarters" off the air Thursday morning at about 6 a.m. Eastern time, the network said. TWC aired "Heavy Rescue: 401" instead, until the network recovered at around 8 a.m.

4/19/2019

John Legere, chief executive officer of T-Mobile, reportedly has met with Justice Department officials in an attempt to convince them to approve the carrier's merger with Sprint. Sprint told the government that its financial picture was more troubled than previously portrayed, noting in a filing that gains in postpaid subscribers were driven largely by existing customers.

4/19/2019

The entire Robert Mueller investigation report, albeit much of it redacted, was released on Thursday, and a wide range of people weighed in on its implications. News anchors on major stations read the report live, while grappling with legal terminology and occasional profanity, and celebrities such as Stephen Colbert commented on Twitter.

4/19/2019

Pete Buttigieg has taken the lead among Democratic candidates as far as news coverage is concerned, taking the place of Beto O'Rourke in journalistic favor. Politico's Jack Shafer attributes the switch to media's enthusiasm for novelty, as well as reporters' ability to identify with "Mayor Pete."

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4/19/2019

Chet Coppock, a pioneer sportcaster on radio and television, passed away at 70 due to injuries from a car accident. His accomplishments include managing the Milwaukee Bucks radio network, publishing several books and entering the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, where he received the Jack Brickhouse Lifetime Achievement Award.

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4/19/2019

Forbes magazine has put Altice USA on this year's list of the top 500 employers with workforces of at least 5,000, after conducting a survey of roughly 50,000 people. The publication ranked companies in such areas as image, benefits, communications and the workplace.

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4/19/2019

Zone TV, which had previously marketed its content solely to multichannel TV providers, will begin selling its over-the-top service directly to consumers. The company has bundled 13 channels, one of which is curated partly by artificial intelligence, into its Zoneify lineup.

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4/19/2019

The Federal Communications Commission issued a warning to companies that make or market set-top boxes that fail to meet the agency's certification requirements, saying they could face fines nearing $20,000 a day. The organization's Enforcement Bureau had previously pointed to a rise in distribution of the illegal devices.

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4/19/2019

Verizon Media touted the opening of a 5G production studio in Los Angeles, in tandem with in-house innovation and content lab RYOT, calling the facility the first of its kind in the US. The company said it wants to create content at the cutting edge of technology, and will partner with third-party content creators.

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4/19/2019

A nationwide mobile banking platform is now available from T-Mobile, following a trial the company launched in November in cooperation with a Customers Bank unit. T-Mobile Money will offer a number of mobile banking services, including a 4% yield on limited balances, check-writing, deposits, bill paying, transfers and person-to-person payments.

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