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9/11/2017

A new survey from Netwrix found that 77% of IT departments in educational institutions are not prepared for cyberrisks. The data also showed that the majority of IT professionals said budget restrictions and lack of time hampered their cybersecurity efforts.

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9/7/2017

Cell networks in Texas and Louisiana suffered far less damage during Hurricane Harvey than they did during 2005's Hurricane Katrina even though Harvey was stronger and covered more area, the Federal Communications Commission reports. Carriers used lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and other storms to keep more towers in operation this time.

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CNET
9/7/2017

T-Mobile has joined up with Netflix to offer free subscriptions to the streaming video service for customers who buy at least two lines of the carrier's "One" unlimited data plan, CEO John Legere said Wednesday. As a reseller, T-Mobile will provide a full credit on phone bills for subscribers to Netflix's standard $9.99-a-month plan.

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9/7/2017

U.S. Cellular has teamed up with vendor Rivada in New Hampshire to offer an alternative to FirstNet and AT&T if the state decides to opt out of the first responder program. Also, Nebraska became the 18th state and Puerto Rico became the second US territory to opt in to FirstNet, bringing the total number of states and territories in the plan to 20 out of 56.

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9/7/2017

A Wireless will provide free cellphone-drying services in more than 20 Texas and Louisiana stores to help Hurricane Harvey victims. A Wireless uses Redux technology to remove moisture from devices, often returning them to working condition.

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Hurricane Harvey
9/7/2017

Mobile Klinik has acquired Canadian smartphone repair companies mobilFIX and Dr. Mobile. The acquisitions will allow Mobile Klinik to expand into western Canada, co-founder and CEO Rob Bruce said.

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9/1/2017

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday said the state is the first to implement the National Initiative for Cyber Security Education framework. While other states have consulted the framework, Virginia is the first to officially recognize its importance across higher education, businesses and government agencies.

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8/31/2017

A pair of DISH Network affiliates will get a second chance to bid on wireless spectrum licenses they lost two years ago after the Federal Communications Commission ruled them ineligible to receive $3.3 billion in requested discounts for small companies. A federal appeals court upheld the FCC's decision but said the agency must allow the DISH entities to refashion bids to meet the rules and win the licenses.

8/31/2017

The federal government may have pulled out of the Paris climate accords, but T-Mobile US is one of a number of companies still pushing ahead with alternative energy. The carrier has partnered with Schneider Electric to get power from Oklahoma's Red Dirt wind farm project, reportedly the largest such effort by a wireless carrier to date.

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Sustainable Brands
8/31/2017

Samsung Electronics and Apple are betting that consumers will pay more for flashier, more feature-laden flagship models this year despite declining market share and revenues, a Wall Street Journal report notes. Apple is expected to price its next iPhone at $1,000 or more, and Samsung's new Galaxy Note8 costs about $950.

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Samsung, Apple, iPhone