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AT&T antitrust win may herald new wave of media mergers

WASHINGTON — Brace yourself for a likely new era of media megamergers.

AT&T’s victory over the government’s attempt to block its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner underscores just how much the way people watch and pay for TV has changed. It also highlights how corporate America wants to adapt to deal with its new environment. In short: Bigger is better.

At war with Alibaba: Top brands fight China e-commerce giant

SHANGHAI — The rivalry is so notorious it’s been called the “great cat-and-dog war.” On one side towers Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China’s e-commerce market leader, embodied by the black cat mascot of its Tmall platform. On the other is JD.com Inc., a fast-growing upstart represented by its white dog logo.

Is Facebook really changing? Or just trimming its data haul?

Lost amid a flurry of Facebook announcements about privacy settings and data access is a much more fundamental question: Is Facebook really changing its relationship with users, or just tinkering around the edges of a deeper problem — its insatiable appetite for the data it uses to sell ads?

Edmunds: Advanced driver aids aren’t just for luxury cars

Automakers have come a long way from safety features such as seat belts and air bags that are meant to prevent injuries in a crash. Today, manufacturers are adding advanced driver aids that can fend off an accident in the first place. And there’s a good chance that your next new car will have them.

China space lab mostly burns up on re-entry in south Pacific

BEIJING — China’s defunct Tiangong 1 space station mostly burned up on re-entry into the atmosphere over the central South Pacific on Monday, Chinese space authorities said.

The experimental space laboratory re-entered around 8:15 a.m. Beijing time, the China Manned Space Engineering Office said.