T-Mobile snags $8 billion of wireless network spectrum for future infrastructure improvements

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, News, wireless

It never hurts to prepare for the future.

T-Mobile recently won an FCC wireless auction for a portion of the wireless airwave spectrum, thereby spending $8 billion to expand its network. The carrier acquired over 1,500 wireless licenses in the 600MHz range. Signals within the 600MHz can travel longer distance and are generally considered high quality—the kind of high quality that would put T-Mobile on par with AT&T and Verizon.

Right now, the 600MHz spectrum is used by television broadcasters, and it won’t clear until early 2020 or so. The company says some of its new spectrum will be usable though, by T-Mobile as well as its subsidiary MetroPCS.

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AT&T announces acquisition of Straight Path for $1.25 billion, works to expand future 5G networks

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, 05:58
Category: Finance, iPhone, News, wireless

It never hurts to buy the bandwidth you need in advance.

AT&T on Monday announced that it will acquire Straight Path Communications, a company that holds licenses to airwaves needed for the next-generation network technology. AT&T announced the deal in a press release, noting that it is worth $1.6 billion in total.

Straight Path Communications is one of the largest holders of the 28GHz and 39GHz millimeter wave spectrum used by wireless carriers. It also holds the mmWave licenses in the 39 GHz band and 133 licenses in the 28 GHz band, which 5G technology is heavily reliant upon.

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Justice Department files charges against Russian hackers following Yahoo email breaches

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Hack, News, security

They found the people who hacked into more than half a billion Yahoo email accounts.

The Justice Department announced charges Wednesday against two Russian spies and two hackers behind the infamous 2014 hacks, which have been identified as among the most significant digital security breaks in American history.

The four men together face 47 criminal charges, including conspiracy, computer fraud, economic espionage, theft of trade secrets and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department said in a news release.

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Yahoo discloses third data breach in six months

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Date: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, 05:39
Category: Hack, News, security

The hits just keep on coming.

Yahoo today revealed a third major hack, wherein some 32 million accounts have been accessed by intruders over the past two years. These accounts are in addition to the accounts affected by the two data breaches the company had previously disclosed.

The accounts were apparently compromised via forged cookie files. Yahoo has stated that the accounts were accessed by the “same state-sponsored actor beloved to be responsible for the 2014 hack.” The 2014 hack was the one that affected at least 500 million accounts.

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Verizon settles on $4.48 billion purchase price for Yahoo’s core assets following email hacks

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Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, 05:01
Category: Finance, Hack, Legal, News, wireless

Verizon was able to save even more money following Yahoo’s email hacks.

The telecommunications company announced a deal to buy the core business of Yahoo for $4.48 billion —managing to secure a $350 million discount it was pursuing because of two major security breaches, the last of which affected over 1 billion accounts.

The deal states that both Yahoo and Verizon will share some liabilities following the 2013 and 2014 hacks. The companies will split cash liabilities linked to some lawsuits and government investigations, but Yahoo alone will be saddled with some liabilities from shareholder lawsuits and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.

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Yahoo sale price discounted by $250 million in wake of hacks

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Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Finance, Hack, News

You pay less if the item you’re buying has a couple of dings on it.

Verizon is apparently close to purchasing Yahoo’s Internet properties for roughly $4.8 billion, a price that includes a $250 million discount after the revelation of security breaches at the web company.

Sources close to the store cited the discounted price as well as Yahoo’s possibly being renamed “Altaba Inc.”. An announcement of the new agreement could come in a matter of days or weeks, said the sources. The revised agreement isn’t final and could still change.

Yahoo said in December that cyberthieves in 2013 siphoned information including users’ e-mail addresses, scrambled account passwords and dates of birth. The stolen data may allow criminals to go after more sensitive personal information elsewhere online. The announcement followed news in September of a 2014 breach that affected at least 500 million customer accounts.

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Yahoo to transition name to “Altaba”, Mayer to step down as CEO following Verizon acquisition

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, 05:43
Category: News, Software

It’s the end of an era.

Yahoo, which is currently in the midst of an acquisition by Verizon and following a pair of data breaches that exposed the information of over 1 billion customers, revealed via a new regulatory document filed today shows that Verizon’s acquisition of the company is moving closer to completion. Following the acquisition, Yahoo will change its name to Altaba and Marissa Mayer will step down.

Verizon has agreed to purchase Yahoo’s assets and real estate for $4.8 billion as of last July. Following that acquisition, Yahoo’s investments in Alibaba Group and Yahoo Japan will remain, as will convertible notes and non-core patents. It’s those remaining parts that will operate as “Altaba”.

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Apple now selling SIM-free iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units via U.S. online store

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Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016, 05:14
Category: iPhone, News, retail, wireless

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Following tradition, Apple is now offering a SIM-free version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handset via its online store in the United States.

The SIM-free option allows customers to buy an unlocked iPhone without choosing a carrier.

SIM-free versions of the iPhone 7 Plus in all capacities list shipping estimates of three to four weeks, with the exception of the Jet Black SIM-free iPhone 7 Plus, which lists a shipping estimate of six to eight weeks.

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AT&T stops selling Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after reports of fires caused by replacement units

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Date: Monday, October 10th, 2016, 05:54
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung, wireless

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Even after the recalls and apologies, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle continues, even after supposedly safe replacement units were issued.

This time, wireless carrier AT&T announces that it is discontinuing all sales and exchanges of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones following a number of fires caused by supposedly “safe” phones that had been replaced under recall.

“Based on recent reports, we’re no longer exchanging new Note 7s at this time, pending further investigation of these reported incidents,” said an AT&T spokesperson. “We still encourage customers with a recalled Note 7 to visit an AT&T location to exchange that device for another Samsung smartphone or other smartphone of their choice.”

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Some iPhone users encountering Activation Lock error upon entering wrong Apple ID email address

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Date: Thursday, October 6th, 2016, 05:36
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, security, Software

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It appears that inputting the wrong Apple ID email address could lead to an Activation Lock with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and some iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.

A number of users have stated that, after entering the wrong Apple ID email address, they cannot sign in and are therefore unable to proceed with setting up the iPhone. The issue has primarily affected new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models upon being turned on for the first time, and iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models upon being restored to default settings, although older models appear to be affected to a lesser extent.

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