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Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 04/15/2013

The Circuit: Dish makes a bid for Sprint

Dish makes a bid for Sprint: Dish Network announced Monday that it has made an unsolicited $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel, challenging an earlier proposal between Sprint and the Japanese wireless carrier Softbank.

Dish chairman Charlie Ergen said that the merger would allow the companies to offer a unified plan for home and mobile broadband, voice and video services.

Dish is offering $17.3 billion in cash and $8.2 billion in stock for Sprint, an offer it describes as “superior” to Softbank’s $20.1 billion proposal for about 70 percent of Sprint.

FCC chairman to Aspen Institute: Outgoing Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski will join the Aspen Institute as a senior fellow when he steps down from his post in the coming weeks.

The Aspen Institute announced the move Monday; he is the fifth in a line of FCC chairmen to take a senior fellowship at Aspen.

The White House is thought to be close to picking a replacement for Genachowski. One leading candidate is Tom Wheeler, who served on President Obama’s transition team and was the head of the cable and wireless lobbying trade groups.

Google agrees to E.U. deal: Google has agreed to terms that change its search results in response to an antitrust investigation by European regulators. According to a report in the New York Times, Google has agreed to label search results served by its own products and may also display search results from rival search engines when users look for products such as flights or restaurant reviews.

The report said Google must adhere to the agreement for five years.

Verizon makes Clearwire offer: The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Verizon has made an offer to pay Clearwire $1.5 billion for spectrum holdings.

That muddles matters between Clearwire and Sprint, which announced an acquisition deal in December. Sprint owns 51 percent of Clearwire.

Dish has also made a Clearwire counteroffer, but chairman Charlie Ergen said Monday that it would honor any agreement made between Sprint and Clearwire, though the company has not withdrawn its offer.

Developers ask for delay of COPPA rules: The Application Developers Alliance has asked the Federal Trade Commission to delay implementation of new rules regarding children’s online privacy until January 2014. The agency is set to put new standards for the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act into effect on July 1, but the developers association has asked for additional time to consult with its members and partners on the best ways to comply with those new regulations.

“The revised COPPA rules require apps to make extensive engineering and user interface changes. With only 11 weeks until the effective date, many developers — particularly small developers — are simply not ready,” said Jon Potter, President of the Application Developers Alliance.

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