Updated May 7, 2018

Mergers are spiking, but antitrust cop funding isn't

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T-Mobile's trial to close Sprint merger heads toward closing arguments

T-Mobile CEO John Legere testifying before Congress in March 2019. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

T-Mobile's legal battle to consummate its merger with Sprint heads to closing arguments this month as the companies are trying to convince a federal judge the tie-up won't hurt competition, thanks in part to a side deal with satellite TV company Dish.

Why it matters: The state case, led by the New York and California state attorneys general, is the last remaining obstacle for the deal after the Federal Communications Commission, the Justice Department and shareholders gave it the green light.

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Global merger and acquisition activity decreased in 2019

Global merger and acquisition activity hit $3.9 trillion in 2019, according to Refinitiv.

Why it matters: That represents a 3% decrease from 2018, but was still the fourth-largest dollar volume in history and sixth straight year above $3 trillion.

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Tech's biggest upcoming battles in 2020

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The most consequential stories for tech in 2020 pit the industry's corporate colossi against the U.S. government, foreign nations, and the human needs of their own customers.

Why it matters: Today's tech giants own and operate the informational hubs that increasingly shape our public and private lives. That's putting their products and policies under greater scrutiny than ever before.