AT&T Would Use Time Warner as a ‘Weapon,’ Justice Dept. Says

AT&T Would Use Time Warner as a ‘Weapon,’ Justice Dept. Says Video If Media Giants Grow, So May Your Bills The government doesn’t want you to pay too much to watch your shows. That’s why the Justice Department says it is challenging the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner.
By ERICA BERENSTEIN on Publish Date March 22, 2018. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters. Watch in Times Video » embed WASHINGTON — The much-watched antitrust trial between the Justice Department and AT&T began on Thursday, with opening statements that presented starkly different visions for how the company’s blockbuster merger with Time Warner would fit into a media industry upturned by the internet.
Before a packed courtroom with some of the industry’s leading figures, the two sides zeroed in on the case’s central question: Whether the deal would force consumers to pay more to watch their favorite shows on Time Warner cable channels like CNN and TNT.
The Justice Department, which is suing to block the $85 ..

Tech Tip: Recording Skype Video Calls

Recording Skype Video Calls Q. Is there a way to record and save Skype video calls with family members on my computer?
A. For most versions of its Skype software, Microsoft recommends using a third-party program to record your audio and video calls. The company’s site hosts a list of recording programs that work with Skype for Windows, Mac and Linux systems but notes, “Third-party applications have not been checked, verified, certified or otherwise approved or endorsed by Skype.” (Also, saving conversations with consenting members of your family is one thing, but keep in mind that laws about recording other people vary by state.)
More than a dozen programs are listed, with a link to each one available. Apple’s built-in QuickTime Player software for the Mac can also record screen video. When trying to decide which app to use, check out the program’s list of features and reviews — and make sure the software that interests you records video as well as audio. Depending on your Windows set..

Nissan and Renault in talks to merge and form a new company, say reports

The two companies have been in an alliance for almost 20 years, but could now begin operating as one entity
Shares in Renault rose almost 5 per cent on Thursday following reports the French motor company is in talks with Nissan exploring a potential merger.
The two firms formed an alliance in 1999, and describe it as a “buffer to protect its partners during regional downturns”.
Last year, the partnership became the world's largest car maker, ahead of Volkswagen.
Read more UK car production slumps further in February amid Brexit fears However, the groups are now in discussions about a possible merger that would create a single new company, trading as one stock, according to Bloomberg, which also reported that Carlos Ghosn, the chairman of both companies, is driving the negotiations and would run the combined entity.
Earlier this year, Reuters reported that Nissan was in talks to buy the bulk of the French government’s stake in Renault. The Renault-Nissan alliance said at ..

India Spurns the Dalai Lama’s Celebration, Worried About China

India Spurns the Dalai Lama’s Celebration, Worried About China Photo The Dalai Lama at a Tibetan Buddhist temple in McLeod Ganj, India, in August. India has sheltered the Dalai Lama and his followers since a Chinese crackdown on Tibetans 60 years ago. Credit Harish Tyagi/EPA, via Shutterstock McLEOD GANJ, India — An original song of thanks to India had been rehearsed, and a stadium in New Delhi had been reserved for a celebratory rally — all a gesture of gratitude from the Dalai Lama and his followers for India’s role in sheltering them after a Chinese crackdown on rebellious Tibetans 60 years ago.
Instead, the planned “Thank You India” celebrations, set for this coming weekend, set off apprehension in New Delhi and embarrassment among Tibetans.
A directive from India’s foreign secretary urged officials to discard their invitations, and it was blunt in saying the timing of the events coincided with a “sensitive time” for New Delhi’s relations with Beijing. A series of high-level meetin..

Beg, Borrow or Steal: How Trump Says China Takes Technology

Beg, Borrow or Steal: How Trump Says China Takes Technology Arranged marriages. Whispered warnings. Outright theft.
For years, American companies have complained that the Chinese government finds ways to get them to hand over their most valuable trade secrets. Those companies — which usually complain anonymously, fearing Chinese retribution — have found a sympathetic ear in the Trump administration.
American trade officials on Thursday cited those practices as a major motivation for their plans to levy tariffs and penalties on $60 billion in Chinese imports and to take a tougher stance on the vast and lucrative trade relationship between the two countries. The report outlines in blunt terms how intellectual property — everything from product designs and sensitive data to general know-how — has become a point of contention in global trade relations, joining longstanding areas of dispute like steel.
The landscape is more complex than the Trump administration’s complaint suggests. America..