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Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:04:23 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: The Future of TV: How Do Networks Plan to Stay Competitive? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> In case anybody missed it, here's a link to a video from today's PBS Newshour. Host Hari Sreenivasan interviewed Chet Kanojia (CEO of Aereo) and Brian Roberts (CEO of Comcast) http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/july-dec13/comcast_09-25.html Kanojia mentioned that Aereo has won two court cases. This is true as far as it goes. Aereo and a similar service called FilmOn X are both embroiled in court cases alleging copyright infringement. Summary of the three cases now pending: NEW YORK Plaintiffs v. Aereo District Court (New York Southern) ruled for Aereo. Appeals Court (Second Circuit) upheld 2-1. Appeals Court denied en banc review. http://tinyurl.com/Aereo-2nd CALIFORNIA Plaintiffs v. FilmOn X District Court (California Central) ruled for plaintiffs. Appeals Court (Ninth Circuit) pending. http://tinyurl.com/FilmonX-9th DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Plaintiffs v. FilmOn X District Court (District of Columbia) ruled for plaintiffs. District Court judge issued a NATIONWIDE injunction barring FilmOn X from operating anywhere in the United States except for the three states in the jurisdiction of the Second Circuit. This injunction is limited to FilmOn X, but it strengthens plaintiffs' cases against Aereo. http://tinyurl.com/FilmonX-DCCD If the Ninth Circuit upholds the District Court, the decisions of two Courts of Appeals will be in direct conflict. It will be up to the Supreme Court to decide. Of course, Congress could step in and revise the Copyright Act to address the situation. Neal McLain
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 19:11:26 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Tips for Making the Change to iOS 7 Message-ID: <email@example.com> Tips for Making the Change to iOS 7 By NICK BILTON SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 In the television show Extreme Home Makeover, people go away for a nice quiet weekend with their family and return to discover that their house has been completely renovated. Their favorite old, ragged, puffy couch has now replaced with a sleek designer slab of gray foam. Their favorite lamp has been swapped out for an obscure designer lighting system. Usually, it's a shocking transition. This is what it may feel like when you upgrade to iOS 7, Apple's latest version of its mobile operating system, on your iPhone and iPad. What was once skeuomorphic is now flat. Textured bookshelves have been replaced with white space. Icons that were round and bubble-shaped look like pancakes. If you want a good chuckle go, to Twitter and search "what happened to my iPhone?" You will be greeted by a stream of people who have updated to iOS 7 and been completely caught off guard by the changes. Some seem to be in complete shock. So if you haven't made the switch yet, or have but don't know how to deal with the changes, here are a few tips to help you manage the transition. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/tips-for-making-the-change-to-ios-7/
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:46:03 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You By DAVID STREITFELD September 22, 2013 "I celebrate myself, and sing myself," wrote Walt Whitman, America's great bard of self-promotion. As the world goes ever more digital, quite a few businesses are adopting that philosophy - hiring a veritable chorus of touts to sing their nonexistent praises and lure in customers. New York regulators will announce on Monday the most comprehensive crackdown to date on deceptive reviews on the Internet. Agreements have been reached with 19 companies to cease their misleading practices and pay a total of $350,000 in penalties. The yearlong investigation encompassed companies that create fake reviews as well as the clients that buy them. Among those signing the agreements are a charter bus operator, a teeth-whitening service, a laser hair-removal chain and an adult entertainment club. Also signing are several reputation-enhancement firms that place fraudulent reviews on sites like Google, Yelp, Citysearch and Yahoo. A phony review of a restaurant may lead to a bad meal, which is disappointing. But the investigation uncovered a wide range of services buying fake reviews that could do more permanent damage: dentists, lawyers, even an ultrasound clinic. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/technology/give-yourself-4-stars-online-it-might-cost-you.html
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 19:00:38 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Tim Cook: The Complete Interview Message-ID: <email@example.com> Tim Cook: The Complete Interview By Sam Grobart September 20, 2013 Businessweek For this week's cover story on Apple (AAPL) and its future, I spent some time with Tim Cook, who said far more than was ever going to make it into the story. Or even the outtakes from the story. So for even more Tim Cook, here's the transcript of the entire interview, edited only for clarity. To set the scene: We met late on a Thursday morning, two days after Cook stood onstage at Apple's Town Hall auditorium in Cupertino, Calif. We sat in a not-huge conference room adjacent to Cook's office. Cook entered, wearing a navy polo shirt and dark trousers. Here's something about Cook that may tell you something: Some executives, when you go to interview them, kind of walk into the room, say "Hi," and look to you to get things going. Not Cook. He strides in with a warm smile and firm handshake and immediately starts asking questions: What did you think of Tuesday's event? Tell me what you think about the new phones-have you had a chance to use them? That's why this interview starts somewhat abruptly: We had already been kibitzing a bit before we actually "began" the interview. Anyway, enough of my ramblings. Here's the conversation: ... http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-20/apple-ceo-tim-cooks-complete-interview-with-bloomberg-businessweek
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:37:41 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Victims Push Laws to End Online Revenge Posts Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Victims Push Laws to End Online Revenge Posts By ERICA GOODE September 23, 2013 He was a muscular guy with "kind of a nerdy kind of charm," Marianna Taschinger recalled, a combination that proved irresistible to an 18-year-old girl in a small Texas town. They dated, broke up, dated again. He asked her to pick out a wedding ring. He also made another request - that she take nude pictures of herself and send them to him. "He said if I didn't want to send them to him, that meant that I didn't trust him, which meant that I didn't love him," Ms. Taschinger said. The photos would never be shared with anyone else, she remembers him promising. And she believed him - until last December, more than a year after the couple broke up, when a dozen nude images of her popped up on a Web site focusing on what has become known as revenge porn. She is suing the site and her ex-boyfriend. Revenge porn sites feature explicit photos posted by ex-boyfriends, ex-husbands and ex-lovers, often accompanied by disparaging descriptions and identifying details, like where the women live and work, as well as links to their Facebook pages. The sites, which are proliferating, are largely immune to criminal pursuit. But that may be changing. California lawmakers this month passed the first law aimed at revenge porn sites. With cellphone cameras ubiquitous and many Americans giving in to the urge to document even the most intimate aspects of their lives, revenge porn has opened up new ways to wreak vengeance. The effects can be devastating. Victims say they have lost jobs, been approached in stores by strangers who recognized their photographs, and watched close friendships and family relationships dissolve. Some have changed their names or altered their appearance. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/us/victims-push-laws-to-end-online-revenge-posts.html
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