Fox Rebroadcast Standoff Illustrates Open Internet Problem With Bundling Content and Conduit

Were you planning to have some friends over to watch the first game of the World Series, or maybe Glee’s Rocky Horror episode?  Well, if you’re a Cablevision subscriber in New York, New Jersey, or Philadelphia, you may have to rethink those plans.  Cablevision customers in those markets have been without their respective Fox broadcast…

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Wu’s Advice On ‘The Internet’s Midlife Crisis’

At Monday’s New America Foundation event, “The Internet’s Mid-Life Crisis,” Tim Wu of Columbia University Law School offered a preview of his upcoming book The Master Switch:  The Rise and Fall of Information Empires and called for a separation between Internet content and service providers. He said consumers are harmed when content and delivery become vertically integrated.…

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Wu's Advice On 'The Internet's Midlife Crisis'

At Monday’s New America Foundation event, “The Internet’s Mid-Life Crisis,” Tim Wu of Columbia University Law School offered a preview of his upcoming book The Master Switch:  The Rise and Fall of Information Empires and called for a separation between Internet content and service providers. He said consumers are harmed when content and delivery become vertically integrated.…

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The Growing Conflict: Patents v. Products

Apple vs. HTC; Oracle vs. Google; Microsoft vs. Motorola; Nokia vs. Apple…. Where will the patent meltdown end? This didn’t happen with PCs. Why now? These companies are not patent trolls. They are world class operating companies that should be competing in the marketplace with high-quality feature-rich products. Yes, they have accumulated huge patent portfolios,…

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New Product, Same Old Turf Wars

The nation’s leading broadcasters are blocking TV episodes on their websites from playing on Google’s new web television service. The Wall Street Journal reports ABC, NBC and CBS have blocked those using the new Google set top boxes from accessing their networks’ shows. Fox so far is not blocking their programs from the new TV interface. Google…

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