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Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:35:51 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Picturephone at the 1964 NY World's Fair Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> The New York Daily News reported on new technology introduced at the fair, 50 years ago. Included is Picturephone. It said: "When they showed off their cutting-edge invention to awed audiences at the World's Fair in 1964, the creators of the Picturephone had the future both completely wrong and completely right. Designers from the Bell System were mistaken that the unveiling of the gadget, which transmitted a picture image along with a phone call to a small monitor, allowing two callers to see and chat with each other, would instantaneously revolutionize communication, the way the first telephone call had nearly a century before. Though three public call centers were set up in Chicago, Washington D.C., and Grand Central Station in New York City, the phone systems never took off. At around $27 for a three-minute call between Chicago and New York (about $200 in today's dollars), they were far too expensive for practical use." for full article, which includes photos and other introductions (eg the Mustang), please see: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/world-fair-famed-exhibits-1964-article-1 .1759409 [moderator pro tem's note: I have heard said that the real application they had in mind for Picturephone was remote computing. The idea of a low-cost video terminal was unthinkable to the Bell Labs boffins. Instead they imagined that shared video logic would best be displayed by remote screens. Boy were they wrong... -fg]
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:22:33 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Aereo Update: Alito Back On The Case Message-ID: <email@example.com> By FHH Law, CommLawBlog, April 16, 2014 In case you ever wondered whether there's such a thing as "unrecusal" - and, frankly, we hadn't - here's the answer: yes. The Supreme Court has announced that Justice Alito, who had recused himself from any participation in any aspect of the Aereo case (which, we remind you, is set for oral argument next week), is no longer recused. The Supremes aren't required to explain their recusals and, it appears, the same is true of unrecusals. Whatever the reason, with Alito back on board the full nine-member court is now set to hear the case. That eliminates the possibility of a 4-4 tie among the justices (which would have left the Second Circuit's decision in place, albeit without any approval by the Court). Source: http://www.commlawblog.com/2014/04/articles/broadcast/aereo-update-alito-back-on-the-case/index.html -or- http://tinyurl.com/pej6lof Neal McLain
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