OVERNIGHT TECH: FCC poised to approve NBC-Comcast merger

FCC approval of NBC-Comcast could come this week

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appears set to finalize its conditions for Comcast's proposed acquisition of a majority stake in NBC Universal this week, sources confirmed to The Hill on Monday.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski indicated in December the commission will approve the transaction. Sources said that commission members are finalizing their opinions and the decision could be reached as soon as Tuesday.

While FCC members haven't publicly stated their positions on the merger, Democratic Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps are the most likely sources of dissent. Copps in particular has been a critic of media consolidation and appears most likely to vote against the deal. http://bit.ly/dXz52V

Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes medical leave

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs announced Monday he will be taking a medical leave of absence but will continue to serve as CEO in a letter to employees on Monday.

In the letter Jobs failed to explain the nature of his illness, but he took a leave of absence in 2004 to undergo treatment for a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He has made fewer public appearances in the subsequent years.

Jobs's absence comes as Apple's stock is at an all-time high. Chief operating officer Tim Cook will take over day-to-day operations until he returns. http://bit.ly/eTGlgu

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C-SPAN will stream the House debate on repealing the healthcare law this week at live on Facebook. Tuesday coverage begins at 2 p.m., Wednesday coverage begins at 10 a.m.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) will deliver a keynote at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to kick off the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee's 7th Annual State of the Net Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Washington. Also speaking Monday: Internet Caucus co-chair Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and White House Cyber Czar Howard Schmidt.


"I wanted to say to Mark Zuckerberg tonight, if you're watching, Rooney Mara's character makes a prediction at the beginning of the movie. She was wrong. You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a visionary, and an incredible altruist."

- Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who wrote "The Social Network," while accepting the Golden Globe award for Best Screenplay on Sunday evening