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BlackBerry Co-Founder Cuts Stake to Under Five Percent

BlackBerry Ltd. co-founder Michael Lazaridis disclosed in a regulatory filing Tuesday he cut his combined stake with another company co-founder in the smartphone maker to just under five percent.

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Time Warner Cable’s Bid for Hulu Is to Be Fourth Owner

According to numerous sources close to the situation, Time Warner Cable’s bid for Hulu is to be the fourth owner of the premium video service. The other bidders for the service — which has noisily been put on the block by its big media company owners, 21st Century Fox (formerly News Corp.), Comcast and Disney — include: AT&T in a joint bid with former News Corp. COO Peter Chernin; Guggenheim Partners; and DirecTV. Sources said that TWC would be a solution if there is a desire to hold onto the property, with other bids hovering in the $1 billion range.

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Hulu Bids Depend on TV-Show Rights

The big media companies that created Hulu endowed the online video provider with arguably its most valuable asset: Access to the current seasons of hit network-TV shows.

Silver Lake Abandons Hulu Purchase Effort, as Final Bidding Deadline Arrives Today

The longest-running and noisiest sale of all time move to the final bidding stages.
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Dish Network Withdraws Offer for Clearwire

Charlie Ergen throws in the towel. Again.
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Dish Drops Out of the Bidding for Sprint

Dish said the “extreme deal protections” included in Sprint’s revised pact with SoftBank made a counterbid impossible.
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AT&T Discusses Entering Into a Joint Bid for Hulu With Chernin Group

The telecom giant might be bellying up to the premium video service bar.
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Yahoo’s Bid for Hulu in $600M to $800M Range — Even as It Preps Other Big Deals in Mobile and Communications

Get ready for a very noisy game of musical chairs over the premium video site. Meanwhile, Mayer is still shopping for deals.
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Yahoo’s Mayer Has Met with Hulu Execs in a Preliminary Look-See at Premium Video Unit

How much is the Silicon Valley Internet giant willing to spend on turbocharging its video prospects?
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