Recode Daily: The AT&T-Time Warner deal will get a hard look from regulators


The Senate’s antitrust committee is already planning hearings.

After looking at the pros and the cons, AT&T pulled the trigger on an $85 billion deal for Time Warner, the biggest media hook-up since the disastrous AOL-Time Warner merger in 2000. Now the transaction faces an obstacle course lined with regulatory agencies, politicians, media and telecom rivals and consumer groups. — [Thomas Gryta, Shalini Ramachandran and Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal]

There are a couple of things you can do to try to prevent your smart-home gadgets from being conscripted into a zombie army like the one used to attack the internet Friday, but not much. Security experts saw this one coming, but the makers of cheap Internet of Things devices have little motivation to make them more secure. The upshot: Expect more such attacks. — [David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth / New York Times]

So what should we look for at Apple’s “Hello Again” event on Thursday? The rumor mill consensus says the highlights will be a redesigned MacBook Prowith an OLED touch bar on the keyboard and a 13-inch MacBook Air. New iMacs and a stand-alone 5K display are reportedly in the works but not ready yet. — [Eric Slivka / MacRumors]

Samsung made a rushed decision to recall and replace its original Galaxy Note 7 phones based on incomplete evidence about the cause of overheating batteries, and when that initial diagnosis turned out to be wrong, the model was doomed. — [Jonathan Cheng and John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal]

Online brokerage TD Ameritrade and its largest stakeholder, Toronto-Dominion Bank, are close to a deal to buy rival Scottrade for $4 billion. — [Matthew Monks, Anna-Louise Jackson and Doug Alexander / Bloomberg]

On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Sam Esmail, creator of “Mr. Robot,” says the key to making a successful show about hacking was to focus on the hackers and the other human facets of tech. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]

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Before Nintendo Switch: Let’s remember how weird Nintendo’s ads used to be

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Leslie Jones took on her Twitter trolls and hackers on ‘Saturday Night Live’

“If you want to hurt anyone these days, you have to do way more than leak their nudes, or call them names.”

Pokémon Go made you walk 25 percent more than you used to

In a month, America walked an additional 144 billion steps, a new Stanford/Microsoft study says.

Watch the CEO of AT&T — and new owner of Time Warner — explain why Black Lives Matter

An extraordinary speech from Randall Stephenson: “I’m not asking you to be tolerant of each other. Tolerance is for cowards.”

Silicon Valley gets musically reviewed in ‘South of Market’

Characters include Riley, who yearns to be on the 30 Under 30 list, and sharing economy worker “Sarah, 4.9 Stars.”

This Is Cool

MIT’s Nightmare Machine

Just in time for Halloween, MIT is teaching deep-learning algorithms what scary faces, haunted buildings and toxic cities look like.

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