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10/15/2018

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson proposed selling CNN to address antitrust concerns about the proposed Time Warner takeover when he met with the Justice Department's Makan Delrahim last year, per a deposition. However, a person familiar with the case countered that Stephenson was merely trying to understand the Justice Department's issues with the AT&T acquisition of Time Warner, since asset sales were not required in past deals.

10/15/2018

The World Wrestling Entertainment's multimillion-dollar pay-per-view deal in Saudi Arabia may be affected by the diplomatic tensions related to the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The WWE is scheduled to return to the Arab state Nov. 2 with the "Crown Jewel" event; the company says it is monitoring the situation.

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10/15/2018

FX has ordered comedy show "Breeders," starring Martin Freeman as a father whose self-perception shifts. "We enjoyed working with Martin on the first installment of Fargo and are delighted that he is executive producing along with Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison," FX president of originals Nick Grad said.

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10/15/2018

Participants of the "Davos in the Desert" event with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman including CNBC, The New York Times and Bloomberg have started to pull out after journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared. The symbolic embrace from the American establishment toward the prince at last year's Future Investment Initiative continues to dissipate as diplomatic tensions arise.

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10/15/2018

Veteran journalist Lesley Stahl covered much ground with President Donald Trump on Sunday's "60 Minutes," asking him about climate change, the Kavanaugh hearings, and Saudi Arabia and the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump did concede that illegal immigration was his fault, before saying it was because of people's desire to come to the US, where the economy is strong.

10/15/2018

Employers who gamify the workplace pit employees against each other by scoring their performance publicly, practicing "micromanagement with unprecedented granularity," writes Vincent Gabrielle. The end result is an unhealthy work environment, says Tae Wan Kim, business ethicist at Carnegie Mellon University: "Gamified workers have difficulty seeing what contributions they really make."

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10/15/2018

The Federal Communications Commission proposal to expand the 3.5 gigahertz Citizens Broadband Radio Service licensing area to county size is generally good for cable, but it has telecommunications and cable companies divided. Charter and Comcast are supporters, while CenturyLink and Frontier say counties are still too small as use cases in rural areas.

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10/15/2018

In a blog post, Comcast is offering a glimpse into its Xfinity X1 platform and platform tools Watchwith and Media Analysis Framework. "Thanks to these advancements the X1 platform is now able to deliver contextually relevant and personalized Internet content and services to any moment of television and we look forward to working with new partners to offer customers even more ways to interact with and enjoy their favorite content on the biggest screen in the home," writes Comcast executive Zane Vella.

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10/15/2018

The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai argued that it has no legal authority to impose net neutrality rules in the defense summary filed with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, saying broadband should be classified as an information service, not a telecommunications service, which would make it outside its legal authority. The Department of Justice sided with the commission, saying it has "no substantial reason to second-guess the commission's decision to eliminate rules that the agency has determined are both unlawful and unwise."

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10/15/2018

T-Mobile executives shared some of their 5G network plans with the Federal Communications Commission during a recent presentation, including that the proposed T-Mobile and Sprint combination would expect to handle 21 exabytes of 5G traffic each month by 2024. The combined company would offer an average throughput of 451 Mbps, and a peak of 4.2 Gbps, by 2024, according to T-Mobile.

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