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Good news, Cuba! You're about to get full internet access for mobile phones, per AP. (One of the last nations to get it.)
After a year of scandals, Facebook lost its place as the best company to work at, according to Glassdoor. Facebook fell from first to seventh in the survey.
Why it matters: While customer defections or new regulations could both be longer-term consequences of the company's many trials, employee retention could be the most immediate challenge.
The big picture: The Glassdoor survey follows a largely anecdotal report from CNBC that more Facebook employees have been seeking references from former coworkers. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that surveys showed morale dropping after a year that has included a number of unflattering revelations and a declining stock price.
Yes, but: Facebook is still among the top firms in the survey.
By the numbers:
Separately, TechCrunch says Facebook is removing a restriction that prevented developers from creating products on its platform that directly compete with similar functions from Facebook itself. That could help boost developer interest, but might be a challenge to internal morale if Facebook struggles to compete with third-party efforts.
As expected, Qualcomm on Tuesday showed off its next-generation processor — the first to support 5G, as well as a prototype 5G phone. Also, AT&T and Verizon brought along a demo network, allowing attendees of its Maui tech event to try out the 5G experience.
Why it matters: In order for mobile 5G service to start early next year, the pieces need to already be in place. Seemingly they are, with the industry excited that the new generation of cellular gear is launching a few months ahead of the original schedule.
Although it's now just one part of PayPal, the once independent payment processor Braintree continues to see strong growth, with revenue up 54% in 2017.
By the numbers: The company is now handling more than 6 billion transactions a year, with more than $500 billion in payment volume handled since PayPal acquired it 5 years ago.
That is a "pretty good growth story on a pretty good base,” general manager Juan Benitez told Axios.
Why it matters: Having split from eBay, PayPal is under pressure to find new markets on its own. Units like Braintree and Venmo are key to that growth.
It might have been just a funny little gaffe.
What happened: Last week, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani lashed out on Twitter against Robert Mueller, criticizing the special counsel for issuing indictments as President Trump was leaving for the G20 summit. However, in leaving out a space, he created a link to a web domain that someone quickly bought and used to post an anti-Trump message.
That should have been where the story ended. But on Tuesday, Giuliani doubled down and blamed Twitter, saying it allowed someone to "invade" his text with a "disgusting anti-President message."
Twitter responded, naturally, that its software automatically created a link, as it does. Given that the domain wasn't registered, someone bought it and posted something there.
Why it matters: Giuliani, in addition to representing Trump, was also an adviser on cybersecurity policy.
Once upon a time, there was no Spotify. The name of the game was a series of competing MP3 player programs that vied for user attention with, among other things, various skins to customize one's music player software.