Comcast's Cohen shows political flexibility; Facebook adds Netflix CEO Hastings to board

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> Comcast executive vice president David Cohen, most recently in the news defending the hiring of Republican FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, will host a $10,000-a-plate fundraising dinner for President Obama at his home next Thursday. Story

> Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has shown flexibility of another sort by joining the Facebook board of directors, perhaps signaling more cable-threatening alliances. Story

> Google is coming under increasing scrutiny by the FTC as part of an investigation into its search engine business. Story

> When you count the number of people, it's really no surprise that China's pay TV revenues will surpass Japan's this year and make the country Asia's top pay TV market. Story

> Comcast sources have told DSL Reports' Karl Bode that the MSO will offer CableCARD self installation. Story

And finally ... Krish Prabhu has been named president-CEO of AT&T Labs. News release