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February 27, 2019

IN THE NEWS: AT&T / TIME WARNER DEAL GETS APPROVAL

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over objections from the Trump administration, a federal appeals court has cleared AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner. The $81 billion deal is one of the largest media marriages ever. It had been approved last spring, soon after a federal trial judge approved it. AT&T, a wireless carrier and TV and home internet provider, ends up absorbing Time Warner which owns CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, “Game of Thrones,” sports programming and other shows. The ruling deals a major setback to the Trump Justice Department — and the agency says it won’t appeal the ruling.

IN THE NEWS: U.S. FIGHT WITH HUAWEI WAGED AT MWC

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — So far, it appears the U.S. government is making little headway in its fight to limit the reach of the Chinese high-tech firm Huawei. The two countries have a major presence at the MWC — the world’s biggest mobile technology trade fair, taking place in Barcelona, Spain. The U.S. has tried to paint Huawei as a security risk that could give the Chinese government backdoor access to snoop on internet users anywhere in the world. Huawei rejects the claim, which it says is part of a broader U.S. effort to stifle Chines rise in the world of technology and finance.

ON THE WEB: NEW FORTNITE LAWSUIT

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Add two former University of Maryland men’s basketball players to the growing list of people suing the makers of the videogame “Fortnite.” The suit by Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley claims the game’s creator misappropriated a dance they helped make popular online. The suit says the players’ “Running Man Challenge” is identical to one Fortnite players can buy in the game. The basketball players say they performed the dance in social media videos — and on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2016. Other artists, including Brooklyn-based rapper 2 Milly and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro, have also sued Epic Games over other dances depicted in the shooting game.

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Epic games site: https://www.epicgames.com

IN STORES: SANDISK EXTREME UHS-I microSDXC CARD

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A growing number of people have massive amounts of high-res photos and videos on their devices. And a new offering from Western Digital is offering is aimed at helping people store and use that data quicker. The SanDisk Extreme 1 TB UHS-I microSDXC flash memory card boasts of being the fastest on the market — at 160 megabytes per second. With its size, there’s very little chance of running out of space for photos, videos or other media for devices like smartphones, drones and action cameras. The quicker transfer times gets the data from the devices to others rapidly. The new products are due in stores in April.

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SanDisk site: http://www.sandisk.com

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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