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The Telecom Digest for April 19, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 59 : "text" Format
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Kanojia: Aereo lets consumers 'think outside the cable bundle' (Neal McLain)
Re: All sent and received e-mails in Gmail will be analyzed, says Google (Barry Margolin)

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Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:00:47 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Kanojia: Aereo lets consumers 'think outside the cable bundle' Message-ID: <b840457d-5b67-4232-b34d-bca844c21dab@googlegroups.com> By Jim Barthold, FierceCable, April 17, 2014 Aereo Founder-CEO Chet Kanojia probably didn't make any new friends within the cable industry when he told Yahoo News' Katie Couric that his company allows consumers "to think outside the cable bundle or the bundled approach" by breaking broadcast signals away from being packaged with cable channels. "There's a market imbalance," Kanojia said. "Nobody loves their cable company." While primarily concerned with his company's rocky relationship with broadcasters and Aereo's April 22 date with the Supreme Court to justify an over-the-air-for-a-fee TV service model, Kanojia also said that cable companies are "absolutely" pricing themselves out of the market. For the most part, he said, this is because cable is caught in a web being spun by broadcasters that link their "crown jewel" over-the-air programming with cable channels. "If you get these people (Aereo customers) an antenna, you would have half the value proposition in front of them--for a lot less money (than a pay TV service)," he told Couric. Broadcasters, he added, only want "to preserve the old business model." Kanojia will get one final opportunity to present this case next week when Aereo goes before the Supreme Court. On the other side of the aisle, the broadcasters will be joined by the U.S. Solicitor General and Copyright Offices, who have said that Aereo's business model violates the copyrights of broadcasters that have paid to acquire, develop and transmit content. Kanojia said that he actually welcomed the opportunity to go before the nation's highest court because broadcasters were constantly attacking the company on a market and regional basis. Continued: http://www.fiercecable.com/story/kanojia-aereo-lets-consumers-think-outside-cable-bundle/2014-04-17?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal -or- http://tinyurl.com/l3zhfny Well, I agree that "cable [TV industry] is caught in a web being spun by broadcasters that link their "crown jewel" over-the-air programming with cable channels." But I'm not convinced that over-the-air programming qualifies for the "crown jewel" label. Neal McLain
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:03:28 -0400 From: Barry Margolin <barmar@alum.mit.edu> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: All sent and received e-mails in Gmail will be analyzed, says Google Message-ID: <barmar-C4CB6E.17032817042014@news.eternal-september.org> In article <p0624083acf73c9416198@[]>, Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> wrote: > All sent and received e-mails in Gmail will be analyzed, says Google > The new text might be a reaction to the e-mail scanning lawsuit. > > by Casey Johnston > Apr 15 2014 > > Google added a paragraph to its terms of service as of Monday to tell > customers that, yes, it does scan e-mail content for advertising and > customized search results, among other reasons. The change comes as > Google undergoes a lawsuit over its e-mail scanning, with the > plaintiffs complaining that Google violated their privacy. I could have sworn this was well known since Day 1. -- Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu Arlington, MA *** PLEASE post questions in newsgroups, not directly to me ***
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