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Franken slams Comcast, Time Warner Cable merger

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) wants the Obama administration to prevent a $42.5 billion deal that would combine Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the country’s top cable companies.

During an upcoming episode of C-SPAN’s “The Communicators,” Franken repeated his calls for intervention from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, saying the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced earlier this year would decrease competition and harm consumers.

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OVERNIGHT TECH: Patent compromise continues

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) have reached a patent reform agreement that would increase transparency around patent infringement lawsuits and threats of lawsuits and institute a “loser-pays” system for unreasonable lawsuits, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

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