Comcast contributes to Flipboard $50M funding round; History puts Civil War on iPad

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Comcast Internet Ventures was among a group of investors pledging $50 million in funding to Flipboard, a Silicon Valley start-up that makes a social media reader for the iPad. Story.

> While some Cablevision Systems subscribers (for the time being at least) might be able to watch the History Channel on an iPad, hard-core Civil War buffs will have to pay $7.99 for an app the cable channel launched on the iPad. Story.

> The FCC isn't wasting any time looking into AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. Of course that also doesn't mean the matter won't drag on for years. Story.

> While some might call it tilting at windmills, tiny Frederick Fiber Optics of Ijamsville, Md., believes its acquisition by Tii Network Technologies will help it open some doors to pitch products to "global telecommunications companies such as AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner Cable." Story.

> Frontier Communications, in a spat with Oregon regulators over its FiOS TV service-or lack of same-claims it has invested more than $5.5 million to "increase broadband availability and enhance network performance in Oregon." News release.

> Don't look now, but Microsoft might finally be succeeding at getting into the TV business. Story.

And finally ... WOW! Chairperson-CEO Colleen Abdoulah has been named vice chairman of the American Cable Association (ACA). News release.