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    Friday, August 30, 2013

    Must Read Breakdown on 'we can't stop'. Business Insider. Party in the USA

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    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    Reuter site - Now Vietnam wants to "manage" chat apps, and media says ban possible

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    Now Vietnam wants to "manage" chat apps, and media says ban possible

    Tue, Aug 20 10:07 AM EDT

    HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's government is to decide policy in managing free internet-based telecom tools like Viber, Line and Whatsapp, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said on Friday, a move bound to increase concerns about Communist Party censorship.

    State media said the government might "ban" free messaging services because of the harm done to network providers.

    Vietnam has repeatedly come under fire for curbs on free speech and harsh treatment for bloggers who dare to criticize the one-party regime.

    The prime minister said the government would "build and promulgate the policies" in managing the free communication services on the internet (Over-The-Top (OTT) services.)"

    Like many other confusing regulations, it didn't explain clearly what the government plans to do. But state media said it might "ban" all OTT services.

    "We will lose 40-50 percent of our revenue if all of our 40 million customers use Viber instead of traditional call and text," a representative of Viettel Telecom, one of the country's biggest phone network providers, told state media.

    Vietnam has 17 million smart phone users, according to a report from Google. The demand for communications is huge with 60 million people under the age of 30.

    Jong Buhm Park, Chief Executive Officer of NHN Vietnam, the developer of Japan's Line app, said a ban would not happen.

    "The government has more options, like cooperation between OTT and network providers," Park told Reuters.

    The prime minister's statement comes two weeks after the government ordered all foreign websites, including Facebook, to have at least one server hosted in Vietnam.

    "This looks like an additional step from the government to censor internet users," said a diplomat who requested anonymity. "Once it can't control them, it will block everything,"

    Saudi Arabia in June banned Viber, which is hard for the state to monitor and deprives licensed telecom companies of revenue from international calls and texts.

    (Compiled by Nguyen Phuong Linh; Writing by Nick Macfie)

    Friday, August 16, 2013

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    It's coming...Sony nears deal with Viacom for new Internet TV service: WSJ | Reuters.com

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    Reuter site - Sony nears deal with Viacom for new Internet TV service: WSJ

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    Sony nears deal with Viacom for new Internet TV service: WSJ

    Thu, Aug 15 18:36 PM EDT

    (Reuters) - Sony Corp is close to striking a deal to secure content from media company Viacom for a new Internet-based TV service, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

    Sony is working on a service that can stream live television over the Internet and it aims to roll it out by the end of the year, the newspaper reported, citing an anonymous source.

    The Japanese company is also speaking to Time Warner, CBS and Disney about potential programming deals, the newspaper reported.

    A U.S. spokesman for Sony declined to comment as did representatives from Time Warner, CBS, Disney and Viacom.

    The report said the Web-based service would be available on Sony's new PlayStation's console, Bravia high-definition TVs and could later expand to other Sony products such as tablets and phones.

    (Reporting by Liana B. Baker; Editing by Bernard Orr)

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

    Reuter site - Aereo to enter Dallas, other markets as CBS blackout continues

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    Aereo to enter Dallas, other markets as CBS blackout continues

    Thu, Aug 08 11:15 AM EDT

    (Reuters) - Internet TV startup Aereo will soon be available in Dallas, one of the cities affected by the Time Warner Cable-CBS blackout, which extended into its seventh day on Thursday.

    Aereo said on Thursday it would also launch in Houston and Miami as the controversial venture backed by Barry Diller's IAC/InterActive Corp builds out its customer base across the United States. It will be available in Dallas starting September 23.

    Time Warner Cable Inc has been encouraging its customers to sign up for Aereo so they can watch CBS while the cable company and the network fight over fees for programming.

    Aereo is planning to be in more than 20 cities as part of its first phase of expansion. Residents in New York, Boston and Atlanta can currently use the service.

    The company has never released revenue or subscriber numbers.

    Aereo allows subscribers to stream broadcast TV channels through devices like smartphones, tablets and computers for a monthly fee. It uses TV antennas to capture the signals and beam them back to subscribers.

    The company pays no fees to broadcasters to carry their channels, while operators like Time Warner Cable do.

    The owners of the broadcast networks, including CBS Corp, Walt Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast Corp's NBC have sued to block Aereo from accessing their programming.

    Complicating matters is the gradual shift in the way people watch television. More consumers are ditching their cable subscriptions for independent services like Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

    (Reporting by Jennifer Saba and Liana B. Baker in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

    Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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