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AT&T antitrust win may herald new wave of media mergers

WASHINGTON — Brace yourself for a likely new era of media megamergers.

AT&T’s victory over the government’s attempt to block its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner underscores just how much the way people watch and pay for TV has changed. It also highlights how corporate America wants to adapt to deal with its new environment. In short: Bigger is better.

At war with Alibaba: Top brands fight China e-commerce giant

SHANGHAI — The rivalry is so notorious it’s been called the “great cat-and-dog war.” On one side towers Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China’s e-commerce market leader, embodied by the black cat mascot of its Tmall platform. On the other is JD.com Inc., a fast-growing upstart represented by its white dog logo.

Is Facebook really changing? Or just trimming its data haul?

Lost amid a flurry of Facebook announcements about privacy settings and data access is a much more fundamental question: Is Facebook really changing its relationship with users, or just tinkering around the edges of a deeper problem — its insatiable appetite for the data it uses to sell ads?