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It’s a familiar enough scenario. Two industry giants who have been at each other’s throats for the last few years decide to shake hands and play nice. The goal: to join and form one large corporation. The challenge: Convincing everyone else you’re not out to destroy them, while simultaneously asking the FCC to forgive the concessions you made, namely to never merge in the first place. If XM and Sirius, the nation’s only two satellite radio companies, have their way they would operate as one entity, combining only financial assets and programming. On either side of this debate are folks who stand to lose

in many ways, the “future” as we pictured it several decades ago never arrived. There are no Skypads—such as the home George Jetson, Jane his wife, daughter Judy and son Elroy lived in (Yes, there’s the space station, but it’s for astronauts only). There are no compact space cars or jet packs to tool around the galaxy, either. Yet, as imaginative as that cartoon series was, even its creators couldn’t have imagined some of the products available today. Personal computers, digital cameras, HDTV and so on, really are products of the future, now available at retail. But with the exception of the internet, most

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., best known by its Panasonic brand, today announced that Yoshihiko "Yoshi" Yamada, most recently director of the company's Systems Business Group and Vice President of Panasonic AVC Networks Company in Osaka, Japan, has been named Chairman and CEO of Matsushita Electric Corp. of America, which is based in Secaucus, N.J. In this position, Mr. Yamada will oversee Panasonic's consumer, business-to-business and industrial component sales operations as well as its R&D and manufacturing operations in North America. Along with its subsidiaries and affiliates, the company has close to 100 business locations and employs 26,000 people in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Puerto

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