TechFast: Galaxy Nexus Fix, China Biggest Smartphone Buyer, AT&T Merger with T-Mobile Crippled

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You made it! Forget TGIF, TGIW. While you’re packing up and preparing to hit the road, or getting ready for a houseful of visitors, here’s what’s happening this morning in tech…

FCC Hobbles AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

The FCC’s made it clear it’s no fan of AT&T and T-Mobile’s proposed merger, saying the deal could harm competition and that it’s not in the public interest by invoking a rarely used process in which the proposed merger’s sent to a trial-like hearing, where deals like this usually crumble.

Read more: Bloomberg Businessweek

Galaxy Nexus Audio Fix in the Offing

That strange, rocker-switch-related volume glitch with the Galaxy Nexus? Samsung says it’s “aware of the volume issue and [has] developed a fix,” and that it “will update devices as soon as possible.”

Read more: Computerworld

China, World’s Largest Smartphone Buyer

Move over U.S., China just snatched the “world’s largest smartphone market by volume” crown, says research firm Strategy Analytics, growing 58% to 24 million units in the third quarter, year-on-year, as U.S. smartphone shipments fell 7% to 23 million units.

Read more: Wall Street Journal

More Hacked Climate Scientist Emails Leaked

Ruh-roh: Another 5,000 private emails sent by top climate scientists over the past 10 years and accessed illicitly by a hacker (or hackers) were unceremoniously released yesterday, in what the The Guardian calls “an apparent attempt to repeat the impact of a similar release of emails on the eve of the Copenhagen climate summit in late 2009.”

Read more: The Guardian

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