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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/25/2011

The Circuit: AT&T, T-Mobile pitch the FCC, Google may face state antitrust probes, India to ban .xxx

LEADING THE DAY: AT&T and T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom plan to file for merger approval within 30 days, Politico reported Thursday. The chief executives of both companies met with FCC officials yesterday to make an initial pitch for regulatory approval, an unnamed source close to the situation told Politico. The executives met with commissioners Robert McDowell, Michael Copps and Meredith Attwell Baker. The source also said that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski was not told of the merger plans in advance.

Google antitrust probes: Google may be facing antitrust investigations in Ohio and Wisconsin, Bloomberg reported. A spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has said that the office is determining whether to review the search giant. In Wisconsin, Bloomberg said an unnamed person familiar with the situation said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has concerns about Google’s attempts to buy ITA software.

The company is also facing antitrust probes in Europe and increased antitrust scrutiny from the U.S. government.

India to ban .xxx: Officials in the Indian government have said they will introduce measures to block the newly approved .xxx domain from the country. The Economic Times in India reported that a senior government official from the ministry of IT said, “India along with many other countries from the Middle East and Indonesia opposed the grant of the domain in the first place, and we would proceed to block the whole domain, as it goes against the IT Act and Indian laws.”

RIM shares down: Research in Motion shares were down Thursday after the company released its revenue for the past quarter. The projections fell short of analyst expectations. RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie told investors that sales in the current three-month period are moving toward cheaper models.

The company also announced its BlackBerry PlayBook, due to launch April 19, will support apps from Google’s Android platform.

Kodak patent suit decision scheduled for today: A decision in Kodak’s patent suit against Apple and Research in Motion over its patent on image previews in camera phones is scheduled for today, reports Bloomberg. If Kodak wins, it could eventually get $1 billion in royalty payments, the company’s chairman and CEO Antonio Perez has said.

Google locks down Honeycomb: The AFP reported that Google will be holding off on releasing the source code for its Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform. A spokesman told AFP that the company would offer the platform as open source — as it has for all previous versions of Android — “as soon as it’s ready.” He said that the company has more work to do before it can offer the platform for devices other than Android tablets.

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Tags:  Google, Apple, FCC, AT&T, T-Mobile, International, Tablets, Mobile

 
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