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Unpacking the AT&T-DirecTV deal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-19 13:29

Over the weekend, AT&T announced it plans to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion. That is, of course, pending approval from federal regulators that are already busy sorting out a different telecommunications merger: Comcast’s bid to buy Time Warner Cable.

“Big fish are swallowing small fish,” says Reed Hundt, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, of the changing media landscape. “And if you want to avoid being swallowed, you need to be a bigger and bigger fish.”  AT&T, which is primarily a wireless provider, wants to diversify – to be able to sell customers phone service, internet access, and television.

And its advantage in selling regulators on the deal? Its size. "In terms of the pay TV business," says Todd Rethemeier of Hudson Square, "AT&T is a relatively small player."

VIDEO: US court convicts cleric Abu Hamza

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 13:23
Abu Hamza, the radical Muslim cleric, has been found guilty of supporting terrorism by a New York court.

Exam respite for Yarmouk students

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 13:20
Students spared siege to sit Syrian exams

Wilkinson keen on England coach role

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 13:04
England's World Cup-winning hero Jonny Wilkinson would love to help coach the national side following his retirement.

Oregon gay marriage ban struck down

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 13:00
A US judge strikes down the US state of Oregon's ban on same-sex marriages, as couples queued up at the state's courthouses and prepare to wed.

Fiery British Imam Found Guilty Of Terrorism Charges

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 13:00

Abu Hamza, an Islamic cleric alleged to have started an al-Qaida camp in the U.S., has been convicted on terrorism charges in a New York courtroom.

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Russian told to pay ex-wife $4.5bn

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:57
A Swiss court orders Dmitry Rybolovlev, owner of French football team AS Monaco, to hand over around half of his estimated fortune to his ex-wife.

Afghan notebook: Life inside

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:54
What's life like inside Kabul's only prison for women?

Voyeur teacher jailed for five years

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:31
A deputy head teacher from Cardiff who used a spy camera to film youngsters going to the toilet is jailed for five years.

AT&T And DirecTV Mega-Merger Spells Changes For Media Landscape

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:16

AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV now faces regulatory scrutiny. Meanwhile, a deal merging Comcast and Time Warner Cable is also in the works. Consumer advocates worry about consolidation, but many observers think the deals could hold down costs for the merged companies.

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In Rare Concession, Credit Suisse Admits Criminal Wrongdoing

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:16

Credit Suisse will plead guilty to criminal charges and pay over $2 billion in fines in connection to allegations of tax evasion. But the CEO and chairman are reportedly expected to keep their jobs.

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The Blogging Battlegrounds Of Eastern Ukraine

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:16

A social media struggle is unfolding in eastern Ukraine, as bloggers on both Ukrainian and separatist sides plead their cases. But many find they face surveillance, trolls and threats as they work.

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In 'Raging Bull' Ruling, High Court Sides With Co-Writer's Daughter

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:16

The Supreme Court delivered a blow on behalf of writers, giving a screenwriter's daughter a chance to prove in court that the critically acclaimed movie Raging Bull infringed her father's copyright.

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The Mood In Abuja, Where Missing Schoolgirls Cast Long Shadow

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:16

NPR's Gregory Warner talks to Robert Siegel about the mood and politics in the city of Abuja, as Nigeria struggles to deal with the schoolgirl abduction and its growing militant insurgency.

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With Cartels On The Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More Of The Green

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:16

Thanks to a big spring crop in Veracruz and police crackdowns on drug cartels, high prices for Mexican limes are falling earthward, just in time for summer cocktails. Mexican farmers are celebrating.

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Charges Of Chinese Cybercrimes To Play Out In American Courts

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:16

The Justice Department has filed charges against five members of the Chinese military, alleging that they're hackers who committed espionage against U.S. companies.

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Tuareg rebels 'free Mali hostages'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:08
Some 28 hostages abducted by Tuareg rebels in the northern Mali town of Kidal on Saturday have been freed, the United Nations says.

NASA Chief Dismisses Concern Over Russia Quitting Space Station

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:04

Administrator Charles Bolden said no one country was indispensable to the ISS after Moscow last week said it would not participate in a plan to extend the station's life past 2020.

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For Brazil's Soccer Stars, Careers Often Begin On Makeshift Fields

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:03

The soccer-mad country produces some of the world's best players. They often come from shantytowns, where they learn the game playing barefoot in the streets or on dusty fields.

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As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-19 12:02

An NPR investigation has found an explosion in the use of fees charged to criminal defendants across the country, which has created a system of justice that targets the poor.

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