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Obama's FCC Pick Brings Reformer Label

Tech adviser Genachowski lauded to lead troubled agency

(Newser) - President Obama has officially named Harvard pal and technical adviser Julius Genachowski to head the Federal Communications Commission, NPR reports. It’s Genachowski’s second tour—he worked at the FCC during the Clinton administration—and he’s being applauded on both sides of the aisle. Most are hoping the... More »

FCC Staff Blesses Satellite Radio Merger

Sirius-XM deal could go to commission within 3 weeks

(Newser) - After languishing nearly a year and a half in regulatory limbo, the merger between XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio may finally get the green light to proceed. The FCC staff has signed off on the $5 billion deal, reports the Wall Street Journal, with some conditions devised by... More »

FCC to Examine Cancellation Fees for Cable, Phone, Web

Agency responding to consumer complaints

(Newser) - The FCC says next month’s hearing on cell phone cancellation fees may also include similar charges leveled by cable and Internet providers. Chairman Kevin Martin hopes the hearing will ease consumer tension over the fees, which were among cell phone users’ five most common complaints last year, the Washington ... More »

Kings Stun Nuggets Behind Martin

Ill forward scores 36 to deal a blow to Denver's playoff run

(Newser) - Kevin Martin scored 36 points despite missing Sacramento's shootaround with the stomach flu, and the Kings dealt a blow to the Denver Nuggets' playoff plans last night with a surprising 118-115 win at the Pepsi Center. The Kings, out of playoff contention and missing Ron Artest (thumb) and Brad Miller... More »

Martin Leads Kings Past Clippers

Sacramento enjoys their fourth win in five games

(Newser) - Kevin Martin hit four 3-pointers while scoring 26 points as the Sacramento Kings avoided a four-game sweep by the last-place Los Angeles Clippers with a 110-98 victory Thursday night. Francisco Garcia scored 17 points and Mikki Moore added 16 for the Kings, who took a 20-point lead in the third... More »

FCC Boss Nixes Bid to Open Up Wireless Networks

Systems already 'open enough,' he says

(Newser) - The head of the FCC has rejected a request from Skype to open up wireless networks to outside devices, AP reports. The Internet phone provider wanted wireless operations included in a 1968 FCC decision that required AT&T to open up its network beyond its own devices that paved the... More »

Duncan Carries Spurs to Fifth Straight Win

Matin's 36 lift Kings, Wizards holds off SuperSonics

(Newser) - Tim Duncan had the big numbers, but Manu Ginobili hit the key shots as the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 97-88 last night, reports the Associated Press. Duncan had 28 points and 12 rebounds, but when the Clippers took a late lead, Ginobili's 3-pointer... More »

Celtics Defense Stops Rockets' Streak at 22

Kings blast past Warriors, Suns get 5th straight over Blazers

(Newser) - The Rockets had followed 22 straight games with victorious press conferences, and nothing short of the NBA's best team could change that tune. With a decisive 94-74 win, the Boston Celtics ended Houston's win streak and held them to their lowest score this season. "I've never seen defense like... More »

Martin Helps Kings Outscore Reeling Raptors

Sacramento jumps out early as Toronto falls to 0-4 on road trip

(Newser) - Kevin Martin scored 32 points as the Sacramento Kings beat the Toronto Raptors 106-100 last night, reports the Toronto Globe and Mail. Ron Artest also had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Kings handed the Raptors their fourth straight loss on this road trip. The Raptors are 2-7 in... More »

FCC Member Wants Probe of Ala. TV Station

'60 Minutes' went black as piece linking Rove to ex-gov's case began

(Newser) - An FCC commissioner wants to know why an Alabama TV station went off the air just as a "60 Minutes" segment critical of Karl Rove started, Broadcasting & Cable reports. WHNT blamed a “technical difficulty," but Michael Copps said today he wants to find out whether Sunday's... More »

Warriors Douse Sweep by Blazers

Hornets come up empty versus Wizards, Kings come back to beat Heat

(Newser) - The usually deafening crowd at Golden State was reserved for much of last night's contest between the Warriors and Trail Blazers, but the fans caught fire when the home team did. The Warriors went on a fourth-quarter tear to win 110-104 and revenge itself for two previous losses to Portland,... More »

FCC Ready to Defend Net Neutrality

Agency says it will step in to stop ISPs from blocking access

(Newser) - FCC boss Kevin Martin told a hearing yesterday that the government was "ready, willing, and able to step in" to stop Internet service providers from restricting traffic sent by rivals, the Wall Street Journal reports. Comcast is accused of acting improperly by slowing or blocking access to file-sharing sites.... More »

Howard, Bench Depose Kings

Cook and Dooling spark fourth-quarter burst as Kings lose first since Bibby trade

(Newser) - The post-Bibby Kings finally lost, falling flat in Orlando in the decisive fourth quarter. Backups Brian Cook and Keyon Dooling combined for 20 in a 22-8 run that gave the Magic a commanding 20-point lead. Dwight Howard was his customary monster self, leading his team with 26 points and 10... More »

FCC: Economy Could Dampen Wireless Sale

In credit crunch, smaller bidders face capital shortage

(Newser) - FCC head Kevin Martin registered concern this week about the impact of the credit crunch on the government auction of wireless airwaves scheduled to begin Jan. 24, Reuters reports. The auction, which Congress has ordered to go forward, comes at a time when the meltdown of housing and subprime mortgage... More »

Kings Win Seesaw Mavs Game

Dallas' sharp shooting can't compensate for soft D

(Newser) - Coming off a seven-game win streak may have made the Mavericks overconfident, and certainly their 57% field goal shooting—65% from behind the arc—might have made it seem last night's game was in the bag. But the Kings took advantage of 19 turnovers and rocked a shaky Dallas defense... More »

FCC Loosens Cross-Media Ownership Ban

Newspapers, local TV stations can share parent company

(Newser) - The FCC loosened a 32-year-old ban on simultaneous ownership of a newspaper and a radio or TV station in the same city today, the Washington Post reports. The commission voted 3-2 along party lines after a dispute-filled meeting. Afterward, one of the Democratic commissioners said, "Powerful companies are using... More »

FCC Angers All Sides With New Media Rules

Cable companies fume at limits, and senators protest relaxed regs

(Newser) - The FCC is set to push through new rules on media ownership today, to the consternation of everyone from telecoms to free-speech advocates, writes the Wall Street Journal. The commission will introduce two new regulations: one will allow media companies to buy both newspapers and television stations in the top... More »

FCC Chief Won't Delay Media Vote

Defiant Martin wants to relax ownership rules in broadcast, print

(Newser) - FCC chief Kevin Martin will push ahead with a vote next week to allow media companies to own a broadcasting station and newspaper in the same city, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move comes despite heavy criticism from senators who say he's rushing into a major policy change without... More »

FCC Chief Gets Grilled on Hill

House members want cross-ownership vote delayed; Dems plead for oversight

(Newser) - FCC Chairman Kevin Martin faced angry questioning from both sides of the aisle at a House oversight meeting yesterday, as many urged the commissioner to delay December 18's vote on a controversial change to media cross-ownership rules. Martin said the plan, which would allow companies to own both a newspaper... More »

Jazz Lose 117-107, Kings Lose Martin

Bucks pull to .500 with 87-78 recovery against tanking Clippers

(Newser) - The Sacramento Kings fended off a loss last night despite losing their top player, Kevin Martin, to a groin injury in the fourth quarter, reports the Sacramento Bee. John Salmons picked up where Martin had left off, scoring 13 straight points in the 117-107 win. Meanwhile, down the California coast: More »

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