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Prospect of tougher antitrust regulation worries deal investors

The top U.S. antitrust regulator has sent a chilling message to dealmakers with his opposition to AT&T Inc buying Time Warner Inc : Companies do not have to be competitors for their merger to hurt competition, and there are no simple fixes to get such deals approved.

Broadcom eyes big changes for Qualcomm's patent practices

As part of its $103 billion bid to buy Qualcomm Inc, Broadcom Ltd has hinted that it would make big changes to Qualcomm's patent licensing business, a major cash-cow for the company but a source of bitter conflict with regulators and key customers including Apple Inc.