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Justin Bieber’s deodorant deal, and Apple’s Cannes Lions honor: Tuesday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device; sign up here. What people are talking about today Justin Bieber already launched a perfume and a fashion label. What’s left? His own deodorant. The singer is partnering with Unilever’s Schmidt’s Naturals brand on a deodorant called “Here + Now,” as Ad Age’s Jack Neff writes. There’s no word on what it might smell like, leavin...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, China, Advertising, Unilever, Brooke Shields, Justin Bieber, Federal Communications Commission, Tencent, Ikea, Kate Moss, Leonardo Dicaprio, Fox News, Calvin Klein, Chrissy Teigen, Department Of Justice


T-Mobile's deal for Sprint gets big boost from FCC commission

T-Mobile US Inc's $26 billion acquisition of rival Sprint Corp appeared to win the support of a majority of the Federal Communications Commission on Monday, in a significant step toward the deal's approval. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, came out in favour of the combination after the companies offered concessions, including selling Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid cell service, as did FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, a Republican. The five-member panel's third Republican, Mike O'Rielly, sai...
Tags: News, Fcc, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, Sprint Corp, Ajit Pai, T Mobile US Inc, Mike O Rielly, Brendan Carr


Elon Musk has a 2027 deadline to surround Earth with high-speed Starlink internet satellites — but the service would work far sooner than that

SpaceX   plans is about to launch its first Starlink internet satellites. Starlink could bring cheap, fast   internet   to remote areas as well as moving vehicles like airplanes, ships, and cars. It would also make international teleconferencing and online gaming nearly lag-free. The plan calls for launching nearly 12,000 satellites into orbit, but Elon Musk said a fraction of that would be required to start selling service.  According to Musk, initial service may be up and running in about a ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Fcc, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Federal Communications Commission, Musk, Falcon, StarLink, Starlink Musk


AT&T says it was perfectly legal to sell user location data, but stopped anyway

AT&T came under fire in the last year or so -- as did rival carriers Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile -- when press reports surfaced about the practice of carriers selling location data about its users. The Federal Communications Commission opened an investigation, and the carriers promised to drop the practice.Meanwhile, a new letter made public from AT&T actually defends the behavior it got called to the carpet on, saying the company stayed within legal bounds -- but that, fine, we went ahead and ...
Tags: News, Fcc, Federal Communications Commission, AT T, AT amp, Jessica Rosenworcel, Sprint Verizon and T Mobile


Elon Musk just revealed new details about Starlink, a plan to surround Earth with 12,000 high-speed internet satellites. Here's how it might work.

Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX plans to launch 60 internet-providing satellites on Thursday evening. The plan for Starlink, as the project is called, is to put a network of nearly 12,000 internet satellites in orbit, which could move internet data about 50% faster than existing fiber-optic cables. Starlink could bring cheap, fast internet to remote areas, airplanes, ships, and cars, plus make international teleconferencing and online gaming nearly lag-free. Financial institutions would also...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, London, Fcc, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Alaska, Federal Communications Commission, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Musk, Falcon, University College London


5G likely to mess with weather forecasts, but FCC auctions spectrum anyway (ars technica)

Enlarge / A weather satellite in orbit. (credit: Getty Images | Erik Simonsen) A US Navy memo warns that 5G mobile networks are likely to interfere with weather satellites, and senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission to avoid issuing new spectrum licenses to wireless carriers until changes are made to prevent harms to weather forecasting. The FCC has already begun an auction of 24GHz spectrum that would be used in 5G networks. But Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Maria Cantwell (...
Tags: News, Fcc, US, Federal Communications Commission, Wyden, US Navy, NASA NOAA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA, Cantwell, Jon Brodkin, Ajit Pai, Maria Cantwell D Wash, Sens Ron Wyden, American Meteorological Society AMS, Erik Simonsen


Ajit Pai Warned Lying to Congress Is Bad

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has been strongly urged by a Democratic lawmaker to make corrections to statements he made during a contentious oversight hearing on Wednesday while raising the possibility that he intentionally lied.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Congress, Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai


Ajit Pai Warned Lying to Congress 'Is a Federal Crime,' Asked to Correct Testimony

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has been strongly urged by a Democratic lawmaker to make corrections to statements he made during a contentious oversight hearing on Wednesday while raising the possibility that he intentionally lied.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Congress, Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai


Daily News Roundup: Google Kills the Project to Bring Windows to Chromebooks

Late last year, details surfaced about a new project Google was working on to bring Windows to some Chromebooks. As of now, however, it looks like that’s never going to happen—the project is deprecated. Known as Project Campfire (or “AltOS” in the source code), the goal was to bring a dual-boot setup with Windows to select Chromebooks. As far as we know, it was in testing on the Pixelbook but would have likely shown up on other high-powered Chromebooks as well. When news about Campfire first dr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Crafts, Instagram, Fcc, Samsung, Federal Communications Commission, Nintendo, Chromebooks, Engadget, University of Washington, Kotaku, Pixelbook, Bluetooth USB Google, Yonhap Samsung, Gizmodo -RSB- Instagram


