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Mobile Minutes: Google Assistant hits roadblock; Free Sprint service; FCC slams Comcast; Samsung’s troubles

Google’s plan to spread its AI Assistant hits Samsung roadblock
Google just debuted a digital assistant, which it hopes to place inside smartphones, watches, cars and every other imaginable internet-connected device. It’s already hit a snag.
Read more at Bloomberg

Sprint to offer 1 million students free mobile devices
Sprint, in partnership with the Sprint Foundation, is launching the 1Million Project, a multiyear program that plans to give 1 million disadvantaged high school students in the United States access to a free mobile device and high-speed internet.
Read more at CNET

FCC hits Comcast with record cable company fine over billing practices
Comcast is being fined $2.3 million for billing customers for products that they never ordered. The fine was announced this morning as part of a settlement with the Federal Communications Commission, which says this is “the largest civil penalty” it’s ever issued a cable operator.
Read more at The Verge

Samsung’s snafu is Google’s golden opportunity
The Galaxy Note 7 was supposed to be a phone good enough for the history books, though Samsung probably didn’t intend for it to land in business and marketing tomes as a teachable moment of what not to do. The Korean company rushed production to beat the new iPhone, encountered a serious hardware defect that caused batteries to catch fire, and then fumbled its way through an inconsistent recall process. Completing the self-harm, Samsung’s replacement Galaxy Notes started self-combusting just as the original ones did, and today the conclusion to this unhappy chapter was written by Samsung killing off its big-time smartphone. But accounting for the damage done by the Note 7 is only just beginning, and it’ll be done under the colossal shadow of Google and its newfound ambitions as a phone maker.
Read more at The Verge