October 24, 2016, 1:25 AM

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AT&T announces a half-stock, half-cash deal to acquire Time Warner, valuing the company at $85.4B  —  - New company with complementary strengths to lead the next wave of innovation in converging media and communications industry.  —Combination unlike any other …
New York Times:
AT&T-Time Warner deal will likely face tougher regulatory scrutiny and higher political hurdles than earlier Comcast-NBCUniversal deal  —  A cable and internet provider decides to buy an entertainment conglomerate.  —  The merger is met with skepticism by industry analysts and outrage …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Why AT&T would want to buy Time Warner: content packaged with data connections, a shrinking DirecTV business, and competition with Verizon, Facebook, and Google  —  AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is busy, so we'll answer for him.  —  More than 16 years ago, AOL bought Time Warner for $160 billion …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Researchers: Friday's internet outage, caused by DDoS attack on DynDNS, was powered in part by a Mirai-based botnet of DVRs and cameras with Xiongmai components  —  A massive and sustained Internet attack that has caused outages and network congestion today for a large number of Web sites …
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Wall Street Journal:
Samsung's rushed replacement of Galaxy Note7 before finding the root cause of fires doomed the smartphone  —  On the verge of challenging Apple's mobile phone dominance, the South Korean company made a rushed decision, based on incomplete evidence, that later forced it to kill the model.
David Henry / Reuters:
19 US banks to offer a money-transfer app Zelle with instant deposits by early next year, to compete against PayPal, Venmo, and Square Cash  —  By the end of December some U.S. bank customers may begin to notice features of the new Zelle instant payments network appearing on their mobile phone …
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Matthew Monks / Bloomberg:
Sources: TD Ameritrade and Toronto-Dominion Bank to acquire Scottrade for $4B; announcement may come on Monday  —  Deal would combine two of the largest online brokerages  —  Toronto-Dominion Bank said to acquire banking operations  —  TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. and its largest stakeholder …
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