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1. All Universal films coming to Peacock starting in 2022 -

The streaming service Peacock is ramping up its offerings with a new deal with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.

The companies said Tuesday that starting in 2022 all Universal films, including the new "Jurassic World" and "Minions" movies, will become available exclusively on Peacock no later than four months after their theatrical premieres. Both companies are subsidiaries of Comcast's NBCUniversal.

2. AP source: Caroline Kennedy considered for ambassadorship -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is giving serious consideration to nominating Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy who served as ambassador to Japan during the Obama administration, to serve in a high-profile ambassadorial role, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.

3. AP source: Biden picks LA mayor, envoy for ambassador posts -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to announce he is nominating former senior State Department official Nicholas Burns to serve as his ambassador to China and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to be his ambassador to India, according to a person familiar with the matter.

4. Emergency program to give people $50 off internet bill -

Americans can begin applying for $50 off their monthly internet bill on Wednesday as part of an emergency government program to keep people connected during the pandemic.

The $3.2 billion program is part of the $900 billion December pandemic-relief package. The government is increasing spending on broadband as the pandemic made stark that millions of Americans did not have access to, and could not afford, broadband at a time when jobs, school and health care was moving online.

5. Resume looking a little old? Here are some tips -

The unfortunate truth of today’s job market is that applying for jobs is very competitive. Employers can be picky about who they hire and how much they want to pay. For many job seekers older than 50, the search process is a longer, harder road than they remember from years past.

6. Corporations gave over $50M to voting restriction backers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When executives from Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines spoke out against Georgia's new voting law as unduly restrictive last week, it seemed to signal a new activism springing from corporate America.

7. Events -

Procurement for Small Businesses (Virtual event). Join Mars associates from both procurement and finance to learn about basic principles and concepts of purchasing practices. The principles include preparing comprehensive proposal requests, evaluating supplier bids, win-win negotiation and more. This is a complimentary event, but pre-registration is required. Thursday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Information and password

8. Report: Companies donated $170M to GOP election objectors -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Corporations and industry groups have donated at least $170 million in recent years to Republicans who rejected President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump, according to a new report by a government watchdog group.

9. Nashville bombing spotlights vulnerable voice, data networks -

The Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville led to phone and data service outages and disruptions over hundreds of miles in the southern U.S., raising new concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. communications.

10. Senate OKs Trump pick for FCC, adding hurdle to Biden plans -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has narrowly approved President Donald Trump's lame-duck nominee to become a member of the Federal Communications Commission, setting up the agency for a stretch of partisan gridlock likely to stymie President-elect Joe Biden's policies.

11. The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever -

NEW YORK (AP) — "No New 'Movies' Till Influenza Ends" blared a New York Times headline on Oct. 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding.

A century later, during another pandemic, movies — quotes no longer necessary — are again facing a critical juncture. But it's not because new films haven't been coming out. By streaming service, video-on-demand, virtual theater or actual theater, a steady diet of films have been released under COVID-19 every week. The Times has reviewed more than 460 new movies since mid-March.

12. Surge in virus threatens to reverse global economic rebounds -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The resurgence of coronavirus cases engulfing the United States and Europe is imperiling economic recoveries on both sides of the Atlantic as millions of individuals and businesses face the prospect of having to hunker down once again.

13. T-Mobile offers up yet another TV streaming service -

Yet another service provider is jumping into the TV streaming wars. This time it's T-Mobile and its TVision service with live news, entertainment and sports channels, starting at $10 a month.

T-Mobile says it's aiming to offer a simpler and and cheaper service for people dissatisfied with cable. But it's entering a crowded field. And most similar streaming services have found it difficult to sustain low prices over time.

14. Google exec on hot seat in Congress over advertising power -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel put a top Google executive on the defensive Tuesday over the company's powerful position in online advertising as some lawmakers look hopefully toward an expected antitrust case against the tech giant by the Trump administration.

15. Bring in the experts: It's time to secure your home network -

Not all that long ago, managing your home network's security didn't involve much more than installing an antivirus program on your PC. If only it were still so simple.

