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T-Mobile and Sprint May Offload $6 Billion in Assets to Dish As Part of Merger Deal With DOJ T-Mobile and Sprint May Offload $6 Billion in Assets to Dish As Part of Merger Deal With DOJ

Dish Network Corp. is “in talks” to buy up assets that T-Mobile and Sprint are planning to sell off in order to have their terrible merger approved by antitrust authorities, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

San Francisco Set to Approve First-of-Its-Kind Ban on E-Cigarette Sales San Francisco Set to Approve First-of-Its-Kind Ban on E-Cigarette Sales

The city of San Francisco has become the first in the U.S. to move to ban all sales of e-cigarettes in a unanimous vote by city supervisors, SFGate reported on Tuesday, in what officials characterized as an effort to fight back against youth vaping.

Iran Says It Will Begin Enriching Uranium Beyond Nuclear Deal Limits Iran Says It Will Begin Enriching Uranium Beyond Nuclear Deal Limits

Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said on Monday that it has increased production of low-enriched uranium—of the type suitable for use in nuclear power generators, but not nuclear warheads—to levels that will exceed limits imposed in the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and other world powers by June 27, the New York…

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Takes Stunning Photo of Asteroid Bennu From Just 0.4 Miles Away NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Takes Stunning Photo of Asteroid Bennu From Just 0.4 Miles Away

NASA’s asteroid-sampling OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which is currently in position around the tiny, near-Earth asteroid 101955 Bennu, has transmitted its closest shot of the asteroid’s surface yet.

Report: Hospitals and Patients Are Being Plagued by Robocalls Report: Hospitals and Patients Are Being Plagued by Robocalls

We’re already living in a national robocall nightmare, but at least most of the time, for most of us, dealing with phone spam is not a matter of life and death. As a Monday report in the Washington Post highlights, that’s not always the case.

Blood Feasts, Cashless Stores, and Quantum Computing: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Blood Feasts, Cashless Stores, and Quantum Computing: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Excellent news here at Gizmodo, where I presume what’s left of our blogger-chewed Forbidden Sandwich is still festering in the back of a fridge. We have discovered yet more ingredients to add to the mix, including head cheese from an ancient species of Pleistocene wolf found preserved in Siberia, cannabis residue…

Apple Man Has Words For Non-Apple Men and Women Apple Man Has Words For Non-Apple Men and Women

Apple and CEO Tim Cook have always branded the company as fundamentally different from its competitors on privacy. iOS devices collect and use less data on their users than companies like Google and are generally considered more secure than their Android equivalents, and the company has been loudly tooting its own…

Federal Watchdog Asks Agencies to Please Stop Relying on Credit Rating Firms After Equifax Hack Federal Watchdog Asks Agencies to Please Stop Relying on Credit Rating Firms After Equifax Hack

The Government Accountability Office is warning federal agencies including the U.S. Postal Service, the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in a report this week that they should stop relying on credit agencies to verify identities after a devastating…

Massive Blackout Leaves Most of Argentina, Uruguay Without Power Massive Blackout Leaves Most of Argentina, Uruguay Without Power

Almost the entirety of the nations of Argentina and Uruguay, were “completely without power” following a “massive failure” in an electrical system on Sunday, Bloomberg and CNN reported, with parts of Paraguay, Chile and southern Brazil seeing outages as well [see update below]. The Associated Press estimated over 44…

Trump Says He Doesn't 'Particularly' Believe in UFOs and Come On, Would He Lie About Something? Trump Says He Doesn't 'Particularly' Believe in UFOs and Come On, Would He Lie About Something?

Donald Trump mumbled his way through a response to a softball question on UFOs and extraterrestrial life in an interview with Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos in a clip released on Saturday. Trump told Stephanopoulos that he had attended a “very brief meeting” on the matter, but that he is not in fact all…

Target Registers Across Country All Malfunction at Once, Causing Massive Lines Target Registers Across Country All Malfunction at Once, Causing Massive Lines

Massive lines and an inability to make purchases were reported across the country at Target stores after the retailer’s cash registers malfunctioned due to a “systems issue,” though hours later Target announced it had resolved the issue.

The US Has Allegedly Placed Malware Deep in Russia's Power Grid The US Has Allegedly Placed Malware Deep in Russia's Power Grid

The U.S. has deployed “American computer code” into Russian systems operating the nation’s power grid, the New York Times reported on Saturday, as part of the Donald Trump administration’s efforts to “deploy cybertools more aggressively.”

Hundreds of Current and Former Law Enforcement Officers Reportedly Found in Extremist Facebook Groups Hundreds of Current and Former Law Enforcement Officers Reportedly Found in Extremist Facebook Groups

Hundreds of current and former police officers and other law enforcement personnel are members of “Confederate, anti-Islam, misogynistic or anti-government militia groups” on Facebook, according to an investigation by the U.S. Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal News posted on Friday.

Huawei Cancels Launch of New MateBook Laptop, Citing US Trade Bans Huawei Cancels Launch of New MateBook Laptop, Citing US Trade Bans

Chinese tech giant Huawei has cancelled the planned launch of a new MateBook laptop at the CES Asia 2019 trade show in Shanghai this week due to sweeping U.S. sanctions against the company, Ars Technica reported on Wednesday.

Lawsuits Claim Amazon's Alexa Voice Assistant Illegally Records Children Without Consent Lawsuits Claim Amazon's Alexa Voice Assistant Illegally Records Children Without Consent

A pair of federal lawsuits against Amazon seeking class action status allege that the e-commerce giant’s Alexa voice assistant technology “routinely records and voiceprints millions of children without their consent or the consent of their parents,” breaking laws in nine states, the Seattle Times reported on Wednesday.

Facebook Worried About Mark Zuckerberg's Old Emails in FTC Privacy Probe Facebook Worried About Mark Zuckerberg's Old Emails in FTC Privacy Probe

Employees within Facebook have dug up “emails that appear to connect Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to potentially problematic privacy practices” in the course of responding to a Federal Trade Commission investigation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing “people familiar with the matter.”

Rick Santorum Is a Cryptocurrency Guy Now, Apparently Rick Santorum Is a Cryptocurrency Guy Now, Apparently

In what is either an incredible blockchain-enabled monetization opportunity or a sign that perhaps the gears are finally starting to fall out of this thing, Republican politician, failed presidential candidate, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is a cryptocurrency guy now.

Meet the Deepfake Zuck, Same as the Flesh Zuck Meet the Deepfake Zuck, Same as the Flesh Zuck

Mark Zuckerberg may be famed for looking and acting like a (slightly damp) synthetic being trying to infiltrate human society, but a team of artists working with advertising company Canny appears to built a software version of the Facebook CEO that could one day threaten to make hardware Zuckerberg obsolete.

Facebook Is Betting People Are Still Hungry For Another Heaping Ladle of Portal Facebook Is Betting People Are Still Hungry For Another Heaping Ladle of Portal

Facebook isn’t done with its spiffy new Portal video phones. You know, the ones which got largely favorable reviews, but are virtually impossible to fully trust, given they came out after months (years, really) of massive privacy scandals for the globe-spanning social media giant and are totally capable of spying on…

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