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AT&T set to announce $85 billion Time Warner purchase

File photo of the signage for an AT&T store is seen in New YorkBy Greg Roumeliotis and Jessica Toonkel NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is set to announce an $85 billion deal to buy Time Warner Inc on Saturday, sources familiar with the matter said, the boldest move yet by a telecommunications company to acquire content to stream over its high-speed network in an attempt to appeal to a growing number of online viewers. The biggest deal in the world this year would give AT&T control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted media assets. It would likely face intense scrutiny by U.S. antitrust regulators worried that AT&T might try to limit distribution of Time Warner material.

10/22/2016 05:11 PM

New York governor approves new regulations on Airbnb

A 3D printed people's models are seen in front of a displayed Airbnb logo in this illustration(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation on Friday that would place new regulations on online home rental companies like Airbnb. Existing New York state law bars most urban apartment-dwellers from renting out their units for less than 30 days if they are not present. The law recently passed by the state legislature would bar even advertising a rental that violates that existing law, which could help regulators crack down on Airbnb itself in addition to the users of its service. Airbnb had previously said it would sue if Cuomo approved the bill. ...

10/21/2016 03:27 PM

New NYC law, San Francisco lawsuit highlight global risks for Airbnb

Chesky co-founder and CEO of AirBnb attends the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San FranciscoSAN FRANCISCO/BERLIN (Reuters) - Airbnb, the online lodging service that investors now believe is worth $30 billion, faces a reckoning. "Throughout the country, people representing cities have called me to ask what's going on with the litigation," he said.

10/21/2016 06:25 PM

Thai junta says Google removing content with royal insults

Google logo adorns entrance of Google Germany headquarters in HamburgThailand’s government met with representatives from Internet giant Google, amid growing calls from Thai hardline royalists to bring those who insult the monarchy to justice, as many Thais look with uncertainty to a future without their revered king. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death on Oct. 13 has thrown the country of 67 million into mourning. It has also led to the rise of ultra-royalist vigilante groups who say they will punish anyone perceived to have insulted the monarchy during a highly sensitive time for Thailand.

10/22/2016 04:46 AM

Samsung placing product images in Youku videos, targeting Chinese viewers

The logo of Samsung Electronic is seen at its headquarters in SeoulBy Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Advertising technology company Mirriad says it is working with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and China's video site Youku to market Samsung products to Chinese viewers who are gravitating toward streaming video content. For instance, in the show "Ode to Joy" on Youku, as two characters emerge from an underground escalator in an urban setting, a billboard at the landing bears an ad for Samsung's Galaxy C phone. After the episode was shot and produced, the ad was inserted by Mirriad's technology over a real billboard at the setting.

10/21/2016 04:43 PM

EU regulators want to know if LinkedIn data is unique: sources

The logo for LinkedIn Corporation is shown in Mountain View, CaliforniaBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators want to know whether LinkedIn's data is unique, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday, which could be key to their decision on Microsoft's $26 billion bid for the social network. The European Commission earlier this week sent questionnaires to third parties, asking for their views on the subject after Microsoft sought approval for its biggest ever acquisition. One of the questions asked whether LinkedIn's data from its 433 million professionals is unique and whether it can be replicated, and to what extent substitutes exist for LinkedIn, the people said.

10/21/2016 12:54 PM

AT&T is reportedly in talks to buy Time Warner for $80B

AT&T is reportedly in talks to buy Time Warner for $80BGrab some popcorn — AT&T wants to take you to the movies. At least that's the word on Wall Street after several reports citing unnamed sources said the giant phone company is in advanced talks to buy Time ...

10/22/2016 07:18 PM

Attacks on the internet keep getting bigger and nastier
Could millions of connected cameras, thermostats and kids' toys bring the internet to its knees? It's beginning to look that way. On Friday, epic cyberattacks crippled a major internet firm, repeatedly ...
10/22/2016 06:33 PM

