You finally can stop worrying about your phone carrier selling your phone location data to third-parties. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have all provided responses to FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel’s request for an update on the practice. With all four saying that they’ve stopped selling this information to these third parties, but they said that they were going to do this last year. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all said they’d terminated their last sales at varying points in March 2019, while Sprint said it was ending its last deal with a location aggregator on May 31st. I can’t say that I’m surprised that they’ve still been selling the information, but I certainly hope that this is finally the end.
For those of you Warriors fans, you might be saddened to hear that Kevin Durant’s calf strain might be more serious than originally thought. Prior to Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, the team announced that Durant would not be traveling to Portland for Games 3 and 4. Game 2 was the third straight game this postseason that Durant has missed since his injury in Game 5 of the previous series against the Rockets. Golden State is also waiting for the potential return of DeMarcus Cousins, who expects to make a come back soon, but has been out since Game 2 of the first round, with a left quad injury.
The Trump administration rejected House Democrats’ subpoena for the president’s tax returns, which means they are gearing up for a battle. In a letter to House Ways and Means Chairman, Richard Neal, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reiterated what he said earlier in the week – the administration does not believe that the Democrats have a “legitimate legislative” reason for seeking the tax returns. The decision was no surprise, with Mnuchin indicating earlier this week that he expected the dispute to be settled by the courts. Also, the administration is defying subpoenas from Democrats on several other fronts.
Apple canceled its Apple Music festival back in 2017, but they still host free shows from time to time. This week, Apple Music announced they are promoting another free live concert in L.A., featuring Tyler, The Creator. The show is scheduled to take place on May 22nd, and it will also be live streamed on their platform. This is to celebrate Tyler, The Creator’s new album, Igor. If you want to get tickets, you will have to fill out an application, but there are some terms and conditions, so be sure to read the fine print.
Movies & Television
James Corden is in talks for a new multi-year deal with CBS that would keep him as the host and executive director of The Late Late Show. This new contract is sure to come with a significant raise for Corden at a time when top talent is commanding significant paydays for their TV projects. Corden has been on the low end of the late-night TV pay scale as he was largely unknown since his debut in the U.S. in 2014.