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Media & Comm, most read: 5G ball game; CES 2019 preview; Cybersecurity's M&A

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Media & Comm, most read: 5G ball game; CES 2019 preview; Cybersecurity's M&A

Here are the most read stories of the week.

5G ball game in early innings as US operators launch mobile services in 2019

When it comes to next-generation 5G wireless service, U.S. operators spent most of 2018 in the bullpen warming up. But analysts say the ball game is now underway and will get more interesting as the industry moves deeper into the new year.

First 5G devices to debut in 2019 as next-gen US networks come online

The first 5G smartphones will come to U.S. markets in 2019, giving early adopters their first taste of the next-generation technology. But analysts note widespread adoption of 5G is still a year or two off.

Conference Chatter: CES 2019 preview: A connected future

As nascent technologies start becoming consumer realities, interesting gizmos and gadgets will be spotlighted at the world's largest technology conference next week. There has been an increased focus in recent years at CES on solutions expanding beyond personal devices to streets and cities.

NBC Sports Chicago forms new partnership with 3 pro teams

NBCUniversal Media LLC's NBC Sports Chicago (US) on Jan. 2 announced a multiyear pact with Major League Baseball's White Sox, the National Basketball Association's Bulls and the National Hockey League's Blackhawks. The exclusive, local multiplatform agreement is set to begin Oct. 1 and will center around game coverage, starting with the 2019-2020 NBA and NHL seasons and the White Sox contests the following spring.

Data Dispatch: Big deals expected to continue for cybersecurity in 2019 as sector consolidates

While 2018 brought the largest security software deal in a decade, news that another big name may be on the sales block lends support to analysts' view that cybersecurity's M&A hot streak is set to continue in 2019. October 2018 saw the biggest cybersecurity announcement in at least a decade with International Business Machines Corp.'s pending $35.69 billion acquisition of Red Hat Inc., and recent reports indicate that security software giant McAfee, last valued at $4.2 billion in 2016, could be the next up for sale.