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T-MOBILE PROMISES CONSUMER BENEFITS IF SPRINT DEAL OK’D

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile promises a new $15 wireless plan if its $26.5 billion Sprint deal goes through.

T-Mobile is also promising free internet to emergency first responders for 10 years and to low-income households with children for five years. The $15 plan is for anyone, but comes with just 2 gigabytes of data per month.

Federal regulators have approved the deal.

But attorneys general of 15 states and the District of Columbia aim to block it, saying it will raise prices for consumers. A trial is to start in December.

T-Mobile has already made promises to get the deal done, including providing coverage in rural areas and not raising prices for three years.

Regulators could fine T-Mobile for breaking the earlier promises, but T-Mobile isn’t legally required to fulfill the new ones.

PEOPLE PUZZLED BY PECULIAR TEXTS, AND NO ONE CAN SAY WHY

UNDATED (AP) _ A mysterious wave of text messages swept America’s phones while many slept, delivering largely unintelligible missives from friends, family and the occasional ex.

The best explanation seems to be that old texts sent in the spring suddenly went through. Two people said they figured out the original messages were never received. It’s not clear why this months-long delay happened. Phone companies blamed others and offered no further explanations.

Mobile carriers offered unhelpful explanations for the weird-text phenomenon, which according to social media appeared to be widespread.

A Sprint spokeswoman said it resulted from to a “maintenance update” for messaging platforms at multiple U.S. carriers and would not explain further. T-Mobile called it a “third party vendor issue.” Verizon and AT&T did not answer questions.

NEW JERSEY CASINOS TAKING BETS ON VIDEO TOURNAMENT INDUSTRY

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks are now taking bets on competitive video game tournaments, looking to expand the state’s fast-growing sports betting industry to the $1 billion video tournament market.

The state Division of Gaming Enforcement gave approval Thursday to wagering on what gambling companies hope will be a significant new source of revenue from young people who are not enamored of traditional casino games but spend hours on end playing and watching video games.

The Borgata casino took New Jersey’s first bet Thursday on the League of Legends championship this week in Paris. Philadelphia broadcaster Howard Eskin bet $100 on Team G2 to win the title.

TWITTER SPYING CASE SHOWS INSIDER RISKS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Rogue employees pilfering data and spying across networks have long plagued governments and corporations. But in this burgeoning age of social networks, the stakes are higher.

Allegations that two former Twitter employees spied on opponents of the Saudi government at its behest have raised nagging questions about how to detect and halt the so-called insider threats.

Experts note that it’s easier for foreign governments to bribe company employees than to try to hack a company. Detecting insider access isn’t easy, despite the availability of tools to do so.

Yet the wealth of data that these companies have has turned them into lucrative targets. Companies that provide email, social media, search and other services have troves of personal data, including users’ location, hobbies, political views and private messages.

SMARTPHONE DOES NOT MAKE CUT FOR TOY HALL OF FAME

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The smartphone has failed to make it into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Matchbox cars, the coloring book and the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering made the cut. They were installed yesterday into the hall of fame at The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York.

The smartphone earned a place among the 12 finalists because of its status as a platform for countless mobile games and playful interactions,

Anyone can nominate a toy, but to make it into the hall a toy has to be innovative, widely recognized, and foster creativity or discovery through play.

A national selection committee picks the winners.

Associated Press

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