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Submission + - AT&T-Time Warner may signal start of new media industry consolidation (reuters.com)

Mr D from 63 writes: The tie-up of AT&T Inc and Time Warner Inc, bringing together one of the country's largest wireless and pay TV providers and cable networks like HBO, CNN and TBS, could kick off a new round of industry consolidation amid massive changes in how people watch TV.

Media content companies are having an increasingly difficult time as standalone entities, creating an opportunity for telecom, satellite and cable providers to make acquisitions, analysts say.

Media firms face pressure to access distribution as more younger viewers cut their cable cords and watch their favorite shows on mobile devices. Distribution companies, meanwhile, see acquiring content as a way to diversify revenue.

Of course, Time Warner and AT&T reps claim this is necessary just to compete. Regulatory scrutiny may not see it that way.

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Submission + - SCO Is Done (groklaw.net)

pogopop77 writes: Judge Dale Kimball has ruled that Novell owns the UNIX and UnixWare copyrights, invalidating any remaining claims made by SCO against Linux (and IBM). Groklaw has the story here. That about does it for SCO.

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