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Post Tech: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Comcast gives itself good marks, but lawmaker concerns pave way for Web access conditions

In a blog post this morning recapping the Hill hearings on Comcast and NBC's proposed merger, Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen stressed that bi-partisan members asked for a fast review. And while there were many tough questions, he said...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 5, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust , Comcast , DOJ , FCC , Online Video  
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Watch Senator Franken grill NBC's Zucker, Comcast's Roberts

It's the Franken-Zucker-Roberts duel that tech policy land is talking about. Now you can see it on video. Thursday, as Post Tech reported, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) had some strong words about NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker: don't trust...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 5, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust , Comcast , DOJ , FCC , Online Video  
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Local leaders send letter to State Rep to lobby for Comcast on merger

As part of a lobbying flurry ahead of hearings yesterday on Comcast and NBC Universal's $30 billion merger, letters were sent to lawmakers to persuade them to think kindly upon the union. Luke Ravensthal, the mayor of Pittsburg, wrote Rep....

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Antitrust , Broadband  
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Justice Dept. says Google books settlement shouldn't be approved

The Justice Department told a federal court Thursday that a revised digital books settlement between Google and publishers and authors still falls short and should not be approved in its current form. The government's comments were filed to the U.S....

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 4, 2010; 10:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Boxee responds to NBC

NBC Universal chief executive Jeff Zucker said in a House subcommittee hearing Thursday that Hulu blocked online video startup Boxee from getting content because the company was "illegally" accessing Hulu's shows. Boxee chief executive Avner Ronen responded in a blog:...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 4, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Al Franken: Trust me, you can't trust NBC

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) may not be an expert on antitrust law, but the showbiz veteran knows a thing about NBC Universal. And from his experience, there is little reason to trust NBC will keep any promises involving its proposed...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 4, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lawmakers weigh in on Comcast-NBCU merger

Update: House hearing over, Senate hearing next Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said he will offer NBC online content to competitors after the merger, despite concerns that the cable and Internet service giant would withhold that content to capture subscribers. But...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 4, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Comcast  
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AT&T won't block Slingbox video application for iPhone

AT&T said today it will allow video provider Sling Media to operate over its wireless 3G network for phones like Apple's iPhone. The move comes after criticism that the company was blocking the application, Slingbox.

By by Cecilia Kang  |  February 4, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  AT&T , Apple , FCC  | Tags: Slingbox; iPhone; Apple; bandwith; AT&T; net neutrality; Federal Communications Commission; Sling  
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Google teams with NSA on cyber attacks; company grows its Washington presence

The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity. The partnership is another indication of the close ties Google has forged within the federal government.

By by Cecilia Kang  |  February 4, 2010; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Google  
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Comcast's fast-growing Washington presence

The tale of Comcast’s remarkable rise in Washington tracks the story of how the cable giant built its business. In the same way that it aggressively grew its empire by acquiring one cable system at a time, the company has...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 4, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Comcast  
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Comcast ramps up lobbying ahead of merger hearings

Comcast has launched an all-out charm offensive in Washington ahead of two hearings Thursday on its proposed $30 billion merger with NBC Universal. The cable and Internet giant has blanketed Capitol Hill offices with e-mails and phone calls to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 3, 2010; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Facebook, social networks, increasing source of spam, cyber attacks

When it comes to online social networks, companies may have more to worry about than just the distraction factor in the workplace. Those Web sites are also becoming a bigger source of cyber attacks and spam, according to a recent...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Facebook  
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Comcast-NBC merger: battle hits the hill

Jay Leno jokes aside, when proponents and opponents of Comcast and NBC Universal’s proposed $30 billion merger appear before lawmakers Thursday, they will head off in a legal linguistic battle over how regulators should view it. Comcast has said it...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Consumer groups: Comcast-NBC is a horizontal merger that hurts viewers, Internet users

Update: NBC is not the majority owner of Hulu, but owns 32 percent stake Mark Cooper will represent consumers in two hearings this Thursday on Comcast and NBC Universal’s proposed $30 billion merger. And the way the veteran consumer advocate...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 2, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Antitrust , Comcast , DOJ , FCC , Media , Online Video  
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Comcast-NBCU merger faces Hill scrutiny Thursday

Comcast and NBC Universal's proposed $30 billion merger will face scrutiny from lawmakers on Thursday, when House and Senate subcommittees are scheduled to examine how the union could affect consumers and competition. Here are the witness lists for the two...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 1, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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President Obama: commited to net neutrality, despite ISPs pushback

President Obama said Monday he remains committed to net neutrality despite a push-back from large Internet service providers who want to "extract more money from wealthier customers." In a Q&A follow-up to his State of the Union address broadcast on...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 1, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Chipmakers wage image wars to government leaders

When the chips are down, pump up the public image. That's been the strategy of Intel as it fights against a federal antitrust suit claiming the company used its dominance to unfairly edge out competitors. Now, competitors are trying to...

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 1, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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