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Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:10:32 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Aereo shuts down in Denver and Salt Lake City Message-ID: <email@example.com> | By Jim Barthold, FierceCable, March 10, 2014 | | Internet-based TV service Aereo went dark in Denver and Salt Lake | City Saturday, although the company's founder insisted in a letter | to subscribers that the cable alternative was down but not out and | that he looked forward to presenting his case to the Supreme Court | April 22. | | The shutdown followed a ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals | in Denver affirming a preliminary injunction by U.S. Circuit Judge | Dale Kimball that said Aereo was in violation of U.S. copyright law | because it was retransmitting local TV signals without paying fees | to broadcasters. The ruling came in answer to a lawsuit filed by | four Utah TV stations and marked a reversal for Aereo, which had | beaten a similar suit in Boston. | | "We are very sorry for the effect that this decision has on you and | we look forward to presenting our case to the U.S. Supreme Court | and ultimately restoring your ability to use Aereo," the company's | founder and CEO Chet Kanojia wrote to subscribers in an e-mail | published by the Salt Lake Tribune. | | Aereo issued a full refund for the current month to customers in | the two markets and promised to inform them "as soon as we have | more information about the future of Aereo in your market." Continued: http://www.fiercecable.com/story/aereo-shuts-down-denver-and-salt-lake-city/2014-03-10?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal -or- http://tinyurl.com/q7j8l56 The Salt Lake Tribune carried a similar story that states: | The service has a monthly subscription fee of $8 to $12 per month... Plus the cost of the internet connection. | [Aereo CEO Chet] Kanojia did not say how long the service, which | was ordered shut down in just Utah and Denver, could remain turned | off. It will stay shut down until after the Supreme Court's decision, or forever, depending on what the Court decides. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57650556-79/aereo-court-utah-service.html.csp -or- http://tinyurl.com/pnz4kcm Neal McLain
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:11:16 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: How the NSA Plans to Infect 'Millions' of Computers with Malware Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> How the NSA Plans to Infect 'Millions' of Computers with Malware By Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald 12 Mar 2014 Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency is dramatically expanding its ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale by using automated systems that reduce the level of human oversight in the process. The classified files - provided previously by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden - contain new details about groundbreaking surveillance technology the agency has developed to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide with malware "implants." The clandestine initiative enables the NSA to break into targeted computers and to siphon out data from foreign Internet and phone networks. The covert infrastructure that supports the hacking efforts operates from the agency's headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, and from eavesdropping bases in the United Kingdom and Japan. GCHQ, the British intelligence agency, appears to have played an integral role in helping to develop the implants tactic. ... https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/03/12/nsa-plans-infect-millions-computers-malware/ -or- http://goo.gl/K2WnQE
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:54:28 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Crash Course: The Potential Problem of "Name Collision" Message-ID: <email@example.com> Crash Course: The Potential Problem of "Name Collision" and What ICANN is Doing About It by Robert Butler, CommLawBlog, March 10, 2014 Measures proposed to reduce risk of misrouting private email messages out onto the public Internet As ICANN moves closer to authorizing a host of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), concern has been expressed about the possible impact that at least some of those new gTLDs could have on at least some corporate network operators and Internet users. While ICANN believes it unlikely that significant numbers of such operators/users will be affected, it is proceeding cautiously. The potential problem? "Name collision". What is "name collision"? In ICANN's words, A name collision occurs when an attempt to resolve a name that is used in a private name space (e.g., under a non-delegated Top Level Domain, or a short, unqualified name) results in a [Domain Name System (DNS)] query to the public DNS. Continued: http://www.commlawblog.com/2014/03/articles/internet/crash-course-the-potential-problem-of-name-collision-and-what-icann-is-doing-about-it/ -or- http://tinyurl.com/ntm9g3m Neal McLain
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:26:18 +0000 (UTC) From: David Lesher <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: multi-base DECT or options Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> A friend has a house too long for his DECT phones to reach into the garage. I was thinking someone made a system with multiple base stations, interconnected via wire-pair. Does such exist? Alternately, I see "DECT repeaters" mentioned various places. ("DRX100") Any experience with those? I seem to recall one promise of DECT was cross-brand interoperability. Is that really true?
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:32:35 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: CBS' Moonves: We may go off-air if Aereo prevails Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Samantha Bookman, FierceOnLineVideo March 12, 2014 In a statement that sounds a lot like sour grapes, CBS Corp. President and CEO Les Moonves told investors at a Miami conference that if the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Aereo in its copyright case, the network might shut down linear TV operations and go completely over the top. "If Aereo should work, if they should win, which we don't think will happen, we can go OTT with CBS," he said Tuesday at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference. Moonves said a court decision in favor of Aereo, the OTT service that rents antennas to subscribers and delivers the signals to their residences via the Web, would be tantamount to the government giving permission for Aereo to "steal our signal" and that CBS would need to figure out some other way to get content to viewers and "still get paid for it." Continued: http://www.fierceonlinevideo.com/story/cbs-moonves-we-may-go-air-if-aereo-prevails/2014-03-12?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal -or- http://tinyurl.com/oejvdxn Neal McLain
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