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THE DOGS ARE OUT

European Union antitrust watchdogs are looking into a planned deal between Google and Yahoo to share some ad revenue. Under terms of the deal, announced in June, Google will supply Yahoo with ad services to run alongside Yahoo's Web search system. Google and Yahoo said the deal would only be in effect in the U.S. and Canada, but the World Association of Newspapers said it would hurt Yahoo's ability to compete against Google in the future and called on EU antitrust authorities to scrutinize it.

CRAMER in AT REUTERS

Reuters said Monday that it has appointed former CNN International president Chris Cramer to the newly created role of global editor for multimedia. Cramer had spent 20 years at the BBC before joining CNN. At Reuters, he will oversee multimedia projects including Reuters.com and serve as the main liaison between the news organization and media business. He will be based in New York and report to editor in chief David Schlesinger.

RETAILERS CONVERTED

Federal regulators are asking mass retailers to sell converter boxes, like the one sold by EchoStar, that allow consumers to convert analog television sets to digital ahead of the Feb. 17 deadline for a nationwide switch. FCC chairman Kevin Martin said EchoStar's $40 box is only available online and by telephone, adding up to $12 extra to the cost to consumers.
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