News bites: NYT edit board slams AT&T merger

The New York Times editorial board blasted AT&T's plan to acquire T-Mobile, urging federal regulators to block it outright "if needed." One of the standards for "if needed" is: "For the acquisition to be deemed in the public interest, it should ideally lead to more competition."

Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey will become executive chairman and head of product development as the company tries to battle Facebook for ads, Bloomberg reports. 

TV was the main way Japan stayed connected to the news in the aftermath of the the crisis there, with the Internet coming in second, PC World reports. The development "underlines the continued dominance of traditional media and the trust Japan has in its well-funded public broadcaster, NHK." 

The NYT reports that cable companies are skirmishing with network execs over whether it's ok to beam TV onto the iPad. Should there be a premium if you want to watch in the bathtub?, the article raises. 

The Washington Post reports that small inventors are raising concerns about two major shifts in the Senate's patent legislation: "a shift to a first-to-file system is unnecessary" and language weakening "the traditional American grace period." The Q&A is with the head of the American Innovators for Patent Reform. 

The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is snagging its own Mr. Darcy by hiring a Time Warner executive, from the media group, Mark D'Arcy. He will focus on how advertisers can use Facebook in their marketing campaigns. The company is also working to add friends in Washington, the New York Times observes. 

eBay is pushing into Amazon's turf, according to the WSJ, with a an acquisition that will intensify the rivalry. 

Meanwhile, Amazon is launching a cloud music service today, according to the Financial Times.