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Got a weird text? A telecom vendor says it’s to blame

If you woke up to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren’t alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America’s phones overnight, delivering confusing messages from friends, family and the occasional ex.

U.S. delay to Huawei ban gives tech sector time to adjust

The United States is delaying restrictions on technology sales to Chinese powerhouse Huawei in what it calls an effort to ease the blow on owners of its cell phones and smaller U.S. telecoms providers that rely on its networking equipment

U.S. hedge fund wins control of Telecom Italia board

French media group Vivendi lost de facto control of Telecom Italia on Friday when a U.S. activist hedge fund won a majority of seats on the former state monopoly’s board in a dramatic shareholders’ showdown that also raised questions about the government’s role.

For the tech industry, a red flag on megadeals?

The decision by President Donald Trump to scuttle a hostile takeover by Singapore’s Broadcom of the U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm could signal a shift toward stronger sector oversight.

Israeli police question Netanyahu over telecom case

Israeli police questioned Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife as part of an investigation into a corruption case involving the country’s telecom giant on Friday, casting a shadow on the prime minister’s upcoming visit to Washington.

Umpqua plans $1M remodel in downtown building

Umpqua Bank has lined up a $1 million interior remodel for the second floor of its downtown Spokane office building. The company owns the 95,000-square-foot structure at 111 N. Wall St. that was formerly Sterling Bank headquarters. Bouten Construction Co., of Spokane, is the contractor for the upgrades covering a 15,200-square-foot area.