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  • WASHINGTON, June 12- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel will hold a hearing on June 24 to examine the proposed purchase by AT&T of DirectTV, the committee said on Thursday. The other two are Comcast's $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable and Sprint's potential bid for TMobile US.

  • Pfizer says Astra quest failed due to price Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 1:15 PM ET

    June 11- Pfizer Inc's chief financial officer on Wednesday said his company failed in its attempted $118 billion takeover of AstraZeneca Plc because they could not agree on the value of the British drugmaker. AstraZeneca shares closed up 1.2 percent in London, while Pfizer shares were little changed on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • LONDON, June 11- Japan Tobacco Inc has agreed to buy the maker of E-Lites, a leading brand of e-cigarettes in Britain, giving it entry into the fast-growing market for tobacco alternatives. Japan Tobacco said on Wednesday that it had agreed to buy all outstanding shares of E-Lites' parent company Zandera, founded in 2009..

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 10- Patent risk management company RPX Corp is in advanced talks to acquire litigation data provider PatentFreedom, three sources familiar with the deal said, a move that highlights the growing importance of services for companies trying to fend off patent lawsuits.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 10- Google Inc said on Tuesday it is acquiring satellite company Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash, the Internet company's second high-profile acquisition of an aerospace company this year. Google said that Skybox's satellites will provide images for Google's online mapping service.

  • June 10- Botox maker Allergan Inc on Tuesday rejected a sweetened $53 billion takeover offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and activist investor William Ackman, reiterating that it undervalues the company and is too risky for shareholders.

  • Behind the Merck-Idenix deal     Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    Merck is buying Idenix Pharmaceuticals for $3.85 billion in a deal that has already been approved by the boards of both companies, reports CNBC's Meg Tirrell.

  • *To buy assets in Ohio, West Virginia for $1.75 bln. June 9- Aubrey McClendon's American Energy Partners LLP said it would acquire oil and gas assets in Texas, Ohio and West Virginia for $4.25 billion.

  • SPAC on track to write 'blank check'     Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, WL Ross & Company chairman and CEO, discusses the launch of his publicly traded special purpose acquisition corporation, formed for the purpose of making acquisition.

  • ATLANTA, June 5- The state of Michigan filed felony racketeering and fraud claims against Chesapeake Energy Corp on Thursday, in the latest legal fallout from Chesapeake's ambitious attempt to acquire drilling rights amid the U.S. fracking boom.

  • Sprint, T-Mobile deal not official yet     Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    A quick rundown of the action going on in the telecom industry, with CNBC's Morgan Brennan. The big question is whether regulators will agree with a merger for T-Mobile and Sprint.

  • Sprint, T-Mobile & the state of US broadband     Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    CNBC's Jon Fortt and Henry Blodget, Business Insider editor-in-chief & CEO, discuss the potential deal between Sprint and T-Mobile and what it means for the state of broadband in the U.S. Blodget says both companies are at a tremendous disadvantage and need the scale to compete.

  • Twitter acquires mobile advertising startup Namo Media Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 5- Twitter Inc said Wednesday it will acquire Namo Media, a technology firm specializing in "native advertising" for mobile devices. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Namo Media said in a blog post that its technology would be rolled into MoPub, the ad serving platform that Twitter purchased last year for more than $300 million.

  • NEW YORK/ FRANKFURT, June 4- Sprint Corp has agreed to pay about $40 per share to buy T-Mobile US Inc, a person familiar with the matter said, marking further progress in the attempt to merge the third and fourth-biggest U.S. mobile network operators.

  • Andreessen on Apple     Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    Marc Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz, shares his thoughts on Apple's future after Steve Jobs and the acquisition of Beats. Jimmy Iovine is one of the best entrepreneurs of our time, says Andreessen.

  • NEW YORK, June 4- Sprint Corp has agreed to pay about $40 per share to buy T-Mobile US Inc, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday, signaling progress in a long-contemplated deal to merge the third- and fourth-largest U.S. wireless carriers.

  • June 4- Sprint Corp is closing in on an agreement to pay $40 a share to buy T-Mobile US Inc, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, drawing the two companies toward a deal to combine the country's third- and fourth-largest telecoms carriers.

  • June 4- Sprint Corp is closing in on an agreement to pay $40 a share to buy T-Mobile US Inc, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, drawing the two companies toward a deal to combine the country's third- and fourth-largest telecoms carriers.

  • June 4- Sprint Corp is nearing an agreement on terms such as price and termination fee in a deal to acquire T-Mobile US Inc, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the matter.

  • LONDON, June 3- Hutchison Whampoa has resumed talks with Russian telecoms group Vimpelcom over merging their Italian mobile firms, encouraged by Hutchison's 3 getting the go-ahead last week for an acquisition in Ireland, according to several people familiar with the situation.