Consumers Win Some, Lose Some in Privacy Legal Tussles


The Walt Disney Company’s recent decision to purchase major assets of 21st Century Fox in a transaction valued at $52 billion underscores the huge potential for distributing information and entertainment via the Internet. The deal will allow the company to improve its direct-to-consumer offerings, Disney said when it disclosed the transaction early last month. Digital distribution through personal devices naturally creates an opportunity for providers not only to generate entertainment revenue, but also to obtain valuable data on customers.

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Verizon wants to run every part of your life

The ink is barely dry on Verizon’s $4.8 billion purchase of Yahoo’s core operating assets. But Verizon announced another notable acquisition on Monday, the purchase of Ireland-based vehicle tracking firm Fleetmatics for $2.4 billion.

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Verizon on Verge of $5B Deal for Yahoo Core Assets


Verizon reportedly is close to a deal to buy the core Web assets of Yahoo for $5 billion, which would end a months-long process of jockeying over the future of the struggling company. Verizon emerged as the winner of a lengthy bidding contest to acquire the assets, according to reports that surfaced Friday. An agreement is expected early next week. The deal itself could take six to nine months to finalize. The acquisition price is rumored to be $5 billion. The deal would include real estate but not the company’s intellectual property portfolio.

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Yahoo Bids Could Seriously Underwhelm


Bids for Yahoo’s core assets were expected to come in at between $2 billion and $3 billion, far below prior estimates that it could fetch $4 billion to $8 billion at auction, according to a news report published last week. Verizon, which remains the leading candidate for Yahoo’s assets, and other contenders met with CEO Marissa Mayer at the company’s Sunnyvale, California, headquarters, according to the report, which cited sources familiar with the matter.

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Verizon May Be Tuning Up for Yodeling Contest


Verizon reportedly is planning to make a formal first-round bid for the core assets of Yahoo when the company begins fielding offers on Monday. Verizon, whose CEO last month confirmed his company’s interest, is working with executives of its AOL subsidiary and three financial advisors to put together a bid by the April 11 deadline, according to the report. The package is expected to include an offer to buy the core Web business along with Yahoo Japan, and to put a value on the business of less than $8 billion.

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Apple outlines News app ads, includes 'native ads' that display directly in content feeds

Article Image Apple is preparing to expand its content-aggregating News app to support advanced advertising assets, with some specifications allowing for so-called “native ads” that appear in users’ feeds inline with regular articles.

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Time Scoops Up MySpace With Viant Buy


Time on Thursday announced an agreement to acquire the assets of Viant Technology. The deal will let Time combine its premium content, subscriber data and ad inventory with Viant’s first-party data and targeting technology to bring value to clients of both platforms, Time said. “We’re going to be able to deliver both data-driven capabilities and premier content in a single platform now and will stand apart from those that deliver one or the other,” Time spokesperson Jill Davison said.

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Microsoft reportedly buys SwiftKey for $250M as part of AI buildout

Article Image Microsoft is looking to expand on its artificial intelligence assets with the reported purchase of UK-based developer SwiftKey, makers of the popular cross-platform predictive keyboard powered by neural networking.

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New iOS 9 public beta prompts users to install iCloud Drive app

Apple’s dedicated iCloud Drive iOS app for managing cloud assets, introduced with the first developer iOS 9 beta in June, is being advertised as ready to install on public beta builds released on Thursday.

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Apple Pay settings menu, reference to iPad with Touch ID discovered in iOS 8.1 beta

As some expected, Apple’s latest iOS 8.1 beta build contains assets for the upcoming Apple Pay mobile payments service, including hidden settings menus and references to an iPad with Touch ID fingerprint recognition.



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Apple adds iCloud Drive and Settings to iCloud.com beta webpage

Apple on Wednesday added two new assets to its iCloud.com beta webpage ahead of its upcoming public debut, bringing iCloud Drive access and a new dedicated Settings page to the Web portal.



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