* Fox Corp. has backed out of the bidding process for Nexstar Media Group Inc.'s television stations, Bloomberg News reports, citing a source. Instead of pushing for a deal with Nexstar, the 21st Century Fox Inc. unit decided to concentrate on procuring better terms for its current agreements with affiliate stations.
* Nvidia Corp.'s acquisition of Mellanox Technologies Ltd. — aimed at helping the chipmaker expand into the higher-margin enterprise market — drove the shares of both firms upward. Elsewhere, an analyst upgrade and earnings results fueled movement for other tech stocks.
* A jury in federal court in San Diego found that Apple Inc. infringed three of Qualcomm Inc.'s patents, Reuters reports. The tech giant owes about $31 million to the chip maker for infringing patents related to technology for saving phones' battery life, the jury decided.
* Private equity firm Stagwell Group LLC is making a $100 million strategic equity investment in MDC Partners Inc. As part of the transaction, Stagwell Group founder Mark Penn has joined MDC Partners as CEO and a member of its board, according to a news release.
Internet & OTT
* Content distributor Cinedigm Corp. struck a deal to acquire over-the-top platform Future Today Inc. for $45 million in cash and $15 million in Cinedigm common stock. Future Today owns and operates more than 700 content channels and manages more than 200,000 film, TV and digital assets in a range of categories.
* The European Union is looking to impose a fine on Google LLC for blocking potential competition in the search advertising space, London's Financial Times reports. The proposed ruling is in relation to concerns that Google's AdSense hampered how third-party websites exhibit search ads from rivals.
* Facebook Inc. has pulled 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand mosque attack globally, the company said in a tweet. The social networking giant said it blocked more than 1.2 million of these videos at upload.
* Walt Disney Co.'s "Captain Marvel" continued to lead the domestic box office for the March 17 weekend with $69.3 million, followed by Paramount's "Wonder Park" at No. 2 with $16 million and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s "Five Feet Apart" at the third spot with $13.2 million, according to comScore Inc. Universal's "How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" was No. 4 with $9.3 million, while Lions Gate's "Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral" took the fifth spot with $8.1 million.
The day ahead
Early morning futures indicators pointed to a mixed opening for the U.S. market.
In Asia, Hang Seng rose 1.37% to 29,409.01, while the Nikkei 225 gained 0.62% to 21,584.50.
In Europe, around midday, the FTSE 100 increased 0.59% to 7,271.06, and the Euronext 100 lifted 0.10% to 1,048.25.
On the macro front
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Global Multichannel: TV Everywhere in Western Europe morphing into virtual multichannel TV: As TV Everywhere services become comprehensive compared to the standard pay TV offer, the next phase of evolution looks to cover access for non-TV customers.
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