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Media & Comm, editor's picks: Shutdown impact on IPOs; Viacom CEO on CBS merger

Here are the editor's top picks for the week.

Analysis: Prolonged government shutdown could delay IPOs, worsen backlog for SEC

If the partial government shutdown persists for several more weeks, it could delay a number of high profile IPOs, ranging from Uber Technologies Inc. to biotech firms, and exacerbate an already sizable backlog of at least 44 public offers awaiting the green light from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

As wireless operators squabble over 'real' 5G, cable skips ahead to 10G speeds

U.S. wireless carriers and cable providers are all in a race to deliver next-generation connectivity, and the competition is already leading to squabbles over definitions of "real" 5G and even 10G services. The two largest U.S. wireless providers — Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. — both deployed 5G services in a number of markets at the end of 2018, but Verizon and others are now crying foul at some of AT&T's marketing tactics.

CES 2019: Viacom CEO waves off CBS merger, says car is next content catalyst

Viacom Inc. CEO Bob Bakish believes the hot topics of CES 2019 represent the next great consumer content catalysts. Primarily, he is excited about driverless cars. Similar to when video became available on mobile devices, video programming is poised to expand again when commutes suddenly open for more entertainment.

CES 2019: Industry experts advise caution in pursuing GDPR-like measures in US

As U.S. regulators consider how to improve data privacy safeguards in the U.S., a landmark set of laws enacted in Europe in 2018 could serve as a guideline — but cultural and technological differences should be considered in adopting any new U.S. rules, industry experts said. At technology trade show CES, a panel of experts representing business, government and advocacy groups all agreed that more privacy safeguards are needed in the U.S., but the exact parameters of what should be enacted and how remained open to debate.

Kwesé iflix CEO: Localized strategy key to rivaling Netflix, Amazon in Africa

CEO of Kwesé iflix Mayur Patel spoke to S&P Global Market Intelligence about the company's localized strategy key to rivaling Netflix Inc. and Inc. in Africa.