It's no long just about protecting the computer on which you may be working from home and the laptops the kids may be using as online school starts. Odds are good you've got a few other internet-connected devices around the house -- phones, tablets, game consoles, maybe a "smart" TV or thermostat or refrigerator or light bulb or kid's toy or security camera or video-streaming gadget or voice-activated digital valet.

16. Events -

Webinar: Next Normal Series. With school back in session, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will again become a hot issue for many small to medium-sized employers. This webinar will provide an overview of the FFCRA and ways employers can try to navigate the FFCRA during this uncertain time. Plus, now that many employers have spent their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, employers need to seek to have them forgiven. The webinar will provide an update on the PPP and advice on seeking forgiveness for employers’ PPP loans. Thursday, 10-11 a.m. Information and online password

17. Money tight? Renegotiate your recurring monthly bills -

I know, I know. You’ve probably heard all about how you should renegotiate your bills to save money. But that’s easier said than done, right?

That’s why I tried it. I called up some of my service providers and attempted to cut the cost of my bills.

18. Events -

Global Update Webinar. Featuring Javier Diaz de Leon, consul general of Mexico in Atlanta. Presented by the Nashville Chamber’s International Business Council in partnership with Baker Donelson. Discussion will include the latest in US-Mexico business connections, including the USMCA, Mexico’s response to COVID-19 and opportunities for future collaboration between Tennessee and Mexico. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 9-10 a.m. Registration required. Information

19. Events -

Business Studio: Reset Your Mindset. In this session, learn to take the energy of fear and transmute that energy into faith, thinking, focus, determination and decision making. An opportunity for a deep dive into the process of resetting your mindset, harnessing your creativity, thinking from the inside out, and understanding the myth of risk. This Webex virtual event is presented by Danny Pippin, Owner of Pippin Leadership. Thursday, 8-9 a.m. Information and registration

20. Pandemic hits Comcast 2Q; Peacock service has 10M sign-ups -

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Comcast in the second quarter as movie theaters closed, theme parks shut down and advertisers cut back.

The company reported Thursday that its NBCUniversal TV, film and theme park divisions, as well as its Sky unit in Europe, all suffered steep drops in revenue in the April-June quarter.

21. Pandemic hits Comcast 2Q; new Peacock service has 10M users -

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Comcast in the second quarter as movie theaters closed, theme parks shut down and advertisers cut back.

The company reported Thursday that its NBCUniversal TV, film and theme park divisions, as well as its Sky unit in Europe, all suffered steep drops in revenue in the April-June quarter.

22. 4 Big Tech CEOs getting heat from Congress on competition -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Big Tech CEOs — Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple — are set to answer for their companies' practices before Congress as a House panel caps its yearlong investigation of market dominance in the industry.

23. Events -

Next Normal Series. Pandethics - How a Crisis Affects the Ethics of Business (and the Business of Ethics). In partnership with Vanderbilt Executive Education at the Owen Graduate School of Management, the Nashville Area Chamber is presenting a webinar on what professor Bruce Barry called “Pandethics,” the intersection of ethics and decision making during a pandemic. Friday, 9-10 a.m. Information

24. Comcast, Byron Allen end racial discrimination dispute -

Comcast settled a long-running a long-running racial discrimination dispute with black media mogul Byron Allen, agreeing to add three of Allen's channels to its cable packages.

25. Cinema chain AMC warns it may not survive the pandemic -

Movie theater chain AMC warned Wednesday that it may not survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered its theaters and led film studios to explore releasing more movies directly to viewers over the internet.

26. CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic? -

The typical pay package for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies topped $12.3 million last year, and the gap between the boss and their workforces widened further, according to AP's annual survey of executive compensation.

27. Too much TV? Enter HBO Max, the latest streaming wannabe -

Is a pandemic the perfect time to launch a new and relatively expensive streaming service? AT&T sure hopes so.

The phone company is investing billions in HBO Max, its first big entertainment venture since it spent $85 billion for Time Warner in 2018. The good news for its timing: millions are stuck at home, watching more video than ever. The bad news: many of them also out of work and carefully watching their incomes. The service launches Wednesday in the U.S.

