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Article from Issue 151/2013

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  • Gnome 3.8 released
  • Aereo wins battle to stream broadcast TV

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  • Ubuntu reduces non‑LTS support

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  • ASF promotes CloudStack

Aereo Puts Fox on the Run

Tech startup Aereo scored a victory in the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals with their plan to receive and stream broadcast television to Internet subscribers. Television broadcast companies have vociferously objected to the plan, which they say allows Aereo to use their content without a license. The broadcasters will undoubtedly appeal the decision, which will now go to either the full Second Circuit or the US Supreme Court.

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