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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 07/20/2012

DirecTV, Viacom resolve carriage issue #thecircuit

DirecTV, Viacom resolve spat: DirecTV and Viacom resolved the carriage issue that had kept 17 channels including Comedy Central off the air for satellite subscribers since July 10.

In a statement Friday, DirecTV said that it reached an new long-term agreement with Viacom, and that satellite subscribers will be able to watch the programming on tablets, laptops, handhelds and other personal devices, with the exception of programming from the EPIX movie channel.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Changes to cybersecurity bill : Those co-sponsoring a bipartisan cybersecurity bill agreed Thursday night to compromise and create legislation that would rely on a private-public partnership to create cybersecurity standards for firms that operate critical infrastructure.

“I had previously sponsored a bill with a stronger regulatory approach to resolve this problem, but it’s become clear that some members of the Senate would not support that approach,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), in a statement announcing the changes. In the same statement, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said that if this system doesn’t work, “a future Congress will undoubtedly come back and adopt a more coercive system.”

Google, Microsoft report earnings: Google and Microsoft reported earnings Thursday; both companies beat analyst estimates. Microsoft did better than expected even though it reported its first-ever quarterly loss, thanks to a $6.2 billion write-down of its advertising acquisition.

Google blew past estimates, reporting that revenue was up 35 percent over the same period last year. The company touted its many accomplishments in the past quarter, particularly the release of its Nexus 7 tablet.

Chief executive Larry Page did not appear on the call — as was expected — because of an illness that is affecting his ability to speak. But Page did issue a statement celebrating the firm’s now-final acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

“This quarter is also special because Motorola is now part of the Google family, and we’re excited about the potential to build great devices for users,” Page said in a statement.

Sens. introduce bill to combat online scams: Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced a bill Thursday that is aimed at protecting consumers from online fraud across borders.

The bill is called the Undertaking Spam, Spyware and Fraud Enforcement with Enforcers Beyond Borders Act, or the U.S. SAFE WEB ACT. The bill would extend current measures through 2020, the Hill reported.

In the House, Reps. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) of the subpanel on commerce are also supporting renewing the measure, saying that the FTC reported that it has received more than a million cross-border complaints in the three years since the measures were put in place.

MPAA releases statement on Colo. shooting: The Motion Picture Association of America Friday released a statement addressing the shootings in Aurora, Colo., at the premier of “The Dark Knight Rises.” In a statement, MPAA president Chris Dodd said:

“We share the shock and sadness of everyone in the motion picture community at the news of this terrible event. We extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to the victims, their loved ones and all those affected by this tragedy.”

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