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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 01/19/2011

The Circuit: Comcast-NBC reaction, e-mail privacy, Google in Iran

By Hayley Tsukayama

LEADING THE DAY: There's plenty of reaction this Wednesday morning to the Federal Communications Commission's decision Tuesday to give Comcast to go-ahead in its acquisition of NBC-Universal for the deal, with a vote of 4 to 1. Democratic Commissioner Michael J. Copps voted against the measure.

Ars Technica has a its own quick breakdown of key points in the deal: cheap broadband and netbooks for the poor, what happens to Hulu and what the venture means for open internet.

The Economist says the venture will clear the way for cord-cutters who want to get their content online, while consumer groups such as Consumer Reports' are cautiously optimistic that the merger will help improve access to lower-income households, though they'd like to see quick reforms to increase programming diversity. And over at The Atlantic, former FCC counsel Bruce Gottlieb weighed in on the deal.

Faster Forward's Rob Pegoraro said that while the deal isn't perfect, it's probably the best the FCC was going to get. He just hopes that the venture won't lead to a disaster like the AOL-Time Warner merger.

E-mail privacy: A California appeals court ruled that attorney-client privilege does not apply to e-mails sent from a work e-mail address. Wired's write-up on the case also looks at trends emerging from recent electronic privacy cases, most of which don't look so good for individuals.

Google downloads available in Iran: Iran has lifted some export restrictions and allowing it citizens to download Google Chrome, Google Earth and Picasa. In its public policy blog, Google said, "We’re committed to full compliance with U.S. export controls and sanctions programs and, as a condition of our export licenses from the Treasury Department, we will continue to block IP addresses associated with the Iranian government."

Goldman trying to soothe U.S. investors: Goldman Sachs clients are holding the firm's feet to the fire after it announced its decision make its Facebook investment open only to clients outside the United States, citing concerns about media scrutiny. One client, who was planning a $2 million investment in the social network, told the Wall Street Journal, "They pushed me hard to get here and invest, and then they pull the rug out from under me."

Twitter in Korean:
Twitter is now available in Korean, expanding the micro-blogging site's support to seven languages: Korean, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. TechCrunch has a partial translation of Twitter's blog post, which has recommendations for tweeters in Korean.

Yahoo! lets you sign in with Gmail, Facebook: All Things D asks if the search engine Yahoo has just “given up" after changing its unique sign-in system to allow users to sign in with Facebook and Gmail IDs. As the article points out, Yahoo kept its own sign-in portal for years, so the move may indicate a change in priorities.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 19, 2011; 10:14 AM ET
Categories:  FCC, Google, International, Privacy, Twitter  
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I just don't understand the thinking of the FCC that destroyed local radio in 1988
as Hugh Stegman, wrote,

"One ignores the engineering side at their peril. That's how the
corporations got control of radio, by giving the licensee control of,
and legal responsibility for, the transmitter and therefore the air

"The disease is that control of transmitters was taken away
from the engineer signed into the log, and given to licensees off in
some holding company incorporated in Delaware or whatever. It sounds
like just a technical thing, but the effect was to centralize radio,
kill off most local programming, and allow octopus like Clear Channel to
take over."

Now the approval of the FCC Comcast/NBC merger, I don't know what to say about
that other then it just put access to media further in the toilet for the People.
Former Producer/Programmer Pacifica/Wpfw Radio.>>Billy Ray

Posted by: bredwards | January 19, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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