WSJ: AT&T will acquire Time Warner for more than $80 billion
Following rumors earlier this week of an imminent deal, The Wall Street Journal is now reporting the AT&T has reached an agreement to acquire Time Warner. AT&T will reportedly pay between $105 and $110 per share for Time Warner, making the deal worth more than $80 billion. Time Warner shares closed at $89.48 on Friday after spiking on rumors that a merger deal with AT&T could be announced as soon as this weekend. According the WSJ , AT&T and Time Warner's boards are meeting this afternoon and the final merger proposal could be announced later on Saturday. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel speed tests: Closer, but Android was still crushed in the end As a result of its acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T will dive headfirst into the entertainment business — Time Warner companies include HBO, CNN, TNT and the Warner Bros. film and TV studio. As WSJ noted, this acquisition will be the largest media deal in years, provided it is approved by regulators. Rumors on Friday suggested that a number of other companies were closely watching negotiations between AT&T and Time Warner, including Apple . Apple had been rumored earlier this year to be considering making a play for Time Warner, and the two companies had even met according to reports that broke late on Friday. Should it be approved, AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner will be its biggest deal since buying BellSouth for $85 billion in 2006.
10/22/2016 03:59 PM

The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was the best day of my life

The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was the best day of my lifeEver since I learned about the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City, I knew I would have to make it my life's mission to go someday. That dream finally came true for me when I moved to New York last year, and the parade, as expected, did not disappoint. How could you go wrong with hundreds of dogs in adorable costumes? That's right, you can't.Halloween costume choices for humans and dogs alike are telling of the trends and events of that year. Last year's parade saw meme culture spilling into the real world with dog versions of The Fat Jewish and Netflix and Chill. ...

10/22/2016 03:39 PM

The best ways to sell your big data projects to the CEO

The best ways to sell your big data projects to the CEOIn order to gain support and financial approval for your big data and analytics initiatives, you need to give busy senior managers a snapshot of how these efforts can pay off.

10/22/2016 02:56 PM

Yesterday’s massive Internet outage was caused by hijacked DVRs, webcams and more
Hackers yesterday attacked Dyn, a major DNS service, with an absolutely massive DDoS attack that swiftly took a number of popular services, including Twitter, PayPal and Spotify, offline. While DDoS attacks are nothing new in and of themselves, there are two aspects to yesterday's widespread assault on the Internet that are particularly intriguing. One, the scale and effectiveness of yesterday's DDoS attack was impressive and brutal. All the more so because just when Dyn had seemingly addressed the issue, the actors behind the attack would launch another deluge of garbage requests. Two, the malware behind yesterday's DDoS attack was effectively a botnet comprised of millions of Internet connected devices, from DVRs and routers to CCTV cameras. In other words, yesterday's attack saw our vaunted Internet of Things  turned against us in an unprecedented way. DON'T MISS:  Everything we know about Apple’s exciting next-gen MacBook Pro Security researcher Brian Krebs has been monitoring the situation closely and notes that the attack was orchestrated by the Mirai malware. You might recall that Mirai's source code was released  just a few weeks ago. Krebs details how Mirai works and why it's so effective. Mirai scours the Web for IoT devices protected by little more than factory-default usernames and passwords, and then enlists the devices in attacks that hurl junk traffic at an online target until it can no longer accommodate legitimate visitors or users. According to researchers at security firm Flashpoint, today’s attack was launched at least in part by a Mirai-based botnet. Allison Nixon, director of research at Flashpoint, said the botnet used in today’s ongoing attack is built on the backs of hacked IoT devices — mainly compromised digital video recorders (DVRs) and IP cameras made by a Chinese hi-tech company called XiongMai Technologies. The components that XiongMai makes are sold downstream to vendors who then use it in their own products. According to Dyn, the incident was officially resolved as of yesterday evening. Developing...
10/22/2016 02:51 PM

Superman shilled for AT&T in the '80s

Superman shilled for AT&T in the '80sAT&T is now on its way to acquiring Time Warner for more than $80 billion. The deal promises to have a massive impact on the tech and entertainment industries. But seeds of this merger were planted almost 30 years ago. Back in 1987, AT&T did a deal with DC Comics (which is now held by Time Warner) to have an animated Clark Kent and Lois Lane appear in a Super Bowl spot promoting the AT&T Card. And none other than Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder are voicing the characters!

10/22/2016 02:26 PM

How to create multiple NAT Networks in VirtualBox

How to create multiple NAT Networks in VirtualBoxFor an easy way to work with NAT networks and virtual machines, check out how to use VirtualBox's NAT Networks.

10/22/2016 02:08 PM

Near Death is a tense, fantastic game about surviving Antarctica

Near Death is a tense, fantastic game about surviving AntarcticaEmphasizing the adventure-movie feel of Near Death is the weary, sardonic written banter between your pilot and her dispatcher. As with the base, there’s no real backstory to discover, and the writing has just enough personality to enliven the process of getting instructions.

10/22/2016 02:03 PM

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