* AT&T Inc. CEO Randall Stephenson said the company plans to keep its "telephone company culture" out of Time Warner Inc. after completing the proposed acquisition, The Wall Street Journal reports. Speaking at an event, Stephenson said the carrier does not want to "really screw it up" and is mindful of the fact that they are buying a business that they do not have a lot of experience.
* Apple Inc. has acquired the team behind messaging assistant Init.ai, TechCrunch.com reports. The team will join the group working on Siri at Apple. Init.ai will discontinue its service, effective Dec. 16.
* 5G Americas President Chris Pearson discussed the work ahead for the development of next-generation 5G wireless service, including opening up new bands of spectrum for wireless use and spectrum harmonization among governments.
* AMC Networks Inc. is selling a six-second spot at the start of an episode for the upcoming season eight of zombie drama series "The Walking Dead," Broadcasting & Cable reports. A 30-second spot reportedly costs about $500,000. The eighth season will premiere on AMC (US) on Oct. 22.
* ESPN (US) inked a multiyear linear and digital carriage deal to carry Formula 1 programming, Broadcasting & Cable reports. ESPN will start carrying the Formula 1 content starting with the Australian Grand Prix on March 25, and will offer every race live on either ESPN, ESPN 2 or ABC (US).
* Major League Baseball's in-house service boosts its subscriber base with a postseason free preview period, as it airs Division Series contests on successive days for the first time, said MLB Network (US) President Rob McGlarry in an interview. Baseball's in-house network will present the opener of the Boston-Houston encounter Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. ET, and follow the next day at 5 p.m. with the second game of the Cleveland-New York Yankees set.
Internet & OTT
* Netflix Inc. will premiere new original series "Dark" on Dec. 1, the streaming giant said. The 10-episode series is set in a German town where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families.
* CBS Corp.'s subscription video-on-demand and live streaming service CBS All Access will premiere its first original comedy series "No Activity" on Nov. 12, Broadcasting & Cable reports. New episodes of "No Activity" will be streamed weekly on Sundays for subscribers.
* Discovery Communications Inc. teamed up with Google Inc. to debut "Discovery TRVLR," a new immersive series from Discovery VR and Google's VR team. The companies will debut the first edition of a seven-part, 38-episode series Nov. 3 exclusively on YouTube, DiscoveryVR.com and on the Discovery VR app, the company said. "Discovery TRVLR" explores the rituals, traditions and quests that define a variety of cultures across the globe, the company said.
* Alphabet Inc. unit DeepMind is setting up a new research unit, called DeepMind Ethics & Society, to explore the impacts of artificial intelligence, according to an official blog post. The unit will work to help technologists put ethics into practice, and to help society anticipate and direct the impact of AI.
* Google reported sales of more than 55 million Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices, CNET.com reports, citing Rick Osterloh, Google's hardware chief. The announcement came as the search giant unveiled new Pixel smartphones along with other hardware and software at an Oct. 4 event in San Francisco.
* Analysts weighed in on the first test of Google's new hardware strategy, which involved the acquisition of key hardware talent and intellectual property from HTC Corp. While Google is a market leader in smartphone operating systems, it has failed to crack the hardware space.
The day ahead
Early morning futures indicators pointed to a higher opening for the U.S. market.
In Europe, around midday, the FTSE 100 rose 0.20% to 7,482.17, while the Euronext 100 was up 0.11% to 1,045.34.
On the macro front
The international trade report, the jobless claims report, the factory orders report, the EIA natural gas report, the Fed balance sheet and the money supply report are due out today.
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