We’re another day closer to the fabled Facebook phone release so images are leaking out of what the supposed Android-based OS is going to look like. Hint: it’s blue! [CNET]
Say hi to your newest your coworker, Silicon Valley. It’s Paul Allen! The Microsoft cofounder is opening a new investment office under the Vulcan Capital name. [PEHub]
A Federal Court ruled yesterday that one simply can not resell their iTunes-purchased songs thus endangering the future of music site ReDigi.com. But it’s not all bad news. This is probably the most press ReDigi has ever received! [AllThingsD]
Allan Kay, computer pioneer and the man who coined the phrase “The best way to predict the future is to invent it,” is the subject of a lengthy profile. [TIME]
Fresh off Aereo’s win in appeals court yesterday (where judges denied TV networks their request for an injunction), CEO Chet Kanojia is predicting that broadcasters will take the issue to Congress. [The Verge]
Over The Aereo
Aereo, the New York City-based service that lets cordcutters live-stream network TV online, has been making broadcasters feel litigious ever since IAC led a $20.5 million Series A in the startup last February. The group of 17 broadcasters suing Aereo argue that the individual antennas Aereo assigns each user are an illegal loophole to avoid paying networks costly retransmission rights–and that Aereo is guilty of copyright violation of their content.
This January, Aereo raised $38 million more, which should help cover its considerable legal fees. But the TV incumbents haven’t found much support in the courts.
Ridiculous Law Suits Rock
It wouldn’t be the end to another week in tech without another copyright lawsuit. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Aereo board member and IAC chairman Barry Diller is once again taking FilmOn CEO Alki David to court, this time for trademark infringement.
Because Angel Investors Can Live In Dorms Too The New York tech scene can never have too many venture capitalists, but sometimes it can be difficult for student entrepreneurs to bridge the age gap between themselves and their investors. Enter the Dorm Room Fund, an investment team started by firm First Round Capital, which is run and Read More
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
So, as y’all know, SXSW (or, as I like to call it, Sundance for Geeks) is now just two weeks away. That’s right, people: Time to start planning how you gonna be partying it up and taking Austin by storm! To make your life easier (the better to gorge on all those mouth-watering Nuclear Tacos and drool-inducing Salt Lick BBQs) I’ve put together The ULTIMATE Guide to SXSW Interactive 2012 Parties (185 and counting)! And of course, it comes with my special commentary and notes to help you make sense of all the madness. You’re welcome.
Now, of course, as any SXSW veteran can attest, the seemingly endless parade of parties, panels and people can quickly become overwhelming. So to make your life even easier, I’ve compiled a list of the 16 most-awesome-must-attend-unmissable parties that are bound to give all your friends at home a giant pile of FOMO!
Over The Aereo
Hey, look: It’s some actual news out of CES, which has absolutely nothing to do with Evernote-integrated refrigerators! New York-based, Barry Diller-backed TV-streaming service Aereo has been teasing an expansion for some time now, and in a speech today from CEO Chet Kanojia, the company made its move.
The service will roll out to 22 new cities, including Boston, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C, starting in the late spring. Aereo will continue its “Try for Free” program in each of the cities, so would-be cord-cutters can get a taste, but it’ll be invitation-only at first.
Aereo, the online television company backed by IAC chief executive Barry Diller, has begun streaming Bloomberg Television after reaching an agreement with the cable network.
Over The Aereo
Loath to open Safari? Wedded to your Windows machine? If so, a bit of good news: TV live-stream provider Aereo is expanding beyond iOS, to provide support for browsers Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Safari and Opera.
“For us, it’s significant because it opens up the universe of people that can experience Aereo,” Virginia Lam, Aereo’s VP of communications and government relations, told Betabeat.
“We’ve been telling folks for a while that PC support would be coming, so it’s nice to finally put the news out.”
If you’re into bloodsports, there’s another way to watch Obama v. Romney tonight. Aereo, the Barry Diller-backed startup that lets you live-stream network TV, just offered New Yorkers two hours of free viewing tonight from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m–and free viewing for both subsequent presidential debates. Users don’t have to input their credit card information, but they do have to own a Mac since the service still only works through Safari browsers.
For those of you outside Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field, there are a number of other options.
High Forms of Flattery
Time has just released a list of its 50 favorite websites. The metrics? All the selections are something the editors find “useful, entertaining, innovative or just plain addictive.” The result is a list that happens to be something of New York tech who’s who. Among the honorees: