Investors are happy with the acquisition, which eliminates a key rival and helps Akamai gain control of important technology.
The carrier clearly had the most to lose if the AT&T and T-Mobile merger had gone through.
Branded drugs are set to lose over $100 billion in revenue in the next few years, and Merck, like other large pharma companies, will need to develop new drugs to offset these losses.
Cigarette sales by subsidiary Philip Morris underpin profitability, stock price.
Deutsche Telekom will look to other suitors, including Sprint, or dispose of network operator piecemeal.
Amazon's success could prompt a major redesign of the iPad.
Rail traffic is likely to benefit from surge in retail and online sales.
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