Comcast cuts another diversity deal; Facebook courts big media

> Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), ever-eager to finalize its acquisition of NBC Universal, has reached agreement with five advocacy groups to give Asian-Americans a bigger presence its corporate culture. The deal is similar to ones the MSO already worked with groups representing Hispanics and African-Americans. Story | Follow @FierceCable

> Facebook has made the obvious connection between its 550 million members and big media and is reportedly courting executives from players like Time Warner and, ominously for cable, Verizon (NYSE: VZ) FiOS. The social media site has even gone so far as to hire "New York-based ambassadors" for the job of chatting up top industry execs. Story.

> Retransmission has reared its ugly head in Western New York state, where WKTV and cW11 were pulled from Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI) lineup after a breakdown in retrans negotiations between the MSO and the channel's parent company, Smith Media. Story.

> What do you think Comcast Chairman-CEO Brian Roberts told President Obama when the two met in a closed door White House meeting? Story.

> The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), generally out on the cutting edge of new technologies, is budgeting more than $2 million so 20 public TV stations can start delivery mobile digital TV by the end of 2011. Even better, CPB said it would have a second round of funding so even more stations can literally take to the airwaves. Story.

And finally ... picture, if you will, this holiday scenario. You've just spiked your eggnog and settled down into your favorite easy chair, put on your 3D goggles, turned on that new 3DTV you got for Christmas, and you tune to the on-demand burning Yule log courtesy of Cox Communications. Kinda brings new meaning to a hunka, hunka burning love, huh? Story.

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