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Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 05/29/2012

The Circuit: Open Internet panel, Flame virus, Sprint to close iDEN network

FCC net neutrality oversight panel: The Federal Communications Commission has named the members of its net neutrality oversight panel, including companies such as Disney, Netflix and AT&T.

The panel, announced Tuesday by the agency, will be chaired by Harvard University professor Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Other groups represented on the panel include Mozilla, Comcast, Alcatel-Lucent, the Writers Guild of America - West, Union Square Ventures and the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Advanced virus detected: Researchers have identified a computer virus that is 20 times the size of the Stuxnet virus used to disable machinery at an Iranian nuclear plant, The Washington Post reported.

The news virus, which can go by the names Flame, Skywiper and Flamer, is the largest and possibly most complex piece of malware ever discovered, which suggests it is state-sponsored, the report said.

Iran has confirmed that it was attacked by the virus in a post to its Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre Web site.

Sprint/Nextel: Sprint announced Tuesday that it will sunset its iDEN network as early as June 30, 2013, and will continue to migrate those customers to Sprint Direct Connect. The Sprint Direct Connect push to talk service runs on the company’s 3G network.

In a company release, the carrier said that it will send written notices to its enterprise and government customers staring June 1, 2013. Sprint will be able to deploy its new 3G and planned 4G network in the 800 Mhz spectrum band that the iDEN network now uses, upgrading its overall network.

China microblogging: China has set a code of conduct for microbloggers, Reuters reported, that specifies the Weibo site cannot post information that could disagree with the principles of the constitution, harm national unity or share state secrets.

According to the report, Sina Corp, which operates Weibo, has rolled out a points system that grants each user 80 points, which can be lost for each violation of the code.

Tim Cook to Washington: Apple chief executive Tim Cook spent some time meeting with leaders in Washington including House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Fortune reported. The report said the Cook did not meet with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) because she was traveling at the time.

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