Ruling sets up contentious creditor vote as Charlie Ergen, who holds about $1 billion in debt, is dead set against the reorganization plan.
Philippe Courtot surveys the landscape as high profile hacking and M&A premiums increase the market value of cybersecurity technology companies.
Facebook's $19 billion purchase turns attention to platforms including Kik Interactive, TangoME and WeChat.
Transaction valued at $19 billion is expected to bring an additional 1 billion mobile users to the social media platform.
Merger valued at $67 billion including debt represents a rebuke to Charter, headache for regulators.
Move in concert with Liberty Media is attempt to improve chances of hostile bid, which target has rejected.
With a lion's share of their rapidly growing cash hordes held overseas, the richest tech companies tap debt markets to pay dividends.
Following sale of Patch, Mapquest and Moviefone seen as potential divestment candidates amid renewed focus on advertising technology and video ads.
Shares of the two semiconductor suppliers rise sharply on the agreed deal.
The rapid development cycle of cyber attacks places a premium on technology that defends against these new forms of incursions.