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Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Sprint announces deal to buy remaining Clearwire shares #thecircuit

Sprint, Clearwire: Sprint and Clearwire announced a new deal Monday which would give the nation’s third-largest carrier full ownership stake in Clearwire. The move would help Sprint build out its high-speed 4G LTE network.

The deal still requires regulatory approval and is contingent on the completion of Japanese carrier SoftBank’s plans to buy a 70 percent share of Sprint.

Google, FTC nearing deal: Google and the Federal Trade Commission are said to be nearing a deal that would end a 20-month investigation into the company's practices.

According to a report from The Washington Post, it appears that Google would agree to limit its ability to take small pieces of content from other Web sites and be more open to allowing marketers to move ads to other services. The deal would not, however, address accusations that Google has acted in an anticompetitive manner when it comes to search.

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: The New York Times reported Monday that Instagram was in talks with Twitter about an acquisition just weeks before it announced it was being acquired by Facebook.

The report calls comments made by Instagram chief executive and co-founder Kevin Systrom, who has said under oath that the photo-sharing company had not received any formal acquisition offers from company other than Facebook while negotiating the acquisition deal that ultimately went through three months ago.

Unnamed people “close to Twitter and Facebook” contradict those claims, the report said, and say that the Instagram and Twitter had verbally agreed on a $525 million deal for Instagram in cash and Twitter shares.

German regulators look at Facebook naming: German data protection officials have issued an order against Facebook over its policy of requiring users to register for the site using their real names.

According to a release from the data protection office in Germany, the office alleges that Facebook is violating German data protection laws with its policy. Facebook, in the release, said that its policies comply with data protection laws in Ireland, where its European offices are based, and that those policies are in full compliance with European law.

Twitter testing archived data: Twitter is giving a small number of users the opportunity to download their entire Twitter archive, the company confirmed Monday. The news, first reported by the Next Web,  follows up on an announcement that Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo made to the Online News Association that he would push the company’s engineers to give users the option to download information from their accounts.

Users have long asked for Twitter to offer more data portability, and the company is providing data in a number of formats.

Privacy group files complaint against Nickelodeon: The Center for Digital Democracy filed a complaint against Nickelodeon on Monday over the company’s practices in a SpongeBob SquarePants game. The complaint alleges that the application asks children for personal information in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and does not adequately inform users about how it collects or uses personal information.

The FTC is expected to update its rules governing children’s privacy in the near future.

Nielsen, Twitter join forces: Nielsen and Twitter announced Monday that they have partnered on an initiative that puts the social network into a new light — as a ratings system. Twitter has long been used as an informal gauge of how popular or engaging a particular program is, but now Nielsen will use those ratings to complement its own data on what U.S. families are watching.

“Our users love the shared experience of watching television while engaging with other viewers and show talent. Twitter has become the world's digital water cooler, where conversations about TV happen in real time,” said Chloe Sladden, Twitter’s vice president of media in a statement.

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