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AT&T’s $85.4B deal for Time Warner: A new bet on synergy

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T’s $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner represents a new bet on synergy between companies that distribute information and entertainment to consumers and those that produce it. The acquisition would combine a telecom giant that owns a leading cellphone business, DirecTV and an internet service with …

Cuba announces it will launch broadband home internet

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba announced Sunday night that it is launching broadband Internet service in two Havana neighborhoods as a pilot project aimed at bringing home access to one of the world’s least connected nations. State telecommunications company ETECSA said it would allow Cubans in Old Havana, the colonial center …

Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who can access it with relative freedom by blacklisting and blocking social media accounts or websites deemed to …

Vietnam PM texts nation amid anti-China riots

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s prime minister sent a text message to millions of citizens urging them to act in defense of the country’s sovereignty following China’s deployment of on oil rig in disputed waters, but said that “bad elements” shouldn’t be allowed to engage in violence. The message, sent …