Happy Tuesday, folks! Here’s some of the tech news we’ve been spotting this morning
Sprint adds one more potential problem to its 99 others with Tidal
Sprint, the company that still sells mobile phones and service, has bought a third of Jay-Z’s Tidal music streaming service for $200 million. Tidal was at one time was rumored to be snapped up by Apple or Samsung. Instead, Sprint appears to be on a path a majority stake, but it follows a long line of telecom companies who’ve been unable to make a go of their own streaming services (remember Samsung’s “Milk?” Or AT&T’s deal with Beats?) Peter Kafka at Recode wonders what exactly Sprint is getting out of the deal. He’s not alone.
Yahoo/Verizon deal closing punted a few months down
The end is nigh for Yahoo but not quite nigh now. Its deal to be acquired by Verizon has been pushed back up to three months. The company announced its earnings on Monday, which were better than expected. You know what company had much better earnings? Samsung, which doubled last year’s fourth quarter earnings with strong semiconductor sales.
Google Voice gets a makeover
Google Voice, a service that has not changed much in about five years, suddenly has a new look and new features including MMS support and separate tabs for voice mails, texts and calls. The Verge has a look at what’s changed.
Trump’s FCC appointee is a net neutrality opponent
President Donald Trump’s new appointee to head the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, is a former lawyer for Verizon who opposed net neutrality regulations in 2015 and broadband privacy protections. Wired has more details on the appointment, which does not require congressional approval.