News of Note—Android phone failure rates, FreeUP’s new program, Verizon’s union agreement, and more

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> Facebook, Google and Microsoft teamed on the new “Data Transfer Project,” which is designed to allow users to more easily access and move their personal data. PhoneScoop article

> According to new research, the Android phones with the highest failure rates include the Xiaomi Red, the Motorola Moto 6 Plus and the Lenovo K8 Note. Fortune article

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> The Justice Department is arguing that a judge misunderstood “fundamental principles of economics” in the agency’s efforts to prevent AT&T from acquiring Time Warner. Washington Post article

> MVNO FreeUP, which allows customers to earn credits by viewing ads, said it launched its new FreeUP 2.0 program, which “offers more competitive wireless plans and an enhanced version of their mobile app.” Release

> Verizon inked a four-year contract extension with unions covering about 34,000 employees. Fortune article

> A report from the U.K. government found that Huawei’s equipment could expose Britain’s telecom networks to cybersecurity risks. Reuters article

> Dell’Oro Group reported that wireless base station shipments are expected to eclipse 20 million over the next five years. Release

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