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Coalition urges FCC to block NBC-U merger with Comcast: Public comments were due Monday on the possible $30 billion marriage of these companies. Just in time, a coalition of media companies, unions and nonprofits is urging the Federal Communications Commission to block the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal. The coalition, made up of organizations including media giant Bloomberg, the Writers Guild of America, West and advocacy groups like Free Press and Media Access Project, wrote to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on Monday voicing their opposition to the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal.

Intel may settle with FTC: The Federal Trade Commission's anti-trust case against chip giant Google may be winding down, the WSJ reports. Terms have not been disclosed, but Intel would likely have to modify its practices. The settlement would prevent an appearance before an FTC administrative law judge in September that could have forced disclosure of company secrets, including its customers relationships with HP, Dell, IBM and Acer. “The company has been grappling for several years with antitrust proceedings in Europe, Japan and South Korea as well as suits by the FTC and the New York.” 



…2:30 p.m. The Senate Commerce subcommittee on competitiveness holds a hearing on "Innovation in America: Opportunities and Obstacles." Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253.


…What can’t Google do? That’s the raison d’etre for startups hoping to fill the gaps in the search giant’s services. One hopeful, Quora, allows people to pose and answer questions. (WSJ)


100... Dollar value of a fine San Francisco may begin imposing on retailers if they do not display a value for how much radiation their mobile phones emit. A vote on the law is expected today. (FT)


FINGERPRINTS: Pro-consumer activist group Free Press is known for railing against well-financed advocacy by big telecommunications companies. But in some instances, if it can’t beat them, the organization may see logic in joining them: the group signed a letter as part of its campaign against Comcast’s merger with NBC Universal. The letter’s properties show that it was authored by Arik Ben Zvi, a managing director at Glover Park Group, one of the city’s largest lobbying shops. Glover Park Group represents Verizon.