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Disney bets on streaming with $52.4B Deal for 21st Century Fox
In a deal that greatly expands its streaming services, the Walt Disney Company said today that it has agreed to buy most of the assets of 21st Century Fox in a transaction valued at $52.4 billion.
The New York Times describes the deal as “the biggest counterattack from a traditional media company against the tech giants that have aggressively moved into the entertainment business.”
Disney now has enough muscle to become a true competitor to Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook in the fast-growing realm of online video, the Times says.
Eighteen AGs ask the FCC to delay net neutrality repeal vote
In a letter sent to the FCC on Wednesday, 18 attorneys general from across the country called on the agency to delay today’s vote on a repeal of net neutrality protections.
The 11th-hour letter, sent by the Oregon attorney general and signed by representatives of 17 states and DC, follows a high-profile press conference last week from the New York attorney general, who said the FCC had declined to investigate net neutrality comments posted under stolen identities.
With three Republican votes on the five-member commission, those so-called net neutrality rules are expected to be reversed with a new measure: the Restoring Internet Freedom order, which instead requires Net companies to disclose any blocking or prioritization of their own content or from their partners.
European press agencies want tech giants to pay copyright for their news content
Nine European press agencies are calling on internet giants to be forced to pay copyright for using news content on which they make vast profits.
The call comes as the EU is debating a directive to make Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major players pay for the millions of news articles they use or link to.
"Facebook has become the biggest media in the world," the agencies said in a plea published in the French daily Le Monde.
"Yet neither Facebook nor Google have a newsroom... They do not have journalists in Syria risking their lives, nor a bureau in Zimbabwe investigating Mugabe's departure, nor editors to check and verify information sent in by reporters on the ground."
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