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 EU Investigates Amazon’s E-Book Business

June 12, 2015: 

The European Union has launched an antitrust investigation into online retailer Amazon over its distribution of e-books, which have become increasingly popular in recent years.

The European Commission said Thursday it will investigate certain clauses in Amazon's contracts with publishers, including a requirement for publishers to inform the company about arrangements it has with Amazon competitors.

Read the AP story here.

 Time Warner To Be Acquired By Charter

May 31, 2015: 

Time Warner Cable Inc is nearing an agreement to be acquired by smaller peer Charter Communications Inc for about $55 billion, combining the second and third largest U.S. cable operators, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

A deal would create a major rival to Comcast Corp, the biggest operator in the U.S. cable and broadband market, and marks a triumph for Charter, which was rejected by Time Warner Cable just last year.

Read the story from Huffington Post here.

 Traditional News Sources Partner With Facebook

May 21, 2015: 

Facebook has partnered with The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic to start testing a program that would see the news sites provide their content on Facebook in addition to on their own pages, The New York Times is reporting. Facebook, which has been engaging in talks for some time with at least six news outlets, would like to start testing the service "in the next several months," according to the Times.

Read the story from cnet here.

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