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July 25, 2019

Samsung is taking another stab at launching the Galaxy Fold, but this time, at least one carrier wants nothing to do with it.

The company's first foldable smartphone was originally scheduled to launch in April, but its release was postponed after numerous reviewers found that their device's screen broke within days for various reasons, with some reporting that it wasn't clear a layer on top of the screen isn't supposed to be taken off. Late on Wednesday, Samsung said it had made "necessary improvements" and is "conducting final product tests" so that the device can launch, for real this time, in September.

But T-Mobile told The Verge on Thursday that it won't sell the Galaxy Fold "because we already offer customers a wide range of the latest smartphones," with The Verge characterizing this statement as "probably about as close as shade as you're going to get" in a situation like this. T-Mobile was previously on board to sell the Galaxy Fold but had to cancel pre-orders as the device was delayed. T-Mobile users likely will still be able to buy the phone elsewhere and use it on the company's network, but Engadget writes that this nevertheless "will come as a blow to Samsung."

AT&T, which was also previously on board to sell the Galaxy Fold, hasn't yet confirmed whether it will still do so ahead of the September launch. No specific release date in September has been confirmed. Brendan Morrow

June 20, 2019

Roy Moore, the 2017 Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama who lost the race after being accused of sexual misconduct, announced on Thursday he's running again.

Moore in a press conference announced his intention to run for the Senate seat in 2020, telling reporters, "Can I win? Yes, I can win." Sen. Doug Jones (D-Al.), who defeated Moore in the 2017 special election to replace Jeff Sessions, has previously announced he'll be running in 2020 for a full term.

During his press conference on Thursday, Moore said that there is "such opposition" to his run because "they know I can" win. When asked what he'll do differently in his campaign this time, Moore responded, "I would like to make more personal contact with people."

Moore while running in 2017 was accused of sexual assault as numerous women also said he pursued sexual relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. Moore denied the allegations from nine women, saying he did not "generally" date teenagers in his 30s. He contended on Thursday that he would have won in 2017 if not for the "false information" put out about him.

President Trump supported Moore during the 2017 election in spite of the allegations against him. But he cautioned Moore last month against entering the 2020 Senate race, saying he "cannot win." Donald Trump Jr. also went after Moore in a tweet, saying he's "literally the only candidate" who could lose the seat and that he should "ride off into the sunset."

Moore told reporters on Thursday he supports Trump, a comment Trump Jr. quickly seized on, writing, "I can assure everyone that by running, Roy Moore is going against my father and he's doing a disservice to all conservatives across the country in the process."

March 19, 2019

MoviePass is allowing subscribers to see virtually unlimited movies in theaters again — but there are a whole lot of caveats to keep in mind.

The movie subscription service made headlines in 2017 when it announced that for just $9.95 per month, users could see one 2D film in theaters every day. But as essentially giving away free movie tickets took an increasingly significant toll on the company, MoviePass slowly rolled back this promise, first by not letting users see certain movies and eventually by restricting them to three a month rather than one a day.

Now, the original $9.95, one-movie-a-day plan is back, but to get that price, users have to pay for a full year up front, whereas the old version allowed them to go month-to-month. This year commitment might create some concern among subscribers given MoviePass' past unreliability and tendency to frequently change its offerings. You can pay for the plan monthly, but in that case, the price goes up to $14.95. The monthly price will rise to $19.95 after this promotion is over, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

The description for the plan also notes that "your movie choices may be restricted due to excessive individual usage," with the terms of service saying the company can "limit the selection of movies and/or the time of available movies." MoviePass last summer began locking users out of popular films in order to cut down on its financial losses, and it seems new users have no guarantee they won't face similar limitations. MoviePass simply promised on Tuesday subscribers will have access to a "large selection of blockbusters and independent films," per Deadline, giving them plenty of wiggle room to limit that selection as they see fit.

While there are those who continue to doubt that MoviePass will even be around in another year, Ted Farnsworth, the CEO of parent company Helios and Matheson, told The Wrap, "we're still here, not going anywhere." Brendan Morrow

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