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BlackBerry’s no-phone business model isn’t working out as planned

Enlarge / Hardly anyone is buying these. (credit: Crackberry ) BlackBerry Ltd, the company that once led the world’s “smartphone” market and ruled the corporate mobile e-mail world, posted its financials today for the most recent three months, and they were not pretty. Software and professional services sales were down by 4.7 percent, totaling $101…

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Low-latency satellite broadband gets approval to serve US residents

(credit: OneWeb ) A company seeking to offer low-latency broadband from satellites yesterday received a key approval  from the Federal Communications Commission. “Over a year ago, OneWeb was the first company to seek approval to enter the US market with a system of high-capacity satellites that orbit closer to Earth than any satellite has ever…

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Comcast accused of cutting competitor’s wires to put it out of business

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | BackyardProduction) A tiny Internet service provider has sued Comcast, alleging that the cable giant and its hired contractors cut the smaller company’s wires in order to take over its customer base. Telecom Cable LLC had “229 satisfied customers” in Weston Lakes and Corrigan, Texas when Comcast and its contractors sabotaged its network, the…

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Apple may want to lower record label payout from Apple Music

Apple Music on iOS 10, with Senior VP Eddy Cue. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Changes may be coming to Apple Music, but for record labels rather than subscribers. According to a Bloomberg report , Apple may be looking to reduce how much it pays to record labels whose music populates the company’s music-streaming service. Labels’ deals with Apple expire…

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Utility that says Comcast didn’t pay bills threatens to pull wires off poles

Enlarge / A Comcast service vehicle. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images ) An electric utility in Tennessee has accused Comcast of not paying its bills for three years. The utility says it will start removing Comcast wires from utility poles next week unless the cable company pays up. In a notice on its website , the…

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Democrats urge Trump administration to block AT&T/Time Warner merger

Enlarge / AT&T will own a bunch of new media properties if it is allowed to buy Time Warner. (credit: Aurich Lawson ) A group of mostly Democratic senators led by Al Franken (D-Minn.) today urged the Department of Justice to block AT&T’s proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc. The senators’ letter to Attorney…

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California may restore broadband privacy rules killed by Congress and Trump

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | KrulUA) A proposed law in California would require Internet service providers to obtain customers’ permission before they use, share, or sell the customers’ Web browsing history. The California Broadband Internet Privacy Act, a bill introduced by Assembly member Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) on Monday, is very similar to an Obama-era privacy…

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Swift creator leaves Tesla as a computer vision expert joins the company

Enlarge (credit: Scott Olson | Getty Images) On Tuesday, Tesla’s vice president of Autopilot software Chris Lattner announced that he would be leaving Tesla just six months after he joined. Lattner wrote on Twitter : “Turns out that Tesla isn’t a good fit for me after all. I’m interested to hear about interesting roles for…

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns after pressure from investors

Enlarge (credit: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images) Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned effective immediately, following an indefinite leave of absence  that was announced just last week. Kalanick said that the leave of absence was to grieve for the recent death of his mother. The New York Times reported that five of Uber’s major investors had called for…