John Paczkowski

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Look at It This Way: Now There's Half as Much Competition for Anyone Who's Dreamed of Having a Satellite Radio Company

Well, I guess the check finally cleared. … After a nearly 18-month review, the Federal Communications Commission has finally reached an agreement to approve the merger of XM Satellite Radio Holdings and Sirius Satellite Radio. Though an official announcement is yet to be made, some outstanding enforcement matters have been resolved, and the stage is set for formal Commission approval. “I think it’s fair to say an agreement in principle has been reached,” FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told The Wall Street Journal. “We’re still trying to work out the language.”

But once the Commission’s done that, XM (XM) and Sirius (SIRI)–the only two satellite radio players in the market–can finally join to create the pay-radio monopoly they’ve long planned. “I was hoping to forge a bipartisan solution that would offer consumers more diversity in programming, better price protection, greater choices among innovative devices and real competition with digital radio,” said
Jonathan S. Adelstein, an FCC commissioner who’s opposed the merger on the grounds that it’s against the public interest to let the only two companies in a particular business combine. “Instead, it appears they’re going to get a monopoly with window dressing.”

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik