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Aereo Signals it Sees Path to Survival if Classified as Cable System (The Wall Street Journal)
Aereo Inc., the online video company that was widely expected to go out of business after losing a high-stakes Supreme Court case in June, signaled Wednesday that it sees a path to survival if it is classified in legal terms as a cable system. The Supreme Court sided with TV broadcasters, who had sued Aereo for copyright infringement, saying the Web startup was selling their programming without permission. Mashable In a blog post published Wednesday night, the streaming television startup announced its next strategic step in an attempt to save its business, and avoid squandering nearly $100 million in investment. Aereo is now arguing that it should be considered a cable company, and granted a license that would allow it to pay licensing fees, and gain access to the broadcast content it had previously been pulling down from the airwaves. TechCrunch The letter comes a week after CEO Chet Kanojia called on subscribers to petition lawmakers to change existing copyright laws. That makes it the backup, backup plan for the company that said it would be finished if the Supreme Court did not rule in its favor. Re/code Meanwhile, broadcasters offered a legal eye-roll at Aereo’s new legal strategy Wednesday. “Whatever Aereo may say about its rationale for raising it now, it is astonishing for Aereo to contend the Supreme Court’s decision automatically transformed Aereo into a ‘cable system’ under the law,” broadcasters wrote in a letter they filed jointly with Aereo to the court. CNET While Aereo said in the filing that it intends to go back into operation, it isn’t clear how or when it will do so. Before the Supreme Court ruling, the company had an estimated 100,000 subscribers.
The BBC is Launching a Facebook News Station to Beat Thailand’s Military Censorship (The Next Web)
The BBC is turning to Facebook to overcome uncertainties around its news service in Thailand, which was temporarily taken off-air alongside other international broadcasters after the country’s military staged a coup in May. The organization is launching a “pop up” news operation that will dish up Thai, regional and international news in both English and Thai across the social network.
Vimeo’s Cameo Hopes to Help Indie Musicians (SocialTimes)
Vimeo, which acquired the video-making app Cameo earlier this year, released a new update for the app on Wednesday. The upgrade focuses on promoting artist discovery — songs that are part of the app’s catalog will be promoted throughout the app.
Google’s Regina Dugan Joins Zynga Board (Re/code)
In the midst of a turnaround effort under new CEO Don Mattrick, social games company Zynga has recruited the doyenne of tech R&D, Google’s Regina Dugan, to its board of directors. Dugan leads the Advanced Technology and Projects group at Google, formerly at Motorola, and she was previously director of the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, where she helped develop high-risk, high-payoff projects around topics like hypersonic flight and hummingbird drones.
NBC Becomes First Broadcast Network to Offer Exclusive Content on SoundCloud with ‘Last Comic Standing’ (LostRemote)
SoundCloud, which stands out as one of the top audio streaming destinations is becoming increasingly important to TV, a medium that’s always had close ties with music and sounds. For “Last Comic Standing” (airing Thursdays at 10/9c), NBC’s comedy competition that recently returned, the network become the first broadcast shop to offer exclusive content on the platform.
Senator Asks FTC to Investigate Facebook’s Mood Study (CNET)
The U.S. government might now weigh in on Facebook’s secret 2012 study on the moods of nearly 700,000 users. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) has penned a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking the regulatory agency to investigate the issue.
The First Real-Time Art Exhibit on Twitter Shows London In A New Light (AllTwitter)
If you’re not the type to make a special trip to the art gallery every once in a while, you can still get your fix of high culture – on Twitter. As psfk reports, fashion photographer Nick Knight and American Express are collaborating to offer tweeps a real-time, urban photography exhibit in their Twitter streams.
Dronestagram Partners with National Geographic for Photo Contest (VentureBeat)
Dronestagram, the first drone photography community, just announced the winners of its first photo contest, which was held in partnership with National Geographic. The 2014 Dronestagram Photo Contest received entries from all over the world.
Report: European Commission Questions WhatsApp’s Messaging Rivals In Review Of Facebook Acquisition (AllFacebook)
Officials from the European Union’s central competition authority, the European Commission, sent detailed questionnaires to rival online messaging companies as part of the EC’s pending investigation of Facebook’s $19 billion deal to acquire WhatsApp, which was initially announced in February. The Wall Street Journal reported that the questionnaires asked about the impact of the merger on competition in those online messaging outfits’ markets, as well as seeking information about how their services control and use personal data.