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AT&T-Time Warner Case: How the Biggest Antitrust Trial in Years Could Play Out
The Justice Department's case to block AT&T and Time Warner's $85 billion blockbuster merger heads to trial this week, with opening statements expected on Thursday. The case is being billed as one of the most important antitrust trials in years. Judge Leon has experience in antitrust disputes, giving final approval of Comcast's merger with NBCUniversal in 2011 - a case that many have looked to for precedent.
BlackBerry's Fan League will give you swag for hyping its poorly-selling phones
BlackBerry wants you to advertise on its behalf in exchange for the weekly chance to win. The program, called BlackBerry Smartphone Fan League, has you connect your social media platforms in order to promote BlackBerry and earn points. Then, the Fan League prompts you to connect even more accounts you can use to shill for BlackBerry, from Instagram to Pinterest to YouTube. Both Amazon and Best Buy now have the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition listed as in stock and available for $549 US.
Disney is bringing 'immersive' Marvel lands to its theme parks
Disney's theme parks are about to get a lot more Marvel superheroes. Ride last year, the company has announced that it will be bringing more Marvel properties to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, along with expanded experiences at both Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. According to Marvel, a new completely immersive Super Hero universe will be coming to the Disney's California Adventure park, taking over the space currently occupied by a land inspired by Pixar's A Bug's Life.
Amazon overtakes Google parent Alphabet, only Apple bigger
SAN FRANCISCO - Amazon moved ahead of Google parent Alphabet on Tuesday to become the nation's second-most valuable company based on its stock price, but the online retailing giant still has a long ways to go before it can catch Apple. Amazon's market capitalization was $768 billion on Tuesday, jumping ahead of Alphabet, which stood at $762 billion, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Neither is in range of Apple, which still weighs in at a hefty $889 billion.
Uber drivers denied service to woman with cerebral palsy, new lawsuit claims
Uber is being accused of its drivers denying rides to a Texas woman with cerebral palsy on approximately 25 separate occasions across 2016 and 2017, according to a new lawsuit filed today. The woman claims that drivers repeatedly canceled rides because she requires the use of a service dog. The plaintiff, D'Edra Steele, details a number of instances in which she was allegedly denied service by Uber drivers in the lawsuit.
Obama 2012 team: We didn't break Facebook rules in our campaign
By contrast, Obama campaign officials say they did not collect information without users' consent or in violation of the rules Facebook had in place at the time. More than 1 million Obama supporters signed up for a Facebook app, giving the campaign permission to look at their lists of friends. Obama aides say they strictly complied with Facebook's rules and never shared the data they gained from the app with a third party.
Skype now has integrations with TripAdvisor and StubHub
Skype has teamed up with TripAdvisor so you can now send travel plans and tips right inside the Skype app. It's also got a new integration with StubHub, a platform for sporting and concert tickets, that lets you browse and share events. Both add-ins are great for those who still use Skype to make video calls and chat with friends and family. Once using the TripAdvisor add-in, you can pick out hotels, restaurants, and other destinations to share in a chat.
Arizona death brings calls for more autonomous vehicle rules
The deadly collision between an Uber autonomous vehicle and a pedestrian near Phoenix is bringing calls for tougher self-driving regulations. Police in Tempe, Arizona, say the female pedestrian walked in front of the Uber SUV Sunday night. Current federal regulations have few requirements specifically for self-driving vehicles, leaving it for states to handle. Many federal and state officials say their regulations are sufficient to keep people safe while allowing the potentially life-saving technology to grow. Explore further: Crash marks first death involving fully autonomous vehicle.
Airbus to name new CEO at end of year: company
European aviation giant Airbus said Tuesday it will name a successor to departing CEO Tom Enders at the end of 2018. France-based Airbus in December announced that Enders, who is German, would not seek reappointment when his current term runs out out next year. It has also faced challenges with the A380 superjumbo, the world's largest civilian airliner, as well as over-budget military transporter A400M. In early March it announced plans to cut around 3,700 jobs on the A380 and A400M programmes.
China's Tencent to take stake in Ubisoft games maker
Chinese internet giant Tencent has entered into a strategic partnership with Ubisoft that includes it taking a five percent stake, the French videogame publisher said Tuesday. Tencent will become a long-term shareholder in Ubisoft's capital as part of media company Vivendi selling its 27.3 percent stake in a 2-billion-euro ($2.5 billion) deal, Ubisoft said. Tencent operates China's ubiquitous WeChat messaging platform and is the country's leader in social media and gaming.
Mark Zuckerberg is 'working around the clock' on the Cambridge Analytica controversy, Facebook says
After nearly four days of silence from top executives on the unfolding controversy around Cambridge Analytica's misuse of user data, Facebook on Tuesday made a statement about what Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are doing. Mark, Sheryl and their teams are working around the clock to get all the facts and take the appropriate action moving forward, because they understand the seriousness of this issue, Facebook told The Daily Beast.
Salesforce agrees to buy Mulesoft in $6.5 billion deal
CLOSE Warren Buffett, the third richest man in the world, according to Forbes, has a salary of only $100,000 a year. Salesforce announced an agreement on Tuesday to buy Mulesoft in an enterprise technology merger that would value Mulesoft at $6.5 billion. Salesforce will pay $44.89 per share for Mulesoft, a 36% premium - each Mulesoft share will equal $36 in cash and 0.0711 shares of Salesforce common stock, the companies said.
Audible is finally back on Sonos speakers
Audible is finally back on Sonos, after a false alarm two weeks ago when the company mistakingly published a blog post saying the integration was available. Audible is now rolling out on Sonos through the Sonos and Audible apps, giving users an easy way of playing their audiobooks on Sonos hardware. Sonos One speakers are already compatible with Amazon's Alexa and Amazon Music, so it was surprising that the Amazon-owned Audible audiobook service has remained absent from the company's product family for so long.
Orbitz says a possible data breach has affected 880,000 credit cards
Travel booking website Orbitz has announced that it discovered a potential data breach that exposed information for thousands of customers, as reported by Engadget. The incident, discovered by the company on March 1st, may have exposed information tied to about 880,000 credit cards. Orbitz partner platform data, such as travel booked via Amex Travel, submitted between January 1st, 2016 and December 22nd, 2017 may have also been compromised.
Google launched a new AR app that lets you draw white lines in the air
Google has launched a new AR app that's both simple to use and fun. It's an app called Just a Line that lets you draw white lines in the air. Google has termed it an AR experiment, as you can literally only draw white lines. If you're clever with it and draw hoops in the air that you can skateboard through, the lines sometimes look real.
George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers TV show promises 'Psycho in space' in its first trailer
SyFy has released a first look at the upcoming adaptation of George RR Martin's Nightflyers, which will adapt the 1980 novella into a 10-episode television series. While the trailer doesn't do much beyond show off a few of the actors and offer some behind-the-scenes hype for the show, there's a clear horror vibe coming across here. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will be the most expensive show the network has made thus far.
Uber's former head of self-driving cars put safety second
To get to that better software faster we should deploy the first 1000 cars asap. Shortly thereafter, Levandowski would leave to found his own self-driving trucking company, which was quickly acquired by Uber. Waymo CEO John Krafcik said that Levandowski had vehemently held that redundant systems for steering and braking were unnecessary. I think it's fair to say we had different points of view on safety, said Krafcik in court.

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