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T-Mobile to launch TV service in 2018, buy Layer3 TV

NEW YORK (Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc said on Wednesday that it would launch a new streaming television service next year after buying startup Layer3 TV for an undisclosed amount. FILE PHOTO – A T-Mobile logo is advertised on a building sign in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo The moves come as competitors seek ways to provide content to win over customers in a saturated mobile market, and after the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier and No. 4 rival Sprint Corp ended merger talks lastRead More

Conyers’ exit after decades could open political floodgates – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

John Conyers’ resignation from the U.S. House amid sexual harassment allegations unlocks the seat he has held for more than a half-century — and sets off a free-for-all race to replace him with at least three potential legacy candidates, including two relatives of Conyers and a son of a prominent former mayor. Conyers, had faced growing calls to resign from Democratic leaders and colleagues as he has been accused by one woman after another, vehemently denies he groped or harassed women who worked for him. As the 88-year-old civil rightsRead More

Apple’s Tim Cook says developers have earned $17 billion from China App Store

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s chief executive Tim Cook said developers using its platform in China number 1.8 million and have earned a total 112 billion yuan ($16.93 billion), representing roughly a quarter of total global App Store earnings. Apple CEO Tim Cook arrives before the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, December 2, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song Cook shared the data on Sunday during a speech at China’s top public cyber policy forum, organized by the Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC), which oversees internet regulation includingRead More

Congress government funding fight seen spilling into 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress is likely to miss a Dec. 8 deadline for passing legislation funding a wide range of federal government programs through Sept. 30, 2018, kicking the contentious debate into next year, a senior U.S. House of Representatives aide said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol Building is lit at sunset in Washington, U.S., December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts With Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress still haggling over the overall level of spending for the fiscal year that began last Oct. 1, stop-gap appropriations will beRead More

Angels or demons? Political shadow hangs over Victoria’s Secret China show

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Victoria’s Secret’s glitzy annual fashion show hits the stage in China on Monday night for the first time, but will do so without several of its “angels” and star names who had been expected to attend, including model Gigi Hadid and pop singer Katy Perry. Model Xiao Wen (L) takes pictures with her phone before the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song Hadid has confirmed her absence, while reports have swirled ahead of the show about visas being denied overRead More

‘Justice League’ must battle film critics as well as villains

LONDON (Reuters) – Saving Metropolis and Gotham City from the clutches of super-villains might be enough pressure for the average caped crusader but the cast of the forthcoming “Justice League” film also face another equally-terrifying foe: film critics. The film is the latest installment from the DC comics stable of super-heroes – a series which, with the notable exception of this summer’s “Wonder Woman”, has met with a less than positive critical response and has failed to match the box office of rival Marvel’s biggest super-hero offerings. The film featuresRead More

Japan voters to deliver verdict on PM Abe’s nearly five-year rule

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese voters deliver their verdict on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s nearly five years in power in an election on Sunday that will determine if he has the clout to push ahead with his cherished goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution. A girl casts her father’s ballot for a national election at a polling station in Tokyo, Japan October 22, 2017. EUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Media forecasts show Abe’s gamble on the snap poll is likely to pay off, with his conservative Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition closing in onRead More

NHC says 80 percent chance of cyclone forming southwest of Azores

(Reuters) – A low pressure system, about 800 miles southwest of the Azores in the Atlantic, has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said early on Monday. “Although the low is being affected by strong upper-level winds, shower and thunderstorm activity has been persisting near and to the east of the center during the past several hours. If this activity continues, a tropical or subtropical cyclone could form later today,” the NHC said. Reporting by Apeksha NairRead More

Trump lifts foreign shipping restrictions for storm-hit Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump temporarily lifted restrictions on foreign shipping on Thursday to help get fuel and supplies to Puerto Rico as the U.S. territory reels from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Trump, at the request of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello, “has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post. The waiver of the act, which limits shipping between U.S. ports to U.S. owned-and-operated vessels, wasRead More

Roger Goodell close to signing contract extension through 2024

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is close to an agreement on a new five-year extension that runs through 2024, as first reported by the Sports Business Journal and confirmed by ESPN. If the agreement is reached, the terms of Goodell’s new deal would be similar to his current contract, which expires in 2019, according to the Sports Business Journal. A deal is likely to be completed, but there are still issues to work out because talks have not progressed as expected, a league source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter. A committee chairedRead More