Top News for April 17, 2014

Aereo

Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for April 17, 2014:

  1. Aereo takes its case to the Supreme Court next week, but first the company is throwing itself on the mercy of the public. A new web site called ProtectMyAntenna.org is part of that company’s PR push to convince the world that it’s merely renting antennas, not stealing content. Lindsey Turrentine works for CNET, whose parent company is CBS -- one of the companies involved in the case -- so Lindsey won't join this particular conversation. Read more at scotusblog.com.

  2. Twitter unveiled a beta version of its long rumored mobile app install ads program today. The new offering enables app downloads directly from ads to mobile devices. Read more at adweek.com.

  3. Eye-Fi is launching a cloud service. The company is best known for WiFi capable SD cards that go in digital cameras for easy off-loading of pictures. The new EyeFi Cloud service offers unlimited cloud backups of all your photos from all your cameras. Read more at wsj.com.

  4. An exclusive on the The Information website by Tom Dotan says that Hulu intended to create a major TV show to compete against the likes of Netflix, which has succeeded with original programming like House of Cards, but that Hulu executives killed the project. Read more at theinformation.com.

  5. A stunning roundup on Business Insider reveals how much money Samsung and Apple pay to expert witnesses to testify on their behalf in patent lawsuit trials, including the trial currently in progress in Silicon Valley. Apple is paying “damages expert” Chris Vellturo $2.3 million for this case alone. And Samsung paid an MIT computer scientist named Martin Rinard $765,000 for his testimony. His fee is $850 an hour. Read more at businessinsider.com.

  6. CAPTCHA puzzles -- you know, where you have to type in the words or numbers before being allowed to use a web site -- exist for you to prove you’re a human and not a machine. But now machines can prove they're human, too! Google has created an algorithm that solves CAPTCHA puzzles with 99.8 percent accuracy. The company plans to use the system to read addresses from Google Maps StreetView photos. Read more at googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for April 17, 2014.