Comcast raising broadband prices; Amazon goes original

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> It's a new year and Comcast is offering new prices--higher, of course--for its broadband service, according to a story in DSL Reports.

> Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) is going after Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) by producing six original comedy pilots for its Amazon Instant streaming service. Story

> Hulu wants to continue being a viable player and has reportedly asked its six media company owners to pony up $200 million. Story

> LG will be showing off a Google TV lineup as part of its CES activities. Story

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> Arris was the top bidder for Google's Motorola Home business unit and will pay $2.35 billion to effectively combine two of the industry's legacy equipment vendors. Story

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> Berkshire Partners, a Boston-based investment firm, on Thursday signed an agreement to acquire both Lightower Fiber Networks and Sidera Networks for $2 billion, creating a new service provider with a large on-net and metro fiber footprint. The newly-combined company will be run by Rob Shanahan, Lightower's current CEO. Story

And finally… The Chinese government has set up measures to supervise and manage copyrighted films and TV services broadcast online. Story

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