Consumer Electronics
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6/20/2018

T-Mobile reports that its proposed merger with Sprint would allow the companies to build a unified 5G network, which would permit T-Mobile to offer another inexpensive broadband option to consumers, per an FCC filing. T-Mobile reports that it would invest around $40 billion in the new 5G network and that its efforts would result in a 55% decrease in the price of data per gigabyte.

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T-Mobile, Sprint, FCC
6/20/2018

Google sees its widespread Android operating system as key to its ambitions for a new podcast app Google says can double the global podcast audience over the next two years. The app will do so by alerting users to relevant podcasts as well as article and video results when they perform a topic search.

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USA Today
6/20/2018

Yahoo Mail is freshening up and growing a new app tailored to Android Go and a redesigned dashboard for smartphone web browsers. The dashboard in particular is seen as a major play for the email service on mobile devices.

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VentureBeat, Engadget
6/20/2018

Snapchat Discover is adding a video genre with a new hosted docu-series. The first is set for a September debut and will accompany new options for viewer interactions, including group viewing.

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Engadget
6/20/2018

Instagram is expected to unveil its video platform, IGTV, which will allow users to post videos up to 60 minutes in length, much longer than the previous cap of 60 seconds. The new feature is aimed at publishing content from online celebrities and influencers instead of at promoting episodic television shows.

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TechCrunch
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Instagram
6/20/2018

Google has rolled out Google Podcasts for Android, which will act as an activator for the existing podcasts framework in the Google app. The app also syncs listening across devices.

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Forbes, USA Today
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Google
6/20/2018

Researchers are working on an augmented reality system that allows users to watch sporting events in 3D. There are a few kinks in the system to do with visibility and watchability, though researchers hope to iron them out before presenting the system at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Salt Lake City.

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TechCrunch
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Soccer
6/20/2018

PayPal will be focusing more on payments in online marketplaces and gig work with its planned acquisition of Hyperwallet. Hyperwallet specializes in linking cash networks, card plans and mobile money services with ACH networks globally.

6/20/2018

Twitch users now have the option of adding as many as three video overlays for their channels as well as a choice of three below-player extensions. The add-ons are available through the Extensions Manager.

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Engadget
6/19/2018

GameStop has received buyout interest from private-equity firms, including Sycamore Partners, and is in talks about potential deals, sources said. The retailer has carved out a niche in used games, but it's struggling to boost sales as more gaming shifts to online streaming.

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Reuters
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Sycamore Partners, GameStop