Top News for April 22, 2014

Aereo

Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for April 22, 2014:

  1. The future of television is being decided by the Supreme Court, starting today. Aereo defends itself in a lawsuit by ABC, CBS, NBC and other major broadcasters. Aereo says they’re simply renting dime-sized TV antennas; broadcasters say they’re stealing TV shows and selling them without paying the content creators or owners. If Aereo wins the case, mainstream broadcasters could move to cable and a new live-streaming TV business model would be legitimized. If Aereo loses the case, they’ll go out of business immediately. Read more at techcrunch.com.

  2. A new study shows that Amazon sales dropped sharply in states that collect online sales tax. Read more at bloombergview.com.

  3. Netflix officially slammed Comcast’s proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable yesterday. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in a letter to shareholders that the deal would be anti-competitive and allow the combined company to charge arbitrary fees. Comcast senior vice president Jennifer Khoury slammed back by calling the claims inaccurate and saying that Netflix is motivated by making money rather than helping consumers. Read more at techcrunch.com.

  4. Lytro unveiled a new prosumer camera today called the Lytro Illum. Lytro, if you recall, is famous for making those weird-looking cameras that let you focus the pictures after you’ve taken them. The new camera isn’t so weird looking. And at $1,599, it’s not cheap, either. Read more at usatoday.com.

  5. AT&T intends to launch an online TV service this year. The company, along with their partner Chernin Group, plan to invest more than $500 in the venture. Read more at businessweek.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for April 22, 2014.