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AT&T Agrees to Buy Time Warner for Around $80 Billion

ATT mergerAT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for more than $80 billion, a person briefed on the matter said on Saturday, a move that would create a new colossus in the worlds of media and telecommunications.

The proposed transaction could be announced as soon as Saturday, barring last-minute changes, this person added.

Putting together AT&T, a sprawling video and internet empire that encompasses cellphone and cable service along with DirecTV, and Time Warner’s media holdings, which include HBO, CNN and the movie studio Warner Bros., would create a formidable new player and potentially spur even more deals. In recent weeks, the family that controls CBS and Viacom has urged the two companies to consider a merger.

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Why is the Ivanka Trump clothing line boycott growing? You are what you wear

Ivanka brand boycott growingLike many women who have watched sexual harassment allegations against Trump unfold, [Shannon] Coulter was reminded of her own experience. “I was in an office belonging to a firm I was working for in Silicon Valley and my boss’s boss came breezing through. Suddenly he came up behind me and pressed himself right up against me and said ‘Why is it you always look so good?’ He had a colleague with him and it was so humiliating,” Coulter recalled.

“And when I heard Donald Trump talking on that tape, I recognized in his words the same feeling that I had that day – of being nothing more than an object. No matter how smart you are or how hard you work, they can do that to us,” she said.

Now Coulter is taking action.

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Japanese are working themselves to death--literally

Japanese working themselves to deathMatsuri Takahashi was just 24 years old and the graduate of prestigious Tokyo University when she leaped to her death from her company dormitory on Christmas Day last year.

Tokyo Labor Bureau investigators ruled her suicide karoshi — death by overwork.

The Labor Bureau announced on Oct. 7 that Takahashi had been required to work 100 hours or more of overtime per month for months on end at the prominent Dentsu advertising agency. She often got as little as two hours of sleep a night, rarely had a day off and was ordered by supervisors to report fewer hours than she actually worked.

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J&J warns diabetic patients - Insulin pump vulnerable to hacking

Insulin pumps can be hacked: J&JJohnson & Johnson is telling patients that it has learned of a security vulnerability in one of its insulin pumps that a hacker could exploit to overdose diabetic patients with insulin, though it describes the risk as low.

Medical device experts said they believe it was the first time a manufacturer had issued such a warning to patients about a cyber vulnerability, a hot topic in the industry following revelations last month about possible bugs in pacemakers and defibrillators.

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Barrel bombs hit largest hospital in Syria's Aleppo

Aleppo hospital barrel bombedAt least two barrel bombs have hit the largest hospital in the rebel-held eastern side of Syria's Aleppo city, according to the medical organisation that supports it.

The facility, known as M10, had already been hit by heavy bombardment on Wednesday along with the second-largest hospital in the area in what Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, denounced as "war crimes".

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Unable To Name A Foreign Leader, Gary Johnson Has Another 'Aleppo Moment'

Gary JohnsonAsked to name his favorite foreign leader, or any foreign leader he admires, Libertarian nominee for president Gary Johnson was unable to come up with an answer.

The exchange occurred on an MSNBC town hall hosted by Chris Matthews Wednesday night.

When Johnson hesitated at the initial question, Matthews said, "Go ahead, you gotta do this. Anywhere. Any continent. Canada, Mexico, Europe, over there, Asia, South America, Africa. Name a foreign leader that you respect."

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Edward Snowden designs iPhone case to stop government surveillance

snowden's phone caseNational Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden continued his crusade against government surveillance on Thursday, revealing the design for an iPhone case that would safeguard the user’s location.

The device would alert the phone owner when its radio signals, which can broadcast location, were turned on. Snowden said that even when such features are supposedly disabled while turned to “airplane mode,” the government can use radio signals to track the phone.

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