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Wednesday, August 16...

Google Opens Its First-Party Contacts App to Third-Party Devices
Google has officially made its first-party Contacts app available to all Android devices running version 5.0 (Lollipop), or later, of the mobile operating system. The app was previously limited to Google-branded devices, such as the Nexus and Pixel smartphone lines. Now, the software can be installed on third-party devices such as Samsung's Galaxy line, LG's V Series smartphones, or any handset meeting the aforementioned requirements. As for what Google's take on a Contacts app offers, its features include the ability to simultaneously manage multiple Google accounts, automatic suggestions on contacts that can be merged, integration with supported third-party apps like Facebook and others, and an automatic duplicate contact finder. The Contacts app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store now.

FCC Names New Acting General Counsel
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Ajit Pai has chosen Jennifer Tatel to serve as the agency's Acting General Counsel. The acting role is a direct promotion for Tatel, who currently serves as chief of staff and deputy general counsel in the Office of General Counsel, where she has resided since 2011. However, Tatel's history with the FCC is considerably longer than that; she also previously worked as legal advisor to Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, advising the Commissioner on media and consumer protection issues, and as chief of the Media Bureau's Industry Analysis Division. In the new role, Tatel will be called on to lead the office in its mission to represent the FCC in litigation, recommend decisions in adjudicatory matters, assist in decision-making, and performs a variety of legal functions regarding internal and other administrative matters.

DISH Network Transfers Departing Sling TV CEO's Responsibilities to COO
DISH Network announced that the leadership of its over-the-top (OTT) service, Sling TV, will now be transferred to DISH President and Chief Operating Officer Erik Carlson's portfolio. He will take over the duties from outgoing Sling TV CEO, Roger Lynch, will join Pandora as its CEO. These changes for Sling TV are effective August 31, 2017.Carlson is a 20-year veteran of DISH, having held numerous responsibilities, including the current oversight of Human Resources, Operations and Information Technology, Media Sales, Marketing, Programming, Acquisition and Retention, Finance, and Accounting organizations. Carlson will continue to report to DISH Network CEO Charlie Ergen.

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