Verizon restores service after Mid-Atlantic wireless outage; BlackBerry may design a bacteria-free smartphone

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> Sprint's Band 41 2.5 GHz LT service with carrier aggregation was spotted in Atlanta. S4GRU article

> Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless introduced a referral program. Scratch blog

> Verizon Wireless said it restored service in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania after a service outage. 6ABC article

> Users no longer need a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger, and instead just need a phone number. Re/code article

> Sprint tied for No. 1 in overall network performance in Indianapolis, according to network testing firm RootMetrics. Sprint blog

> BlackBerry may design a bacteria-free smartphone aimed at those in the healthcare industry, according to CEO John Chen. Bloomberg article

> Canonical announced the launch of the MX4 Ubuntu Edition, made by its handset partner Meizu. PhoneScoop article

> Foxconn plans to introduce more automation, cloud computing and services to drive long-term growth. Bloomberg article

Wireless Tech News

>  Sidewalk Labs, the Google-backed urban innovation company that launched earlier this month to improve technology in cities, is taking control of the project that will bring free Wi-Fi to New York City via LinkNYC. Article

> It's not every day that an industry group can claim Apple as a member, but the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced that Apple has expanded its participation by becoming a Promoter member. Article

Cable News

>  Cablevision's significant overlap with Verizon FiOS and its "overvalued" share price make it an "un-acquirable asset," despite rampant speculation that it'll be the next cable company purchased in the ongoing M&A wave, MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett wrote. Article

> Verizon signed a multi-year program licensing deal with Scripps Networks Interactive, making 45 Scripps TV series available to Verizon wireless customers when Verizon launches its anticipated over-the-top mobile video service later this year. Article

Telecom News

>  Enabling competition from Google Fiber means FCC must reconsider pole attachment pricing. Editor's Corner

> AT&T is laying further challenge to Comcast's emerging presence in the gigabit fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) race by officially launching its 1 Gbps U-verse with GigaPower service in Chicago. Article

And finally... Google's new artificial intelligence can answer dumb IT questions or tell you the meaning of life. Article

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