28. Events -

Next Normal Series: The Role of Business in Non-Resurgence of COVID-19. Learn what your business can do to ensure your employees, customers and the general public stay safe and healthy. Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Dr. Wright Pinson, deputy CEO and chief health system officer, and Dr. Thomas Talbot, chief hospital epidemiologist, will share best practices on how the Nashville business community can mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 resurgence and answer your questions. Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Information and dial-in instructions

29. Events -

The Nashville Chamber’s International Business Council. The event, in partnership with Baker Donelson, will be a global update featuring British Consul General Andrew Staunton. CG Staunton will offer updates on the UK response to COVID-19, Brexit, and the U.S.-UK Trade Agreement negotiations. Registration required. Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Information

30. Events -

Chamber Chat. As a way of leading, informing and supporting members, the Nashville Area Chamber is launching Chamber Chat, formerly known as member orientation. Join Webex presentation to hear from Chamber staff about member benefits and involvement opportunities. Thursday, 1-2 p.m. Join online or join by phone (408-418-9388), access code: 966 934 269. Information

31. Virus outbreak pressures company profits, sales -

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

32. Comcast profit slides as pandemic hits movies, theme parks -

Comcast's net income slid in the first three months of the year as the coronavirus pandemic forced it to shut down its theme parks and its movies were kept out of shuttered theaters.

Comcast also reported Thursday that it lost 409,000 cable TV customers, the biggest source of the company's profits, as cord-cutting accelerated. That's already more than half the 671,000 customers it lost in all of 2019.

33. Events -

Virtual Policy Talks. Williamson, Inc. Policy Talks is a monthly community forum featuring elected officials centered on the issues being discussed in the Tennessee Legislature and in Williamson County. Representatives are given a platform to discuss the issues in greater depth with their constituents. The one-hour program is aired on Comcast Channel 3, the county’s public information channel, and rebroadcast on Williamson County Television’s YouTube Channel. Friday, 7:30 a.m. Information

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34. Events -

Topics of Today. Join Williamson, Inc. weekly from the AP Live Studio to hear what matters most to Williamson County businesses at this time. The event will stream on Facebook Live. 1 p.m. each Monday. Please visit Williamson, Inc. on Facebook for updated information on weekly topics. Information

35. State boosts rural broadband services -

The state will fund $19.7 million in broadband accessibility grants that will expand service to support 31,000 unserved Tennesseans in nearly 12,700 households and businesses, including in Middle Tennessee.

36. Tennessee rolls out celebrity social distancing campaign -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is producing a series of public service announcements designed to encourage social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The campaign has the tag line, "Do your part, stay apart," and features Gov. Bill Lee and first lady Maria Lee plus other prominent Tennesseans.

37. Tennessee rolls out celebrity social distancing campaign -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is producing a series of public service announcements designed to encourage social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The campaign has the tag line, "Do your part, stay apart," and features Gov. Bill Lee and first lady Maria Lee plus other prominent Tennesseans.

38. Business fallout: Nissan factories to shut in Africa, India -

The outbreak of the coronavirus that emerged in China in December has dealt an unprecedented shock to the global economy as it continues to spread across the world. Here is a look at some of the latest developments Wednesday:

39. US manufacturing might vs virus; drinking at home -

The rapid spread of the coronavirus since it was first reported in China has dealt an unprecedented shock to the global economy. Here's a look at developments Tuesday as central banks, businesses and workers attempt to navigate a global outbreak that has brought economic activity to a standstill.

40. Justices toss decision in media mogul's discrimination case -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling in favor of a black media mogul and comedian who's suing cable giant Comcast alleging racial discrimination.

The justices agreed unanimously that an appeals court applied the wrong legal standard in allowing business owner Byron Allen's $20 billion suit against Comcast to go forward. Allen has a separate $10 billion suit against Charter Communications that the justices' decision also affects.

41. Virus-shocked Hollywood gets break with streaming services -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sports are on hold, theaters are closed and so are amusement parks, a disaster-movie scenario that has Hollywood reeling. But Americans held captive at home by the coronavirus can turn to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streaming services, outliers in an entertainment industry brought to an unprecedented standstill.

42. AT&T launches new online TV service as satellite customers fall -

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is launching a new internet-delivered TV service Monday as it struggles with a shrinking DirecTV satellite business.

