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July 27, 2019, 6:05 PM

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Drew FitzGerald / Wall Street Journal:
Inside the complex negotiations over the deal that is about to transform Dish into the fourth national wireless carrier in the US  —  Charlie Ergen, the poker-playing billionaire who co-founded Dish Network, has been hoarding airwaves for years.  Now the U.S. government is handing him the cards he needs to make his play.
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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
DOJ approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger; Dish will acquire Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Sprint's prepaid business, and “certain” spectrum assets as part of the deal  —  After over a year of waiting in regulatory limbo  —  The United States Justice Department has approved …
Micah Singleton / Billboard:
Profile of Oliver Schusser, who spent 15 years at Apple building iTunes' worldwide operations from the ground up and took charge of Apple Music 15 months ago  —  “You hear Tim talk a lot about humanity — how we're at the crossroads between the liberal arts and technology," says Oliver Schusser.
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
How both sides in Hong Kong's protests use facial recognition as a weapon, with police using it for repression, and protesters using it to doxx police officers  —  A technology-driven quest to identify protesters and police officers has people in both groups desperate to protect their anonymity.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Interview with Facebook's ex-CSO Alex Stamos about the Stanford Internet Observatory, funded in-part by $5M from Craig Newmark, for monitoring online abuse  —  Alex Stamos' Stanford-based project will try to persuade tech firms to offer academics access to massive troves of user data.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is rolling out a new chat-based Cortana UI for Windows 10 as a beta to Windows Insiders in the US, with support for text and voice queries  —  It's more conversational than before  —  Microsoft is tweaking how Cortana works in Windows 10.  While the digital assistant might …
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
A developer based in Crimea and one based in Iran say that GitHub has “restricted” their accounts “due to US trade controls”  —  If you use GitHub's online services in a country facing US sanctions, you could be about to be kicked off all but the most basic offerings.

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