Trump declares national emergency to protect U.S. networks from foreign espionage

President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to “deal with the threat posed by the unrestricted acquisition or use in the United States of information and communications technology… supplied by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of foreign adversaries.” Reports that the President would sign the executive order were circulating last night, and, as reported, it’s clear that China is the main target for U.S. concerns — even as the two nations co...
Tags: TC, Fcc, China, US, Tech, Canada, United States, Commerce, House, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Huawei, ZTE, Trump, U S Justice Department, Ren Zhengfei


Cocaine missing from evidence prompts indictment of two veteran police officers, 4 others; rural broadband coming to Hawaii; Honolulu council overrides property tax veto; bird poop threatens rail workers, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Hawaii police on parade ©2019 All Hawaii News Two retired police officers charged with drugs, conspiracy offenses. Two separate indictments were filed Monday against two retired police officers, each with more than 20 years of service. West Hawaii Today.A grand jury has indicted two retired Hawaii Police Department officers in a case involving stolen drug evidence, according to court records. Associated Press.Two retired Big Island police officers indicted for gambling, drug-rel...
Tags: Travel, Fcc, Navy, Hawaii, Federal Communications Commission, Las Vegas, Kilauea, Lihue, Waikiki, Maui, Josh Green, Honolulu, Board of Regents, West Hawaii, Oahu, Samoa


Feds set to crack down on robocalls, let carriers block spammers by default

New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S. The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that it will vote in June on whether to let wireless carriers block spam calls by default, which should mean that more spam calls are blocked....
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Robocalls could be blocked by phone companies under proposed rules, FCC chairman says

The Federal Communications Commission will consider rules that would let phone companies automatically block unwanted robocalls, Ajit Pail says            [Author: USA TODAY]
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SpaceX is launching 60 Starlink satellites tonight as part of a global high-speed internet gambit — watch the rocket launch live

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, plans to launch 60 of its first of 12,000 internet-providing Starlink satellites on Wednesday night. Starlink may cover much of Earth in high-speed, low-lag internet access, even before it's complete. If the weather cooperates, the spacecraft will launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket between 10:30 p.m. and midnight ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX plans to broadcast live video of the launch starting 15 minutes before lift-off of the rocket. ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Congress, Youtube, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Federal Communications Commission, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, US Air Force, Musk, Falcon, University College London, Cape Canaveral Florida, Gwynne Shotwell


Feds set to unleash robocall crackdown, allow carriers to block spammers

New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S. The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that it will vote in June on whether to let carriers block spam calls by default, which should mean that more spam calls are blocked. Right...
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The FCC Wants Carriers to Start Automatically Blocking Robocalls for Free

It’s no secret that the Federal Communications Commission is fed up with robocalls—them, and everyone else with a phone. The latest salvo in the war on robocalls? Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai put forth a proposal that would let carriers block unwanted robocalls by default. Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Spam, Federal Communications Commission, Robocalls, Ajit Pai, Robocall Hell, FCC Wants Carriers


Native American tribes need better internet access. This one weird spectrum might do the trick.

Marginalized Native American communities throughout the United States could have better access to high-speed internet if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decides to allow tribes to use the Educational Broadband Services (EBS) spectrum for services like telemedicine, transmitting medical records electronically, or an online high school. The FCC says it has granted 2,190 EBS spectrum licenses, each of which cover a roughly 35-mile radius, and those licenses have been granted to 1,300...
Tags: Post, Business, Technology, News, Fcc, Tech, US news, Broadband, Policy, United States, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, Native Americans, Associated Press, Felicia Fonseca, Federal Communications Commission FCC


Phone companies get to block robocalls if this proposed FCC rule happens

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a new rule to allow carriers to block robocalls. “The American people are fed up with illegal robocalls,” he said. He's right. And no, it's not your imagination — robocalls really are getting so much worse, with more than 48 billion robocalls placed in the US in 2018. The FCC Do-Not-Call list does nothing to help. From Makena Kelly at The Verge: On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced a new measure that wou...
Tags: Post, Technology, News, Fcc, US, Telecommunications, Federal Communications Commission, Telecoms, Robocalls, U S Federal Communications Commission, T Mobile, AT T Verizon, Ajit Pai, Picks, Makena Kelly


FCC to propose rules allowing automatic robocall blocking

The Federal Communications Commission unveiled a proposal Wednesday to limit the scourge of unwanted robocalls, a measure that would give phone companies wide latitude to block those calls by default.
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Proposal would limit unwanted robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission unveiled a proposal Wednesday to limit the scourge of unwanted robocalls, a measure that would give phone companies wide latitude to block those calls by default.
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FCC Announces Action and Legal Framework To Fight Robocalls

