IN THE NEWS: AT&T TAKEOVER OF TIME WARNER APPROVED

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that AT&T's proposed takeover of Time Warner has been signed off by the courts, it's time to take a cold hard look at how the entertainment landscape may change because of the move. The ruling to let the takeover happen — despite Justice Department opposition — could open the way for a number of other corporate marriages. Expect to see major cable, satellite and phone companies fattening their portfolios with purchases of entertainment conglomerates to compete against internet rivals like Amazon and Google. It will also be interesting to see how the mergers will play out with the official end of net neutrality — the Obama-era rules that barred internet service providers from playing favorites when it comes to distributing material.

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IN THE NEWS: TAX ON AMAZON, OTHER COMPANIES, REPEALED

SEATTLE (AP) — A tax on large companies such as Amazon meant to fight a growing homelessness crisis has been rolled back. The decision came during a wild Seattle City Council meeting that featured cheering, jeering and booing — with the cries from the audience often drowning out city leaders. Despite the raucous atmosphere, the vote went 7-2 to repeal the tax package. The vote showed Amazon's ability to aggressively push back on government taxes, especially in its affluent hometown where it's the largest employer with more than 45,000 workers.

ON THE WEB: UBER DRIVER LOSES LICENSE FOR BOOTING TWO KISSING WOMEN

CYBERSPACE (AP) — An Uber driver who booted two kissing women out of his car had his livery license suspended. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission says the actions of Uber driver Ahmad El Boutari were "ridiculous." The driver threw the women out of his car over the weekend after they engaged in what they say was a "peck" on the lips. The driver told the women for them to kiss in an Uber was "illegal" — and "disrespectful."

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Uber site: http://www.uber.com

IN STORES: THE WATER PILLOW MEDIFLOW

BOONTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Some people say it's great when they feel like they are sleeping on air. Then, there's the feeling you get when you are sleeping on water. A new pillow uses water as the medium to deliver a sound night's sleep. The Water Pillow by Mediflow has a built-in water chamber you can fill to your desired firmness. Once it's filled, it provides a relaxing way to pass the night. You can choose the style of comfort you want — by the amount of water you put inside. First you choose between styles of pillows: fiber, down, or gel memory foam pillow. Once you get it home, fill it with water. The water adapts to the shape of your head and neck as you sleep. And that can help keep your head and neck in proper alignment — which can, in turn, reduce or eliminate neck pain and stiffness. The Water Pillow by Mediflow has a suggested retail price of $49.99.

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Water Pillow by Mediflow site: http://www.mediflow.com

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