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Google just showed us the Pixel 4 months before it will launch

Google just unveiled the Pixel 4 - a phone that won't launch probably until October - on the official Made by Google Twitter account today, June 12th. Given the design of the phone leaked just two days ago, it seems Google decided it wasn't worth hiding anymore and just posted about it on Twitter, which is a pretty crazy awesome thing to do.

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[Update x3: Official Huawei/Honor statement] Future Huawei phones reportedly won't have access to Google services, including the Play Store

Last week, the United States added Huawei to its 'Entity List', meaning US companies can't do business with Huawei without explicit government approval. A report from Reuters claims Google is ceasing most partnerships with Huawei, and future phones from the company won't have access to the Play Store and other services.

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Facebook working on unified, encrypted backend for Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, also considering cross-platform chat

According to a report in the New York Times, Facebook is in the early stages of merging the backend of its three popular messaging apps. WhatsApp and Instagram — both acquired by Facebook after independent success — and the separated Messenger app will share the same infrastructure by the end of 2019 or early next year.

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Google confirms Allo will shut down, Hangouts Chat and Meet coming to non-corporate users

There has been a whirlwind of rumors around Google's messaging strategy over the past few days. First we heard that Hangouts might be shutting down, with a Google product lead refuting the claims, then a report came out that Allo is also shutting down. Google has now published a blog post to set the record straight, and it seems the rumors were mostly true.

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Fortnite for Android now works on non-Samsung devices, but you may still need to wait [Download]

The sensation that is Fortnite landed on Android just two days ago, but it was set to be a Samsung exclusive for a "few days." That nebulously defined period is now over, and the application now runs on non-Samsung devices, but there is a catch: You still can't actually play it unless you got an invite.

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ZTE agrees to $1 billion fines, replaces board of directors, to continue US operations

After the U.S. Department of Commerce banned ZTE from importing US-made components, due to the company violating an agreement it made in 2017, ZTE shut down most operations while it fought to lift the ban. Earlier this month, Trump announced he wanted to help ZTE, as part of negotiating a trade deal with China.

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T-Mobile and Sprint officially announce merger

After years of on and off discussions, it's finally happening: T-Mobile and Sprint are merging. The two companies have released official statements, confirming the merger will finally happen and how it will work. The merger will be an all-stock transaction, with Sprint valued at $59 billion and T-Mobile at $146 billion.

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Google permanently removes top touch functionality on Home Mini

Yesterday, Artem shared his personal experience with the Google Home Mini, and how his unit began recording audio at random intervals. This was due to a hardware flaw, where the Mini believed that the top touch button was being pressed, which then prompted it to start listening for voice commands and sending the audio to Google's servers. Google quickly disabled the top button via a software update while it worked on a possible solution.

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[Update: T-Mobile confirms] T-Mobile is in process of issuing an internal stop sale order for Galaxy Note7

According to a source familiar with the company's plans, T-Mobile executive and retail lead Jon Freier is communicating to the company's stores that a stop sale order for the Galaxy Note7 has been issued, effective immediately. T-Mobile stores will not be allowed to swap defective units for replacement, and will no longer sell the alleged "safe" version of the Note7. Store employees are being directed not to fulfill customer requests to purchase the phone unless they were actively occurring during the receipt of the stop order.

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AT&T is the first US operator to halt all sales of the "safe" Galaxy Note7

AT&T, speaking to The Verge, has confirmed the US's second-largest mobile operator will no longer sell the Galaxy Note7 smartphone because of recent incidents with units catching fire (i.e., on planes). AT&T did not provide any window as to when or if sales might resume, but you can probably assume the halt is indefinite, contingent upon the result of Samsung and various agencies' investigations. Bloomberg reported AT&T was considering the move on Friday.

AT&T will no longer provide "safe" replacements to owners of the original defective Note7, either. Customers coming in with a Note7 eligible for the first recall will have to choose another device.

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