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Courtesy of T-Mobile

T-Mobile had a strong first quarter: It added 1.1 million total subscribers (including 914,000 total postpaid subscribers) and also locked down a large swatch of wireless spectrum at an FCC auction that will boost its network across the country.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere took a shot at rival Verizon, which lost 300,000 subscribers in the first quarter, even after announcing it's unlimited calling plan. "That's gotta be embarrassing after all that mic-dropping...We forced everyone to follow our move to unlimited," Legere said on the company's earnings call.

The big question: Will T-Mobile resume merger talks with Sprint — or perhaps another partner — now that the spectrum auction is over?

What to watch: The auction quiet period that prevented companies from talking about potential deals lifts Thursday. Legere said T-Mobile is "interested in looking at some of the possibilities."

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Pfizer-BioNTech: Booster doses more effective at blocking Omicron

Prepared doses of the BioNtech-Pfizer Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine in Germany on Dec. 7. Photo: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday that two doses of their COVID-19 vaccine were significantly less effective at neutralizing the Omicron variant in early lab tests, but a three-dose regimen was more effective.

Why it matters: Omicron, which has been labeled a variant of concern by the World Health Organization after being identified by scientists in South Africa last month, has forced vaccine makers to reassess the effectiveness of their vaccines against this specific new form of coronavirus.

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43 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Biden unveils "Building a Better America" branding

President Biden speaks on infrastructure while visiting a bridge in Woodstock, N.H., last month. Photo: John Tully/Getty Images

President Biden today launched a new website and unveiled bold new branding as part of a nationwide tour to sell the benefits of his infrastructure package.

Why it matters: The White House says passage of the new law shows the ability to "forge bipartisan consensus and prove our democracy can deliver big wins" even in these toxic times.

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Olaf Scholz sworn in as German chancellor, succeeding Merkel

Incoming German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is sworn in by Bundestag President Bärbel Bas in Berlin today. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Social Democrat Olaf Scholz was sworn in as chancellor of Germany on Wednesday, succeeding Angela Merkel after 16 years and launching a new era of German and European politics.

Why it matters: Scholz, a center-left pragmatist who served as finance minister and vice chancellor in Merkel's last government, will lead Europe's largest economy in a coalition with the environmentalist Greens and pro-business Free Democrats.