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Industry Notes

Production of business equipment is up. Fewer good signs for consumer goods. "Production of business equipment has jumped 5 percent this year through June, while consumer goods have risen 0.2 percent, Federal Reserve data show," Bloomberg reports. That's why Intel's chief executive Paul Otellini told investors July 13 that "he is seeing 'renewed economic momentum.'" Meanwhile, "a day later, Yum! Brands chief financial officer Richard Carucci predicted 'sustained unemployment and a concerned U.S. consumer.'"

Policing the Web's lurid precincts. The New York Times looks at the tough job of screening offensive photos for websites. "The surge in Internet screening services has brought a growing awareness that the jobs can have mental health consequences for the reviewers, some of whom are drawn to the low-paying work by the simple prospect of making money while looking at pornography."

SCHEDULE

8 a.m. — The Minority Media and Telecom Council begins its two-day conference that will feature all five FCC commissioners.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — The White House, Commerce and the FCC will host an event showcasing technologies for people with disabilities. Main foyer of the Commerce Department, 1401 Constitution Ave., N.W. Entrance on 14th St., just north of Constitution Ave. Accessible entrance on 14th St., at the National Aquarium entrance.

1 p.m. — FCC to host "special access" workshop. FCC meeting room.

SAID

"That's like motherhood, everyone wants to vote for that and I certainly support that."

WSJ columnist Walt Mossberg on expanding broadband access in rural areas.

NUMBER

$1.3 billion. The amount Nokia Siemens Networks is expected to pay for Motorola's wireless equipment business, according to a report from Bloomberg, which says the deal is nearly complete.

WATERCOOLER

SILICON SLOWDOWN — During the Q&A portion of Apple's iPhone 4 press conference Friday, Steve Jobs said AT&T can add a new cell tower in Texas in about three weeks, but the same task would take three years in San Francisco. Hardly a ringing endorsement of what's considered the home of America's technology industry.