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AT&T Upgrades Network In Southeast Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. says it has upgraded its wireless network within southeast Michigan.

The improvements include adding greater capacity or bandwidth and speeds to cell towers within Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Lapeer and Washtenaw counties.

The bandwidth upgrades were made in the following communities within these counties:

* Lapeer County: Lapeer

* Macomb County: Eastpointe, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Warren (three sites)

* Oakland County: Berkley, Birmingham, Farmington Hills (two sites), Highland Township (two sites), Madison Heights, Novi, Rochester, Southfield (two sites) and Troy

* Washtenaw County: Ypsilanti

* Wayne County: Livonia, Plymouth, Detroit (two sites), Dearborn Heights (three sites)

Earlier this year AT&T also announced a nearly 100-site bandwidth expansion within southeast Michigan. And in May the company announced a 60-site upgrade.

“Our Michigan employees are focused on bringing a better mobile experience to southeast Michigan and across the state,” AT&T Michigan President Jim Murray said. “Our investment in the local wireless network is one way we’re accomplishing that. We’re seeing increased data usage across our mobile network, especially at big events. In fact, data on our mobile network has increased about 250,000 percent since 2007, and the majority of that traffic is video.”

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Quicken Named No. 1 Place To Work In IT For 5th Straight Year

DETROIT — For the fifth straight year, Detroit-based Quicken Loans has earned the No. 1 ranking on Computerworld magazine’s “Best Places to Work in IT” list.

This year’s award represents the eighth time the company has earned the No. 1 spot, and the 13th consecutive year it has appeared on Computerworld’s list.

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Compuware Survey: Many U.S. Firms Not Ready For European Data Mandates

DETROIT — A new survey from Detroit-based Compuware Corp. finds that many U.S. businesses with European customers are not prepared to deal with the European Union’s Data Protection Regulations, which go into effect May 25, 2018.

The new laws include “right to be forgotten” customer consent mandates and regulations on how customer data is handled.

U.S. companies will face hefty fines or lawsuits if they don’t comply.

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Bumblebee populations higher in Detroit than in some less-urbanized areas; vacant lots could be a factor

ANN ARBOR — A new study of native bumblebee populations in southeastern Michigan cities found, surprisingly, that Detroit has more of the large-bodied bees than some surrounding, less urbanized locations.

The University of Michigan students who conducted the study suspect that the large amount of vacant or idle land in Detroit may boost the bumblebee population by providing nesting sites and flowers for food.

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Business Expansions Win State Aid, To Create 203 Jobs

LANSING — An animal health company is expanding in the Kalamazoo area with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced.

That expansion, along with four other business expansion projects that also received MSF approval, will generate a total private investment of more than $71.5 million and create 203 jobs in Michigan.

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Rocket Fiber To Provide Free Wi-Fi On QLine

DETROIT — The Detroit-based gigabit internet and technology service provider Rocket Fiber will provide free wi-fi service on the QLine streetcars when they begin operations Friday, May 12, the companies announced.

The services include network-based technology to incorporate into the QLine main office at the Penske Technical Center and public wi-fi at the stations and trains.

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Gas Station TV, Verifone Announce Joint Venture

DETROIT — Gas Station TV, the Detroit-based TV programming provider for gasoline pumps, announced a 50-50 joint venture that combines the assets and operations of Verifone’s Pump Media division with GSTV, which is owned by Detroit-based Rockbridge Growth Equity and Falcon Investment Advisors.

The combined business will operate under the GSTV brand and deliver 3.3 billion annual impressions through more than 18,000 locations in all 50 states by year’s end.

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AT&T Upgrades Wireless Network in Southeast, Central Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. has announced upgrades on 11 cell towers on its 4G LTE network in Genesee, Shiawassee, Wayne, and Washtenaw counties to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

The communities of Ann Arbor, Clio, Detroit, Flushing, Gibraltar, Livonia, New Boston, Owosso, Plymouth and Ypsilanti will see improvements. AT&T says the additional capacity upgrades are like adding more lanes to a highway carrying traffic from a customer’s device to the cell tower, resulting in faster speeds and more reliable service.

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Detroit Firm’s Survey — More College Admissions Staff Check Social Media

DETROIT — In a recent survey conducted by The Social U, a startup business assisting young people maintain their social media profiles, 79 percent of college admissions officers reported “quality of character” as an important component in the admissions process.

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AT&T Brings Faster Network to More Than 100 Michigan Sites

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. has activated upgrades to bring faster speeds to nearly 100 cell sites around the state.

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