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News Briefs

9/15. The DOJ approved Verizon's purchase of OnePoint Communications, a provider of broadband services to apartment buildings and condos. See, Verizon release. The FCC has not given its approval.
9/15. The FCC is seeking nominations of elected municipal officials to fill a vacancy on the FCC's Local and State Government Advisory Committee (LSGAC), which was left by the departure of Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Mary Poss. The LSGAC provides advice and information to the FCC on public rights-of-way, facilities siting, universal service, removal of barriers to competitive entry, and public safety communications. Nominations will be accepted through 5 PM on Oct. 6. See, FCC release [MS Word].
9/15. The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Board of Directors elected Jeffrey Hawley of Eastman Kodak to be an additional IPO Vice President.
9/15. The RIAA hired Bruce Block to be its SVP of Technology. He previously worked as CTO and VP of Business Development at, a transaction-based e-commerce media company. See, release.
9/14. DOJ antitrust chief Joel Klein gave a speech in Brussels, Belgium, in which he advocated a global competition initiative. See also, TLJ story.
9/13. The FBI issued a statement about the privacy of people who use its web site. It is an apparent response to the Sept. 12 GAO report which found that 97% of federal government web sites do not comply with the four fair information practices announced by the FTC. Quote: "The FBI Home Page does not capture any information which identifies an individual visitor, or install "cookies" of any kind on a visitor's computer." However, the FBI's statement did not identity the privacy practices of pages in its web site other than its Home Page.
Editor's Note: This column includes all News Briefs added to Tech Law Journal since the last Daily E-Mail Alert. The dates indicate when the event occurred, not the date of posting to Tech Law Journal.
New TLJ Stories

FTC Official Addresses Covisint and Electronic B2Bs. (9/18) The FTC's Susan DeSanti gave a speech to a legal group in Washington in which she stated that the FTC is unlikely to adopt guidelines for electronic B2Bs. She also offered recommendations on how not to run afoul of antitrust regulators when creating and operating electronic B2Bs.
Klein Advocates a Global Competition Initiative. (9/16) U.S. antitrust chief Joel Klein gave a speech in Brussels in which he stated that "we should move in the direction of a Global Competition Initiative."
FTC Closes Investigation of Covisint B2B. (9/15) The FTC sent letters to the founders of the Covisint automotive B2B, stating that it has closed its investigation of whether Covisint violates Section 7 of the Clayton Act, and that it has terminated the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period.
New Documents

DeSanti: Speech to U.S. Chamber re electronic B2Bs and antitrust (excerpts), 9/14 (HTML, TLJ).
Rule: Speech to to U.S. Chamber re electronic B2Bs and antitrust (excerpts), 9/14 (HTML, TLJ).
Klein: Speech re international antitrust enforcement, 9/14 (HTML, TLJ).
Michel: Order in Symbol Tech. v. Lemelson Med., regarding submarine patents, 8/30 (GIF, IPO).
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"The number of transnational mergers and acquisitions, in short, will accelerate rapidly, with major Asian companies soon beginning to conclude -- as many American and European powerhouse companies already seem to believe -- that, in many industries they need a global footprint to compete in the global market." Joel Klein, Asst. Atty. Gen.

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