Like many of us I became aware of this OS X background process (and its regular attempts to phone home) through Lil Snitch. I normally allow it to connect to the update server at apsu.apple.com although I always found it a bit strange that this utility uses its own software update channel. But when I recently checked Lil Snitch´s network monitor I found that the base station agent connected to servers called openchannel.nbcnews.com and vineblogs.msnbc.msn.com.edgesuite.net which I think is very odd. Does anybody care to comment? Does anybody have information explaining this behavior of the base station agent?