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• There have been numerous stories here about how Amazon has designs on sports broadcasting rights that traditionally have gone to traditional media outlets, and now Apple seems to be getting into the act.

According to the Wall Street Journal, "Executives at Apple met with representatives of MGM and the Pac-12 Conference this year as the tech giant considers ways to broaden the appeal of its Apple TV app and TV+, a $4.99 monthly service that launched last month with nine original programs. The service anchors an updated TV app that offers subscriptions to Disney+ and HBO, which give Apple a cut of sales.

"Though the conversations with MGM and the Pac-12 were preliminary and have yet to reach an advanced stage, the talks show Apple’s openness to striking a multibillion-dollar content agreement in support of its TV service - even as it forges ahead with a preferred strategy of developing its own shows, these people said. A deal with the Pac-12 would be Apple’s first foray into live sports."

Bloomberg reports that Amazon "is seeking its first warehouse in Ireland to fulfill orders currently shipped from the U.K., people with knowledge of the plan said, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to lead Britain out of the European Union. The online retailer is scouting sites with about 100,000 square feet (9,290 square meters) of space and has evaluated options on the outskirts of Dublin, according to the people, asking not to be identified as the plans are private. No deal has been agreed and there’s no certainty any lease will be signed, they said."
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