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  • Phoning 'home': what your mobile may be giving away Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 12:50 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Sept 28- When popular Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Inc admitted that its devices were sending users' personal information back to a server in China, it prompted howls of protest and an investigation by Taiwan's government. The affair has also drawn attention to just how little we know about what happens between our smartphone and the outside world.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 25- DirecTV's shareholders overwhelmingly approved the company's acquisition by AT&T Inc, DirecTV said on Thursday. The $45 billion deal, currently under review by U.S. and international regulators, was approved by 99 percent of votes cast, the company said in a statement.

  • DirecTV shareholders approve $48.5B sale to AT&T Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    NEW YORK— AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is moving forward as shareholders of the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster approved the deal. Public-interest groups say the deal would lead to less competition, since AT&T and DirecTV provide pay-TV services to about 25 percent of the country. DirecTV has 20 million subscribers.

  • LA call center firm sued by US for sex harassment Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 3:44 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— An international call center company based in Los Angeles was sued Wednesday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for widespread sexual harassment against female and male employees who were allegedly groped, shown pornographic images and propositioned by supervisors.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 18- Microsoft Corp urged the Federal Communications Commission to approve AT&T's Inc $48.5 billion bid for DirecTV, saying in a filing that the acquisition is crucial to expanding Americans' access to the internet. The letter, which was dated Sept. 16 and released publicly on Thursday, comes as the FCC conducts a formal review of the merger.

  • Former AT&T partners petition FCC to block DirecTV bid Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 18- More than ninety former business partners of AT&T Inc are demanding the Federal Communications Commision block the wireless carrier's $48.5 billion bid for DirecTV, saying the company engaged in anti-competitive behavior and violated fiduciary duty.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- Satellite television service DirecTV expects its merger with wireless operator AT&T Inc to be completed next April, Chief Executive Mike White told investors at a conference on Friday. AT&T's $48.5 billion bid for DirecTV, announced in May, is being reviewed by U.S. regulators.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- State attorneys general working to determine whether Comcast Corp's deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc is legal have expanded their investigation to include AT&T Inc's plans to buy DirecTV, according to sources close to the merger probe.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 11- Verizon Communications Inc plans to launch an Internet-based television service in the first half of next year, its chief executive said on Thursday, in a move intended to shake up traditional cable and satellite TV services. In January, Verizon bought an Intel Corp venture to create a web-based TV service.

  • Ciena Corp and Finisar Corp last week joined their peers in forecasting a weak current quarter, citing delays on closing sales to customers in North America. AT&T is set to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion and Deutsche Telekom AG is seeking buyers for T-Mobile US Inc after the collapse of a sale to Sprint- which itself was bought last year by Japan's Softbank Corp..

  • Aug 26- Digital video recorder maker TiVo Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue due to strong growth in subscribers through cable TV partners such as Virgin Media in the UK, ONO in Spain and Com Hem AB in Sweden. TiVo's subscriptions rose by a third to 4.8 million in the second quarter ended July 31.

  • UPDATE 1-AT&T's DirecTV bid nearing approval - NY Post Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 2:27 AM ET

    Aug 26- AT&T Inc has reached a tentative deal with antitrust regulators to pave the way for it to buy DirecTV, the New York Post reported, citing unspecified sources. The proposed deal is expected to get clearance from the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission in the first quarter, the newspaper reported.

  • AT&T's DirecTV bid nearing approval - NY Post Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    Aug 26- AT&T Inc, has reached a tentative deal with antitrust regulators to pave the way for it to buy DirecTV, the New York Post reported, citing unspecified sources.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 15- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday, with major indexes on track for a second week of gains, as traders bet there would be no immediate escalation in the tense situations in Ukraine or Iraq.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc disclosed a new $366 million stake in cable TV operator Charter Communications Inc and pared its holdings in two other pay-TV companies, part of a flurry of changes in its stock investments during the second quarter. DirecTV is awaiting regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T for $48.5 billion.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc reported a $366 million stake in cable TV operator Charter Communications Inc in the second quarter, according to a regulatory filing made public on Thursday.

  • Time Warner's new burden after Murdoch Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 3:54 PM ET
    An employee uses a touch screen to display information about Home Box Office Inc.'s GO streaming service at a PCCW Ltd. store in Hong Kong, May 5, 2014.

    Thanks to Rupert Murdoch's recent overture, Time Warner shares have traded more on drama than fundamentals. That may be about to change.

  • Aug 5- Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox decided to pull its $80 billion offer to buy Time Warner Inc on Tuesday, abandoning plans to create one of the world's largest media conglomerates.

  • Megamergers in focus as TWX, Fox report earnings Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | 11:48 AM ET
    The Time Warner Center in New York City.

    With earnings from Time Warner and Twenty-First Century Fox this week, investors will be listening for what the reports mean for a potential deal.

  • *Telefonica offers up Telcom Italia stake to Vivendi. PARIS/ MADRID, Aug 5- Spain's Telefonica has made a 6.7 billion euro bid to France's Vivendi for its Brazilian broadband unit GVT, seeking to strengthen its position in a market that accounts for one-fifth of revenue. Telefonica also offered Vivendi the chance to acquire its 8.3 percent stake in Telecom Italia.