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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 07/16/2012

Microsoft, NBC end MSNBC partnership #thecircuit

Microsoft, NBC end MSNBC deal: Microsoft and NBC have ended their MSNBC partnership, the companies announced Monday. NBC, through Comcast, has purchased all of Microsoft’s stake in the company. The station’s Web site will now be known as, and the whole channel will have a “new digital home” next year.

The Associated Press reported that the news staff will be roughly the same size, and that Microsoft will continue to feature stories from the channel on its MSN portal for two years.

Aereo: The Barry Diller-backed video service Aereo, fresh off a court victory, will expand from New York to other major cities in the U.S., Bloomberg reported.

“Within a year and a half, certainly by ’13, we’ll be in most major” markets, Diller told Bloomberg in a television interview Monday.

The service won a court case saying that Aereo was within its legal rights to capture broadcast signals and stream them to devices such as Apple’s iPad without having to pay for the programming, The Washington Post reported last week.

YouTube a main source of news: YouTube is emerging as a main source of news for many across the world, The Washington Post reported. A study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism has found that the site allows millions to watch news events by “creating their own ‘on demand’ news agenda,” The Post reported.

The study found that most viewers did not replace other news outlets with YouTube, but used the videos to supplement their normal habits.

Samsung widens lead over Apple in worldwide market: Samsung appears to be widening its lead over Apple in the titanic battle over smartphone sales, according to a recent survey, The Washington Post reported.

Analysts forecast that thanks to its flagship Galaxy S III, Samsung sold about 50 million smartphones in the second quarter, according to a survey by Reuters. Apple, meanwhile, is forecast to have sold 30.5 million iPhones in the same period.

The high-stakes smartphone rivalry between Samsung and Apple has spilled into courts over alleged patent violations. The two consumer electronics titans are suing each other in courts around the world, and all eyes are on the July 30 start of a trial in the U.S. District Court of the District of Northern California.

ACLU preps for court battle on surveillance: The American Civil Liberties Union is preparing for its day in court Tuesday as it gets ready to argue that the Department of Justice should be more transparent about when it uses surveillance tools. The Wall Street Journal reported that the group is insisting that Justice has not met requirements that it report how it uses surveillance every year.

The data at issue do not include the content of e-mails, phone calls, etc., but only who has been contacted and when, the report said.

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