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Stifel Nicolaus: Comcast-NBC Universal Merger Review Likely to Extend into Early 2011

The review of the pending $30 billion merger between Comcast and NBC Universal is likely to extend into early 2011, according to a new research report from the investment firm Stifel Nicolaus. "We continue to believe that while a December conclusion is possible--particularly if Comcast trades additional concessions for speed--the most likely timing is that it will extend into early 2011," the report notes.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 2:43pm

Crist's Hypocritical Abortion Attacks On Rubio

Gov. Charlie Crist (I) is up with a new ad in the Florida Senate race attacking Republican Marco Rubio for his "extremist" agenda on issues like Roe v. Wade.

There's only one problem: Crist's checkered past on abortion. He has been pro-choice and pro-life in various stages of his political career - changing his positions for political gain.

"I'm fighting to stop Marco Rubio's extremist agenda to roll back Roe v. wade and cut your Social Security," Crist says.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 12:43pm

Effective technology in government depends on executive buy-in, leaders say

At its core, enterprise architecture is less about computer applications and more about management. That's why Randy Hite, director of information technology architecture and systems at the Government Accountability Office, says assigning the responsibility to the IT shop is the tail trying to wag the dog, NextGov reported. "Enterprise architecture has to be owned by the executive leadership, the business owners and the CXOs," he says.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 12:39pm

Broadband Connections, Washington Access for One Economy

For a start-up founded a decade ago in a dusty L Street basement with the mission of delivering broadband to underserved communities, One Economy has come a long way. Today, the nonprofit is a multimillion-dollar global enterprise that has brought affordable high-speed Internet access to 360,000 residents in 42 states and has created technology centers and online hubs for low-income people in a dozen other countries.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 10:04am

Google Working On Price Index

If investing in offshore wind farms and driverless cars wasn't enough, Google is also tinkering with creating a Price Index, the Financial Times reported. By tapping its trove of web shopping data, the Internet giant is working on creating a 'Google Price Index' that would serve as a daily measure of inflation and eventually provide an alternative to official statistics. The GPI, which is still a work-in-progress, is being pioneered by Google's chief economist Hal Varian, who spoke about it at the National Association of Business Economists conference in Denver, Colorado.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 9:07am

Starting Lineup: Colorado Loggerheads

Good Friday morning and welcome to the Starting Lineup. What we're watching today: Charlie Baker's campaign claims it's leading in Massachusetts; Michael Bennet and Ken Buck face off in Colorado; confident of victory, NRSC pulls money out of Florida and Missouri; Alexi Giannoulias's post debate bump; FEC filing day; the Big Dog heads West, as does Sarah Palin; and liberal group fundraising comes up short.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 8:06am

Angle Nearly Lands Knockout Blow Against Reid

Updated: 8:22 a.m

Throughout the Nevada Senate campaign, it was Republican Sharron Angle who looked unprepared for-prime-time. But after last night's debate, Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid looked more like the gaffe-prone politician as he struggled to make headway in one of the closest and most consequential Senate contests.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 6:25am

Poll Confirms Ubiquity Of Tech Gadgets

A new poll released Thursday confirms what most of us probably already know: cell phones, laptops, Mp3 players and other tech gadgets are becoming an ubiquitous part of most U.S. households. The poll from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that 85 percent of Americans now own a cell phone, a rate that's even higher -- 96 percent - among 18-29 year-old adults. The poll, which surveyed 3,001 American adults Aug. 9-Sept. 13, found three-quarters of adults own a laptop or desktop computer at home.

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 6:31pm

Encryption Debate Centers On Privacy

A top State Department official on Wednesday said despite global concerns about covert cybercrime, presidential administrations should not prohibit people from encoding their Internet messages, or rendering them indecipherable to law enforcement officials, Nextgov.com reported. Nations, including the United States, are grappling with the problem of how to protect online communications from threats such as censorship, spam that clogs networks and cyberterrorists.

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 5:37pm

Dem Insiders Say There's A Two Thirds Chance They Lose The House

Democratic operatives believe there's a two-out-of-three chance that they will lose the House of Representatives to the Republicans and see little sign of a surge in the party's favor over the past month, according the results of the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll. At the same time, GOP operatives are now less optimistic about their chances of capturing the Senate than they were a month ago.

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 4:28pm