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  • WASHINGTON, June 24- U.S. lawmakers grilled AT&T Inc and DirecTV on Tuesday over a proposed merger that some Democrats and public interest groups fear will result in higher costs and less competition.

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- AT&T Inc's proposed merger with DirecTV does not compare with other mergers shaking up the telecommunications industry because the companies largely provide different services, AT&T's chief executive told lawmakers on Tuesday.

  • AT&T: The DirecTV deal is not Comcast/Time Warner Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 2:24 PM ET

    AT&T's proposed merger with DirecTV does not compare with other mergers shaking up the telecommunications industry.

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- AT&T Inc's proposed merger with DirecTV does not compare with other mergers shaking up the telecommunications industry because the companies largely provide different services, AT&T's chief executive told lawmakers on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- DirecTV's chief executive officer told lawmakers on Tuesday that the largest U.S. satellite television provider needs to merge with AT&T Inc so that it can offer Internet service to consumers that is critical to remaining competitive.

  • Sprint closer to $40B-plus T-Mobile deal financing Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    Sprint has lined up eight banks to finance its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile US.

  • The debt package exceeds $40 billion and includes a bridge loan of roughly $20 billion from Japan's Softbank Corp to Sprint, as well as some $20 billion refinancing of T-Mobile's existing debt, the people said this week.

  • News Corp board votes to extend poison pill provision Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 5:16 PM ET

    June 18- News Corp's board of directors voted to extend a poison pill provision it put in place to prevent hostile takeovers when the company controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his family split from its cable and entertainment properties last year.

  • AT&T lands rights to Amazon's new phone: Report Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    AT&T will be the exclusive carrier for Amazon.com's new smartphone being unveiled Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.

  • CARACAS, June 13- Venezuela's inflation soaring above 60 percent has boosted pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to speed up a transition toward a market-driven economy as the OPEC nation's model of state-controlled socialism heads toward stagflation.

  • June 12- The owner of Univision Communications Inc have recently held preliminary talks about selling the Spanish-language broadcaster with CBS Corp, Time Warner Inc and other media companies, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • 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.

  • AT&T to US regulators: DirecTV will help us compete Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 6:47 AM ET
    A DirecTV employee performs a satellite installation at a customer's home in Bixby, Oklahoma.

    AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV would offer consumers access to video in a variety of media, AT&T told U.S. regulators on Wednesday.

  • AT&T defends DirecTV deal to U.S. regulators Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 6:26 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 11- AT&T Inc's acquisition of DirecTV would offer consumers access to video in a variety of media and give the company scale to compete with larger cable competitors, AT&T told U.S. regulators on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, June 5- Sprint Corp and T-Mobile might have some fresh arguments to allay regulator skepticism about a merger, but the government may still be reluctant to approve shrinking the U.S. wireless market from four main players to three.

  • Why prepaid wireless plans could get more pricey Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    Prepaid cellphone plans in particular could get more expensive if a merger of Sprint and T-Mobile happens.

  • 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.

  • 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 3- AT&T Inc raised its full-year revenue forecast for a second time, citing strong growth in its equipment installment plan even as its service revenue stagnated. Net subscriber additions to the company's wireless services are expected to exceed 800,000 in the second quarter, it said, well above Wall Street estimates of 525,000..

  • WASHINGTON, June 2- A U.S.-led international operation disrupted a crime ring that infected hundreds of thousands of PCs around the globe with malicious software used for stealing banking credentials and extorting computer owners, the Justice Department said on Monday.