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November 9, 2017

IN THE NEWS: AT&T, TIME WARNER MERGER QUESTIONED

NEW YORK (AP) — So, what’s up with AT&T’s plan to buy Time Warner? It’s been running into opposition by the federal government — and that’s raising political questions. A source says the Justice Department told AT&T it must sell either its DirecTV satellite unit — or do away with Turner, which is home to CNN, TBS and TNT — as a condition of the deal being approved. That’s something AT&T has balked at. And the request is seen as an effort by the Trump administration to put pressure on CNN, which is owned by Time Warner. Trump has denounced CNN as “fake news” for its often critical reporting on the president and his policies.

IN THE NEWS: TWITTER AND SNAPCHAT TWEAKS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They are two of the more popular social networking sites: Twitter and Snapchat. But both are having trouble drawing a wider audience — so they are making changes. The biggest of the changes have come at Twitter, which has rolled out a 280-character limit for nearly all of its users. That’s double the previous limit of 140 characters. Meanwhile Snapchat is toying with ideas that it hopes will make it easier for people other than tech-savvy teens to use. It will be a while before either company will find out whether the changes will help boost their customer bases.

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033-c-27-(Barbara Ortutay (OR’-tuh-tay), AP technology correspondent)-“say to 280”-AP technology correspondent Barbara Ortutay reports Twitter is taking on new look as the service seeks wider audiences in the shadow of Facebook. (9 Nov 2017)

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035-c-23-(Barbara Ortutay (OR’-tuh-tay), AP technology correspondent)-“to do this”-AP technology correspondent Barbara Ortutay reports Snapchat, which is struggling, is also making changes to attract more users. (9 Nov 2017)

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034-c-20-(Barbara Ortutay (OR’-tuh-tay), AP technology correspondent)-“that on Facebook”-AP technology correspondent Barbara Ortutay reports Twitter’s expansion may not be enough to catch up to Facebook. (9 Nov 2017)

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ON THE WEB: TRUMP ONLINE STORE

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Like President Donald Trump? Instead of simply wearing your heart on your sleeve, you can wear his hat on your head or pick up any number of items to show your support for the 45th President. The company Trump owns has opened an online store to sell Trump-branded apparel. The site also features golf gear and other stuff, including hats, bags and shirts.

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Online:

Trump family store site: https://shop.donaldjtrump.com/

IN STORES: WALMART - HOLIDAY SHOPPING

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart is hoping to take advantage of Black Friday shoppers who don’t want to shop on Black Friday. The discount retail giant says it will offer some of its biggest online deals this year on Thanksgiving Day. The online specials will be launched as 12:01 a.m. on turkey day — and stores will be open all day long. For those who don’t mind braving the parking lots and crowds, Walmart will feature a color-coded map on its circulars to help shoppers find their treasures. It’s one of the steps retailers are making to try to strike a balance between online and in-store deals — as customers continue to become masters at ferreting out both.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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