The new service, AT&T TV, will have most of the same channels offered on DirecTV, but it'll come over the internet rather than a satellite dish. AT&T has been testing the service in 13 markets and is now making it available to anyone.

43. Tech, communications stocks push US indexes to more records -

Wall Street capped a milestone-setting week Friday with a few more as modest gains nudged the major stock indexes to all-time highs.

The benchmark S&P 500 index also notched its second-straight weekly gain.

44. Modest gains drive US stock indexes to more record highs -

Investors capped a day of light trading on Wall Street ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday by serving up another set of stock market record highs.

The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq composite closed at all-time highs for the third straight day Wednesday. And the Russell 2000 index of smaller companies hit its highest level in a year.

45. Lee announces rural broadband expansion in West Tennessee -

MEMPHIS (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee and Comcast say a $2.4 million fiber network expansion will bring high-speed broadband internet to a rural West Tennessee county.

Lee visited Tipton County on Monday to announce that about 2,200 homes and businesses in the area will now have access to broadband services.

46. Justices could return cable TV race bias suit to lower court -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to overturn a lower court ruling in favor of an African-American media mogul and comedian who’s suing cable giant Comcast for racial discrimination.

47. AT&T says HBO Max streaming service to launch in May for $15 -

AT&T said Tuesday that its HBO Max streaming service will launch in May for $15 a month, joining a crowded field.

The company has said HBO Max will become the "workhorse" for its video business as cord-cutting of traditional TV expands. It hopes to migrate people who pay for HBO in different ways today to the new platform. The service grew out of AT&T's $81 billion purchase of Time Warner, which AT&T overhauled and rechristened WarnerMedia.

48. Sony shutting down online-cable service PlayStation Vue -

Sony is shutting down its pioneering online-cable alternative, PlayStation Vue, citing the high cost of content and the difficulty of reaching deals with networks.

It launched Vue in early 2015 as a skinnier, cheaper version of cable or satellite TV delivered via the internet. It was a test case for a TV alternative alongside Dish's Sling TV, and, later, a slew of copycats from DirecTV , Google , Hulu and others.

49. Events -

Business Studio: Building Your Brand in a Digital World. CEO’s, executives and business owners are focusing on everything but brand. Successful entrepreneurs and business owners know their brand, build personal brand, know their brand stories and are experts at sharing their value while building brand loyalty. The question is – How do you do this in a digital world? Center for Nonprofit Management, 37 Peabody St., Suite 201. Thursday. Registration & networking: 3:30-4 p.m., Program: 4-5 p.m. Fee: Free. Information

50. Events -

Street Eats. As many as 20 local food trucks will park along Deaderick Street between Fourth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Information

THROUGH OCT. 27

Cheekwood Harvest

A celebration of all things fall with pumpkins, mums, scarecrows and more. Tuesday- Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $20, seniors $18, college students $16, youth (3-17) $13, 2 and younger free. Information

51. Court: FCC can dump net neutrality, but can't bar state laws -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission could dump rules that keep internet providers from favoring some services over others, but couldn't bar states like California from enacting their own prohibitions, a federal court ruled.

52. Events -

September Sundown. Presented by Musicians Corner featuring local artists, food trucks, Kidsville, Musicians Corner Pub and other vendors. Each Thursday in September. Thursday, 5-9 p.m. Centennial Park. Sept. 26: The New respects, Daniella Mason, Whoa Dakota, Jamiah and Creature Comfort. Information

53. NBC's 'Peacock' to join the streaming fray in April -

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast's NBCUniversal said Tuesday that its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC's logo. It will become the home for some of the company's most popular shows, including "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office."

54. Events -

Street Eats. A gathering of as many as 20 local food trucks along Deaderick Street between Fourth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Information

55. Elliott invests $3.2B in AT&T, seeks changes -

NEW YORK (AP) — Activist hedge fund manager Elliott Management is making a new $3.2 billion investment in AT&T and calling for changes at the company such as selling its DirecTV and Mexican wireless operations.

56. CBS, Viacom to reunite as media giants bulk up for streaming -

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS and Viacom announced a long-anticipated reunion Tuesday, bringing together their television networks and the Paramount movie studio as traditional media giants bulk up to challenge streaming companies like Netflix.

