From the Wires

AT&T, DirecTV strike $49B deal

CNN: AT&T acquired America's largest satellite television provider for almost $50 billion.

1.8M pounds of beef recalled

USA Today: Approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products are being recalled due to possible E. coli contamination.

GM fined $35M over recall

BBC: General Motors was fined $35 million for delays in recalling cars with faulty ignition switches.

CDC recommends pill to protect against HIV

CBS: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports people deemed to be at high risk for contracting HIV should take anti-HIV medicines to cut transmission risk.

General Motors recalls 2.7M more cars

BBC: The recall will cost the carmaker approximately $200 million.

Obesity raises breast cancer death rate

NBC: A new study finds obese younger women have a 34% higher risk of dying from their breast cancer.

Google Glass on sale again

CNN: Consumers can purchase Google Glass for $1,500 as long as supplies last.

17 everyday chemicals that could cause breast cancer

TIME: Scientists identified 17 groups of chemicals that could be linked to mammary tumors.

Red wine health benefits 'overhyped'

BBC: Scientists say that red wine may not be as good for health as first believed.

AT&T pursues DirecTV

NYT: The country's second-largest wireless carrier is in talks to purchase the largest U.S. satellite television provider for at least $50 billion.

Hillshire acquires rival food firm Pinnacle

BBC: U.S. food firm Hillshire Brands purchased its rival, Pinnacle Foods, for $6.6 billion.

U.S. cervical cancer rate higher than previously thought

CBS: A study shows the rate is up 55% among all women.

McDonalds tests seasoned french fries

Salon.com: McDonald’s says it plans to start testing seasoned french fries at select U.S. locations starting Friday.