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a ruling Wednesday that would combat robocalls that spoof legitimate, in-service numbers and provide legal framework for phone carriers to carry out the action. From a report: The declaratory ruling will be voted on and, assuming it passes, be adopted by June 6, per the FCC. If enacted: Phone companies would be allowed to block calls for consumers by default. Consumers could "white list" their contacts and opt-in to only receive calls ...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai


5G Networks Will Likely Interfere With US Weather Satellites, Navy Warns

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A U.S. Navy memo warns that 5G mobile networks are likely to interfere with weather satellites, and senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission to avoid issuing new spectrum licenses to wireless carriers until changes are made to prevent harms to weather forecasting. The FCC has already begun an auction of 24GHz spectrum that would be used in 5G networks. But Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) today wrote a l...
Tags: Fcc, Navy, US, Tech, Nasa, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Marine Corps, Noaa, Wyden, National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA, Cantwell, U S Naval Observatory, Ajit Pai, Maria Cantwell D Wash, Sens Ron Wyden


Graham, Feinstein Echo Trump’s Warning on China as Telecom Risk

"There is no way in hell China can meet those criteria because of the way they’re governed,” Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in a hearing of the panel. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission rejected China Mobile Ltd.’s bid to provide phone service in the U.S., citing national security concerns about the company controlled by Beijing.
Tags: Science, China, Federal Communications Commission, South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, Judiciary Committee, China Mobile Ltd, Graham Feinstein Echo Trump


China Mobile blocking from offering phone service in US

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. communications regulators on Thursday rejected a Chinese telecom company’s application to provide service in the U.S. due to national-security risks amid an escalation in tensions between the two countries. The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted unanimously, 5-0 across party lines, to reject China Mobile International USA Inc.’s long-ago filed […]
Tags: Business, New York, Technology, News, US, Ap, Nation, Federal Communications Commission, China Mobile, China Mobile International USA Inc


Why you should never return a robocall - it could cost you a small fortune

You know when your phone rings once, then stops? Don't call back, unless you are willing to risk a very costly international call to Mauritania, even though the called ID shows it as a local call. From Lifehacker: If you get a call from a familiar area code, you might feel tempted to return it, but the Federal Communications Commission is now warning consumers not to call any unknown numbers back. If you do, you risk paying huge fees in toll number charges. According to a recent statement by the...
Tags: Post, News, Fcc, Scams, Federal Communications Commission, West Africa, Mauritania, Don, YouMail, Alex Quilici


Beware: This new robocall scam could cost you big time

It seems that robocallers have have begun to evolve a bit, as media coverage brings increased scrutiny and potential regulatory action in response to their practices. Now that consumers are starting to get wise to the barrage of robocalls and the myriad spam calls that flood their phones on the daily, robocallers have increasingly found themselves less able to trick unsuspecting consumers into actually answering their phones and engaging with them. Which is why they've moved on to a new stra...
Tags: News, Fcc, Africa, US, Sierra Leone, Federal Communications Commission, Arizona, New York State, Mauritania, Don, YouMail


FCC Warns About 'One Ring' Robocall Scam Seeking Callbacks To a Toll Number

"Don't return that middle-of-the-night phone call if your cell phone only rang once," warns the New York Daily News: The Federal Communications Commission on Friday alerted consumers about a wave of "One Ring" robocalls after detecting "widespread overnight calling" in both New York and Arizona. The scam calls, also known as "Wangiri" -- which is Japanese for "one ring and drop" -- are an attempt to trick customers into phoning the number back. If you do, it can result in getting billed toll ch...
Tags: New York, Fcc, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Arizona, West Africa, New York Daily News, Mauritania, Don


These robocalls don't want to talk to you, they just want you to call back, FCC says

The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers of a new wave of one-ring robocalls. If you call back, you can be hit with toll charges.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Fcc, Federal Communications Commission, Usa Today


UPDATE 1-U.S. attorney general recuses self from T-Mobile, Sprint merger probe

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has recused himself from the Justice Department's deliberations on whether to allow T-Mobile to proceed with its $26 billion acquisition of Sprint, according to a source familiar with the decision. The department's Antitrust Division, headed by Makan Delrahim, is reviewing the deal to determine if it will lead to higher prices for consumers or to slower innovation, as critics allege. The Federal Communications Commission also must approve the transaction for ...
Tags: News, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, Justice Department, Antitrust Division, T Mobile Sprint, Makan Delrahim, William Barr


FCC approves SpaceX’s revised Starlink satellite plan; first wave gets set for liftoff

The Federal Communications Commission today approved SpaceX's proposed revisions in its plan to put thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit to provide global broadband connectivity, clearing the way to start launching satellites next month. SpaceX already had authorization for 4,425 Starlink satellites that would use Ku- and Ka-band radio spectrum to beam internet data, but last November, the company asked the FCC to sign off on a plan that would put more than a third of the satellites in...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Fcc, Federal Communications Commission, KU, StarLink