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AT&T

AT&T is naming its new advertising company "Xandr," combining AT&T's advertising infrastructure, as well as assets from its recent Time Warner and AppNexus acquisitions.

Why it matters: AT&T is hoping to bolster its advertising business to help subsidize Pay-TV losses as more people cut the cord.

Details: The new company will be led by the CEO of its advertising and analytics unit, Brian Lesser, who the company poached from GroupM last year.

  • It represents one of four divisions that were created by AT&T upon the acquisition of Time Warner in the summer of 2018.
  • It encompasses all aspects of the AT&T's advertising & analytics businesses, including its advanced TV advertising business, and ad network.
  • It is built around four pillars: data, premium content, advanced advertising technology and AT&T’s wireless, broadband and video distribution footprint.
  • Effective today, all of AT&T's pre-existing ad-related businesses and its recently-acquired ad businesses, like ad tech firm AppNexus, will all be employees of Xandr.
  • AppNexus will continue to live on as a brand under Xandr.

About the name: The name "Xandr" (sort of short for Alexander) was inspired by AT&T founder Alexander Graham Bell. AT&T says the hexagonal symbol of its logo was inspired by Bell's tetrahedral kite invention.

The bigger picture: The announcement was made at AT&T's first-ever media, entertainment and advertising conference, which within itself is a testament to its commitment to fully entering the media and advertising space.

  • The swanky two-day retreat brings together high-level executives across the industry to discuss the future of advertising and media.

Go deeper: What AT&T's advertising business will look like

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Read: Former Vice President Walter Mondale's last message

Photo courtesy of Mondale.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale wrote a farewell letter to his staff, sent upon his death on Monday, thanking them for years working together.

Dear Team,

Well my time has come. I am eager to rejoin Joan and Eleanor. Before I Go I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me. Never has a public servant had a better group of people working at their side!

Together we have accomplished so much and I know you will keep up the good fight.

Joe in the White House certainly helps.

I always knew it would be okay if I arrived some place and was greeted by one of you!

My best to all of you!

Fritz

Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93

Walter Mondale, left, with former President Jimmy Carter in Jan. 2018 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota's campus in Minneapolis. Photo: Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Walter Mondale, who transformed the role of U.S. vice president while serving under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday at 93, according to a family spokesperson.

The big picture: President Biden, who was mentored by Mondale through the years, said in 2015 that the former vice president gave him a "roadmap" to successfully take on the job.

Scoop: U.S. ambassador refuses Kremlin push to leave Russia

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan. Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS via Getty Images

The United States ambassador to Russia is refusing to leave the country after the Kremlin "advised" him to return home following new Biden administration sanctions, two sources briefed on the situation tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Sullivan, a respected diplomat who President Biden has, so far, retained from the Trump era, is at the center of one of the most important early tests of Biden's resolve.