January 15, 2021
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Samsung intros Galaxy S21 phone trio
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Samsung is offering a trio of Galaxy S21 phones, all of which feature C-band support for 5G as well as camera and video improvements, with stylus support in the premium Ultra version. The prices of the basic S21 and the S21 Plus are considerably lower than those of their S20 predecessors.
Full Story: PC Magazine (1/14),  The Wall Street Journal (1/14),  Reuters (1/14),  The Verge (1/14) 
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Industry News
Telehealth and its growth potential were big topics in a session this week at CES, with panelists noting the benefits the technology brings to mental health care. "I've spoken with so many mental health providers who have stated that telehealth has really exploded their business when it comes to minority communities," said Iris Frye, founder of Parity Health Information and Technology.
Full Story: MedCity News (1/13) 
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The lack of reliable broadband and Wi-Fi in rural areas has become a growing problem as farmers increasingly depend on connected devices. Paige Wireless developed a system that puts radios on cell towers to move small packets of data, which rolled out statewide in Nebraska in 2019 and is now also available in parts of Colorado and Kansas.
Full Story: Wallaces Farmer (1/13) 
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Bids in the Federal Communications Commission's C-band auction rose by only a few hundred thousand dollars in the most recent round to reach a record $80.915 billion. Demand for the 280 MHz exceeded supply in only one of the 452 generic spectrum "products," signaling that the auction may be coming to an end.
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Technologies, Trends & Regulations
Quick staff meetings at the beginning of each workday can create focus, purpose and an understanding of everyone's challenges and successes, writes Naphtali Hoff. He offers six rules for leaders to create stand-ups that are productive, consistent and help employees provide "excellent service or care to their customers and clients."
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (1/13) 
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Editor's Note
SmartBrief will not publish Monday
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day in the US, SmartBrief will not publish Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday.
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