57. Events -

Street Eats. A Thursday gathering of as many as 20 local food trucks along Deaderick Street between Fourth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Information

58. Events -

Williamson, Inc. Young Professionals Luncheon. This event is tailored to individuals who are interested in furthering their leadership aspirations, cultivating relationships and growing professionally. Network and connect to learn from some of the most experienced business leaders in Williamson County. Williamson County Association of Realtors, 1646 Westgate Circle, Ste. #104. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Members $20, Non-members $30. Information

59. Events -

Street Eats. A gathering of as many as 20 local food trucks along Deaderick Street between Fourth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Information

60. Court rejects challenge to regulation of gun silencers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers Monday, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia.

61. TV personalities will pitch in for Nashville Habitat build -

More than 100 Discovery, Inc. volunteers will join Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville for a June 10-12 build.

As a media partner of Habitat’s 2019 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Discovery employee volunteers will help prepare the Park Preserve neighborhood during the three-day build.

62. HCA's Johnson the highest-paid CEOs in Tennessee -

Here are the top paid CEOs by state for 2018, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.

The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30. Not every state has such a company headquartered there. The survey includes only CEOs who have been in place for at least two years, but it does not limit the survey to companies in the S&P 500, as the AP's general compensation study does. That's why it includes such CEOs as Tesla's Elon Musk.

63. Stocks close lower as chipmakers slump -

Chipmakers and other technology companies pulled U.S. stocks lower Monday, extending the market's losses into another week.

The U.S. decision to ban technology sales to China's Huawei hammered the tech sector, particularly chipmakers. About one-third of Huawei's suppliers are American chipmakers and investors are worried that the action against Huawei could crimp sales for companies with revenue heavily tied to China.

64. Stocks recover some of Monday's losses -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing broadly higher on Wall Street as investors got a reprieve a day after the market took a nosedive on worries over the worsening trade relations between the U.S. and China.

65. Disney takes over Hulu from Comcast as stream wars heat up -

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is taking full control of Hulu from Comcast, as both companies prepare to launch their own streaming services in response to declining audiences for traditional TV.

The companies said Tuesday that Comcast, which owns a third of Hulu, can sell its stake to Disney starting in 2024, for a minimum of $5.8 billion. Until then, Comcast will be a silent investor.

66. Biden launches 2020 bid warning 'soul' of America at stake -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the "soul of this nation" at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election.

67. Comcast sheds cable customers but adds internet subscribers -

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast kept shedding cable customers and adding home internet customers in its most recent quarter.

Traditional TV providers are losing customers at an increasing rate while streaming companies pop up seemingly every few weeks . To deal with that industry shift online from cable, Comcast has focused on growing its broadband business while integrating streaming apps into its cable box. It is also launching its own NBCUniversal streaming service in 2020.

68. Ex-Vice President Joe Biden launches 2020 White House bid -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the soul of the nation at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election.

69. Disney, Comcast now Hulu's only owners as AT&T exits -

NEW YORK (AP) — AT& has sold its 9.5% share in Hulu back to the streaming TV company, leaving Disney and Comcast as its owners.

Hulu said Monday that AT&T sold its stake for $1.43 billion, valuing the unprofitable Hulu at $15 billion.

70. House passes bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules -

The House has passed bill Wednesday to restore Obama-era "net neutrality" rules, but the legislation faces slim odds of making it through the Republican-controlled Senate.

The Save the Internet Act passed the Democrat-controlled House 232-190 Wednesday, with only one Republican vote in favor. But top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that net neutrality is "dead on arrival in the Senate." The Trump administration also opposes the bill . Still, the effort to restore net neutrality could give Democrats political points on consumer protections.

71. Government strategist named VU vice chancellor -

Daniel Culbreath, a government strategist and policy expert who previously worked for the Tennessee General Assembly’s senior leadership, has been named assistant vice chancellor for state government relations at Vanderbilt University.

72. Apple is jumping belatedly into the streaming TV business -

CUPERTINO, California (AP) — Jumping belatedly into a business dominated by Netflix and Amazon, Apple announced its own TV and movie streaming service Monday, enlisting such superstars as Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg to try to overcome its rivals' head start.

73. Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets -

Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment business, putting "Cinderella," ''The Simpsons," ''Star Wars" and "Dr. Strange" under one corporate roof.

The deal is likely to shake up the media landscape. Among other things, it paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year. It will also likely lead to layoffs in the thousands, thanks to duplication in Fox and Disney film-production staff.

74. Democrats unveil bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules -

NEW YORK (AP) — Top Democrats in the House and Senate are announcing a new bill to restore the 2015 "net neutrality" rules that Trump-era regulators repealed .

The 2015 Federal Communications Commission regulation barred internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast from playing favorites with websites and apps. A Republican-controlled FCC overturned the rules in 2017. Tech companies and nearly two dozen states then sued the FCC ; that case is still ongoing.

75. US appeals court clears AT&T's $81B purchase of Time Warner -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared AT&T's takeover of Time Warner, rejecting the Trump administration's claims that the $81 billion deal will harm consumers and reduce competition in the TV industry.

76. Comcast sues state of Tennessee, claims $17M tax overcharge -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Comcast is suing the state of Tennessee to recoup $17.1 million paid in taxes, claiming the state miscalculated what the company owed for its video and internet services.

Comcast and its affiliates sued state Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano last week in Davidson County Chancery Court.

77. Democrats question pledges in $26.5B T-Mobile-Sprint deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers challenged top executives of T-Mobile and Sprint on Wednesday over their pledge not to raise prices for wireless services or hurt competition if their $26.5 billion merger goes through.

78. US stocks waver as signs of future profit growth wobble -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes spent Wednesday drifting and finished with small gains. While big companies continue to report strong profit growth, investors aren't sure how much longer it will last.

79. Comcast loses cable users, but internet subscribers surge -

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is still losing U.S. cable customers but is racking up more internet subscribers and has gotten a revenue boost from Sky, its big bet on European TV.

The Philadelphia company said Wednesday that it lost 29,000 U.S. cable customers in the fourth quarter but added 351,000 internet subscribers. It also gained customers in its new cellphone-plan business.

80. NBCUniversal jumps into the streaming fray -

NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal will launch an ad-supported streaming service in 2020, free for anyone who pays for a cable service.

The company joins an ever-growing list of streaming service players, including YouTube, AT&T, Hulu, Roku and Walmart's Vudu, among others. On Thursday Amazon announced its own free ad-supported service called IMDB Freedive.

81. Banks, insurers pull stocks lower; Oil snaps 12-day skid -

A turbulent day of trading on Wall Street ended Wednesday with a fifth consecutive loss for the benchmark S&P 500 index.

An early rally drove major indexes sharply higher but was gone by midday, leaving the market headed lower for the rest of the day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average swung from a high of 214 points to a low of 350 before the sell-off eased somewhat by late-afternoon.

82. Stocks rally on earnings a day after ending at 5-month lows -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Tuesday after solid earnings reports from several big companies. Stocks had closed at five-month lows the day before, and groups of companies that struggled badly made big gains.

83. A day after a rout, US stocks turn higher on solid earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — Strong results from major companies including Microsoft, Visa and Comcast are sending U.S. stocks higher Thursday morning as the market found its footing after three weeks of steep declines.

84. A US privacy law could be good for Google - but bad for you -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is taking the first steps toward setting national rules governing how companies use consumers data — although one of its goals might be to prevent states from enacting stronger privacy protections of their own.

85. Fox plans to sell stake in Sky to Comcast for $15B -

NEW YORK (AP) — 21st Century Fox will sell its remaining stake in British pay TV provider Sky to Comcast in the latest financial wrangling as Disney prepares to acquire Fox's entertainment assets.

Over the weekend, Comcast won a rare bidding auction for 61 percent of Sky offering 17.28 pounds per share, almost 30 billion pounds ($39 billion). Fox will sell its 39 percent stake to for 11.6 billion pounds ($15.25 billion).

86. Senate panel to hear from internet execs on privacy policies -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hoping Congress can come up with a new set of national rules governing how companies can use consumers' data that finds a balance between "privacy and prosperity."

87. Global stocks dip on report China calls off US trade talks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Global stocks took small losses Monday after China reportedly pulled out of trade talks with the U.S. Industrial companies and banks suffered some of the worst declines among American stocks.

