Here's everything you need to know before Thursday's opening bell:  

  1. Comcast (CMCSA - Get Report) launched a $65 billion offer for assets of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA)
  2. Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) is working on technology that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from shops.
  3. Apple (AAPL - Get Report) said it was working on a new security feature that could make it harder for law enforcement to retrieve data from iPhones.
  4. Chicago chose Elon Musk's The Boring Company to build an express service from downtown to O'Hare International Airport.
  5. U.S. stock futures pointed to a mixed start for Wall Street.

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