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Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 04/01/2013

The Circuit: Aereo wins New York appeal

Aereo: A New York appeals court ruled against a ban of the streaming service Aereo, a major win for the service which was facing complaints from television companies that its technology that allows users to watch broadcast shows on their tablets is illegal.

In a release Monday, the company’s chief executive Chet Kanojia said that the decision “validates Aereo” and looks forward to being able to build the business in the future.

FTC to announce robocall winner: The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that it will announce the winner of its robo-calling contest in a Tuesday morning event. In October the agency asked for submissions to solve the problem of robo-calling, offering a $50,000 prize to the person with the best idea to stop the nuisance calls.

According to a release from the FTC, it received nearly 800 eligible submissions.

Apple apologizes to Chinese customers: Apple issued an apology to its customers in China, along with a promise to review its warranty policies following weeks of criticism in the Chinese state-controlled press claiming that the company was offering sub-par service to Chinese customers.

The apology, signed by Apple chief executive Tim Cook, was posted on Apple’s Chinese Web site. China is one of the most critical markets for smartphone makers — and Apple in particularly — because it’s one of the most promising markets for future smartphone growth.

Russia blocking Web traffic, report says: The New York Times reported that Russian officials have begun to enforce a law that allows the government to block certain Internet content that could be harmful to children.

According to the report, the country has requested material be removed from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.YouTube has filed a lawsuit in Russian court, the report said, objecting to a request to take down a video that shows how to create a fake wound because it was meant for “entertainment” purposes.

Digital activists declare week-long lobby against CFAA: Digital activists have declared a week-long lobbying campaign against changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that they say would make the law more restrictive. The protests will begin on April 8, a week after what would have been the starting court date of the trial of digital activist Aaron Swartz.

Swartz, who was charged with violating the CFAA when he downloaded numerous articles from an academic database, was found dead in January of an apparent suicide. Following his death, there have been numerous calls for reforms to the law to make it more lax, but activists say a draft under discussion at the House Judiciary Committee would broaden the law.

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