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No, Aereo isn’t a cable company, says the Copyright Office: "Aereo had bowed to the Supreme Court's ruling against it and tried to argue that it should be treated like a cable company under copyright law," reports The Washington Post's Brian Fung. "Except now the Copyright Office is saying it doesn't buy Aereo's argument ab out its status. In a letter to Aereo, the Copyright Office says that 'internet retransmissions of broadcast content' aren't covered by the type of content licensing system that Aereo wants to take advantage of."

AT&T supports a “fast lane” ban as long as it contains a giant loophole: Ars Technica's Jon Brodkin reports, "AT&T claims that the FCC can ban fast lanes or 'paid prioritization' without reclassifying broadband. However, AT&T's argument includes a big loophole that would actually allow extensive paid prioritization" by allowing for  "user-directed prioritization."

Sessions criticizes Gates's call for visas amid Microsoft layoffs: "Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) criticized Microsoft founder Bill Gates for calling on Congress to increase STEM worker visas while the company plans to cut 18,000 jobs next year," reports The Hill's Ramsey Cox. "He said those workers should take priority over immigrants." Microsoft has not released all the details of its cuts, but said specifically that it will reduce jobs in San Diego and Santa Monica, Calif., as well as in parts of China, Finland and Hungary.

New York Reveals BitLicense framework for Bitcoin businesses: "The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has released its long-anticipated list of proposed rules and regulations that will be required for New York-based bitcoin businesses," says Coindesk's Stan Higgins. "Notably, the document states that bitcoin businesses that receive, transmit, store or convert virtual currency for customers; buy and sell virtual currency as a customer business; control, administer or issue a virtual currency; or perform conversions between bitcoin and fiat or any value exchange will need to be licensed to operate in New York. Merchants that accept bitcoin are not included under the rules and regulations."

Snowden: NSA employees share intercepted sexts: Edward Snowden said that National Security Agency workers commonly shared racy photos gathered by surveillance systems among themselves, The Washington Post's Andrea Peterson reports. "Snowden says he personally saw instances of such happening, saying 'it's routine enough' although the actual frequency depended on the company one kept within the agency. He also claimed such privacy violations went unnoticed by oversight authorities," the report says.

In a statement to The Post, NSA spokesperson Vanee Vines said, "NSA is a professional foreign-intelligence organization with a highly trained workforce, including brave and dedicated men and women from our armed forces. As we have said before, the agency has zero tolerance for willful violations of the agency’s authorities or professional standards, and would respond as appropriate to any credible allegations of misconduct."

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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