88. Sky shares rally after Comcast wins bidding war -

LONDON (AP) — Shares in Sky plc are up 8.8 percent after Comcast won a bidding war for the British pay TV giant in a weekend auction that pushed the value of the company to almost 30 billion pounds ($39 billion).

89. AT&T fires back in bid to preserve its deal with Time Warner -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting to defend its $81 billion takeover of Time Warner from a government challenge, AT&T is arguing the Trump Justice Department has failed to show that the merger will raise prices for pay-TV programming and for the consumers who watch it.

90. Fox-Comcast battle to buy Sky to be settled by auction in UK -

LONDON (AP) — Comcast and 21st Century Fox will settle their battle for control of broadcaster Sky through a rare auction designed to put an end to months of offers and counteroffers from the American media empires seeking a foothold in the European pay TV market.

91. Fox-Comcast battle to buy Sky to be settled by auction in UK -

LONDON (AP) — Comcast and 21st Century Fox will settle their battle for control of broadcaster Sky through a rare auction designed to put an end to months of offers and counteroffers from the American media empires seeking a foothold in the European pay TV market.

92. Disney says its new streaming service won't rival Netflix -

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney's upcoming streaming service won't try to compete directly with Netflix and Amazon, but will focus instead on quality — namely original programs from Disney's "Star Wars," Pixar and Marvel brands.

93. Where the heck is my Google Fiber? -

Remember Google Fiber and its 2015 promise to deliver “ultra-fast fiber optic service” to Nashville? Our “It City” status had been confirmed when we were selected as one of only 10 cities in the U.S. cool enough for the Silicon Valley giant.

94. Nod for Disney's $73.1B acquisition of Fox entertainment -

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney's $71.3 billion acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox's entertainment division is one step closer after shareholders approved the deal Friday.

The tie-up brings together Marvel's X-Men and Avengers franchises and creates an entertainment behemoth in the digital streaming era. The shareholder vote caps a saga that began in December 2017, when Disney made its first offer for part of Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate. It kicked off a bidding war with Comcast, which dropped out last week focus on attempted buyout of the European pay-TV operator Sky.

95. Comcast tops profit forecasts; cable TV subscriptions fall -

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is reporting a stronger-than-expected second-quarter profit even as it struggles to keep cable TV subscribers.

On Thursday, the company reported a 22 percent jump in earnings to $3.22 billion, or 69 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were 65 cents per share, which, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research, was 4 cents better than expected.

96. Comcast drops Fox bid, paving way for sale to Disney -

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox's entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind "The Simpsons" and X-Men.

97. In the battle for Twenty-First Century Fox, Comcast blinks -

NEW YORK (AP) — In a battle among media giants for control of Twenty-First Century Fox's entertainment business, Comcast has blinked.

The cable and media company said Thursday that it is dropping its bid, instead focusing on its pursuit of the European pay-TV operator Sky. Fox owns 39 percent of Sky and has also been trying to buy the 61 percent it doesn't own.

98. US stocks skid as banks and consumer products companies fall -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are falling Thursday morning as weak results from banks and consumer products companies pull major indexes lower. Online retailer eBay plunged after its second-quarter sales fell short of Wall Street projections. Comcast rose after ending its bid to buy most of Twenty-First Century Fox.

99. Trump DOJ appealing judge's OK of AT&T-Time Warner merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by a federal judge's dismissal of its objections to AT&T's megamerger with Time Warner, the Trump Justice Department is challenging the decision with a legal appeal.

The Justice Department said in a one-sentence document Thursday it is appealing the ruling last month by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, which blessed one of the biggest media deals ever following a landmark antitrust trial.

100. Comcast, Fox both raise bids as they reach for Sky -

LONDON (AP) — The battle for European pay TV service Sky escalated Wednesday as U.S. rivals Comcast and 21st Century Fox took turns upping the ante in their quest to expand their media empires.

The stakes now stand at 26 billion pounds ($34 billion) — the value of Comcast's latest offer. That bid came after Fox raised its bid to 24.5 billion pounds ($32.5 billion) earlier in the day.