Comcast‘s acquisition of NBC Universal is approved (with one FCC commissioner, Michael Copps, opposed). Conditions for the deal, expected to close by Feb. 1, include that Comcast must give up its management role at Hulu, and abide by anti-favoritism clause — a victory for Bloomberg TV and other networks that compete with Comcast and NBCU’s channels. Comcast, separately, just invested $10M in Snagfilms, an ad-supported documentary site that owns INDIEwire, and led a $9M financing round in e-publishing consultancy Perfect Market.
Absolut returns as series sponsor on Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Coke and Nike score in emerging markets.
DDB Brazil sends student on a nine-country, 99-day tour to report on social media.
Disney Channel bids adieu to Hannah Montana.
Ford invests in Missouri plant to build new model.
HMV flounders after a grim Christmas season.
HTML5 gets an official logo.
IBM posts best revenue growth in nearly a decade.
Lady Gaga to debut new track at Thierry Mugler fashion show.
Mad Men star Christina Hendricks lost $850,000 Chopard bracelet at the Golden Globes.
Piers Morgan‘s debut on CNN attracted 2.1 million viewers.
Susan Sarandon is the latest Got Milk? celeb.
Vitimanwater ad banned in the UK, a second reprimand for the Coca-Cola-owned brand.