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May 19, 2014, 1:55 AM

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AT&T:
AT&T agrees to acquire DirecTV in stock-and-cash deal for $95 per share  —  AT&T to Acquire DIRECTV  — Creates Content Distribution Leader Across Mobile, Video & Broadband Platforms  — The premier pay TV brand with the best content relationships now poised to deliver video to multiple screens …
Jon Passantino / BuzzFeed:
AT&T Buys DirecTV For $67 Billion In Second Major Deal To Reshape TV Industry  —  The deal, announced Sunday night after roughly a month of negotiations, follows Comcast's impending acquisition of Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion.  Both deals will face intense regulatory scrutiny.  —  AP
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion: Sources  —  Deal would be biggest ever for YouTube  —  Google's YouTube has reached a deal to buy Twitch, a popular videogame-streaming company, for more than $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the pact.
Wall Street Journal:
Google's acquisition talks with Twitch still at an early stage  —  Google in Talks About Possible Acquisition of Twitch  —  Google's Talks With Live Video-Streaming Service at Early Stage  —  Google Inc. is in talks about a possible acquisition of Twitch, a fast-growing live video-streaming service …
More: Beet.TV, Reuters and SlashGear
Tweets: @marshallk and @ow
The Verge:
Twitch chooses Google over Microsoft amid multiple buyout offers  —  Video game streaming startup believes YouTube is its best bet for mainstream success  —  YouTube is indeed close to securing a $1 billion buyout of live streaming service Twitch, and will have fended off multiple suitors including Microsoft …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Facebook is reportedly building a new Snapchat competitor  —  Facebook is taking Snapchat very seriously after its failed attempt to purchase the video and picture messaging app for $3 billion last year.  Mark Zuckerberg is personally supervising an internal effort to build a competing …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Encrypted Internet Traffic Surges in a Year, Research Shows  —  Over the years we have been following various reports on Internet traffic changes, mostly focusing on file-sharing traffic.  —  A new report published by Sandvine this morning sheds light on the most recent developments.
Fred Wilson / AVC:
Unified login and deep linking within top “app constellations” mean the rich get richer in mobile  —  App Constellations  —  I touched on the concept of App Constellations in my post on Friday about Swarm.  I've been thinking about this concept for the past week …
Tweets: @tek_fin
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
How 3-D Printed Guns Evolved Into Serious Weapons in Just One Year  —  A burgeoning subculture of 3-D printed gun enthusiasts dreams of the day when a lethal firearm can be downloaded or copied by anyone, anywhere, as easily as a pirated episode of Game of Thrones.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Patent reform hangs by a thread as Senate Democrats bottle up key bill  —  For a second there, it looked as if Congress was about to fix the country's dysfunctional patent system.  The House passed a bipartisan bill in December, supported by the White House and a coalition of retail and tech giants …
Tweets: @digiphile

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