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You may think the U.S. fell short on telecom competition, but in Mexico a single company has long dominated the communications landscape: América Móvil. It services 70 percent of all mobile connections and 80 percent of all landline phone links in the country. But billionaire Carlos Slim, the carrier’s controlling owner, is bowing to regulator pressure and is divesting substantial portions of Slim’s empire, according to Bloomberg. The sales and spin offs will reduce América Móvil’s market share in mobile and wireline to below 50 percent, as well as remove it from the communications tower and satellite TV businesses. It doesn’t look as if América Móvil’s substantial operations in Latin America or the U.S. (where it owns prepaid giant TracFone) will be affected.

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Verizon now claims that its disconnecting Chromebook Pixels owners prematurely disconnected from their free 100-MB-a-month 4G plans was a mistake, and that it will work with customers to ensure that they are reconnected. A Verizon spokeswoman told TechCrunch only a small number of Pixel customers who took advantage of Verizon and Google two or three-year free data offer were affected. Since ComputerWorld first reported on the problem, Google has begun offering $150 credits for those who lost their plans. If Verizon restores their service as well, those affected customers might come out of this rather well.

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Soccer balls may be flying in Brazil’s major cities during the World Cup, but in rural Campo Maior Google is testing a different kind of inflatable. Google launched its Project Loon balloons in Northeast Brazil to connect an isolated local school, Linoca Gayoso, to the internet for the first time. What’s significant about this Loon trial is it used LTE technologies (presumably using a Brazilian carrier’s spectrum), which would allow Google’s stratospheric balloons to link directly to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

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