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July 13, 2018

IN THE NEWS: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CHALLENGES AT&T-TIME WARNER MERGER

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has fired another legal torpedo in an effort to sink the megamerger between AT&T and Time Warner. The Justice Department has filed an appeal of a judge’s dismissal of the government’s effort to stop the deal. The administration argues that the AT&T takeover of the Time Warner entertainment conglomerate would hurt competition, limit choices and increase prices for people who want to stream TV, sports and movies. Last month, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon rejected those arguments, giving his judicial blessing to the union.

IN THE NEWS: UNITED NATIONS EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER DIGITAL REALM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is establishing a high-level panel in an effort to ensure what it calls “a safe and inclusive digital future.” The U.N. Secretary-General says he sees the world body as having a “unique platform” for discussing how the digital future will play out — and says the panel is aimed at crafting proposals to make sure nations cooperate when it comes to how the internet operates. The panel will be co-chaired by Chinese e-commerce billionaire Jack Ma and the wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

ON THE WEB: BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Yogi Berra is believed to have said of a popular restaurant, “no one goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.” That principle could have applied to a “Pay Your Age” promotion by the Build-A-Bear Workshop. The chain which lets people craft customized teddy bears and other stuffed toys let people who brought a child in purchase a bear and pay the kid’s current age. But yesterday’s promotion proved too popular — and stores had to turn people away and close locations early due to overcrowding. Customers took to social media to complain. And Build-A-Bear did the same to apologize. The company says it’s distributing vouchers to customers who were sent home from stores. They can be redeemed through Aug. 31.

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IN STORES: LAST TWO BLOCKBUSTER STORES IN ALASKA CLOSING

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Blockbuster video store chain has closed two-thirds of its remaining stores — and that brings the number left to just one. The store had three remaining outlets in the U.S. — but is closing the last two stores it had in Alaska. Those stores will close for rentals after Sunday — then begin a liquidation sale through the end of August. The two closures mean the last surviving Blockbuster store is in Bend, Oregon. That outlet’s general manager says it has “no plans on closing anytime soon.”

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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