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AT&T has approached DirecTV about possible acquisition. "A combination of AT&T with satellite-TV firm DirecTV would create a pay television giant close in size to where Comcast Corp. will be if it completes its pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable," according to the Wall Street Journal.

British spy chiefs secretly begged to play in NSA’s data pools. "GCHQ secretly coveted the NSA’s vast troves of private communications and sought 'unsupervised access' to its data as recently as last year," the Intercept reports.

A eulogy for Twitter. "Something is wrong on Twitter," write Adrienne LaFrance and Robinson Meyer in The Atlantic. "And people are noticing."

State laws that ban municipal Internet will be invalidated, FCC chair says. "Speaking at the Cable Show industry conference," reports Ars Technica, "Wheeler discussed how state governments have protected Internet providers from competing against cities and towns that build their own broadband networks."

Sprint said to plan T-Mobile bid in June or July. "Sprint Chief Financial Officer Joe Euteneuer and Treasurer Greg Block met with six banks to ensure the lenders would be ready with financing structures when Sprint decides to pursue a takeover," according to Bloomberg.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecommunications and the Internet. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.



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