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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The WSJ confirms an earlier report from Satellite Business News that Amazon is talking with Dish Networks about getting involved in the wireless space.

  • Wait, what? Dish has been looking to use wireless spectrum it's amassed in recent years. Amazon could partner with a wireless network in a number of ways, the Journal notes, like powering delivery drones, offering mobile service to customers of its Prime service or boosting its streaming video offering.
  • But, but, but: The initial report on the talks came in May, but an announcement never materialized. The Journal reports that Dish has spoken to other tech companies about partnering, as well.
  • The bigger picture: It's a busy season of partnerships and mergers for telecom companies, with multiple possible combinations on the table. That's especially true in wireless — which is attracting interest not just from tech but major cable companies like Comcast and Charter.

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Yes, but: The vaccine was as effective against the strain from U.K., but saw a six-fold reduction in antibodies against the South Africa variant. Even still, the neutralizing antibodies generated by the vaccine "remain above levels that are expected to be protective," according to the company.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that a "new cold war" could turn hot, and must be avoided, in a speech on Monday at World Economic Forum’s virtual “Davos Agenda” conference.

Why it matters: Xi didn't refer directly to U.S.-China tensions, but the subtext was clear. These were his first remarks to an international audience since the inauguration of President Biden, whose administration has already concurred with Donald Trump's determination that China is committing "genocide" against Uyghur Muslims, and issued a warning about China's aggression toward Taiwan.

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Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani on Monday seeking $1.3 billion in damages for his "demonstrably false” allegations about the company's voting machines.

Why it matters: Giuliani led former President Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the election and spread the baseless conspiracy theory that Dominion's voting machines flipped votes from Trump to Joe Biden.

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