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Mobile Minutes: T-Mobile, Apple and Samsung, Brazilian bitcoin exchange, Lyft

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Sprint and SoftBank back away from T-Mobile US
Sprint and its corporate parent, the Japanese telecommunications giantSoftBank, have decided to drop their pursuit of T-Mobile US after conceding that antitrust regulators would block a deal in an industry that is dominated by just a few large players, a person briefed on the matter said on Tuesday.
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Apple and Samsung Drop patent fights outside the United States
Apple and Samsung Electronics on Tuesday said they had agreed to drop patent litigation against each other in countries outside the United States, including Germany, Australia and Japan. But they said they were not done fighting.
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New digital currency aims to unite every money system on Earth
Rodrigo Batista is the CEO of Mercado Bitcoin, the first Brazilian bitcoin exchange and one of the largest digital currency operations in Latin America. Today, Mercado lets you swap Brazilian real for both bitcoin and litecoin, another currency that exists only on the internet, but Batista will soon expand the scope of his operation. By the end of August, he says, his site will embrace a brand new digital currency project called Stellar.
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Lyft’s Plan to make on-demand carpools the everyday way to commute
Lyft is getting back to its roots. Before offering a smartphone app that let you summon other people’s private cars—each decked out with a pink mustache—Lyft was a startup called Zimride that matched up college students who wanted to take the same road trip. Now it’s offering much the same service to everyone going the same way.
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