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Carmakers want Silicon Valley’s tech without its patent wars

As automakers turn their vehicles into app-laden computers on wheels, there’s one habit they don’t want to acquire from Silicon Valley: fighting over patents in court.

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US wireless carriers on mute as Supreme Court hears big privacy case

The US Supreme Court is set to consider a major cellphone privacy case later this month, but leading players in the wireless industry that is at the centre of the closely watched dispute are keeping their distance.

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SoftBank, Deutsche Telekom hit wall in Sprint, T-Mobile talks

NEW YORK: SoftBank Group Corp and Deutsche Telekom AG have reached an impasse in their talks to merge Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc, sources said, sending shares in the Japanese Internet giant sliding.

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Bharti Airtel gets Tata's 40 million users in deal

MUMBAI: Bharti Airtel Ltd surged the most since in five months after it announced that it had agreed to absorb Tata Group’s mobile-phone business in the latest among mergers shaking up one of the world’s most crowded wireless markets.

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Apple urged to activate iPhone’s FM radio chip after hurricanes

For 19 nonstop hours as Hurricane Irma lashed Florida, disc jockey Nio Fernandez broadcast updates in Spanish from the 92.5 Maxima radio studios in St Petersburg, fielding updates from those trapped in their homes as wind and rain whipped through the area.

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Puerto Ricans drive around for phone signals a week after storm

Wireless carriers in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are still struggling to get repairs underway and restore service a week after Hurricane Maria tore through the Caribbean, hampered by supply shortages, closed roads and widespread power failures.

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New iPhone tests a wireless industry scarred by price wars

A new iPhone means another opportunity for America’s wireless companies to engage in a knock-down, drag-out price war – if the carriers still have the stomach for it.

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Dish, Amazon chiefs discuss wireless partnership: WSJ

Dish Network Corp Chief Executive Charlie Ergen and Amazon.com Inc head Jeff Bezos have discussed a partnership to enter the wireless business.

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Sprint offers one-year free unlimited service aimed at Verizon users

Sprint Corp is offering free unlimited data, talk and text for a year in an aggressive promotion aimed at Verizon customers in an oversaturated US wireless market.

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Apple’s new iPhones said to miss out on higher-speed data links

Verizon Corp, AT&T Inc and the rest of the US wireless industry have a big boast for this year’s crop of smartphones: thanks to network upgrades, devices will be able to download as much as a gigabit of data in a single second – speeds 100 times faster than before.