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DirecTV shareholders overwhelmingly approve AT&T acquisition

By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) – DirecTV’s shareholders overwhelmingly approved the company’s acquisition by AT&T Inc , DirecTV said on Thursday. The $45 billion deal, currently under review by U.S. and international regulators, was approved by 99 percent of votes cast, the company said in a statement. The votes cast represent 77 percent of shares outstanding. If the deal is approved by regulators, the company expects it to close in the first half of 2015. …

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Canada’s Cogeco eyes wireless service, seeks regulator’s help

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian regional cable and Internet company Cogeco Cable Inc would consider launching a “virtual” wireless business if the telecom regulator ensures it access to the infrastructure of its much larger rivals, its chief executive said on Thursday. Louis Audet said that setting strict rules to encourage the emergence of mobile virtual network operators, or MVNOs, would help break the market dominance of the three national operators, BCE Inc, Rogers Communications Inc, and Telus Corp. … …read more

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EU privacy watchdogs give Google guidelines to change privacy practices

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European data privacy regulators on Thursday handed Google a package of guidelines to help it bring the way it collects and stores user data in line with EU law after six regulators opened investigations into the internet giant. The group of European data protection authorities, known as the Article 29 Working Party, sent Google a list of measures it could implement, such as spelling out clearly for what purposes it collects user data and what third party entities would also be able to collect people’s information. …

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Goo sculpture shows how happy or sad Oslo’s internet users are

Monolitt is an art exhibit that shows the emotions of Oslo’s residents in globs of paint. The waist-high monolith, created by Norwegian artists Syver Lauritzsen and Eirik Haugen Murvoll, oozes colored goo when someone nearby tweets an emotion. Black shows annoyance, while a squirt of pink shows the person behind the screen is happy. Other colors are assigned to other emotions, and the hypnotic result, as shown in the artists’ video, is a swirled mass of both paint and human feelings.

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Amazon’s head of digital music, video to depart

(Reuters) – Inc’s head of digital music and video is departing the e-commerce company by the end of the year, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear whether Bill Carr, who is a vice president, is leaving Amazon to take another job. An Amazon spokeswoman said Carr is planning to spend time with family. Carr, 47, has been instrumental in Amazon’s push to take on Netflix Inc and Hulu in streaming online video, according to the Wall Street Journal, which initially reported the departure. …

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This is what HTC’s GoPro competitor looks like

HTC is likely getting ready to release a GoPro-style action camera. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess as to what standout features it’ll offer to set HTC apart from GoPro, which absolutely dominates the take-it-anywhere camera market right now. The company is holding a press event on October 8th in New York City, and today’s video makes it very clear that we’ll hear the full details on HTC’s next products there.

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