The Circuit: Comcast-NBC reaction, e-mail privacy, Google in Iran
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' HearUsNow.org 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.
| January 19, 2011; 10:14 AM ET
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