Radiohead owned some hackers, the T-Mobile/Sprint merger runs into some hiccups, and a Swedish mining town is being picked up and moved. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.
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Radiohead dropped 18 hours of unreleased music to screw pirates
This week a bootlegger got into an archive full of hours of unreleased Radiohead music and attempted to squeeze the band for a $150,000 ransom. Radiohead—not to be messed with—instead announced the extortion attempt on the internet, and then released all the archived contents to the public . Joke's on you, hacker.
States are suing to block the T-Mobile/Sprint merger
Nine states plus the District of Columbia have filed suit to block the $26.5 billion merger of wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint. The court case is further evidence of states wanting stricter oversight of telecommunications giants, and fears of what could happen with only three major wireless communication companies available for consumers. The companies argue the merge would allow them to expand coverage and build a nationwide 5G network more quickly.
The Swedish mining town of Kiruna, population 20,000, is sinking. It sits atop an iron deposit that miners have dug so many holes into, the city is literally falling into the earth. You would think the answer is easy: stop mining. But the mining operations are too hard, and too valuable, to move. So their state-owned mining operation decided to move the city instead. The town's 21 most important buildings—which includes the home of the city's founder—will be physically transported to a new location, and the move is expected to have a $1 billion price tag.
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