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FCC likely to start enforcement against robotexters, foreign robocallers as early as next month

FCC likely to start enforcement against robotexters, foreign robocallers as early as next month

The FCC now has rules in place to compel wireless carriers to start blocking domestic robocallers on a systematic basis. Next up, chairman Ajit Pai is gearing up to tackle number spoofers, robotexting, and foreign robocallers by proposing new rules that will be voted on and, likely, enacted at the commission's August open meeting.

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[Update: FedEx responds] FedEx is apparently refusing to even ship Huawei phones to the US

[Update: FedEx responds] FedEx is apparently refusing to even ship Huawei phones to the US

The hits keep on coming for Huawei. After the announcement of a US technology export ban, numerous Huawei suppliers and partners around the world have ended relationships with the company. Now, you might not even be able to ship a Huawei phone reliably. PCMag tried to mail a P30 Pro from the UK to the US, and it was returned to sender because of the ongoing legal drama.

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Huawei says it will update 17 phones to Android Q, ban or no ban

Huawei says it will update 17 phones to Android Q, ban or no ban

Things look grim for Huawei as the US export ban threatens to cut the company off from the technology and services it needs to survive. One of its chief concerns is the very real possibility that it could lose access to Google services and Android updates. Still, Huawei remains confident with a pledge to update 17 phones to Android Q according to its new "Huawei Answers" site.

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Google is lobbying for Android exemption from the Huawei ban

Google is lobbying for Android exemption from the Huawei ban

Huawei has struggled to gain traction in the US market for the last few years, but things went from bad to worse a few weeks back when the US Commerce Department announced a ban on technology exports to the Chinese firm. Google fell in line, severing business ties with Huawei along with countless other US companies. That could cut Huawei off from Android updates. However, the Financial Times reports that Google is working hard behind the scenes to secure a government exemption for Android.

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Senate passes anti-robocalling bill as FCC prepares to vote on new rules next month

Senate passes anti-robocalling bill as FCC prepares to vote on new rules next month

The FCC is expected to vote on new rules against robocalling during its next open meeting on June 6. In the lead-up to that decision, the Senate has taken up one of its own to lay out the groundwork for how the FCC will carry out its intentions. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act passed yesterday by a vote of 97-1.

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T-Mobile-Sprint merger deadline pushed to July 29 as Justice Department still in deliberation

T-Mobile-Sprint merger deadline pushed to July 29 as Justice Department still in deliberation

While T-Mobile and Sprint have already worked out how the merger of their two companies will work, they're still waiting on approval from various government entities including the United States Justice Department and FCC. Now the companies are extending the deadline for their merger, as deliberations continue with federal officials.

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Department of Justice reportedly opposes current proposal for T-Mobile-Sprint merger [Update]

Department of Justice reportedly opposes current proposal for T-Mobile-Sprint merger [Update]

T-Mobile has been using every possible opportunity to talk up its plans to acquire Sprint, hoping to amass enough support to push the deal through. It's not a matter of public sentiment, though. The fate of the deal rests with government regulators, and the US Department of Justice has reportedly told the carriers it is unlikely to approve the $26B deal.

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FTC announces task force to monitor competition in big tech

FTC announces task force to monitor competition in big tech

Our online lives are increasingly dominated by a small number of large technology firms, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is feeling pressure to put those companies under the microscope. Screw-ups like Google's Nest Secure microphone and Facebook's... well, everything... have only added to the urgency. The agency has announced the formation of a task force that will examine how the likes of Google and Facebook do business, including scrutinizing mergers.

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ZTE's first US carrier launch since the export ban is a $99 phone on low-cost carrier 'Visible'

ZTE's first US carrier launch since the export ban is a $99 phone on low-cost carrier 'Visible'

ZTE had a pretty rough 2018 thanks to the US Commerce Department's decision to enforce a suspended export ban against the company. That cut ZTE off from its US-based suppliers, resulting in an almost total shutdown. ZTE agreed to additional corporate changes and paid a new fine to get back in business, but it hasn't launched any new phones on carriers in the US until now. It's first post-shutdown carrier phone isn't exactly a showstopper, but you can get a new ZTE device right now on the Visible.

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Japan reportedly planning to boycott Huawei and ZTE equipment for government use

Japan reportedly planning to boycott Huawei and ZTE equipment for government use

Chinese technology companies have faced numerous difficulties overseas this year owing to a lack of trust, particularly in the US where Huawei's proposed carrier deals with AT&T and Verizon fell through due to political pressure and ZTE was forced to pay huge fines and sack board members to resume trading. US government agencies were then banned from using technology made by either firm, and it looks like Japan may be following suit with similar sanctions.

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