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Just two weeks after AT&T won a landmark ruling allowing its merger with Time Warner to continue without conditions, it appears its acquisition plans aren’t slowing down.

The company has agreed to purchase digital ad firm AppNexus. Such a deal signals AT&T’s plans to challenge Google and Facebook for digital ad dominance with its combination of TV and technology assets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but the Wall Street Journal reports that the acquisition could cost around $US1.6 billion. The transaction is planned to close during the third quarter of 2018, per AT&T.

To find out the winners and losers of AT&T’s acquisition of AppNexus, click here.

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