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Tara Lachapelle

Verizon Waits by the Phone

But it should start getting aggressive about putting out its own deal feelers.

Never before were the words "everybody's in play" truer than in the case of the cable and telecom giants -- and Verizon Communications Inc. CEO Lowell McAdam let us know his company's included.

In an interview with Bloomberg News's Scott Moritz, McAdam said he's open to merger talks with Comcast Corp., Walt Disney Co. or CBS Corp. -- with two of those hypothetical transactions exceeding the $200 billion level. It's the most specific McAdam's been about how the wireless carrier could transform itself in the wake of rival AT&T Inc.'s $109 billion pending takeover of Time Warner Inc., which upon completion will give AT&T control over HBO, CNN and Warner Bros. studios.