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Comcast-NBC Merger Approved By FCC 268

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "It seems that the FCC has approved the proposed merger between Comcast and NBC, effectively kicking apart hopes for protection against 'pipes and their water' frameworks. Pres. Obama's 2008 goal also goes ignored: 'I strongly favor diversity of ownership of outlets and protection against the excessive concentration of power in the hands of any one corporation, interest or small group.' The Dept. of Justice is also onboard, leaving little hope that this will be stopped."
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Submission + - Australia mandates Microsoft's Open Office XML (itnews.com.au)

littlekorea writes: The Australian Government has released a common operating environment desktop policy that — among security controls aimed at reducing the potential for leaks of Government data — mandates the ECMA-376 version of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) standard and productivity suites that can "read and write" the .docx format, effectively locking the country's public servants into using Microsoft Office. The policy [pdf] also appears to limit desktop operating systems to large, off-the-shelf commercial offerings at the expense of smaller distributions.

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