AT&T may pare back utility boxes in S.F.; Cox tests interactive commercials in Tulsa;

> AT&T (NYSE: T) will consider paring back plans to deploy 726 U-verse utility boxes that San Francisco critics claim will impede pedestrians, attract graffiti and be used to shield drug trafficking and use. And you probably thought they were just ugly. Story

> Cox Communications has launched an interactive commercial test in its Tulsa market to "see if this is something customers want to be targeted that way," Bruce Berkinshaw, director of product management, said. Story

> Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) said its customers have watched 20 billion on-demand entertainment choices since the service launched in 2003. News release

> Despite the fact that Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) has eaten its lunch with the iPhone, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) still favors an AT&T-T-Mobile merger. Story

> John Malone's Liberty Media (Nasdaq: LCAPA) hasn't gotten its hands on Barnes & Noble yet, so it's only an also noted item that the bookseller has introduced a black-and-white touch screen Nook e-reader aimed at the "grandma" market segment. And isn't that an attractive sales pitch? Story

> Poor Wealth TV. It appears FCC czar Julius Genachowski has backed an administrative law judge's ruling against the programmer's carriage complaints about Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Bright House Networks. Story

> Speaking of tablets, In-Stat reports that applications revenue from the devices should top $15 billion in 2015 with Apple leading the way. News release

And finally ... if anyone still cares about DSL, NetGear has developed a new "Ultimate Home DSL Gateway." Story